I keep harping on about the breakfasts mum used to make us but man they were good! another winner of hers was her waffles, light, fluffy....delicious! This time their with a twist. I was lucky enough to get gifted something I love so much and use everyday! I'll hands up admit I'm hooked, and to this brand in particular, its Matcha Ireland's vanilla matcha powder.
Lots of matcha powders these days have hidden ingredients, which you wouldn't expect to be part of tea but there's sugar in a lot of them, this brand on the other hand is pure and delicious. I used it for matcha lattes mostly but sometimes add it to pancakes and this time, waffles! You can of course use their normal matcha powder without vanilla if you like.
I used coconut sugar to give a lovely caramely (is that even a word) flavour and the key to light and fluffly waffles is egg whites whipped to soft peaks and gently folded through the rest of the mix. The matcha gives a lovely green hue to the waffles but if you like you can use caster sugar instead of coconut as it does take away a little from the greenness of the waffles.
There's no point using an un-ripe avocado here, you just won't achieve the same rich and creamy results we're looking for. I always get the 'ripe and ready to eat' packs in the supermarkets, you always tend to get a better result with these. And keep it out of the fridge before using it so it's lovely and soft.
It's not often you get a seriously ruby red pomegranate, but when you do, be grateful.....and take as many photos of it as you can! that's what I did anyway! I may have gone a little overboard but looks how gorgeous and juicy it looks. Turns out it was so easy to take the seeds out too, win win!!
I added toasted coconut to the top of mine, you can if you like or they'd be lovely just with the other toppings. I bought the coconut already toasted but it's super easy to pop it on a tray in the oven for a couple of minutes until golden and it really brings out its flavour!
My favourite part is not only coming up with the recipe and making it but the building of it and seeing it come to life. I sometimes take photos of the process and its amazing how the addition of one or two ingredients brings it to life. I'm always thinking of what it will look like in the end but always when you're eating it. So contrasting colours is a big one, and colours that compliment each other. Then the taste and eating, so you always looking for something soft (the waffles), something with some texture (berries) something smooth and creamy (choccy mousse) and then something with a crunch or bite and that's usually the final flourish, in this case it was the coconut but the pomegranate worked too as you bite in you get a crunch and burst of juice and flavour.
Recipe- Serves 4, makes 6 large waffles
For the waffles:
1.5 tbsp matcha powder
250g plain flour
50g coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
200ml almond milk
2 tbsp sunflower oil
For the chocolate mousse:
1 ripe avocado
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cocoa and hazelnut butter
¼ tsp vanilla powder
1 pomegranate, seeds removed
2 plums, sliced
2 tbsp toasted coconut flakes
Preheat a waffle iron.
Place all the dry ingredients for the waffles in a large bowl and stir to combine, add the milk and egg yolks and stir so that everything is evenly incorporated. In a separate clean glass bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks for and gently fold in the rest of the ingredients.
Using a little oil at a time brush the waffle iron (using a heatproof pastry brush). Add a ladle spoon full of mix and cook for 5-6 minutes until fully cooked through and beginning to colour. Remove and keep warm while you repeat the process until all the mix is used up.
While the waffles are cooking add all the ingredients for the mousse to a mini blender and blend until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides so the avocado is fully blended.
cut the waffles in half if liked or just simply top with lashings of avocado mousse, some raspberries, plums, pomegranate seeds and toasted coconut.
If you make this or have any type of waffles you love please comment below or let me know what you think over on facebook or instagram, I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime happy waffle making.