White Chocolate, Coconut + Lime Waffles
Wow guys, wow. Its been a while since I've been on here. If you've been following me on Instagram, then you know I went straight from my honeymoon in Key West to dealing with some difficult family stuff - leaving me very little time and energy to recipe creating. If for nothing else, we are feeling better despite the circumstances.
When Frank and I were on our honeymoon of course we tested all the key lime pie we could possibly find, and regrettably at one of the restaurants we went to for breakfast we saw these white chocolate and key lime pancakes - which we ultimately didn't order. So when we got home and needed some time to recharge together I figured what better way to relax than to recreate the recipe and make them at home, so we could feel a little like we were still on our honeymoon. The result? A really delicious and sweet breakfast treat - and while they may not be on the regular rotation, the worst part about them really is the white chocolate, leaving them to be both gluten free and dairy free (other than a little ghee).
I start first by squeezing the juice of one lime into the almond milk - this will help the almond milk 'curdle' a little - which makes it feel a little more like buttermilk without the actual dairy. Another benefit of using the lime - is its chemical reaction with the baking soda/baking powder creates volume, resulting in a fluffier waffle or pancake. Set it aside and plug in your waffle maker - you could also do this as pancakes, but I personally like waffles better.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together all dry ingredients, the lime zest, and coconut. Give it a quick stir. In another small bowl whisk eggs, vanilla and melted ghee. As so many of you know, I haven't been consuming that much dairy anymore as my body doesn't love it - but there is something about FarmTrue's ghee that allows me to have that little bit of butter without any of the side effects. It is a fairly local company to me (they are based in CT) and I am obsessed with the product and its quality. Not to mention their customer service is 100. Take all of the liquid ingredients and pour into the dry and mix thoroughly. Lastly, I will take the white chocolate chips and split them into two small bowls. One bowl I add directly to the mix as whole chips, the other I will pop into the microwave for about 30 seconds to start to melt the chips - I find that it blends so smoothly into the batter, but this step isn't necessary.
When you're ready prepare your waffles or pancakes. I like to top with a little shredded coconut, melted white chocolate and lime zest. They also stay so well in the freezer IF you have leftovers.
Creating these waffles at home really brought Frank and I back to our honeymoon while enjoying them in our living room - while we weren't on a beach, we certainly were able to relax and remember how much fun we had.
White Chocolate, Coconut + Lime Waffles (GF/DF)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 ½ cups oat four
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup almond milk
¼ cup melted FarmTrue ghee (Can also use butter/coconut oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Juice of 1 lime
Zest of 1 lime
½ cup white chocolate chips
Squeeze juice of one lime into a small bowl with the almond milk. Set aside.
Mix together all dry ingredients, coconut and zest of one lime.
Turn on waffle maker or warm up griddle for pancakes.
In another small bowl whisk together melted ghee, eggs and vanilla. Pour this and the almond milk into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Mix in the white chocolate chips - optional to melt half of them and mix into the batter.
Make waffles/pancakes and top with melted white chocolate, lime zest and shredded coconut.
Keep extras in the freezer and reheat in the toaster.