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Thursday
Jul112013

breakfast friday >> blueberry oat waffle french toast

Are you ready for this? 

For two breakfast items to become one?

While you could stop just at the waffle and call it good, there are 2 extra steps you can take to transform your breakfast into something a little extra special.  

1. Egg dunk.

2. Pan fry.

1 + 2 = WAFFLE FRENCH TOAST!!!

French toast has always been my absolute favorite breakfast item.  Whenever we would go out to eat for breakfast as a kid and French Toast was an option I ordered it.  Always.  Over pancakes + waffles + eggs.  If it was challah french toast, even better.  I even used to order it at one restaurant we frequented for dinner.  Every single time without fail. 

But in the past few years French toast hasn't been in my life nearly enough.  This is due directly to gluten-free bread.  It just doesn't compare to challah or French bread in any respect.  I've made banana bread and then turned that into French toast--which was spectacular--but other than that there's been a French toast void in my life. 

So sad.

With my recent waffle obsession [seriously, I have a problem] I got to thinking.

Waffles are sturdy.

Waffles are fluffy and thick and a mix between bread-like and cake-like in texture.

Can waffles be made into French toast?

Why yes, yes they can.

Blueberry Oat Waffles to be exact.

Topped with strawberries because I ran out of blueberries.

Print this!

Blueberry Oat Waffle French Toast gluten-free, dairy free // yields 2, 6-inch Belgian waffles

*A perfect everyday waffle recipe!

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/4 + 2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or maple syrup/agave
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, melted + slightly cooled or other cooking oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  1. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients together and stir well.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the egg, milk, applesauce, and honey until fully combined.
  3. Whisk in the oil + vanilla then pour directly into the dry ingredients.
  4. Whisk until just combined and fold in the blueberries.  Do not over stir.
  5. Preheat your waffle iron over medium and lightly grease if needed.
  6. Let the batter sit for about 8 minutes.  Don't skip!
  7. Pour half of the batter on the waffle iron, gently spread, close the iron, and cook until done to your liking.  I cooked mine for about 1 1/2 cycles on medium heat.  Remember you're going to further cook your waffle to make a crispy edge in a pan.
  8. Place on a wire rack and cook the next waffle.
  9. Stop here + eat or move on to the French toast.

For the French Toast:

  • 2 blueberry oat waffles
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • unrefined coconut oil
  1. Quarter your waffle or slice along the natural seams that your waffle iron creates.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, and cinnamon together in a bowl big enough to dip the waffle sections in.  
  3. Place a 10-inch pan or large skillet over medium heat and add enough coconut oil [ghee or other cooking oil] to thoroughly coat the pan. ~1-1 1/2 tablespoons
  4. Dunk the top and bottom of each waffle quarter into the egg mixture and then place in the hot pan.  
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown, then flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. 
  6. Add more oil and cook the next waffle.  
  7. Serve immediately with maple syrup + fresh fruit.

tips: If your French toast waffle edges are a bit wet after cooking both sides, place the waffles on each edge for about 1 minute to cook the egg.  Place against the side of the pan to help them stand if needed.  Keep first waffle warm in the oven pre-heated to 200* if desired.

My life is void no longer.  

These had the texture of a fluffy waffle, with the flavor of French toast, and a crisped top + bottom.  I really think you're going to like these.  A whole lot, lot.

What are you eating today/tomorrow/whenever for breakfast? Share it! #bfastfridayclub @edibleash 

Also, be sure to check out the instagram video I made for this recipe!  I am loving the new video feature but definitely still learning how to make these 15 second videos fun, interesting, and artistic!

Happy Friday, people.  Enjoy!

Ashley

Reader Comments (31)

Finally an answer to the question, can waffles be french toasted. And the answer is (as I had always dreamed) YES!!!! God these look amazing.
July 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah
I am so ready!!
I made Coconut Banana bread waffle french toast and it was insanely good. This blueberry oat waffle french toast is killing me. I wish I had my waffle maker with me, I need to make these! Beautiful photos! I love looking at them everyday!
July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
@Sarah - "french toasted" -- that is the best ever :)
July 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Man I wish I had a waffle iron...investment purchase for sure...any brand or model recommendations? Also do the gluten free waffles themselves work with flax eggs or have you tried it?
July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShel@PeachyPalate.com
Yum!! I usually make waffle french toast too!! It's our favorite weekend brunch :)
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @ KiranTarun.com
@Shel - I don't recommend a flax egg -- my best guess would be to add 1 1/2 tablespoons plain ground flax to the dry ingredients along with 2-3 tablespoons more of milk to the wet. You can also check out my basic buckwheat waffle recipe with a vegan version that doesn't use flax at all http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2013/4/19/basic-buckwheat-waffles.html Buckwheat is a little more binding than oat flour, so I think the flax may be necessary in this instance. Let me know if you give it a go!
July 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Nice one, Ash!
Holy moses. Pretty sure any weekend that consists of THIS would be the best ever.
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
How smart are youuuu??! These look so darn perfect.
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I can't even look at these right now without my stomach doing into major longing!! I can't believe I don't have a waffle press. I think it's the next "kitchen gadget" that I get because waffles are the bomb diggity and I need them on a weekly basis!!
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchar eats greens
First of all, these look so amazing and I want to shove it all into my mouth right now despite the fact that I just finished breakfast. And second of all, did you make donut french toast for your book? Because that seems like totally up your alley.
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuta
YES! You are blowing my breakfast mind.
These cannot be real! How do you come up with these things? SO DELICIOUS!
Just made these for lunch! I was too hungry to make them into french toast, but they were just perfect.
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien
Why I have I never thought to french toastify waffles before? Such a good idea.
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
I now have a reason to buy a waffle maker
Brilliant!
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela
Do you think I could do this batter in pancake form?? I am sadly without a waffle maker, but these just look too darn amazing not to give a go at!
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeddi
Definitely!!! Let me know how it goes if you make pancake-french toast!
July 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Awwwesome!! I had a few leftover batches of just the waffles and ate one for breakfast today. I think it's going to me my new go-to recipe!
July 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
So smart. Seriously brilliant!!!!! LOVE this idea! Now I'm trying to brainstorm what else could be French Toasted :)
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkylie @ immaeatthat
This is a great idea. Genius, really. I love french toast but I haven't even bothered to try it with gluten-free bread out of fear it would taste like a hockey puck. Love this!
July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaty {Katy's Kitchen}
Sounds amazing! It reminded me of a blogger's experiment french toasting different things, ha. Here it is if you're interested: http://thegreatbalancingact.wordpress.com/category/will-it-french-toast/
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessy
I've been making "french toast" with gluten free coconut bread. But wait, it's not made with coconut flour, just a loaf with unsweetened coconut that I get from the health shop. I've got this recipe- http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_wednesday_chef/2006/09/bill_grangers_c.html bookmarked to try to recreate gluten free.
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
Oh wow! I'd never thought of combining waffles and french toast before. You're a genius! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for all the amazing recipes you share. Much appreciated!
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue
These look awesome, and now that I finally have a waffle iron, I will be trying them SOON! Do you have guidelines for waffle recipes? Things like a wet-to-dry ratio, how to sub between milk/applesauce/butter/coconut oil, how much sweetener to use? Or is each recipe a bit of trial and error?
Those waffles look absolutely amazing. Now I have a reason to buy a waffle iron. Thanks!!
July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiller P
I've yet to try waffles with oat flour, but it looks delicious! Love those crispy browned edges...some mornings, only waffles will do. (Not even pancakes!)
July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrina @ wandercrush
@Lindsey - Unfortunately, it's a bit of trial and error with each one. The wet ingredients vary a bit depending on which flours are used [buckwheat is dryer than oat flour, etc.]. I find the applesauce helps to give them a fluffy texture and the 1 tablespoon of oil is really all that's needed to keep them moist. When making a recipe of this size I do typically keep the sugar + oil the same but those are 2 components that can also change to your taste. If you want more oil you can just subtract a small amount of milk or if you don't want any added sugar you can definitely leave it out. Hope this helps a little! :)
July 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Going to make these tomorrow! I am debating if I should whip the egg whites... I'll let you know if I do!
July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeddi
Could I substitute regular flour for the oat flour and almond meal? My wallet would thank me!! ;)
July 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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