Protein-Packed Waffles

These high-protein waffles taste like yummy, old-fashioned waffles, but they are actually healthy and full of nutrients! No one will have a clue that they have chickpeas, whole grains, yogurt, and dates in them! They are packed with 13 grams of protein for every three waffles (avg. 4-inch waffles). Eat them with Greek yogurt and you'll easily have 30 grams of protein. Find out why we want to eat, not drink, at least 30 grams of protein in the morning in my book, 12 Fixes to Healthy. Using a blender, it's easy to sweeten the waffles with the whole-food goodness of dates, rather than processed sugar. And instead of adding fake pancake syrup, full of high-fructose corn syrup, cook down some frozen fruit to make fruit syrup. Just put frozen fruit in a saucepan with a little juice, and place over medium heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, while you make the waffles. Add some real maple syrup to the fruit to make it sweeter if you wish, and chia seeds to help thicken it, boost nutrition, and preserve it.  This recipe makes about twenty-four 4-inch waffles. The leftovers toast up nicely the next day. Enjoy!  
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1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed well and drained 1 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt 2 tbsp neutral oil 2 cup low-fat milk 6 - 8 medjool dates, pitted 2 eggs (oops, not pictured) 2 cups any combination of whole wheat and white flour 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder


1) Heat waffle iron to medium-high heat.
2) Combine chickpeas, yogurt, oil, milk, pitted dates, and eggs in a high-powered blender or food processor and process until smooth. Double check that any pits and the ends of the dates are removed, because the pits are so hard that they may ruin your blender.
3) In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking powder and mix well. Pour the chickpea mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. There will still be some lumps of flour here and there. Don't over-stir.
4) Spray heated waffle iron with cooking oil spray and add batter. This batter can also be used to make pancakes.
5) Cook waffles until light brown. Makes 24 waffle squares. Top with cooked-down fruit syrup, pure maple syrup, and additional yogurt as desired.