At my house, we enjoy making these jalapeño cornbread waffles and adding our favorite toppings. I usually make these as a part of Hot & Spicy Chili Waffles, a recipe we love. These mildly spicy waffles are also good topped with beans, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, like a tostada. Any usual Mexican food toppings will work. The waffles are also good plain with vegan butter and even with maple syrup, if, like me, you like a spicy and sweet flavor combo.
One great thing about this recipe is you use a cornbread mix as a base, adding seasonings and jalapeños. I use Jiffy cornbread mix, which is labeled “vegetarian,” but is actually vegan. Their original mix contains animal products which have been removed for the vegetarian version. Ground flax replaces the egg added to the mix and (of course) I use vegan butter and plant based milk.
Once your batter is ready, just cook the waffles according to your waffle maker manufacturer’s directions. One good hint is that the waffles are typically ready (or nearly ready) once the steam has stopped escaping from the waffle maker. Experiment with your waffle maker and see what you think about using the steam as a timer.
If you haven’t used ground flax seed or ground chia seed as egg replacer before, it’s super easy! Just use a coffee grinder, or a mortar and pestle if you have one, to grind up or crush the seeds until they are like a powder. Add the water to them and set aside for 15 minutes. These little seeds are geniuses at binding foods like eggs do. The beautiful thing about flax and chia is they don’t add any flavor to anything they are binding. Perfect!
If you want to make plain cornbread waffles, just omit the cayenne pepper and jalapeños. I would leave in the nutritional yeast because it adds B-12 and nine essential amino acids, while adding some nice tangy flavor to balance the sweetness of the cornbread.
Be sure to check out my Three Bean Spicy Chili recipe to eat as a side with these, or have the chili on top using the combined Hot & Spicy Chili Waffles.
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