Matcha-Beet Waffles with Beet Syrup

Having these for breakfast feels like a total indulgence…feels..tastes…but it’s not. They are so light and fluffy, soft, and have a little caffeine kick from the matcha as well as the added benefits of beet. Plus, they are just simply beautiful. Who doesn’t like waffles? And the beet syrup? Forget it, this stuff is a sweet potion that will make you forget maple syrup. It’s that good. These are great for a weekend breakfast-in-bed treat. Using the the waffle iron is so fun and easy that I’m going to get creative with some waffle recipes, sweet and savory.

Matcha comes from a sophisticated process of steaming green tea leaves then grinding them into a powder. Ancient Chinese and Japanese Buddhists started preparing this tea for meditation ceremonies, and now it’s recently become popular among modern culture. You’d need 20 cups of leaf green tea to equal the potency of one cup matcha. Matcha strengthens the immune system, helps burn fat, improves metabolism, lowers bad cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, provides energy and endurance, boosts brain function and memory, helps detoxify the body, and brings about a sense of calm and tranquility while remaining alert. It’s also loaded with chlorophyll (great for the liver), vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.

Beets are worth talking about, and worth adding in to your diet. They help to lower blood pressure, support detoxification, are great for purifying the blood and liver, boost stamina, and are anti-inflammatory/anti-cancerous. Eating them raw, through grating or juicing, is a potent way to get their nutrients and enzymes intact, but they are also good steamed or roasted. I like to blend them with my fruit smoothies as they are sweet, and have one of the highest sugar content of all the vegetables (formerly used a a sugar source apart from sugar cane). Beets contain betaine, a nutrient that protects the cells from environmental stress and free radicals. They are a rich source of phytonutrients (cancer protectant), Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, fiber, and Folate, making them beneficial for nerve and muscle function, bone, liver, kidney, and pancreas health, and prevent birth defects. Make sure to consume the beet greens too.

You can buy Matcha online here. This is the brand I use and like. There are many different qualities of matcha out there, the ceremonial blends will be smoother and less bitter than the culinary blends, but also more expensive. You may have to try a few until you find one you really like.

Enjoy these with my vegan butter recipe.

Matcha-Beet Waffles with Beet Syrup

Matcha-Beet Waffles

Yields: 3-5 waffles

  • Waffle Base
  • 1 3/4 cup flour (I used sprouted spelt flour)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4 tbsp almond meal or flour (sub for oats)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (sub for oats)
  • 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan milk
  • pinch of salt
  • Matcha Waffle
  • 1-2 tbsp matcha, depending on your matcha tastebuds
  • 2-3 tbsp extra vegan milk, 3 tbsp if you are using 2 tbsp matcha
  • Beet Waffle
  • 1/4 cup beet juice (or grated beet)
  • 2 tbsp extra flour or oats
  • Beet Syrup
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beet juice, or grated beet
  • 3 tbsp coconut water
  • 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • Other Optional Toppings
  • strawberries, evaporated coconut milk, almonds

Blend all the waffle base ingredients and split the batter evenly.

Add the matcha and extra vegan milk to one half, and then add the beet juice and extra flour to the other half. Make sure the batter is loose, on the thinner side but not runny.

Pour into an oiled waffle iron on medium heat and close, letting it sit inside for ample time. If you lift the pan and see the waffle is breaking apart, it's not ready. You can ease it along by sticking a knife to release the edges from the inside so it doesn't break. Make them separately or even swirl them together in the iron.

Blend all the beet syrup ingredients so that they emulsify. If you need to double or triple the recipe so that it is enough to fit in your blender canister, do so, it will stay good in the fridge for a while if you don't use it all. Keep it warm for pouring.

Prepare the waffle stacker. Pour some beet syrup and vegan butter atop (link in post).

  • Total time: 30 minutes
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