Buckwheat Waffles with Maple Orange Sauce

Buckwheat Waffles
Did you know that January is National Citrus Month? Hmm…maybe this explains why I’ve been a kind of citrus maniac lately. Clementines, grapefruits, navel oranges, blood oranges, key limes, lemons – I can’t seem to get enough citrusy goodness. Even though I just found out about national citrus month a few days ago, somehow I think my body must have already known. So in honor of this very fruity month, and since I’ve already posted several citrus recipes this month, including a delicious salad with both sections of grapefruit and a grapefruit vinaigrette, as well as these amazing key lime cupcakes, I thought I would continue the trend with what else…more citrus!
I am one of those people who always buys the fruit that’s on sale at the grocery store. You know, from the display that you practically run into when you first enter the store. I figure if it’s on sale that must mean it’s in season somewhere, and besides – it’s cheap. This week navel oranges from California were on sale. A huge bag for just $2.99! I jumped all over that deal. There are sooo many recipes you can make with a bag of oranges. I thought about making chicken or pork with an orange sauce, or maybe a fresh salsa with orange, mango and jalapeño. In the end I decided on waffles with an orange maple sauce because, well… because I really like waffles. Do I need a better reason?
Okay, maybe I did have one other reason. Lately I’ve been been coming across quite a few recipes that use buckwheat flour. Of course I’ve heard of this flour before, but I am ashamed to admit that I have never used it- until now. As with any new ingredient I turned to the trusty Internet for a bit of research and what I found out surprised me. Despite the name, Buckwheat is not actually wheat. In fact it’s not even a grain. It is the seed of a flowering fruit closely related to rhubarb that’s ground into a flour and commonly used in things like noodles, pancakes, and porridge.
Besides being a great alternative for those on gluten-free diets, buckwheat also has some amazing health benefits. It is high in fiber and B vitamins, includes 8 amino acids (almost making it a complete protein) and doesn’t have the tendency to raise glucose levels like so many other carbohydrates. Finally there is the taste. Many of the websites I came across described the flavor as nutty or bold, one even called it an acquired taste. While I would agree that it has a bit of a nut-like flavor, I wouldn’t go so far as to call it bold or unpleasant in anyway. In fact, I thought the buckwheat flour added a very pleasant and mild earthy flavor that complimented the slightly sweet orange sauce quite nicely. The buckwheat waffles ended up being a great way to celebrate national citrus month and I can’t wait to try more recipes using this awesome wheat free, super healthy flour.

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  • That looks mouthwatering!

  • Don’t you love the way these seasons work? Right in the middle of dreary winter comes all kinds of bright citrus! I’ve been on a huge citrus kick as well and this recipe looks stunning!

  • Citrus is so lively and warming…fantastic recipe!

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