Light and crisp Millet/Chia Waffles with Strawberry Sauce (thickened with arrowroot**)
Yields 4, 61/2 inch (round) waffles
- 1 c. whole millet
- 1 1/4 c. coconut milk, or nut milk
- 1 Tbsp. chia seed, whole
- 1/2 tsp. 5 Spice Powder (a blend of cinnamon, fennel, clove, star anise and white pepper)
- 1 tsp, vanilla extract (or glycerite for alcohol-free)
Soak millet in 2 cups of water overnight. Drain and rinse, then add to the blender with coconut milk and process until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and blend briefly to disperse. Let stand for 5 minutes to develop the fiber in the chia seeds. Heat waffle iron to medium high, then lubricate with melted coconut oil or spray lubricant just before pouring the batter. Bake until steaming subsides. Cool and freeze extras–pop into the toaster to thaw and serve.
Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Fresh local strawberries are the best choice because they are less likely to be moldy. To keep berries from molding, refrigerate or freeze as soon as possible. Wash just before eating and eat within 2 or 3 days of picking.
Strawberry Sauce thickened with Kuzu* root starch.
I usually use fruit juice or nut milk for the base of my berry sauces and thicken with either arrowroot or kuzu* (kudzu) root starch. Both are less refined, less allergenic and more nutritious than cornstarch or flour (wheat). Use the same proportion of thickener to liquid—1 tablespoon of root starch for each cup of liquid—and be sure to combine both with cold liquid before heating.
Yields 3+ cups
- 2 c. nut milk, or fruit juice (no added sweetener is necessary with juice)
- 2 Tbsp. arrowroot, or kuzu root starch
- 2 to 4 Tbsp. sweetener of choice (I like xylitol or maple syrup)
- 2 to 3 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Heat 1 1/2 cup of liquid in a 1 quart sauce pan (stainless, glass or porcelain coated). Combine thickener of choice with the remaining 1/2 cup of unheated liquid. When the liquid in the sauce pan begins to boil, stir in the thickener solution. Stir continually while the sauce thickens to prevent scorching or lumping. Add sweetener, berries, and lemon juice, and bring back to a simmer, continuing to stir. Cook for a few minutes to soften berries a little. Pour into a serving dish and cool on a rack, then refrigerate to thicken more, or serve warm.
*Kuzu, the weed that devoured the Sourth, is actually a very useful plant! It’s used therapeutic-ally to treat alcoholism and hypoglycemia. It’s soothing to the digestive tract and creates a thicker more, custard-like texture than arrowroot. It’s my favorite starch thickener because of its high antioxidant content and texture.
**Arrowroot is a source of calcium and iron and other nutrients. It is said to have been used by the Arawak Indians to draw out the toxins from poison arrows! It is known to be easily digested and soothing to the stomach, hence its popularity in infant foods.and Kuzu is rich in antioxidants.
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/archive/index.php/t-3684.html A tea made from raw arrowroot is s broad spectrum anti-microbial.