So excited to develop this spicy chickpea waffle recipe that I’m going to use during Further Food’s Free 7 Day Sugar Detox Challenge! The challenge, which you can sign up for here, starts Monday, September 11 and includes lots of free resources, including:
- A 7-day meal plan with recipes, a shopping list, and meal prep guide;
- Advice and hacks for getting through the challenge from a panel of renown health experts; and
- Access to hundreds of delicious quick & easy sugar-free recipes.
Doing a Sugar Detox Drastically Improved My Health
I generally am not a fan of restrictive diets like cleanses, but conducting a sugar detox is something I cannot recommend enough. I did my first one over two years ago in the course of my first Whole30 and it was life changing.
Eliminating sugar from my diet made me realize that it was the cause of many health issues I suffered from for years, but that I had just chalked up to lack of sleep and stress. Breakouts, insomnia, mid-afternoon energy crashes, nighttime cravings for greasy food—all mostly, if not wholly, attributable to my sugar intake. I realized that even just having a teaspoon of sugar, whether it be refined or unprocessed like maple syrup or coconut sugar, in my morning coffee set off a cycle of sweet and savory cravings for the rest of the day. And for those of you who read that and rolled their eyes, four of my friends did a Whole30 or some sort of sugar detox since and discovered they had the exact same issue.
This is not to say that I am perfect and don’t touch sugar with a 10-foot pole, or never over indulge, cause I do love my Christmas cookies a bit too much. I just am a lot more aware of how much sugar I am consuming and review food labels more carefully, because so many products that you would not expect contain a ton of sugar. Yes, I do aim to keep my intake, especially of refined sugars, on the low side. I also know what the signs are that I am not succeeding in doing that, with the number one sign being that I start having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Knowledge, especially of how your body works and what it needs, is empowering, and I guarantee you will learn a lot if you do the 7-day sugar detox challenge.
Notes on the Spicy Chickpea Waffle Recipe
Between the chickpeas, eggs, and collagen, this spicy chickpea waffle is a solid protein-packed vegetarian option. You can top it with sautéed or roasted veggies for an easy complete meal, or even try out finely chopping them and stirring them into the batter. There is just enough chili powder in the recipe to give some heat, but feel free to adjust the amount based on your spice tolerance, since much of the flavor derives from the cilantro, cumin, and turmeric.
Ingredients (makes four medium-sized spicy chickpea waffles):
- 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill stone ground garbanzo bean (aka chickpea) flour
- 3 scoops Further Food marine collagen (use discount code SLICEOFPAI10 for 10% off)
- 2 pastured eggs
- 2 tbsp Kasandrino’s organic extra virgin olive oil (use discount code SLICEOFPAI for 10% off), plus an additional amount to brush the waffle iron plates)
- 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro (tightly packed)
- 1½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 large garlic clove (minced)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Add chickpea flour, eggs, EVOO, cilantro, almond milk, salt, cumin turmeric, chili powder, garlic, and baking powder to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until a thick, creamy consistency.
- Add collagen and blend again until fully incorporated.
- Brush both plates of waffle maker with a thin layer of EVOO and heat it up to medium-high. Mine has heat settings 1 through 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. I set it between 4 and 5 for this recipe.
- Pour about ⅓ cup’s worth of batter onto the waffle maker and cook in accordance with its directions or until the chickpea waffle is firm and lightly golden brown.