Hello. No, I don’t really have a blog post, just a recipe. Someday I will have time to write for myself again. This is not that day.
Anyway, more experiments with okara: waffles! These are amazingly good and my two-year-old likes them, so you will too.
Carrot apple okara waffles
- ¾ C cooked wet okara*
- 1 medium carrot, shredded or chopped very fine in a food processor
- ½ a medium apple, shredded or chopped very fine in a food processor
- 3 T brown sugar (if you substitute a liquid sweetener like brown rice syrup or agave, reduce the liquid by 2 or 3 tablespoons)
- 3 T vegetable oil or melted, cooled vegan margarine
- 1 ½ C non-dairy milk (soy is good for extra protein, but whatever you’ve got is good)
- 1 ¾ C flour – feel free to use up to 1 C whole wheat if you’re trying to sneak whole grains as well as vegetables and protein into your family’s waffles
- 1 T baking powder
- 1 T cornstarch
- ¼ t cinnamon, or to taste
Preheat your waffle iron. Mix the okara, carrot, apple, and non-dairy milk in a large bowl. Add the sugar and oil and beat until dissolved and slightly frothy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until no large lumps remain. Don’t over-mix – you don’t want your waffles to be tough. Oil the waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve hot with vegan margarine and maple syrup, spread with pumpkin seed butter, or just eat them standing up in the kitchen directly off the waffle maker. Your call.
Note: As the moisture content in okara varies a lot, both from machine to machine and from batch to batch, it’s a good idea to make one test waffle on its own. If it’s a bit pale and floppy, add 2-3 T flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the batter thickens a bit. If it’s thick and undercooked, add 1-2 T non-dairy milk.
*You must use cooked okara in this recipe. If you’re using a soymilk machine, that’s what you’re getting anyway; if you’re making soymilk by hand you have to either simmer the milk before squeezing it out or cook the okara on its own. I believe if you steam it for 10-15 minutes that’ll do the trick, but don’t quote me on it. Toasted okara won’t work in this recipe, but feel free to invent your own toasted okara waffle recipe if that’s what you’ve got. Please be careful with this as uncooked soy is toxic to humans.