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A delightful combination of sweet and savory, this single-serve cornbread waffle pairs beautifully with ruby-red cranberry syrup for a delicious breakfast.
The whys and wherefores of masa flour
Ever since I discovered masa flour (and bought a big bag of it at Walmart), I’ve enjoyed experimenting with it in different kinds of recipes. Since starting to eat the Trim Healthy Mama way over three years ago, I cut corn almost entirely out of my diet because of its impact on blood sugar. Imagine my delight when last year I learned that masa flour is acceptable for use in the Trim Healthy Mama plan because of the nixtamalization process it goes through! Oops…sorry…big word alert. (If you’ve heard that word before, I’m impressed.) Put simply, nixtamalization is to masa flour what sprouting is to sprouted wheat flour; nixtamalization breaks down regular ol’ corn flour into something that is more easily digested by the body and has less impact on blood sugar. Even though masa flour is “on plan,” I’d still be careful not to use it super frequently because corn is, well, corn. There’s a reason it’s used for fattening animals. 😛
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Where to get masa flour
Walmart, plain and simple. Walmart carries big bags of Maseca masa flour in the Hispanic foods section, and it’s extremely cheap. The ingredients should read something like, “Corn treated with hydrated lime.” (Lime is what breaks the corn down in the nixtamalization process.)
If you’re one of those odd people that eats chicken with waffles, well, this would be a good waffle contender. (I had to Google “chicken and waffles” to see if it was even a thing, because I was pretty sure I’d heard of it but knew nothing about it. Turns out it really is a thing. Kind of sounds like something I should try….)
Personally, I like this waffle with some Cranberry Syrup – and I just so happened to post a Cranberry Syrup recipe today. 😛 You can see it here. The sweet-tart of the syrup pairs nicely with the cornbread flavor of the waffle. Maybe cornbread and cranberries sounds just as odd to you as chicken and waffles do to me.
For a more traditional palate, top this waffle with sugar-free maple-flavored syrup. Want a big fat THM Crossover for something special? Add a nice pat of butter on top! (If you do THM with a few tweaks and use a little honey in an E setting once in awhile, this waffle is amazing with a little drizzle on top…ssshhh…don’t tell.)
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- Budget Friendly Cornbread (THM:E)
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- Whisk the ingredients together until smooth. Bake in a greased waffle iron.
- Suggested toppings: low-fat cottage cheese, sugar-free syrup, Cranberry Syrup
- For a big fat crossover, top with butter!
**You could probably use unsweetened applesauce instead if you have a dairy allergy.