Rainbow Waffles Anyone?

Posted on November 10th, 2012 by Denise | No Comments

Rainbow Waffles Anyone?

By

Denise Koonce OTR

Yes this is fluffy!  Totally fluffy, as a matter of fact!  Yummy, delicious, fun, colorful, fluffy waffles that kids eat!!!  Key word being eat.  I realize this topic is a bit different from the previous topics but it is one I had to share.  My husband, who is a chef, found a recipe on Yahoo Shine while searching for some fun food ideas in order to spend some quality time in the kitchen with our daughter.  The recipe he decided on was for rainbow waffles.  I realize it is a bit colorful for adults but, trust me, kids love it.  At least our daughter did!  Even those children who can be very reluctant to eat may be willing to try these.    As someone who works with children who exhibit feeding difficulties, I am always looking for new food options.  I am always exploring new ways to offer food and new ways to increase the caloric value within the food without increasing the volume.  This recipe is an example of a food item that falls in that category.  It is kid friendly, slightly sweet, colorfully novel, and has an easy texture.  It can be a finger food and can be dipped into sauces.  Butter can also be added to the final product to increase calories without increasing volume.  For therapists, it can be made ahead of time and brought to therapy or it can be made at home by the parents in preparation for mealtime.   

Items Needed:

You will need a round waffle maker, six small bowls, and pastry piping bags (or zip lock quart freezer baggies with a small corner of the bag cut, to act as a pastry bag).

 Simple waffle recipe ingredients:  (Yields 4 cups batter)

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 ¾ cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil

2 eggs

Vegetable spray for waffle iron

 For the rainbow effect:

Food coloring – violet (purple), blue, green, yellow, orange, and red

 For the cute fluffy cloud effect:

Whipped cream – from the can or homemade

 Preparation:

  1.  Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk together wet ingredients in a medium bowl.  Gradually add wet ingredients to dry and stir until combined.  Don’t over mix, its okay if there are a few lumps.
  2. Divide batter into six small bowls.  Add food coloring to each to achieve desired color – the brighter the better.  You will need a little more batter for the outside colors:  red, orange, and yellow.
  3. Heat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Spray lightly with vegetable oil as necessary.
  4. For ease of dispensing on the waffle pan, place the batter in the quart freezer zip lock baggies and squeeze the batter in a circular pattern onto waffle iron.  Start with violet (purple) in the center, then circle with blue, then green, yellow, orange, and finally red.  Cook according to the waffle maker manufacturer’s instructions. 
  5. Cut the waffle in half and decorate with dollops of fluffy whipped cream at the base to form clouds. 

Serve and enjoy the smiles, giggles, and a happy plate.

Try this fun recipe and let us know what you think and the results you experience.  In addition, if you have any fun recipes or foods you have had success with in therapy, that you would like to share, please send them in.  Besides, you never know how much fun a rainbow can be until you eat one!

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