Did you know that cherries (not the maraschino ones used on sundaes and in drinks!) are chock full of iron, calcium, Vitamin A, and protein? They are also potassium vessels that keep your heart, kidneys, and nerve cells functioning smoothly. And they can help you get a good night's sleep – all factors that are important when you donate plasma!
This week's iron-rich recipe features a hot cherry sauce, a nutritious alternative to maple syrup, smothered on whole grain waffles. Here's what you'll need and how to make it:
Ingredients for the cherry sauce:
2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed)
(10-ounce package) pitted cherries
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for the waffles (or use frozen multigrain waffles):
2 cups white whole-wheat flour
½ cup fine cornmeal
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
2 cups low-fat or nonfat buttermilk
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Small sauce pan
Prepare the cherry sauce by combining all liquids into a small sauce pan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and let cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Set aside while waffles bake (or toast).
Whisk the dry ingredients save the brown sugar in a large bowl, then lightly beat eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl. After well-beaten, add buttermilk, oil, and vanilla to the medium bowl and mix well. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until just mixed in.
Preheat waffle iron, coating with a light cooking spray (coconut oil tastes best and is great for high heat!) Add enough batter to coat two-thirds of the iron's surface and distribute evenly with a spatula, then close the iron and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until golden.
Transfer waffles to a plate and spoon cherry sauce over. A healthy, tasty breakfast perfect right before donating! Bon appetit!