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nuts for waffles

23 Feb
Cooking and baking are all about modification and experimentation to create the perfect recipe for you and your family. You can substitute various dry and wet ingredients depending what you have in your pantry at the time!
 
Multigrain Blueberry Waffles
 
2 c organic spelt flour
1 c organic brown rice flour
1 c organic old-fashioned oats
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 organic eggs lightly beaten
3 c organic soy milk
1/4 cup agave nectar ( I actually only used about 3/4 of the 1/4 measuring cup)
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c blended organic coconut oil and sunflower oil
1 c plain organic yogurt
1 c organic blueberries
1 c mixed pecans, walnuts and sunflower seeds
 
Place flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl stir together eggs, soy milk, agave nectar and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients. Stir in oil and yogurt. Finally, stir blueberries and chopped nuts into batter. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes before using.
 
My kids enjoyed these waffles with the nutty flavour. I was happy to add more protein and less saturated fat than the recipe called for. You can use whole wheat flour rather than spelt and brown rice flours. I also substituted the agave nectar for maple syrup. If you don’t stock agave nectar in your pantry use pure maple syrup. 
 

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Chocolate Walnut Waffles

14 Feb
2 cups spelt flour (you can use all-purpose, whole wheat or a blend)
1/2  cup brown sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups low-fat milk (I blended soy and cow’s milk)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (use organic if you have it, the taste is much more intense)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or butter if you don’t have any coconut oil)
3/4 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
 
Place flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Use a whisk to blend. In large measuring cup or bowl combine milk, egg and vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients stirring with a whisk until blended and smooth. Stir in the melted oil. Let batter stand for 5 minutes, or while your waffle iron heats.  
 
When the waffle iron is ready, stir chocolate chips and nuts into the batter. Stir only until blended. Pour enough batter on the waffle iron to lightly cover surface.   
 
Enjoy warm with butter, maple syrup, ice cream, whatever topping you fancy! We enjoyed our waffles plain with a cup of tea.
 

it’s a date

14 Feb

I love long weekends when there is time to relax, the sun is shining, the kids are getting along….you know, when all the moons align! This is one of those rare moments.

Friday was a PA day which meant sleeping in, until 8:00 am, relaxing at home with the kids, no pressure to go anywhere during the day unless we wanted to. My daughter had a friend over to play and she was quite happy to play with all three of my kids than spend time alone with Ava. American Girls and guinea pigs were enough to fill hours with imaginative play, giggles and fun. They only came upstairs when I asked if they wanted some fudge! 

Now it’s Sunday, Happy Valentine’s Day!  A day to shower those you love with extra smiles, hugs and kisses. A good day to also practise opening your heart to those you don’t know. 

As an extra special treat I made chocolate walnut waffles this morning. Normally my kids eat four waffles each, but this morning the waffles were so dense and rich they could only eat two. If you want to make a decadent breakfast or brunch treat check out the recipe! I even modified the ingredients to make the waffles marginally healthy. Shhh, my kids don’t know!

Enjoy this day of hearts, chocolate and love. Don’t forget to love yourself when you are sharing your heart.  ♥

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