VEGAN + GF DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY WAFFLES. (Brandie Bennett)
Breakfast, Yes the most important and delicious meal of the day. Honestly when I wake up in the morning, its the first thing I think about.... well maybe coffee first. Actually, always coffee first. You cant be a proper mom with out your morning cup of coffee.
This recipe is my go-to in the beginning of the week. I make up a batch of these and then throw them in the toaster on mornings I need to get out the door quick. Not only are these waffles delicious and hearty, they are so good for you. Its kinda like eating a healthy bowl of oatmeal but better... because its waffles!
Here are the health benefits of these waffles
First Flax: I buy these seeds in bulk which allow them to keep longer. I grind them myself right before adding them to my meals. This allows ultimate nutrient availability.
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart healthy effects.
- Lignans, a natural hormone balancer and are chalk full of antioxidants.
- Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
Second Dates: I use dates as a sugar alternative, You can throw it straight in your high speed blender with your meal or you can mix with a little bit of water and puree, keep in your fridge for a quick date paste.
- Weight loss (sugar is the enemy, dates are our friends)
- Relieving constipation, supporting regular bowel movements
- Promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk
- Iron and magnesium
- Reducing blood pressure
- Promoting respiratory and digestive health
- Pregnancy deliveries (especially great to eat through your third trimester)
and Last our delicious topping Maple Syrup: It can boost your immune system, age-proof your skin, calm tummy troubles, and more. Many syrups are made with processed sugars like corn syrup rather than real maple syrup. Look for a bottle that lists pure maple syrup as its only ingredient.
Every ingredient in these waffles carries a health benefit of some sort. The Oats are a great source of GF Whole grain. Oats digests slowly, releasing a steady stream of energy and keeping you fuller longer.
Remember that breakfast is a jump start to your metabolism. Its important to not skip which in return will slow down your digestion and then turn you into a ravenous beast around noon. You won't know what hit you or what you just ate. The key to healthy eating is eating several small, healthy whole foods through out the day. Carry nuts in your purse, make your own protein bars on the go. Only have healthy food at your finger tips, and P L A N A H E A D.
Here is to your healthier day, CHEERS (to waffles).
2 1/2 Cups Oats - blended in your dry blender container or your can buy oat flour.
1 Cup Water
1 1/2 Cups Milk Alternative - I use my own coconut milk . see recipe
1/2 cup of Orange Juice
3 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs Flax seeds - ground
1/2 tsp Salt
First blend your oats to a fine flour. If you don't have a dry blender set your store bought oat flour aside. Combine all wet ingredients in your high speed blender and pulverize. Once all your wet ingredients are well mixed. Set your blender on the lowest setting. Remove the top and slowly incorporate your oat flour. Place top back on give it another quick pulse all together and pour over your hot waffle iron.