Growing up, Saturday mornings were about pancakes and waffles! My Daddy made them from the box with a little bit of of his own flavor. Anybody else grow up on box mix and frozen waffles?
I did and I loved every bite of them . . . that is until I realized how much unnecessary ingredients were mixed in.
Preservatives. Additives. Allergens . . . you know that sort of thing.
Let’s talk about the box ingredients. For corporations, grocers and marketers, shelf life is the most important thing, so they add a few additives and chemicals to ensure that it can sit in your pantry for a while. I don’t want waffles that have been sitting for a while . . .
Once I started cooking, I realized how easy it was to make from scratch.
Over the years I’ve played with a few recipes and the one that I dig the most are my Pumpkin Waffles with Ginger Maple Syrup. (When I’m in a bind, I use butternut squash and that works just as well). And the best part is you can make a batch of these ahead of time, freeze them and then eat them throughout the week —-so it’s just like prepackaged frozen waffles, but better!
Vegan Pumpkin Waffles with Ginger Maple Syrup
Vegan and gluten-free
- 1 cup roasted pumpkin puree (or butternut squash puree)
- 3/4 cup plant milk (I used hemp)
- 3/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
- 1/8 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- nuff pumpkin spice
- salt to taste
- GINGER MAPLE SYRUP
- fresh ginger
- maple syrup
- In large mixing bowl, blend or whisk pumpkin or butternut puree, plant milk and melted coconut oil
- In a smaller separate bowl whisk AP Gluten Free Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Powder and Pumpkin Spice
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
- Mix just until combined. Do not overmix, a few lumps are okay
- Let sit for 5 minutes while preheating waffle iron
- Use waffle iron according to its instructions
- While waffling, take a small nonstick sauce pot and pour in the desired amount of maple syrup you will need.
- Turn heat to low and using a microplane or zester, add grated ginger to the syrup. The more you use, the stronger the taste. The less you use, the milder the taste.
- I can’t tell you how much . . . this is where you have to practice Mindfulness and trust your intuition to guide you in the kitchen!
- Whisk this gently until syrup starts to bubble. The minute it starts to bubble, remove from heat and pour into a clean glass container.
- Set aside and serve with waffles once they’re cooked.
This recipe makes 9 mini waffles or 2-3 large ones