I’ve been Vegan for 25 days! Woohoo.. I know it doesn’t seem like much but I’m a huge (or used to be huge) Carnivore and have a massive infatuation with steak. However I decided for Lent to to go Vegan for 6 weeks and see how my body adjusted to the new lifestyle. So far I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying it so far and have considered making a few adjustments when I transition back into my “normal life”.
Don’t be fooled it isn’t super simple to be a vegan, but it isn’t as hard as most people make it out to be. It also isn’t as expensive as people say it is either (I’m a teacher I don’t do expensive ever!!). What I will say is being a Vegan is a bit time consuming. My meal planning for the week takes a bit more time (this week’s meal planning took me 3 hours!). Also I cant be as impetuous when deciding what to eat whether I’m at home, or out at a restaurant it takes a bit more thinking and creativity.
Besides that my body feels the same (not great but not sluggish). I was expecting a huge difference in weight, skin appearance, and energy levels. Since it’s only been three weeks I guess I can’t really expect miracles. Eating healthier/cleaner is still at the forefront even as a Vegan (yes you can be an unhealthy vegan). So I try to make sure that my vegan substitutes (if I’m not eating a meal I’ve prepared myself) are low in sodium, sugar and soy free. So when I stumbled onto this Vegan Gluten Free Waffle Recipe on Pinterest. This recipe made me fall in love with Vegan options for comfort foods I love, and introduced me to Minimalist Baker whose recipes are the only ones I can recreate and be satisfied with.
In this recipe I took her original and adapted it to what I had in the house and flavors I really liked. That is what is so awesome about her recipes they are adaptable to your needs/wants. I kept the basics of the recipe and added my own swag to it! Here’s what you’ll need:
Vegan Gluten Free Waffle Recipe
- 1 ¾ Gluten Free Flour Blend (I use Trader Joes Gluten Free flour blend but you can find some at your local market or through Amazon. The flour blend is going to dictate how grainy/gritty your waffles come out)
- ½ cup of gluten free rolled oats
- 1 ¼ cup of unsweetened Almond milk + 1tsp of ACV or White Vinegar
- ¼ cup of Maple Syrup (or Agave depending on which sweetener you prefer)
- 1 ½tsp of Baking Powder
- ¼ of Olive oil, or coconut oil
- a pinch of Sea Salt
MJB’s Extra Add On Swag Ingredients (yeah I totally named it that!)
- ¼ cup of Dairy Free Chocolate Chips or Cacao (I’ve even added in Cocoa powder)
- ½ tsp of Cinnamon
- ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup of your favorite fruit (as a topping)
- ½ tbsp of Chia Seeds
- Mix your almond milk + vinegar together in a mixing bowl and let it sit for a while to set (2-3 minutes)
- Once that is set add in the remainder of your wet ingredients and whisk them together until fully mixed/combined. Because of the vinegar, and vanilla extract it’ll look a bit off white.
- Set the wet ingredients to the side. In a larger mixing bowl mix your dry ingredients together. Whisk until they are fully blended.
- Pour your wet ingredients into the larger mixing bowl that contains your dry ingredients. Whisk that together until you get a nice batter consistency.
- Heat up your waffle maker and pour the mix in (be careful not to let it over flow)
- I set my waffle iron to 4-5 because I like my waffles crispy/darker. You can set it to whatever level you feel comfortable with or whatever works best on your particular waffle maker. I use this Cuisinart Waffle Maker.
- The nutrition information will vary based on the additional ingredients you use and your particular flour blend. I also add in a bit more maple syrup towards the end of the mixing process for extra flavor.
- I prefer to eat these waffles fresh when they are hot and crispy, but they can be saved for later (frozen like Eggos) and warmed up.
- This recipe was taken/adapted from Minimalist Baker’s original recipe.
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