Fall happened for me last night. I stepped off the plane at Midway Airport (in shorts) and immediately thought “they really have the AC blasting here.” Until I realized, oh wait, that’s just Chicago.
As I write this, I’m sitting in the kitchen I grew up in (with a few sweaters on), thinking about some of my warmest fall memories… Saturday mornings with pancakes and waffles are definitely at the top the list. Crisp cool air, hot waffles… and most likely the Muppet Babies on TV in the background.
These are great right off the waffle iron, but lately (especially because I’ve made so many test batches), I’ve been freezing the extras for easy-waffling any day of the week. Let them thaw just slightly and them pop them in the toaster. Because sometimes you want a waffle on a Wednesday.
These are made with whole wheat pastry flour, which I love because it’s whole grain but not too dense. I used my non-dairy milk of choice – Almond Breeze with a squeeze of lemon (to create a vegan “buttermilk” flavor). They’re soft on the inside, crisp on the outside, and are best with maple syrup and tons of fruit!
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- 1.5 cups Original Almond Breeze Almond Milk, at room temp
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cups loose-packed whole wheat pastry flour (or white/wheat mix)
- 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cane sugar
- teeny pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- maple syrup & butter (vegan butter)
- seasonal fruit
- Preheat your waffle iron (I use setting #5 on mine - the second to highest setting)
- In a small bowl, combine Almond Breeze and lemon juice. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, flax meal, cinnamon, sugar, and salt).
- To your small bowl (with the almond milk), add melted coconut oil and vanilla and whisk together. Then pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don't over mix).
- Spray your waffle iron with a little cooking spray and scoop in the batter. I let my waffles cook for about a minute after the beep for an ideal crispy-on-the-outside texture.
- Serve waffles immediately (while they're piping hot!), with butter, maple syrup and fruit.
- Let leftover waffles cool and freeze for easy weekday waffles later.