So, it’s been day 2 of my vegan food journey, and thus far, I’m loving every minute of it. Before embarking on this journey (while it was just a mere thought anyway), I wrestled with the idea of it being a hard thing to do. I mean, could you imagine going from being a carnivore to vegetarian, then back to a carnivore, but then diving right into veganism head first? Crazy, right? Well, I’ve decided to go down the completely “clean eating” route and I am so happy I finally took the leap of faith. One thing that being a vegan eater (Yes, for the past 2 days! Haha) has taught me is that you have to be more intentional with how you make your meals. Usually, you find it much easier to be able to throw things together when you can eat ANYTHING. But in the “vegan world”, there are MANY things that you can’t consume, therefore, you’re left to make more intentional choices when it comes to flavor, texture, and everything else. Happily, this isn’t much of a pain in the neck type of situation for me, since I’m traveling on this journey by choice and I already prepped my mind for the Do’s and Don’ts. Granted, this doesn’t mean that I won’t go through a moment of frustration, doubt, or temptation to revert back to eating meat along the way. It just means that this new way of eating will be a learned behavior that will later become my new norm and in the meantime, I must learn to be patient and committed all the way through.
Briefly about the Vegan Diet……
A vegan diet is one that consists of only plant-derived foods. Vegans don’t use or consume any animals or animal products including flesh (land or sea animals), milk, eggs, or honey. I’ll touch further on this once I’m a bit further on my journey.
Anyway, as most of you may already know, I do love my Belgian waffles (I’ve opted for these instead of plain ol’ pancakes for a while! Haha!) and being a vegan eater doesn’t change this fact. Thankfully, there are substitutes for dairy when it comes to making waffles and I’m happy to share! In this recipe, I choose to switch things up a bit by using water and lemon juice, instead of apple cider vinegar and a milk substitute like Almond milk or Coconut milk. Personally, I found these waffles to be really fluffy and oh so GOOD! Per usual, it’s super easy ingredients involved and it doesn’t take a long time to make (except for the 4 1/2 minutes or so to cook each waffle in the waffle maker). But that’s no biggie! You’ll be done in no time once you’ve prepped your waffle maker and adjusted the temperature to the “perfect” setting. Lastly, I decided to add fresh blackberries as garnish to balance out the sweetness of the waffles and maple syrup. It was a nice touch to the dish, but you can feel free to add your own favorite berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, all three,or whatever else you’d like!
While I did use organic all-purpose flour for this recipe, be sure to check out my previous Gluten-free version waffles (with a hint of banana) if you’d prefer not to use any flour containing gluten: Click Here!
Also, be sure to check out the recipe below so that you can give it a GO!
Fluffy Cinnamon Vegan Belgian Waffles
- 3 cups organic all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsps baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 6 Tbsps brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 5 Tbsps lemon juice
- 1 Tbsps vanilla extract
- 6 Tbsps organic canola oil
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups choice of fresh berries (garnish)
Preheat your waffle maker to desired setting.
Whisk together the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Add the canola oil, water, vanilla extract, and lemon juice to the dry mixture and stir together well until fully incorporated.
Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes while it slightly thickens and rises.
Spoon batter into your waffle maker and cook according to your waffle iron's instructions.
Once each waffle completes, add to a baking sheet and place them in the oven on the lowest setting (to keep them warm).
Serve Belgian waffles with the choice of your favorite berries and maple syrup.
If you'd prefer to make 1/2 the amount of Belgian waffles, feel free to shave each measurement down in half for each ingredient.
There you have it, Fluffy Cinnamon Vegan Belgian Waffles to the rescue!