Eating breakfast is an important part of starting your day. I can admit that I haven’t been doing so good with eating a healthy meal for breakfast. I’m usually quicker to grab a venti Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks and either a butter croissant or sugar cookie (I know, that’s terrible!). But I always go for the quicker meals that are ready made and simple to devour. I just don’t always enjoy getting up and making a huge breakfast unless I’m in the mood to do so. Plus, I’m often working really early mornings anyway or staying up late until 3 a.m. doing work on blog, so I’m TIRED! Haha! Yeah, so I’m pretty lazy in the mornings if you catch my drift. Anyway, my husband on the other hand doesn’t mind whipping together a big breakfast daily. Although I’m not a morning eater, he and my little guy are, so they’ll have their meals prepped and ready and happily indulging! Such inspiration. But I’m working on it though Ya’ll! I’ve promised myself that starting in August, I’ll be more conscious with my health and take on eating MUCH healthier and exercising daily. I won’t be hitting the gym like my husband does (can you believe he goes 6 times a week and has lost over 60 lbs? Crazy!), but I’ll be doing 30 minutes or so every morning at home. I like using YouTube for great exercise videos. Plus, you can search for any type of workout that caters to your specific need.
Anyway, as for my diet, I’ll be taking it to the extreme and going vegan. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but it’s so scary to take the plunge. I mean, going from eating meat in it’s entirety to no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, or any other animal products is freaking terrifying! Haha. But I’m ready for the challenge. Besides, my body has been giving me clues that I can’t tolerate dairy or gluten all too well, and it’s time that I stop ignoring it and begin the road to recovery and optimal health. I just find gluten-free eating to be such a death sentence. I hate the gluten-free flour (which has a bold not so great taste + texture) and I’m not so thrilled in not being able to eat breads, pastas, etc. in their regular form. However, I did find a bread through Amazon Fresh that wasn’t at all bad and although it’s Gluten-Free, it really feels and tastes like regular bread (which is rare in the Gluten-Free world) and it’s not too expensive, priced at $4.99. You can find it here: La Brea Bakery Gluten Free Sliced Artisan Sandwich Bread.
Well, I’m prepared for this new food journey and to start prepping myself mentally, I’ve decided to make a Vegan Gluten-Free waffle as a tester. I added banana to the batter for a nice added flavor and topped it with blueberries. I didn’t use any sugar, but sweetened it with organic maple syrup and it turned out to be amazing! Although I used Gluten-Free flour, I didn’t taste the overwhelming ‘weirdness” in it’s taste and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it actually was. These waffles are fluffy and thick enough to just have two (unless you’re a big eater) and adding a few slices of fresh fruit to the side, makes for a nice healthy meal to kick start your day. I’d definitely recommend trying these, especially with your little one(s). My little guy LOVED it and he’s a picky eater, so I think it’s safe to say that these lovelies are pretty A-HMAZING! Haha.
Despite my transition into veganism (starting with food first and then working my way down to all other products), Ya’ll know that a girl must have her flavor, so my future recipes beginning next month won’t disappoint! I PROMISE! I’ll be doing a lot of research and experimenting to ensure that my vegan recipes blend right in with all my other faves!
Well, I’ve added the recipe below and definitely recommend that you give it a try (even if it’s just for the heck of it!). Happy clean eating!
Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Belgian Waffles
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used Almond Breeze's Almond milk)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsps ground flax seeds
- 1 Tbsp organic maple syrup
- 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill brand, which holds up very well when heating, just an FYI!)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup pureed banana
Turn oven on to 200°F to keep your finished waffles warm and crispy in between making.
Turn on waffle maker to desired temperature setting (based on instructions). ***Setting will vary depending on your waffle maker and how you prefer your waffles.***
Whisk almond milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, ground flax seeds, pureed bananas and maple syrup together in a medium-sized bowl, whisking enough to thoroughly incorporate the flax seeds. Then let sit for 5-minutes.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in another large bowl.
Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Batter should be thick.
Spoon enough waffle mixture into your waffle maker so the bottom of the waffle maker is filled (avoid over-filling so that it doesn't run over once it rises!). Close waffle maker and cook according to your maker's directions (usually 4 1/2 minutes or so).