Clean, Vegan, and Healthy Waffles

We recently got an awesome waffle maker as a present, and today we got to finally enjoy it. What a treat. 

I wanted to make waffles, and after realizing I was missing some ingredients for the one recipe I had, I stumbled upon this glorious one. It has no eggs in, and is completely sugar free, and healthy. 

This recipe makes 2 waffles, so if you want more, be sure to multiple accordingly. 

Mix the following dry ingredients, and mix the wet ones separately. 

Here is the recipe: (The original)

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (like agave or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk 
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 tsp oil OR 1 tbsp more applesauce (Use the applesauce if you want fat-free waffles.)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
I didn’t use the oil, and instead used the extra tbsp of unsweetened applesauce, and instead of liquid sweetener, I used 2 tbsp of agave. I also added a pinch of cinnamon.   

Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir well. In a separate bowl, stir together remaining ingredients.

Preheat according to manufacturer’s instructions for your machine.

Mix together both of your ingredients, and stir together with a whisk. 

When iron is hot, pour half of the batter into the center of the iron, and close the lid. Make sure you keep the lid closed until the waffle is done. My machine doesn’t tell me when its done, but definitely give it a few minutes before checking on it. 

Then serve with your favorite toppings and fruit. I put banana, and blueberries with syrup on James’ while mine had blueberries and my homemade jelly on it. 

They were absolutely delicious and I highly recommend them if you have a waffle maker. 

Happy Saturday! 

Whole Grain Waffles - ( The Kooks - Is It Me )


2 eggs, beaten

415 ml skim milk

60 ml canola oil

60 ml unsweetened applesauce

5 ml vanilla extract

90 g whole wheat pastry flour

55 g flax seed meal

30 g wheat germ

30 g all-purpose flour

15 g baking powder

10 g sugar

2 g salt

How To:

1) In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat in whole wheat pastry flour, flax seed meal, wheat germ, all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt until batter is smooth.

2) Preheat a waffle iron, and coat with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron in batches, and cook until crisp and golden brown.

Whole Grains Waffles #vansfoods
It was so moist, flavorful, and fragrant!
⋅ strawberries
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⋅ blackberries
⋅ raspberries
⋅ banana slices

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5 Easy Breakfast Recipes You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less

The snooze alarm is just so tempting, and once you’ve overslept, it’s easy to rush out the door without grabbing something to eat. After all, who has time for eggs and bacon when you’re already 10 minutes behind schedule? Fortunately, there are plenty of simple breakfast options for even the most hectic of mornings, and they’re not limited to granola bars and Pop-Tarts. Here are five super-fast morning meals that should take you just a minute or two to prepare.

1. Waffles with Nut Butter and Bananas

Toaster waffles aren’t just a delivery vehicle for maple syrup. Here, they serve as a base for a tasty combo of nut butter and bananas. Recipe from Real Simple.

Ingredients :

  • 4 frozen whole-grain waffles
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions : Toast your waffles. While waffles are warming, slice the banana.

Spread almond or peanut butter on cooked waffles, top with sliced banana, and then drizzle with honey.

2. Egg and English Muffin Sandwich

Craving a dose of morning protein but don’t have time to stand over a stove? You can save time and minimize cleanup by cooking a scrambled egg in the microwave. Then, serve it on a toasted English muffin for delicious, on-the-go breakfast. Recipe from PBS.

Ingredients :

  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons shredded cheese (use any cheese you like)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Directions : Split and toast the English muffin.

While muffin is toasting, crack one egg into a small, microwavable dish that’s roughly the same diameter as your English muffin, like a coffee cup or small individual baking dish. Add the water and whisk the egg thoroughly. Sprinkle cheese on top of the egg.

Place the dish or mug in the microwave and cook egg for 35 to 40 seconds. (You’ll want all the liquid to cook off.)

As the egg cooks, spread the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard on the toasted muffin. When the egg is done, remove it from the dish, and place on one half of the muffin. At this point, you can add additional toppings, like spinach, sliced tomato, or sliced deli ham, if you like. Top with the second half of the muffin.

3. Oatmeal with Yogurt and Marmalade

You can jazz up quick-cooking oatmeal with whatever you have on hand in the fridge or the pantry, but if you’re in a rush, you don’t want to waste time washing and chopping fruit or other ingredients. This recipe from Real Simple calls for yogurt and marmalade, add-ins that don’t require any extra prep work.

Ingredients :

  • 1 serving of 1-minute oats
  • 2 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Directions : Cook oats in microwave according to package directions. When done cooking, remove from microwave and spoon the yogurt and orange marmalade on top of the oatmeal.

4. Frittata in a Mug

You can make yourself a veggie-packed, single-serve frittata without ever turning on the oven. Like the egg sandwich above, this recipe from Power Hungry also calls for microwaving your eggs, which drastically cuts down on the cooking time.

Ingredients :

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fat free or low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 small green onion, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped vegetable add-ins, like roasted red peppers or spinach (optional)

Directions : Crack the eggs into a small bowl and whisk. Add the cottage cheese, green onions, parmesan, salt, and pepper, whisking until combined. Add the vegetables if using.

Spray the inside of a mug with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the egg and cheese mixture into the mug.

Microwave the eggs on high for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again. Cook for 45 to 60 seconds more until eggs are just set.

5. Deep Purple Smoothie

Smoothies are the perfect breakfast treat for rushed mornings: Just combine all the ingredients in a blender, pour, and then go. This nutritious, berry-rich smoothie will give you the energy you need to wake up and get going. Recipe from Prevention.

Ingredients :

  • ¾ cup blueberries
  • ¾ cup blackberries
  • ½ medium banana
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions : In a blender or food processor, combine the blueberries, blackberries, and banana. Blend until smooth, adding almond milk as you do until the smoothie reaches the desired consistency. (Note: This recipe make a thick smoothie; you may need to add more liquid if you prefer a thinner smoothie.)

Pour the smoothie into a bowl or cup. Sprinkle the pistachios, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds on top. Serve.

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TGIF! It’s Feature Friday!

I’ve been really excited to cover this restaurant for a while now because it is one of my all-time favorite places to eat. There’s a spot right on Syracuse University’s campus as well as one that just opened in downtown Syracuse by Armory Square. Both locations are very hip environments. The workers are super chill and easygoing. All of the artwork in the restaurants are from local artists (and you can buy them). There’s live music at least once a week (and no, it’s not always funk music) with also an open mic night that anyone could participate in. 

But not only is the entire ambiance of the restaurant great, the food is spectacular. Their menu is split up into two parts - savory and sweet. It’s extremely creative and even has healthy options (if you’re really feeling that). My favorite on the sweet menu has got to be Whole Lotta Love which is a whole grain waffle topped with granola, yogurt, and strawberries. But on the savory menu, I can’t even choose… a crowd favorite is the Jive Turkey, which is a waffle made out of stuffing topped with smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy (my mouth actually just watered). Overall, it’s a spectacular restaurant full of cool people and great waffles for any time of day - what more could you ask for?

Funk n Waffles - 8/13/2015, Syracuse, NY

What did I get?: Bacon, Brie, and Basil (buttermilk waffle topped with bacon, brie, and basil and a apricot marmalade)

10RU$10: Lazy Vegan Food Edition

1. Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala
2. Amy’s Roasted Vegetable No Cheese Pizza
3. Trader Joe’s Veggie Masala Burgers (aka Samosa’ed Hashbrowns)
4. Field Roast Sausages in Smoked Apple Sage
5. Van’s Whole Grain Waffles
6. Miyoko’s Creamery Classic Double Cream Chive 
7. Classico Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
8. Califia Toasted Coconut Almond Milk
9. Ohsung Hot & Spicy Hong Ramyun Noodle Soup
10. Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (okay, okay, so it’s not prepped, but this is the start of like an infinite number of stupid easy possibilities, from pinwheels to jammy pastries)