Magic Vegan Waffles

 Made with a surprising ingredient, Magic Vegan Waffles are truly spellbinding! Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and sure to please the whole family!

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Waking up with my sweetie and whipping up a fat stack of waffles is one of my favorite parts of every week. John and I have been having these every single Saturday and it’s just such a treat. While the waffles cook up, we make coffee, pick up the house, and get settled into the couch for some hygge.

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Huuhh-what?? In both Danish and Norwegian, hygge (hoo-guh) refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.” (Wiki) Some say it loosely translates to cozy, but it’s basically a comfortable, relaxed togetherness. And it’s wonderful. We used to get up and immediately hit the gym and get our day moving because I have an insatiable appetite for productivity. But now I find that moving slow, relaxing, and enjoying some fellowship with my teeny family sets me up for a day of much more happiness and satisfaction.

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Speaking of happiness… These waffles legit put a huge grin on my face every. single. time. They’re THAT good! I can’t take credit for this idea, I stumbled upon it while looking for a solid, reliable, vegan waffle recipe. I didn’t really care if it was healthy, but I was totally over the heavy, dense waffles that I usually seem to produce. So when I saw this vegan waffle recipe on Food 52, I figured it would be a classic batter of flour, liquid, sugar. You know, the good stuff. What I saw shocked me…

TOFU.

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WAIT! Don’t leave!! I know it sounds koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs, but tofu makes a fantastic substitute for eggs. The silken variety is very soft and squishy and gives these waffles not only their body and structure, but also their perfectly soft insides. Because the proteins in silken tofu are already denatured and won’t get any firmer, these waffles take longer to cook than ones with eggs. There’s just a lot of liquid that needs to burn off.

I found that using a waffle maker that makes thinner waffles (as opposed to the thicker Belgian variety) is more successful, but either will work. If you do use the Belgian-style maker, just keep the waffles in the oven a little longer so they have time to dry out. This is the thin one that I prefer, and this is the Belgian one I use for other recipes. I got mine at a local resale shop for suuuper cheap, but they’re both reasonably priced to begin with.

And as far as other equipment goes… All you need is a blender! Because the last thing anyone wants to do when they’re trying to get their snuggle on [or ever…] is dishes. Amiright?!

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So grab your loved ones, whether that be a spouse, your kids, your cat, a teddy bear, or your quirky neighbor and spend some quality face-to-face time. Preferably while stuffing said faces with vegan waffles.

Magic Vegan Waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-7 waffles

Made with a surprising ingredient, Magic Vegan Waffles are truly spellbinding! Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and sure to please the whole family!

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz carton silken tofu, excess liquid drained
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Juice of half a lemon (~2 Tbs)
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose or spelt)
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200F or warm setting. Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet and place in oven.
  2. Blend the tofu, lemon juice, and water in a blender until completely smooth. Leave the machine running and slowly drizzle in the oil. Add vanilla and pulse until just combined.
  3. Half at a time, add the dry ingredients into the wet and pulse until combined. Do not over mix but be sure everything is incorporated.
  4. Heat a waffle iron to medium heat. Once hot, brush lightly or spray with oil.
  5. Scoop 1/3-1/2 cup batter into the iron and cook until golden brown. This may take longer than the manufacturer instructions; mine take about 4 and a half minutes each.
  6. Use a fork to remove the waffle from the press and move it to the baking sheet. Keep the cooked waffles in the oven while the others cook. Serve immediately.
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Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie

Like dipping fruit into melted candy, Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie is a healthy indulgence! Don’t let the sinful taste fool you; this smoothie is the perfect nourishing start to any day!

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If I could eat one thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my life, this smoothie would be a top contender for the #1 spot. On a typical day, I blend it up and take it out the door with me on my way to work. If I manage to restrain from chugging the entire thing on my 4-minute commute, I’m usually slurping the bottom of the glass as I walk to my desk. It’s THAT good.

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The irresistible flavor of this smoothie comes from the unexpectedly divine combination of chocolate, cherries, and beets. The earthy flavors of beets and cacao perfectly balance the sweetness and tartness of dark red cherries. I don’t usually sweeten my smoothies but I love to add a scoop of raw honey here. The natural sugars mask any bitterness from the beets or cacao and make this feel like a real treat!

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As for protein, I choose Manitoba Harvest hemp protein or Garden of Life raw protein blend. Use whatever protein you prefer, but adjust your sweetener depending on the flavor of your protein. And if you’re looking for an extra hit of protein and some healthy fats, the Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts are a perfect creamy add-in!

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If you thought smoothies were merely boring glasses of green sludge, suitable only for brave hippies and total health freaks… Think again, my friends. A Chocolate Cherry Beet smoothie tastes more like a milkshake and will make a smoothie convert out of you!

Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie

Like dipping fruit into melted candy, Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie is a healthy indulgence! Don’t let the sinful taste fool you; this smoothie is the perfect nourishing start to any day!

Ingredients

  • ½ banana, frozen
  • ½ cup chopped, frozen beet
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbs. cacao powder
  • 1 Tbs. hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup or honey or 1 date (optional for sweetness)
  • Handful of fresh spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until combined. Enjoy immediately.
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Blueberry Granola

Chunky, crunchy, chewy granola makes a hearty breakfast or satisfying snack. Add some juicy dried fruit and Blueberry Granola will have you reaching back for more all day!

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I will never make this granola again. Not because it’s terrible and I hated it. But because I literally. can’t. stop. No joke, I took down this entire recipe in approximately 7 days. The addiction is too real…

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It’s hard to believe something so addicting and delicious can have no oil, no refined sugar, and less than 8 ingredients. But you better believe it because I’m not kitchen you, this stuff is the bomb. I brought a jar of it to work hoping it would last me the week, but ended up eating the entire thing in one sitting. Oops. But with an ingredient list this clean, it’s just hard to feel guilty!

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A lot of dried blueberries are sweetened with sugar and coated in processed oil, so keep an eye out for a healthier brand. I found Steve’s Paleo Goods brand at my local grocery, which have two ingredients: wild blueberries and apple juice concentrate. If you can’t find these, just use whatever you have. [I know, just call me Ina.] You could also go crazy and use a mix of dried fruits for a mixed berry flavor. Yum!

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If you’re like me and have zero self control when it comes to chunky, crunchy, lightly sweetened snacks, I recommend you make this recipe with caution. Or just eat the whole pan in front of the TV tonight. I’m not here to judge…

Blueberry Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Chunky, crunchy, chewy granola makes a hearty breakfast or satisfying snack. Add some juicy dried fruit and Blueberry Granola will have you reaching back for more all day!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts)
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal (or puffed rice)
  • ¾ cup dates
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • ¾ cup dried blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add dates to a blender and cover with the hot water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Once softened, add vanilla and blend until completely smooth. Add almond butter and mix until just combined.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, rice cereal, and salt. Pour the liquid ingredients over the mix and stir carefully until everything is completely coated.
  4. Spread out and bake for 35 minutes, gently stirring once or twice. The less you stir, the larger the clumps will be.
  5. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle dried blueberries over the top. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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