When I think of Winter Wonderland, peppermint and candies comes to mind. It just so happens that peppermint patties are one of the easiest and homemade friendly candies to make. With just a few ingredients, you can make creamy, fresh and minty candies everyone can enjoy for the holidays!
If you were to guess the ingredients that were in almond milk, you’d probably think just almonds and water. But if you take a look at the carton of almond milk in your refrigerator, chances are, it has a bunch of ingredients. That’s why you should make your own homemade raw almond milk! You won’t believe how easy and delicious it is! But first, let’s take a look at a popular almond milk pick, Silk’s Original Unsweetened Almond Milk:
Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavor.
Although none of their ingredients are considered unsafe by the FDA, (but what even is natural flavor?) why do you need to have more ingredients in your food than you have to? The truth is, you don’t; just keep it clean and simple, and make your own!
As my first blog post, I would like to start off with a recipe for the beginning of your day – breakfast! Gluten free and dairy free breakfasts are quite a struggle when you begin your diet change.
What should I eat? Waffles!
These waffles are sure to please anyone.
Crispy outside, chewy inside, and wonderful flavor throughout.
I made some alterations to Minimalist Baker‘s Vegan Gluten Free waffles to make them super tasty! Enjoy!
- 1¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or soy milk) + 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup canola oil, or coconut oil
- ¼ cup agave nectar or maple syrup (to taste)
- ½ cup gluten free extra thick rolled oats
- 1¾ cups gluten free flour blend
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp flax meal
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- Optional add ins:
- chocolate chips
- Whisk almond milk and vinegar in a small mixing bowl and let set for a few minutes to curdle. Then add oil, agave nectar or maple syrup, vanilla extract, and whisk. Set aside.
- Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well incorporated. Add more sweetener or some vanilla extract if desired.
- Let set for 5-10 minutes while your waffle iron preheats. (I set mine to 4 out of 5 for a crispier waffle, but adjust yours according to preference.)
- Once waffle iron is ready, generously coat with non-stick spray such and pour on about ½ cup of batter. Cook according to manufacturer instructions and then remove and place on a baking rack. Do not stack.
- Serve immediately with desired toppings, such as coconut nectar, dark chocolate, coconut flakes, or goji berries. Store leftovers in a freezer safe bag and reheat in the toaster for best results. Will keep in the freezer for up to a couple months, although they're freshest within the first couple weeks.