Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Heart Healthy Waffles

First of all, I want to send out a lot of love to Michael and his family. Today I'm with them in spirit while they honor the wonderful life of Grandma Glo. She was so amazing and will be missed.
<3
Heart Healthy Waffles
I have a dream.

I dream of a spacious kitchen with lots of light. I dream of an island and glistening appliances. I dream of a cheerful, comforting, space with fresh flowers and full of the smells of baking bread or cookies. I dream of a happy place, where people congregate for food, love, and laughter. I dream of little ones reaching up with tiny hands, to help stir or lick a spoon.

I dream of a big, happy family, sitting around a table and enjoying a big breakfast. And at this breakfast...obviously there shall be waffles.
Heart Healthy Waffles
Waffles are king (or queen) of the (non savory) breakfasts around here. Michael doesn't adore pancakes, and I don't really like french toast, but we both enjoy waffles. 

I also want to be able to enjoy waffles in my life for a long, long, long time. My great grandma is 105. I don't know if I necessarily wanna live that long but...hey...it's pretty awesome. 

The beauty of these beauties is they're heart healthy: they include flaxseed and wheat germ (although I omitted the wheat germ because I didn't have any), whole wheat flour, and can be made with egg substitute and a healthier fat choice (such as coconut oil).
Heart Healthy Waffles
I gotta say, I love flaxseed/flaxseed meal. I bought a bag for these waffles and I have really enjoyed it! You can just throw a little tablespoon or some such into like any baked good and hey, woot, you've got a little healthier kick to it!

Back to the waffles-they're hearty, chewy, full of flavor, and really just a great option. Really, the only downside is they aren't quite crisp enough for me. But that's not a big deal, they're so gorgeous and I would be proud to serve this to anyone. Especially my adorable little future family that I'm dreaming of :)

Heart Healthy Waffles

Slightly adapted from Back to the Cutting Board

Heart Healthy Waffles
Makes 3-5 Belgian waffles
Note-The wheat germ and flaxseed can be omitted
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 tbsp. sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk 
  • 3 eggs or 3/4 cup egg substitute 
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp. coconut or canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preparation:
Heart Healthy Waffles
  • In a large bowl whisk together flaxseed meal, flours, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a small bowl milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla. (if using coconut oil and if it solidifies, you can microwave on low for a very short time, just until warm enough to melt the oil but not cook the eggs)
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid ingredients. Stir until moist. 
  • Coat waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Follow instructions to cook waffles.
Heart Healthy Waffles
Come on over, let's have breakfast!
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