Some mornings just call for waffles. This is my easy, go-to recipe.
2 cups almond milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. sweetener (sugar, agave, or maple syrup)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Pre-heat your waffle iron. Mix the first four ingredients well. Add the last four ingredients and stir until well combined. You should have a nice, pourable (but not runny) batter. Grease your waffle iron (I use sunflower oil in a spray bottle). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your iron, or, if you have an old one like me, use trial and error to determine the perfect cooking time and then use a timer for the rest of your waffles. Place finished waffles on a plate in a warm oven until you’re ready to eat.
In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups of mixed berries, 1/8-1/4 cup sweetener (sugar, agave, or maple syrup), depending on taste, and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat until most of the berries have cooked down but some still retain their shape. Let cool until warm but not burn-your-mouth hot.
Put two waffles on a plate.
Douse Drizzle with maple syrup and top with berry compote. Enjoy!
The Hollywood farmers market treated me to two new vegan delights today! The first is NoMoo Non-Dairy Wise Cream. All vegan and soy free, some are even processed sugar-free (sweetened with dates and maple syrup). We taste-tested peanut butter chocolate fudge (OMG), a date-sweetened vanilla, and a date-sweetened banana. All were super yums.
The second treat of the day was The Ridiculous Baking Co. Ridiculous is correct, as we indulged in a breakfast pocket with tofu, almond cheddar cheeze, and some kind of yummy, savory “facon” crumble, and bought a chocolate croissant to take home with us. Low-cal? No. Delicious? Yes.
We bought fruit and veggies too, I promise.
Sundays are usually big breakfast days around our household. I get up early, make pancakes or waffles, scramble or biscuits and gravy, and have a leisurely start to the day. My kitchen gets the early morning light from the east, and it just feels so good to get up and make first thing in the morning. Later on we walk to the farmers market and get fruit and veggies for the week. Sundays are pretty much my favorite days.
This morning I made whole wheat banana pancakes.
- 1 1/4 c. white whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sunflower oil (or any neutral oil; coconut is amazing)
- 1 1/2 c. almond milk (adjust at the end to get the right batter consistency)
- 2 Tbsp. sweetener of choice (sugar, maple syrup, or agave)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 bananas, sliced
Gently mix together your ingredients. Preheat your skillet (I use my trusty cast iron pan). Pour about 1/2 c. of batter into a nice circle, and while it cooks, place about 5 slices of banana into the top of the batter. After bubbles appear on the surface, check to see if the bottom is nicely browned. If so, flip! The banana side will cook more quickly, and the bananas themselves will become caramelized. You may need to oil your pan in between flips if you’re not using a well-seasoned pan (or sometimes even if you are). Stack the cooked pancakes on an oven-proof plate and place in a warm oven until you’re ready to eat. Top with pure maple syrup (or a fruit syrup or compote – yum!) and dig in!
Note: this recipe is infinitely adaptable. Want blueberry pancakes? Add 1 cup of blueberries to the batter. Want cinnamon pancakes? Add 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Want vegan nog pancakes for the holidays? Use nog instead of almond milk, and top with a dusting of nutmeg. You can’t go wrong.
We celebrated my sweet friend Marissa’s very belated birthday last night at Gracias Madre. It’s my second time at this new, plant-based Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood. I’ve never been to the one in S.F., but now it’s on my “to go” list next time I’m up in the Bay Area. The decor is lovely, with small touches that really make for a great experience, and the food is delicious. They make their own cashew crema and spicy nacho cashew cheese, and they offer a few dishes with mole, which I love. We had a great server last night, who was very attentive — she recommended the brussels sprouts and she was not wrong. They were amazingly indulgent. As were the flautas, El Plato, ginger ale, and pineapple guava juice.
L.A. Vegan Crepe
Starting the new year off right with brunch at L.A. Vegan Crepe!