Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

No matter whether it’s for breakfast or dinner, sometimes it is nice to have a good old blueberry waffles, but why not take that blueberry waffle and make it a bit healthier. Granted this still is not something you would want to eat every day, but it makes the times that you just have to have a waffle that much better! ;oP

What You’ll Need:
2 cups of white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 cup of organic cane sugar
3 eggs 2 cups of buttermilk (Note: If you don’t have buttermilk you can use 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of milk.)
1 to 1 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

Preheat a waffle iron.

Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles: Batter

Stir together white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and sugar in a bowl until well mixed. Add eggs, oil and buttermilk and stir until well mixed. (Note: You may need a bit more buttermilk due to humidity and such. You want a thick batter type consistency.) Stir in blueberries, until just mixed.

Spray your waffle iron with non-stick spray or brush with oil. Add batter to each plate and lower the lid. When the waffles are golden and done through remove and serve.

Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles: A Bite

Notes: You could do this with strawberries or bananas as well.

Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles

Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles

A few times a month we like to have breakfast for dinner. When we discovered that Jamison couldn’t have gluten anymore this became infinitely more complicated since that breakfast for dinner was often pancakes or waffles. So far we haven’t experimented with pancakes since the gluten discovery, but we have played around with waffles.

Our first journeys into waffledom used Pamela’s Pancake and Baking Mix and they were pretty good, but you know me, I’d rather make something from scratch. So one night last week I decided to play around with the alternative flours I had on hand and see what I could come up with and this is what resulted.

These waffles could easily fool a gluten eater. They would have no idea they were eating something that was gluten free. The waffles are tender and fluffy. Pair them with some fruit and/or maple syrup and you’re set! We’ll definitely make these again.

What You’ll Need:
1 cup of sweet potato flour
1 cup of sorghum flour
1/2 cup of tapioca flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of xanthum gum
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/4 cup of safflower oil
2 1/2 cups of buttermilk

Pre-heat waffle maker.

In a large bowl sift or whisk together sweet potato flour through organic cane sugar. Set aside.

Separate eggs and whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Add egg yolks, safflower oil and buttermilk to dry mixture and stir until mixed. Gently fold in egg white until incorporated.

Spray your waffle iron with non-stick spray or brush with oil. Place a dollop of batter in the middle of each square (or circle…my iron makes 4 square waffles) and lower the lid. Cook for 4-6 minutes until waffles are golden brown. Serve immediately.

Makes 8-10 waffles

Notes: These kept well and Alexis enjoyed some the next few days. Something during the cooking process caused the waffle iron to pop open. This happened on each batch, but it happened right before they were done so it didn’t make a mess, but it was odd. We joked that they were explosive waffles! 😉

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

When you think weekend lazy breakfast, often muffins are on the menu. These blueberry gems are delicious, tender and the blueberries give them just the right pop and zing. They are delicious warm or cold and keep for several days. You can even freeze them for use later. They are just perfect for a breakfast treat!

What You’ll Need:
3 cups of unbleached flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of organic cane sugar
3 – 6 ounce cups of vanilla yogurt
1 1/4 cups of butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/3 cup of buttermilk
The zest of 1 lemon
The juice of 1 lemon
2 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries

Blueberry Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until completely incorporated. Add lemon zest yogurt, buttermilk and butter and mix until flour mixture is completely wet and mixed throughout. Fold in blueberries carefully by hand and pour into pre-greased or lined muffin pans. Batter will be very thick.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing.

Makes roughly 2 1/2 dozen muffins.

Blueberry Muffins

Notes: Make sure you have blueberries throughout your dough. If you get to the bottom of the dish and it’s scarce on blueberries add a few to the remaining muffins once they are in the pan so that each muffin has blueberries throughout. Also make sure that you use firm blueberries, as those that overly mushy won’t work as well. You can use plain yogurt and add in a teaspoon of vanilla, but I had some vanilla yogurt that needed to be used so I chose that route instead.

Pumpkin Surprise Muffins

Pumpkin Surprise Muffins

Last weekend Alexis saw some local sugar pumpkins and wanted to get some. She’s all about pumpkins. Loves them! We decided one of the things we could do was to make some Pumpkin Muffins and I decided it would be fun to add a little twist, a “surprise” if you will. What’s better than a surprise? Most people like surprises. The “surprise” in these muffins is a little bite of cheesecake in the middle of each one! I decided this would make a good treat for Jamison to take to work since Fall is on our doorstep. I’m really enjoying making up new recipes and testing them out on Jamison’s coworkers! Hopefully they are enjoying it too. 🙂

What You’ll Need for the Pumpkin Batter:
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour (Note: I had intended to use White Whole Wheat flour, but I realized I was out. You could easily substitute it for all of or part of the white flour.)
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 cups of mashed pumpkin
1 stick of butter, melted (Note: You could use unsweetened apple sauce instead of the butter. Again this was my intention, but I realized I was out of apple sauce.)
1 cup of natural brown sugar
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1 cup of sour cream
3/4 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla

What You’ll Need for the “Surprise”:
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 cup of unbleached all purpose, flour

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix dry ingredients (flour through sea salt) in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl mix remaining ingredients (pumpkin through vanilla) and stir until incorporated. Mix dry mixture with wet mixture and stir until completely mix. Set aside.

Cream together cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and mix until just incorporated. Set aside.

Spray two muffin pans with non stick spray. Fill each cup 1/4 of the way full with pumpkin batter and then add a dollop of the “Surprise” mixture (roughly 1 tablespoon or less) into the middle of each cup. Top with more pumpkin batter to cover the “surprise”.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until muffins stick done.

Makes about 24 muffins

Pumpkin Surprise Muffins

Notes: You could add a cup of nuts and/or raisins to the pumpkin batter for even more yummy goodness. We used fresh pumpkin that we roasted in the oven and mashed ourselves. This process gave lovely little bits of pumpkin throughout the muffins. You could easily used canned pumpkin instead.

Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter Granola

When you think Granola it makes you think of wholesome goodness. Buying commercially made granola is a toss up though. You never know what you’re going to get and who really wants a grab bag when it comes to what you’re eating. Many of them have nasty preservatives you can’t pronounce, and/or high fructose corn syrup, and/or other refined sugars and/or the dreaded trans-fats. None of that is stuff you want to eat, or shouldn’t be anyway.

A while back I came across a recipe that I adapted from Mother Earth Living for homemade granola bars and Alexis, my sister, Nelson and I loved them!

At the time I thought it would be nice to subtract the butter, add another healthier fat and make it granola instead of granola bars, so today I tried that. The result was scrumptious! And the best part is that this is an excellent way to incorporate whole grains!

What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups of extra thick rolled oats (This is the Whole Grain kind, not the instant version)
1 cup of unsulphered coconut
1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup hempseed
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of whole, raw almonds
1/4 cup of whole flax seeds
4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (I use Tree of Life Blended Peanut Butter)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix together oats through flax seeds on a very large baking sheet and put into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the oat mixture is heating in a pot melt peanut butter butter, honey and maple syrup. Once the mixture is nicely melted melted bring to a quick boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Remove oat mixture from the oven and leave the oven on. In a large bowl mix oat mixture with the peanut butter mixture and stir to coast. Stir in raisins and then spread granola mixture out so that it isn’t completely touching on one large pan or two smaller pans. Put mixture back into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool and store granola crumbles in an air tight container. When they first come out of the oven they will be slightly soft, but they will harden as they cool. Serve plain, as cereal of as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.

Notes: You could add any seed or nut you wanted in addition to or in place of the ones I chose for this mix. Last time I used cashews. Peanuts would be good too! Mix it up and make it your own!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Muffin

Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of my all time favorites, but I’ve never actually tried to make them at home. Yesterday I decided to give them a try and I am very pleased with the results! They are buttery, lemony and oh so good!

What You’ll Need:
3 cups of unbleached flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 1/4 cups of butter, melted
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1 1/2 cups of plain fat free yogurt
1/3 cup of skim milk
The zest of 1 lemon
The juice of 2 large lemons
1/3 cup of poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and sit aside.

In the bowl of mix together the butter, sugar, yogurt, milk, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well. Stir in poppy seeds and then slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined and pour into pregreased or lined muffin pans. Batter will be thick.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden.

Makes 2 dozen.