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Founder Friday: Easy Vegan & Plant-Based Valentine's Day Waffles with Erica Reid

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I am obsessed with these waffles. Obsessed. I repeat, obsessed. I am always experimenting and creating new recipes and making them accommodate my way of healthy eating and my family and friends. I started making this recipe as pancakes and playing around with the batter. One day, I decided, “Hey, I am going to make these as waffles.” Oh, my motherfreaker, soooo yummy. Brace yourself! 

I am so happy I did. These are, honestly, I believe, my favorite breakfast waffles. I cannot get enough of them. They are great as dessert as well. I crave them. I never use syrup on them since the fruit is enough for me. What makes them vegan? There are no animal products in this recipe. What makes them plant-based? I use whole food plant-based items such as:

Oatmeal

Rice Milk

Banana

Date (optional)

Cinnamon (herb)

You can read my article on Vegan vs. Plant-based that I wrote a while ago to learn a bit more. It’s all in the education about how we grow and expand our awareness.

So together, we are embarking on our health journey. I have been eating a vegan and plant-based lifestyle since the ’90s. I have had health challenges numerous times and birthing two children that individually had their health challenges beyond food allergies and food sensitivities. 

Food has become our primary medicine every time; therefore, I am always experimenting and creating new recipes, and in the spirit of love, I share them with you to help in some way. Eating Vegan and Plant-Based is not a trend. I adopted this way of eating in the ’90s. So this Valentine’s Day, love yourself a bit more and share the love of food.

This requires a few ingredients and not much time. Work with what you have—no need to spend unnecessary money. If you do not have a waffle iron, too bad, you were just kidding (we must laugh for some medicine too); use this same batter and make pancakes. I like to use organic products whenever possible. You can get whatever works for your budget and lifestyle. Do not let organic get in your way. Organic means no chemicals or pesticides are added to what we eat.

I prefer to go easy on our digestion system, so I use the least amount of ingredients whenever feasible. The more you mix, the more the body has to work to break it all day. So for me, less is best. But flavorful, of course! Do not skimp on flavor. Enough already; let’s get started.

Required ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Rice-Milk
  • 1 Ripe or Green Banana (riper, the sweeter)
  • A lengthwise slice of Medjool Date
  • Coconut oil (or olive oil) your choice/for a waffle maker
  • Blender
  • Warm-up waffle griddle/maker

Method of Preparation:

  1. Add to the blender- All ingredients -Oats, Rice, Milk, Banana, and date. Blend until a smooth texture. If you need a bit more non-dairy milk of your choice, go slow and add a dash, but not a lot to avoid it being too thin & runny.
  2. Add a little coconut oil (oil of choice) to the top and bottom of the waffle maker to avoid it from sticking on the top and the bottom. (Do not over oil)
  3. Pour batter on. Let cook until golden brown.
  4. Gently Remove of waffle maker. I like to use my wooden spatula.
  5. Serve with fresh fruit or eat as is.

The banana and the date add natural sweetness, allowing you to skip using any syrup, but you totally can if you insist! Your call. Your plate. Your meal. Yummmmyyyy!

Give thanks. Sit and chew well. Enjoy with tons of appreciation. Much love & Gratitude.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mi Amore,

Erica,

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Certified in Gut Health

Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition Certification T.Colin Campbell for Nutrition Studies

Author of The Thriving Child, Shut Up and Cook!

Erica Reid, Founder of nécessité
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