Gingerbread Waffles

Hello Lovely,

When I think of the holidays, gingerbread is always the first thing that comes to mind. I can just close my eyes and smell the sweet aromas of spices and ginger swirling in my kitchen right now. Mmm…The first year I tried to do Christmas by myself, I bought one of those DIY Gingerbread house kits. I thought, this will be easy and fun! (Narrator: It was not easy and fun). It was a DISASTER! I couldn't figure any of it out and worst off, I couldn't even eat it (it just didn't taste right; probably because of my anguish). I vowed never again to make anything involving gingerbread.

I know that sounds totally dramatic but in the moment I was really upset! Since then I have made a gingerbread latte, which was absolutely delicious! How did I get to make these waffles? I woke up one morning craving something sweet. I didn't have any ginger (had to throw it out because it was too old) so I had to figure out how to make the gingerbread flavour. I used a little pumpkin spice and creamer and found that when I combine them with cocoa powder, it gives the wonderful flavour of ginger! I got a little crazy when making this and actually added marshmallows to the batter so there are marshmallows INSIDE of the waffles! So today I'm happy to share this super easy breakfast item that will be perfect to serve on Christmas morning.

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These gingerbread waffles have a nice sweetness. They’re great with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar over top. Of course, if you want a more decadent holiday breakfast, feel free to pile on the chocolate chips, extra marshmallows and whipped cream!

For extra-crispy waffles, make sure to use butter in the batter — don’t be tempted to substitute it with oil. The waffles won’t be crispy when you first remove them out of the waffle iron but will crisp up as they cool.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and let’s enjoy some gingerbread waffles together!

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GINGERBREAD WAFFLES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce or 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup molasses or syrup
  • 1/4 cup marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice coffee creamer
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon double acting baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Heat the waffle iron while you mix ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, creamer, apple sauce or melted butter, molasses or syrup, and brown sugar, until everything is well incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, ginger, pumpkin spice, baking powder and salt together.

  3. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. (I usually pour half of the flour into the wet ingredients and stir until the flour is absorbed before adding the rest of the flour.) Mix until you no longer see streaks of flour. Small lumps are okay.

  4. Coat waffle iron with cooking spray then scoop 2/3 to 3/4 cup of the batter into the waffle iron and use the bottom of the cup to spread the batter around into the edges. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or according to your waffle maker's instructions, until the waffles are golden brown on the outside. Remove the waffle from the iron with tongs or a fork and place on a cooling rack.

  5. Cook the remaining waffles and serve immediately. Sprinkle waffles with powdered sugar, if you like, or serve with whipped cream and maple syrup. Serve with a side of turkey bacon, eggs, sausage, whatever you want! (I cooked my turkey bacon in Cajun seasoning and maple syrup for a sweet and spicy combo).

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If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #lifebyolivia or simply tag me @life_by_olivia. I love seeing your creations!

Spiced Gingerbread Oatmeal

Hello Lovely,

GAH! I'm so excited for Christmas! I just bought my Christmas gift to myself so it should be here soon (I won't spoil the surprise for you guys) and I'm planning gifts for all of my closest friends and family. In fact, I'm so excited it's hard to narrow down my recipes to share with you guys. About a week ago I took plain white cake mix, added my own sprinkles and Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer. IT WAS DELICIOUS! I even baked it in my Christmas baking pans and whipped out my Santa cookie jar!

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Today's breakfast comes from She Well. I like oatmeal but I'm not IN LOVE with it. I get full really quickly and end up wasting most it so I don't eat it very often, but today I couldn't resist this Christmas twist on the classic! I didn't have any white chocolate to melt over mine and my vanilla frosting apparently expired in July. So I simply topped mine with maple syrup and granola clusters. Feel free to enjoy it any way you choose!

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Spiced Gingerbread Oatmeal

Serves 1
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Optional toppings:

  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small pot on medium heat.
  2. Allow the oats to cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until they bubble. Lower heat and allow to cook until thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
  3. *For the white chocolate drizzle: Place 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a small ramekin. Microwave for 30-45 seconds until the chocolate has fully melted. Avoid over cooking to avoid the chocolate from hardening. Use a fork to drizzle over oatmeal. 
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Nutrition Facts (per 1 serving without toppings) 
315 calories, 15g fat, 37g carbs, 16g sugar, 9g fiber, 9g protein

DIY Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

Happy Monday!

It may be 80 degrees outside but I am ready for Christmas!

My theme for this Christmas, is 'A Country Christmas'.

So I've been pinning away, and I already have some decorations in storage ready to go up the weekend after Thanksgiving (which by the way we typically don't celebrate in The Bahamas).

I'm so ready that yesterday morning, before going to my nephew's Christening, I brewed my own version of Starbucks' Gingerbread Latte!

(Thanks Pinterest for the inspiration)!

This at home version is a wonderful spicy beverage that will leave you feeling warm and full! And the best part, you'll save so much because it requires ingredients you probably already own!


DIY STARBUCKS GINGERBREAD LATTE


First prepare the Gingerbead Syrup

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients into a medium pot. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and allow syrup to simmer.

Leave unconvered for 15 minutes and then remove from heat.

Prepare a double shot of espresso (half a cup) and steam one cup of milk. Pour espresso into cup add 1/4 cup of gingerbread syrup followed by the milk. Stir and serve hot!