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!

Peanut Butter Banana Waffles

Guys,

I decided to give my waffle iron another shot. I was all ready to break up with it after my chocolate banana waffles were a fail (the batter was too moist for well...anything. And I should've just added more flour, but my brain doesn't work that well at 5 in the morning.

So on Sunday, I stayed home from church and gave it another try. And this time, it was a delicious peanut buttery success! I ate four between Sunday and Monday and left the remaining three for my mum.

So the base for these waffles is filled with plenty of banana, along with a little bit of spice and some creamy dreamy peanut butter. The peanut butter taste is pretty prominent, while the banana is more of a subtle background thing.

They aren’t overly sweet, which is exactly how I like them because that means … more toppings!! I just wish I had some granola to crumble and use as a topping for these waffles! But plain old syrup with a side of fruit had to suffice.

 

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA WAFFLES

INGREDIENTS

For the waffles:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (if you don't have whole wheat flour, just use 2 cups all purpose)

  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup well mashed banana (about 3 medium ripe bananas)

  • 1 cup milk (I use almond milk)

  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup honey

Serving ideas:

  • additional peanut butter

  • sliced bananas or other fruit

  • drizzled maple syrup or honey

  • chopped raw walnuts

  • granola

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, whisk together both kinds of flour, the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, banana, milk, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and honey. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until combined (the batter will be a little lumpy).

  • Preheat a waffle maker. When hot, pour the recommended amount of batter into the waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cook until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

  • Serve with desired toppings!

Funfetti Waffles with Whipped Lemon Yoghurt Topping and Fresh Berries

It's so weird, mother's day kind of just came and went for me. Even though people were talking about it, I felt totally unprepared for the big day. The original present I had in mind for her didn't work out so I had to rely on my good ole cooking skills!

I was originally going to follow this recipe to the T and make the French Toast, but when I remembered that I make the worst French Toast on the planet, I decided waffles would be better. And then I remembered the problem I typically have with my waffle iron. Pancakes are just so....ehh, predictable, so I decided to take the easy way out and use a Pillsbury cake mix. Funfetti to be exact! Because it's, well, FUN! It cut preparation time down significantly and was much easier (and cheaper).

I served this on a breakfast tray with Lemon Sweet Tea to my mum in bed while singing Happy Mother's Day to you in the Birthday Song tune. I even added, "Happy Mother's Day to the best mother in the world, but I'm sorry you're not better than bammy [my grandmother] but I love you anyway". She laughed because deep down she knows it's true. My grandmother is my favourite woman on the planet. She lives in Tampa so her present is in the mail. If someone you love lives nearby you, make these waffles for them to show them how much you care.

Funfetti Waffles with Whipped Lemon Yoghurt Topping and Fresh Berries

 Yields: 10 waffles

For the Waffles:

One box Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix

For the Whipped Lemon Yoghurt Topping:

1  1/3 cups cold heavy cream
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, if desired
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Mixed berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)
 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron.

  2. Prepare the cake mix according to instructions on the box.

  3. To make the whipped lemon yogurt topping, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment (you can also use a hand mixer, because I did) add the heavy cream. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add the yogurt, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Pour cake mix into waffle iron. (My waffle iron has a light that turns green when it's ready). So cook according to how your waffle iron works. I found that if I let mine get really hot before I start, the waffles cook more evenly and faster.

  5. Top each waffle with a dollop of whipped topping and as many berries as you like, and serve!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful hard working mothers and mother figures out there! Especially mine, and some great friends of mine like, Natasha, Jessie,  Jewel, Delkisa, Dara and Llakel who are amazing mothers to their kids!

(Still not better than my mother though)

(Still not better than my mother though)

 

XoX,

Olivia