Breakfast has always been a nostalgic meal for me.
When I was younger, my mom would wake up at 5am every weekday to make sure my siblings and I had a hot breakfast before school in the morning. It was usually a bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat with bacon, sausage, or whatever meat my stepdad or brothers brought home from their hunts.
On the weekends, however, breakfast was special – cheese grits and scrambled eggs, pancakes or waffles. It quickly became one of my favorite meals – we all sat down together to eat and enjoy the meal that was prepared. It was time to connect, converse, and fill our bellies.
It was nourishment on every level – physical, mental and emotional.
I’ve carried on the tradition with my own child, and on the weekends, we have a special breakfast. Sometimes it’s buckwheat porridge with seasonal fruit compote, other times it’s Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowls, but mostly it’s homemade waffles. I adjust the recipe based on the ingredients we have on hand, but whether they are studded with chocolate chips or covered in roasted strawberries, they never disappoint, so I’m sharing one of my favorite waffle recipes with you in hopes that you can create (or add to) your own breakfast routines and traditions.
They may not be the “breakfast of champions,” but sometimes it important to feed the nostalgia – allow yourself to eat solely for pleasure. Depriving ourselves of those opportunities only leads to feeling deprived which eventually leads to what most people identify as emotional eating or over-consumption.
Not everything you eat will serve a nutritional purpose (think birthday cake), sometimes it will simply connect you to the traditions and people that you hold near and dear to your heart.
- 2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour*
- 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed (about ⅔ cup)
- 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons flax meal + 6 Tablespoons warm water)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips*
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine flax meal with warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes or until gelatinous.
- Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Add non-dairy milk, bananas, flax mixture, coconut oil and vanilla extract to the flour mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Mix in chocolate chips and follow waffle make instructions to prepare waffles.
- Top as desired with maple syrup, whipped cream, banana slices and/or extra chocolate chips
Note: I used this gluten-free flour and these vegan chocolate chips.