Amazingly Happy (Healthy) Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles.  Thick, lovely delicious waffles. Oh, I would be so HAPPY if I could have one... if only... But, wait, I can!  My new waffle recipe is actually (drum roll please...) PALEO!  Serious wow power.  In fact, these waffles might be the best waffles you have ever eaten in your life!  

How would I describe them?  Well... they are hearty, yet light... they have great flavor, and everyone who has tried them has LOVED them!  What is most amazing is these delicious gluten-free waffles are made with super-healthy ingredients: Protein packed almond flour, ground flaxseed, high fiber coconut flour and healing arrowroot flour. 

And besides being gluten-free, you can make these waffles completely dairy-free.  Rich, creamy coconut milk makes the most luxurious batter!  Now, I know Paleo-ites are strictly against dairy, but since I am not a virtuous Paleo-person, I do enjoy a little ghee (clarified butter) in my waffle batter (and sometimes a tiny bit of Irish Butter spread on my hot, baked waffles... it's so GOODUh, did you really believe that "tiny bit" part??)  Anyway... my Happy Belgian Waffle recipe is equally delicious using coconut oil (which is Paleo friendly) or ghee or butter - hooray! 

Oh, just in case you were wondering "what is a PALEO?" ~ here's the scoop:  Paleo is actually a diet.  Some people call it the "caveman diet" and others call it the "Paleo Diet."  Briefly, if you are on a Paleo Diet you eat grain fed meats, fish and seafood, fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, nuts & seeds, and healthy oils (avocado oil, olive, coconut, walnut & flaxseed oil, for example.)  Sounds fabulous right?  But what doesn't a person eat on a Paleo Diet?  Here's the list: No grains, legumes or peanuts.  No dairy, no refined sugar (honey and maple syrup are okay) and no potatoes or any processed or refined food.

Now since, most folks on the Paleo diet consider maple syrup to be okay, I do use real maple syrup in this recipe.  That wee bit of real maple syrup in the batter will help your waffles to turn a lovely golden brown color.  And don't leave out the pure vanilla extract!  Vanilla extract will make your waffles - SING!  (Seriously.)  You can hum along if you like.


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Amazingly-HAPPY (Healthy) Belgian Waffles

2 cups almond flour                          
 
1/2 cup arrowroot flour
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup coconut flour 

1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 can (13.66 oz) coconut milk (not lite - use full fat coconut milk)
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
4 large eggs
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or ghee or butter - your choice!)
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1.  Heat your Belgian waffle iron.  Stir together the dry ingredients and set aside in a medium size bowl.

2.  Whisk the coconut milk until smooth; add maple syrup, eggs, ghee, water and   vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients and whisk in the until smooth.
3.  Cook the waffles according to your waffle iron’s directions. 

Lynn’s Notes:  You can mix up the batter the night before.  Simply cover the batter with plastic wrap, refrigerate; then cook in the morning ~ so easy!  


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Now, onto important matters.  Topping your waffle... you can top your waffles any way you like (Paleo or not - hey,  it's YOUR life!)  And it's up to you how decadent you want to be.  You could lavishly butter your waffles and pour real maple syrup on top (like in the photo).  Alternately, you  could top your waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream.  (Yes, I know that Paleo-ites do not use whipped cream.)  Ooooh, another thought:  Warm, sauteed, cinnamon apples!  Or fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or peaches... HEY!  Just go wild!  Seize the day!  Enjoy your waffles!  And remember to hug a Paleo-ite!  We all need love!  

Big hugs to YOU!  Lynn 

PS  I am SO EXCITED!!!  I finally figured out how to make a printable PDF for you!  That means you can simply print this recipe at your leisure!  Isn't that just awesome?  WAHOO!  So print away!

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Seeing Life Through Fuzzy Eyes

Quitting Coffee:  It's been three weeks, four days, fifteen hours, three minutes and seventeen seconds since my last cup of coffee... but then who's counting?  Not me.  Quitting was easyIn fact, coffee is not even on my mind anymore... 

Now, I know you are thinking, "Ah ha!  That's why Lynn hasn't been posting recipes... she's been brain-dead from a lack of caffeine!" 

However... the REAL REASON for the lack of recipes lately, is a bit more exciting than simply forfeiting cups of java...  

EYES.  It's my eyes.  Pain.  Blurriness.  Changing vision every hour or so. 

I had surgery on my eyes awhile back, and sadly the physician ended up losing his medical license because he blinded so many of his patientsOther physicians told me I would never heal (never) from all the cuts the surgeon did to me.  Several doctors recommended that I get a seeing-eye dog for the blind.  But most recently to compound my "eye story" the corneal specialists and ophthalmologists say I have glaucoma, cataracts, etc. 

Whatever.  Phish Posh.  I'm telling you ~ going to the eye doctor can be a real downer sometimes...

Now just to let you know:  I DO SEE I just see differently than most people.  In fact, ophthalmologists often say to me, "We know you see... we just don't know HOW you do it."  I just tell them.  "It's a God-thing!"  Obviously it is a God-thing.  Sheesh!  According to many doctors, I should have been completely blind years ago... but I'm NOT.

Well,  anyway.  Back to the COFFEE.  I decided to give it up since it might help my eyes feel less dry and caffeine is supposedly not good for folks with glaucoma.  So there you have it!  (That's my story and sticking to it!)

But.... don't worry!  Soon I'm sure my eyes will be more comfortable and less fuzzy.  I'm praying about it; and may I invite you to pray for me, too?  I would really like that!  YOU ROCK!!!

Right now, I have about ten pairs of glasses with all different strengths to help me see.  So soon you won't be having to ask me, "Lynn, where are my recipes?  Where's my recipe for gluten-free cornbread?  And gluten-free pizza dough? And..."

Precious friends, you are always on my heart!  I love you, care about you and soon there will be an abundance of great recipes again.  HUGS!

Have a super day!  Lynn

"So do not fear, 
for I am with you; 
Do not be dismayed, 
for I am your God. 
I will strengthen you 
and help you; 
I will uphold you 
with My righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10 NIV