Coco/nut Waffles Makes 4 medium-sized waffles. A good dose of fibre disguised as a decadent breakfast treat; goes well with eggs and peameal!
The Waffles 1 C whole wheat flour 1/2 C slivered almonds 1/2 C shredded coconut (omit maple syrup if sweetened) 1/2 C oats 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 3 tbsp maple syrup (or other sweet stuff of your choosing) 2 large eggs 1 1/2 C milk 1 tsp vanilla/almond extract
Method Heat waffle iron. Combine & mix dry ingredients. Whisk together milk, eggs, extracts. Whisk dry and wet ingredients to combine, batter will be lumpy. Ladle batter onto waffle iron, help batter spread out to edges. Close iron and wait for the magic to happen.
Notes: for more flavour, toast coconut and almonds slightly in dry skillet and if you don't have a waffle iron don't hesitate to pancake-ize these suckers. They're super hearty, really high in fibre and make superbly satisfying, on-the-small-side pancakes.
Oh, finishing the school year was kinda distracting, but it's over, i'm back and so on. This week, I promise to share a coconut-y recipe and some photos of the lentil loaf i'm working on with some classmates for a Canada-wide PULSE competition! I was feeling disinterested due to some setbacks at the garden but I'm definitely back in the growing ZONE, feeling really excited about planning my plot and nurturing tiny plantlets into nourishing and delicious edibles! More on that to come, too.
Now, I leave you with a selection of recent snaps.
A seemingly male tomato
Not sure what these are, some kind of little succulent growing in near Woodbine & Gerrard in a really arid, prairie like spot! If you know what they are, please tell me.
I really, really wanted to just lie down under these lovely blossoms, but as evidenced by the powerlines also overhead, it wasn't a a great spot for lying down.
Here's my favourite little weirdo, licking her chops in excitement over a stick being thrown in the water. I save that manner of lip-licking for much more delicious treats, but hey, she only has a pea brain. She really makes me laugh!
I'm in Eastern Ontario and tonight Graham comes on the train to meet me here. We'll be having a pizza party upon arrival! But, where to order from? Olympia, North End, Napoleon's, A-1 or one of these two fine establishments?
The first pizza mentioned on this blog is from Riverside.
Louis' was a teen-fav, their poutine with meat sauce is a real standout! Classy-lookin' joints, hey?
This peanut butter cup recipe is based on one from thekindlife.com. I am totally into subbing in whole grains and toning down the excessive sugariness of sweet snacks, so I've upped the fibre and protein content of the humble PB cup while lowering the glycemic load with the addition of wheatgerm, maple syrup and chocolate with high cocoa content. Apologies to those with wheat sensitivities, this treat won't do you well.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites Makes 24 cups. Peanut butter goodness topped with a rich dollop of dark chocolate, guaranteed to satisfy a PBC craving!
The Cups 3/4 C peanut butter (I mean the real deal. Grind your own!) 1/8 C butter 1/4 C maple syrup 1 C wheatgerm 3 oz semi-sweet Baker's chocolate 1 oz unsweetened Baker's chocolate 1/4 C 2% milk 15 peanuts, coarsely chopped
Method Combine butter, peanut butter and maple syrup in a small heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring to combine as ingredients soften. Once melted, stir in wheatgerm until combined and remove from heat. While peanut butter mixture cools, set out 24 mini paper cupcake liners on a cookie sheet. When peanut butter is cooled enough to be handled, scoop about a tablespoon's worth into each liner, patting down so the tops are more or less smooth. Now, in another heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat, warm milk and add chocolate squares, stirring gently until chocolate is melted and combined with milk. While still warm, spoon chocolate over each peanut butter cup. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and set in fridge to cool. Once cool, eat 'em up!
Below is a handy-dandy nutrition label reflecting the contents of each PB cup. I wouldn't recommend gorging on them, but chowing on a couple of these is a better alternative to their packaged candy bar-like cousins.