- It’s election day, and I honestly feel that nothing good will come of that. But that’s not exactly a subject I want to address here.
- Tuesday marks the official end of my years as a teenager. Where has my life gone???
But once I get over my little mid- (or quarter-) life crisis, I’ll be excited about it. After all, birthdays are generally pretty fun days. I’m not into parties so much, just Really. Good. Food.
I put significant effort into making sure that every meal, snack, and dessert on my birthday is my absolute FAVORITE. The task is actually impossible because I can’t ever choose a favorite anything…But I try. And it makes for an extra happy day. 🙂
As of now I don’t know which foods will make the birthday list, but these waffles are definitely in the running. Crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, suffused with warm fall flavors and spices, and covered with melty chocolate chips and drippy maple almond butter sauce. Yum and yum.
On top of all that deliciousness, these are whole grain, have no refined sugar, and are light yet hearty and filling. And easy to throw together with simple ingredients. You really can’t lose!
- 3 Tbsp canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup 1% milk
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg white
- 37g white whole wheat flour
- 5g cornstarch
- scant 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 packet Stevia in the Raw*
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 6g mini dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp Justin's Maple Almond Butter
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- pinch cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine pumpkin, milk, coconut oil, and 1/4 tsp vanilla in a bowl. If needed, heat in microwave a few seconds to melt coconut oil and stir. Let the mixture come to room temperature, then add egg white and beat thoroughly, until frothy.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice, sweetener*, sea salt, and baking powder. Pour into wet mixture and gently stir to combine. Don't over-mix.
- Heat waffle iron and follow instructions to make waffle. When ready and crisp, transfer to plate.
- Meanwhile, combine Maple Almond Butter, maple syrup, pinch cinnamon and 1/8 tsp vanilla in a small microwaveable bowl. Heat 10 seconds and stir until smooth. Pour over waffle, and top with chocolate chips.
- I used my Breville No-Mess Classic Round Waffle Maker for this recipe, which makes a 6.5" diam. waffle. Adjust amounts as needed to fit your waffle maker.
- *Or natural sweetener equivalent to 2 tsp sugar. Add more depending on desired sweetness.