AN EASY GLUTEN-FREE & VEGAN FRENCH TOAST + THOUGHTS ON WELL-BEING DURING THESE TOUGH TIMES

 

Currently I am practicing physical distancing, working from home, and only stepping outside my house for essential items – namely food. it is definitely becoming an odd “new normal” and while I miss being able to go out to the famers markets, the beach, or a botanical garden, I know that I am keeping myself and others safe by staying home and limiting interaction.

I believe food can create joy and bring communities together but  while we are encouraged to stay home (unless you are an essential worker and I thank you whole heartedly for all you do), it may also mean we are turning to our own kitchens to cook. While I LOVE cooking and baking, until recently I didn’t always have the time to do so. ⁣

I’m joining this #UNitedWeEat challenge to show you an easy breakfast recipe using simple ingredients. A lot of people right now are worrying about how they’ll finance their next meal; this includes people like myself who may have an allergy or autoimmune condition. Going to the store (while wearing a mask and only touching items we need) has us focusing on ingredients that will create meals that are nourishing, convenient, and versatile.⁣

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FLUFFY GRAIN-FREE VANILLA WAFFLES (Gluten-Free & Vegetarian)

I’m a sap for breakfast provisions. Perhaps because of their indulgence: fluffy pancakes dripping with maple syrup, the warm buttery glaze of a good French toast, and of course a deliciously rich waffle. 

I haven’t had too many waffles in my life, and no the refrigerated variety you can continentally heat & go don’t really count. A true waffle is created from batter and baked to a golden consistency and immediately consumed with butter & fruit (or chocolate chips if you’re feeling daring). But don’t get me wrong, when you can’t make waffles from scratch, do enjoy a frozen waffles!

These traditional breakfast spreads go amiss when you can’t have them due to a food allergy. Or so you think – the beauty of today is how versatile we are becoming when it comes to revising the menu. Case in point: cassava flour. Hailing from the yucca root – it’s an under the radar ingredient that can yield a delicious waffle full of airiness and the old-fashioned cake-like consistency of a waffle. It’s a wonderful grain-free/paleo/gluten-free option, and this recipe came together quite easily, just be sure to stir very well!  

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