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For today’s “make your own” topic we turn to breakfast. Only the most wonderfully wondrous meal of the day.

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Check out the ingredients in a box of Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles and you’ll find:

WATER, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL), EGG WHITES, WHEAT BRAN, SUGAR, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, MALT FLAVORING, WHEY, SOY LECITHIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, REDUCED IRON, NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12.

Whew…that’s a mouthful.

Making your own is certainly not a complicated process and requires FAR less ingredients.

Homemade

I’ve seen a lot of really tasty looking recipes popping up on Pinterest recently. For example:

Carrot Cake Waffles ~ Chocolate Covered Katie

Cranberry Lemon Oat Waffles ~ Edible Perspective

Pumpkin Ginger Waffles ~ Running to the Kitchen

I’m not gonna lie, I’m jealous. Jealous of all those people out there who own waffle makers and can make these crispy creations.

As I’ve mentioned before Z and I have very specific go-to breakfasts that work for us so much so that we never stray from them. Waffles with nut butter and banana is one such option.

After coming across a recipe for “Maple Walnut Vegan Waffles” (which sound delicious) I said enough is enough. I was going to make that recipe somehow, someway, waffle maker or not!

My strategy: use our new George Foreman wedding gift in place of a waffle maker and hope for the best.

How to make waffles on the george foreman grill

THE PROCESS

In a bowl combine 1/2 banana (mashed), 3/4 C almond milk, 8 drops liquid stevia.

In a separate bowl mix together 4 T spelt flour, 1 T coconut flour, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 t baking soda, 1 t cinnamon and pinch of sea salt.

Add dry ingredients into wet and stir to create a batter.

Once grill has heated, scoop batter onto Foreman and spread out to desired size. Close lid and cook for two minutes. How to make waffles on the george foreman grill

Flip, close lid, cook additional two minutes on other side. Waffle/pancake/pan-affle?/waff-cake? should be slightly crisp.

How to make waffles on the george foreman grill

Repeat with remaining batter.

George Foreman grill waffles

THE RECIPE

Cinnamon Protein Pancake-Waffle Recipe

THE RESULT

So they’re not exactly waffles…more like a pancake-waffle hybrid. Regardless they were delightful!

I enjoyed one with almond butter, a dollup of pumpkin butter and cinnamon as an afternoon snack. George Foreman waffles with almond butter and pumpkin butter

The rest I froze and was able to grab in the morning and throw in my lunch box as a snack for work.

As you can see, just because I don’t have a fancy schmancy kitchen appliance specifically for waffles doesn’t mean I have to miss out on recipe goodness.

I want to know…

Do you or have you ever owned a waffle maker? Do you actually use it??

Any recipe suggestions?

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