Another season has come and gone. And, spring started with a flurry of snowflakes that gifted me a snow day from work. It was an opportunity to get ahead of work deadlines. Instead, I slept in late, made a late breakfast and an early dinner was served. Against a bright snowy day, during an early evening hour, I sat down to work pass sunset. The snow continued to fall as if winter decided to catch up from the lack of snow days in New York City this year. The second day of spring was a warm winter-type of day, in which purple crocuses bravely grew in patches of snow as fresh grass with daffodil and tulips leaves continue to grow from bulbs planted two seasons ago.
Spring is here and gardens are being planned for the next season. My intuition is saying to me: change is in the air; it’s time to start planning to prepare for what the unknown is about to bring to life. I’ve never liked change. A friend once advised me to prepare for upcoming changes, so the outcome is more controlled. It’s common sense advice, but how many of us follow it?
These Seeded Waffles are from a basic buttermilk waffle recipe, except this version incorporates wheat flour, ground flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and hemp seeds. There’s a bit of cocoa nibs for a hint of a chocolate bite. The waffles can be made throughout the year and topped with seasonal fruit. At this time of year, citrus season is wrapping up, and thinly sliced blood oranges compliment the Seeded Waffles’ nutty taste. Creamy Coconut Sugar Yogurt provide a bit of protein to complete this healthy breakfast dish. Despite the different types of syrups available today, I still prefer a light drizzle of pure dark maple syrup.
“Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spring is here with a frigid start. But, don’t let it discourage you. Winter is an underrated season (maybe, in another story, I can elaborate more about the seductiveness of winter). Instead, pause to refresh. Start to dream big. And, plant seeds of hope.
- 1 stick butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (reserve about 3 tbsp. for brushing the waffle maker’s grill while making the waffles)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1-¾ cups buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or 2 tsp. white sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1-1/4 cup all-purpose, white unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds (shelled)
- 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
- Garnish with seasonal fruit, dark maple syrup and toasted sunflower seeds (or your favorite nut)
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar; more or less according to personal taste*
- Whisk the cool melted butter, vanilla extract, eggs, buttermilk and sugar in one bowl.
- In another larger bowl, mix both flours, flex seed, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and nutmeg.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients’ bowl. Pour the liquid ingredients in the well to mix into the dry ingredients.
- Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes (I use this time to clean the kitchen).
- Meanwhile, follow the manufacturer’s directions for preheating a waffle maker. When the waffle maker is preheated, lightly brush the grills with reserved butter (While making the waffles, if the grills start to look dry, continue to brush the grills with butter in between waffles).
- Spoon batter over the waffle grills (Follow the manufacturer’s directions to determine the appropriate amount of batter to pour). Close the waffle maker (Follow the manufacturer’s directions for finishing waffles) and cook until desired brown and crisp flavor. Repeat this step until there's no more batter.
Makes 4 to 6 waffles.
*Try not to make the yogurt too sweet, because the waffles are topped with sweet fruit and maple syrup.
6 thoughts on “Seeds of Hope”
Waffles are a great place to experiment with different flavors. I make sweet potato waffles fairly often, especially for chicken and waffles, but I think I need to try these for a healthy variation.
oh my goodness!! These look so delicious!! And what a great ‘pause to refresh’ these look like!! Cheers to planting more seeds of hope and positive changes!
The recipe is totally worth it. I will definately try this.
I enjoyed reading this ! Your message of planting seeds for growth along with this recipe was food for the soul.
My first impression was Wow. That’s A lot of ingredients! But it looks totally worth it!
Wow, these waffles are packed with nutrients and what a great combination of flavours. Delicious!
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