Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles + $200 Rejuvenation Giveaway

It's waffle time. You ready?

Silly question. You're obviously ready.

Today we're talking about the cinnamon apple buckwheat waffles you see below and one of my new favorite stores, Rejuvenation. (Read to the end for giveaway details!)

Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles |

This post + giveaway are sponsored by Rejuvenation. All opinions are always my own. I only partner with brands I love and think are a fabulous fit for this blog. Thanks for your continued support!!

It's been awhile since I've made a recipe featuring one of my all-time favorite ingredients, buckwheat flour. Despite "wheat" being in the name, this is actually a gluten-free grain. Way back in the day I was slightly obsessed with making buckwheat bakes for breakfast. If you're a long time EP reader, I'm sure you remember.

ground buckwheat flour for Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles |

I love buckwheat flour for its hearty texture and slight earthy flavor. When using raw buckwheat groats (photographed above) the earthiness is subtle and it pairs tremendously well with the cinnamon in these waffles. I find buckwheat flour to really help with the texture of gluten-free baked goods in things like muffins, waffles, quick breads, etc. 

making apples part of breakfast with Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles |

A few months ago I connected with Rejuvenation through my good friend Melissa. She raved about working with them and also about the quality of products they sell. So when I had the opportunity to work with them myself, I jumped at it. 

Rejuvenation's focus is in home lighting. And they have what seems like an endless amount of options. For instance, you can pick a light you like and then sort through 80 different shade options for that light and pick different finishes, and so on. It's pretty amazing. 

But beyond their lighting, they also have a fun assortment of kitchen items, interior furniture, outdoor furniture, cabinet hardware, and so much more. I definitely got stuck searching their site for hours. When I got to looking at their kitchen items I found so many things I had been on the search for for quite some time. You can see all of those items in this post!

Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles with kitchen items from Rejuvenation |

So what did I think of my Rejuvenation home + kitchen goods? Honestly, I have been loving them all. They've been in my kitchen for a few months now, so I was really able to test everything out. And you know, if I didn't love it, I wouldn't be reviewing it.

Both glass cake plates make such a statement. They're super sturdy with a lovely vintage flair and will make any stack of waffles look fancy, and I love the vintage flair.  I've been looking for a set of quality white nesting bowls for awhile now and am so happy with this trio from Rejuvenation. They're a creamy white milk glass and are the perfect size for all of my baking needs. I'm also loving the casual look of these enamelware, black-rimmed plates. The bright white color really makes food POP! And the adorable serving trays? They're perfect for catching waffle crumbs and maple syrup spills when serving up breakfast to a crowd. And finally, a spoon rest that's sleek + white and easy to clean!

Okay, one more thing. Did you notice the adorable wooden box accent light? I'm sure you did. I am in love. Each light is hand crafted in Portland, OR by A-Lamp Design. You can pick from a few different colors and it comes with a sweet, LED Edison-style bulb you can see in the photo above. The wood box is super sturdy and I love the heavyweight cord that's attached. The craftsmanship and style are top notch. 

Crisp + fluffy Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffle recipe |

I had more fun than you want to know playing with my new props and creating this recipe to help show them off.

Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffle gluten-free recipe with only 2 flours |

Now let's do that waffle thang.

Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffle recipe that's gluten + dairy free! |

Print Recipe!

Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles

gluten-free, dairy free // yields 2, 6" Belgian-style waffles

  • 3/4 cup raw buckwheat flour (ground from raw buckwheat groats)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • scant 3/4 cup peeled and grated crisp apple (use the large side of your grater)

Preheat your waffle iron and grease according to manufacturer's instructions. (I like to set mine a slightly over medium heat.)

In a large bowl combine the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir well.

In a medium bowl whisk the egg. Then whisk in the milk, applesauce, and syrup. Whisk in the melted oil then pour immediately into the dry bowl. Whisk until just combined (when you no longer see dry flour). Fold in the grated apple and let the mixture sit for 2-4 minutes. (It will thicken a bit as it sits.)

Pour half of the mixture (or more/less depending on your waffle iron) into your waffle iron and cook until deep golden brown in color. 

Serve immediately for the best crispy texture and cook the remaining waffle. Top as desired.


You can sub in 2%, whole milk, or soy milk instead of almond milk if desired.

Buckwheat flour can be easily ground in a blender right at home. Look for raw buckwheat groats (pale green/yellow in color) in the bulk aisle at your store or packaged by Bob's Red Mill. Grind about 1 cup of groats at a time until flour-like in texture. Sift if needed to remove any un-ground pieces. Store excess in a sealed container in the fridge to preserve freshness. Most packaged buckwheat flour has a much earthier flavor, due to the husk being ground into the flour along with the groats. However, store-bought buckwheat flour will work! Avoid using "kasha" buckwheat groats (red/brown in color) as these are toasted buckwheat groats and they have a much stronger, overpowering flavor. 

Maple syrup topped Cinnamon Apple Buckwheat Waffles |

And now for the best part!! Rejuvenation is giving one lucky reader the chance to win $200 to their store to buy anything you want! And be sure to read the entry options carefully, as the email list signup will get you FIVE entries and a 10% discount code to their store that will be emailed once the giveaway ends.

Enter below to win!!


This post + giveaway are sponsored by Rejuvenation. Thanks for your support!

Coconut Chai Baked Oatmeal

Uhhh, so after 1 month I'm back with another oat-based recipe. How creative of me. What happened to my brain? And my memory? Forgive me?

At least it's not in bar form again. And it does have a nice, wintery-holiday vibe going on this time. And I know you've been dreaming about this exact coconut chai baked oatmeal recipe...Right? Yep. I knew it.

Chai Baked Oats with coconut + pecans |

The reasons we'll both be okay from two oatmeal-ish recipes in a row:

1 - This oatmeal bake is not only gluten-free but vegan! 

2 - It's 100% date sweetened! 

3 - The texture is super creamy, more like stovetop oatmeal.

4 - It's loaded with chai flavor and will make your mouth do a happy dance.

5 - You've been loving the oatmeal bars (thanks for letting me know!), and I figured you needed a holiday breakfast recipe to feed a crowd! 

6 - This will keep your guests from feeling hangry for hours!

cinnamon sticks for coconut chai baked oatmeal |

Don't get freaked out when you scroll down and see the ingredient list. It's mostly spices! And you can really modify the spices however you want. If you don't like cardamom (I'm not the biggest fan) feel free to remove it (even though I realize it's crucial for chai). Or if you want to go lighter on the ginger, feel free! 

You can even keep things simple and use only cinnamon if you so choose! 

cardamom pods for coconut chai baked oatmeal |

These chai baked oats are a no-fuss recipe, perfect for whatever upcoming holidays you're celebrating. The wet ingredients are combined in your blender, then you mix with the dry, pour in your pan, and wait for them to bake. Done + done!

oats + spices for coconut chai baked oatmeal |

Now where's the coffee?

Coconut Chai Baked Oatmeal recipe (gluten-free + vegan!) |
Coconut Chai Baked Oatmeal served with coconut cream |

Print Recipe!

Coconut Chai Baked Oatmeal

gluten-free, vegan // yields 4-8 servings (depending if this is a main dish or side)

  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1, 13.5oz can light coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional toppings: toasted flaked coconut, nut butter, full-fat coconut milk, maple syrup

Soak pitted dates in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°. Grease a 9x5 casserole dish with softened coconut oil. (If using an 8x8 pan, bake for 3-5 minutes less. Avoid using anything larger.) 

In a large bowl, add the oats, 1/4 cup pecans, coconut, oat flour, and spices (including salt). Stir until fully combined.

Drain water from the dates and place in your blender with the milk, water, coconut oil, and vanilla. Blend until smooth (you'll see little flecks of dates in the mixture). Pour into the dry bowl and mix until fully combined. (Mixture will be very soupy.)

Pour into the greased pan. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of pecans. Bake for 24-30 minutes. Middle will feel soft (and even look a big wet) but the edges should be firmer and light golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes (it will thicken as it sits) then serve hot with desired toppings. 


The consistency should not be fully firm. It should be more like stovetop oatmeal with quite a bit of creaminess. For firmer, thicker baked oatmeal, cook on the longer end of the bake time.

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container. Add a few splashes of milk before reheating. The bake fully firms when refrigerated.

Creamy Coconut Chai Baked Oatmeal recipe |

Thanks again for hanging in there while my blogging schedule has been so sporadic. I do have a few fun posts coming up in the next few weeks so make sure to stay tuned! And be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram account for an awesome giveaway with Earlywood coming next week!

Lastly!! My amazing + talented friends over at A Couple Cooks just launched their own podcast this week! I highly recommend you check it out. They're full of inspiration, have great kitchen tips to share, and are super down to earth. I'm hooked already.

Happy Friday. Happy weekend. Lots of hugs.