Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream

Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective

This post is sponsored by Frontier Co-op.

If you follow me on snapchat (@edibleash...yes, I'm obsessed and also 32), then you may have seen my 10+ failed attempts at this vegan vanilla waffle. Vegan waffles are not the easiest things to make, especially when you throw non-glutinous flours in the mix. But, I was determined and am so glad I stuck it out. Because now, I think I just may have my new, forever, morning waffle.

I can usually tell when a recipe is doomed after the first try or two. But I knew this waffle had potential from the beginning. The main problem was, it just wouldn't hold together as I opened the waffle maker. The exterior was golden and crispy, the flavor was spot-on, it was made with nutrient dense flours, but it just wouldn't hold. So there I stood, trial after trial, scraping waffle bits out of every crevice of the waffle maker, eating most of them and pondering my next attempt. It drove me batty. But this persistence that sometimes comes over me when creating new recipes, is where I feel my true sense of purpose in the kitchen.

I jumped around from adding things like arrowroot starch, psyllium husks, and flax, hoping something would stick. Literally. While a few worked okay, the texture just wasn't what I was after. During these trials, I also started playing around with aquafaba, a new to me cooking ingredient. It sounds completely crazy, but aquafaba is simply the liquid inside of a can of beans (typically chickpeas or white bean liquid). You know, the stuff you drain away and never use! I recently heard this can be used as a vegan egg replacer and figured it was worth a shot to try. While I can't say it works just like an egg in this recipe, it definitely seemed to help keep this waffle together and maybe also help lend a crispier texture (not positive on that). I actually think it's more useful as an egg-white replacer, as it can literally be whisked into meringue....made of bean liquid...insane.

What I figured out to be the most crucial aspects to this recipe were, creating a thick but still pourable batter and thoroughly greasing your waffle iron with cooking spray. The aquafaba probably helped a bit, too. 

With a generous pour of Frontier Co-op's organic vanilla extract, a 1/2 scraped vanilla bean pod, and a few dashes of their cinnamon, this waffle has the perfect flavor profile. There's a little banana that sneaks in there as well, that adds sweetness, flavor, and moisture. 

Now let's move on to the vanilla maple cashew cream. Actually, I think the photos of the cream will tell you everything you need to know. Only thing you have left to do is start cooking. Seriously, get on it right now.

Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective

(whisked aquafaba below)

Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective
Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective
Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective
Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective

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Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream

gluten-free, vegan // yields 2, 6-inch Belgium waffles

vegan vanilla waffles:

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sorghum flour
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • few dashes of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup well-mashed, ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choosing)
  • 2 tablespoons melted, unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons aquafaba (drained liquid from canned or boxed chickpeas)

vanilla maple cashew cream:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 1/2 inches vanilla bean (cut to size, but not scraped)
  • 6-10 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt

Preheat your waffle maker to medium.

Mix together flours, baking powder, and cinnamon. In the bowl you mashed your banana in, add the milk, oil, vanilla, and vanilla beans. Mix together well. Add the wet to the dry and stir a few times. (It will still be very dry.)

In another bowl, rapidly whisk the aquafaba until very foamy on top. Pour over the flour mixture and gently stir until fully combined. (The batter will be thick and slowly pourable. It should not be runny.)

Thoroughly coat your waffle iron with cooking spray.

Pour half the batter in the center of your waffle iron and clamp down. Cook for 1 - 1 1/2 cycles. (1 1/2 cycles works best for my waffle maker to have crispy edges and a tender but cooked interior.) Carefully remove the waffle, coat with oil again, and cook the next waffle. 

While the waffles are cooking, place cashew cream ingredients in your blender. Start with 6tbsp milk + 2tbsp maple. Turn on and work to high until fully smooth (about 30-60 second). Add more milk to thin out and maple to sweeten as needed. Mixture will thicken as it sits.


Notes:

  • Sub other flours at your own risk.
  • I've found cooking spray to work the best to coat the waffle iron, as opposed to brushing on oil. With vegan and especially vegan/GF waffles, this is an absolute necessity to prevent sticking and the waffle pulling apart.
  • If your vanilla bean seems dried out, cut the 1 1/2-inch piece and let it soak with your cashews overnight.
  • For a quick-soak method for the cashews, place cashews in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, and cover with a tight fitting lid. Let soak for 1 hour. You can also add the vanilla bean to this when you remove from the heat.
  • I used 3 tablespoons maple and just over 1/2 cup milk for the cashew cream, for a lightly sweetened and fairly thick mixture.

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Vegan Vanilla Waffles with Vanilla Maple Cashew Cream | Edible Perspective

I hope these are your new, forever waffles, too.

Enjoy!

Ashley

Today's post is sponsored by Frontier Co-op, and I received compensation for writing this post. Opinions are always my own. If I didn't love it, you wouldn't hear about it. Thanks for your continued support!

Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine Nuts from My Darling Lemon Thyme

Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com

In the past few months, one of my very favorite things to do has been cooking from cookbooks for dinner. My time and brain-space have been wrapped up in freelance projects (another cookbook gig!), so when it comes to dinner, I'm not really in the mood to experiment. I also want to make sure what I'm cooking is going to taste great and provide lunch leftovers for the next day. Cookbooks have been the answer for me. 

One of the cookbooks that I keep falling back to is Emma's book, My Darling Lemon Thyme. Emma's book is a seamless extension of her stunning blog and the recipes are guaranteed winners. The photography is simple, inviting, and full of color. Her way of cooking vegetarian and gluten-free meals really speaks to me. They're approachable, flavor-packed, and you'd never feel something was missing (ie: gluten or meat). Her cookbook actually came out in 2014 but it wasn't available until the end of 2015 in the US. Emma was so kind to send me a copy and I am just now getting around to telling all of you about it. But, in that time, I've been able to cook a generous amount of the recipes and can truly say I love this cookbook.

Today, I wanted to share this grain bowl recipe, because I keep coming back to it time + time again. It's definitely a favorite in this house, and although Emma has it in the "small plates" chapter, we eat it as a main dish all of the time. I typically pair it with cooked greens or a side salad and the meal is complete.

Some other highlights from My Darling Lemon Thyme:

  • sweetcorn + basil fritters
  • warm millet with berry-bay compote
  • tofu scramble with chipotle sauce
  • quinoa, orange + asparagus salad
  • banana, date + olive oil bread
  • baked butterbeans with tomato + feta (another weeknight winner!)
  • chickpea falafel wraps with tahini yogurt + red onion relish
  • chocolate avocado tart
  • apricot tarts with kaffir lime sugar

Now go grab yourself a copy!

Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com

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Reprinted with permission from My Darling Lemon Thyme, by Emma Galloway, published by Roost Books, 2015

Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine Nuts 

serves: 4-6 as a side, about 3 as an entree

  • 5 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick diagonal slices
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro stalks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, roughly ground
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric + 1/2 teaspoon extra
  • 1 cup (200g) mediun-grain brown rice, washed
  • 1 3/4 cups (435ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (100g) dried currants or organic raisins
  • 2 tablespoons lightly toasted pine nuts
  • large handful of parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • crumbled feta, to serve (optional)

lemon dressing:

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- Preheat oven to 400Β°F (200Β°C). Place carrots, cilantro stalks, olive oil, cumin, coriander, paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in a bowl, season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and mix well. Spread out in a single layer on a baking tray and roast for 25-30 minutes, turning often, until golden and tender. Set aside to cool.

- Meanwhile, wash rice and drain well. Place rice, extra 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1 3/4 cups (435ml) water in a saucepan, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and bring to a boil. Reduce h eat to lowest setting and simmer, covered, 40-45 minutes or until water has been absorbed and rice is tender. (Alternatively, you can use a rice cooker.) Remove from heat, keeping the lid on, and leave for 10 minutes before removing the lid and cooling to room temperature.

- To make the lemon dressing, whisk together all ingredients. Pour over cooled rice (it may seem like too much, but the rice absorbs a lot of it), stir in the roasted carrots and any spices from the tray, currants, pine nuts, cilantro, and parsley. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve with crumbled feta on top.

- Any leftover salad will keep quite happily in the fridge until the following day, although you can add a little bit more salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice to refresh the flavor.


Ashley's notes:

  • I left out the cilantro and added a large handful of chopped parsley at the end (as specified).
  • I did use cumin seeds but instead of coriander seeds, I simply used a generous 1 teaspoon ground coriander.
  • I used wild rice instead of brown in these photos but have also used brown (either work!).
  • This dish is delicious hot or cold. When making it as a main dish for dinner, I try to time everything so the carrots and rice are both warm.
Brown Rice Salad with Spice-Roasted Carrots, Feta + Pine from My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway | edibleperspective.com

Be on the lookout for my next live Nom webcast this Friday at 12:30pmEST/9:30amPST! Subscribe to my channel and you can chat with me and ask questions throughout the show. Or, feel free to watch later at your own convenience! Featured recipe is TBD. Stay tuned to Instagram for the full details!

Hope you all have a great week!

Ashley

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