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!

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal

Are you wondering how this could the best bowl of pumpkin oats ever? It’s a lofty statement, but I promise to have you convinced by the end of this post.

And seriously, when is the last time I’ve posted an oatmeal recipe? It’s been yearrrrrs. In case you were wondering, I still love oatmeal.

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree
The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree

This recipe came about accidentally. There I was, making my first batch of pumpkin oats, stirring the pumpkin into the almost fully cooked pot of oats. I enjoyed it without knowing any better until later that day I was working on a new recipe [that failed twice].

I was trying to make pumpkin spice rice krisp bars [the no marshmallow kind] but they turned slightly soggy after both trials, most likely due to the pumpkin. For the second trial I thought I got all crafty thinking I could heat the pumpkin in a pan to cook off some of the liquid and thicken it up. While it helped, it didn’t totally solve the problem but it did give me a new idea for pumpkin oatmeal.

Cook the pumpkin and then add the oats! This creates a deeper pumpkin flavor and also makes the oatmeal extra thick and creamy. The pumpkin darkens a bit after cooking and then the spices are thrown in before any of the oats or liquid to enhance the flavors even more.

Instead of sweetening this bowl with maple syrup I added finely chopped medjool dates to the mix which ended up melting right into the oats and providing a light, caramel flavor. Dates are the perfect compliment to pumpkin spice flavors.

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree
The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree

After making this same recipe for a week straight I knew I had to share it with you guys. It was obviously a keeper. But before sharing it with you I was lucky enough to get to whip up a bowl for Gena while I was in New York. The only thing I love more than breakfast is cooking breakfast for other people and getting to enjoy it with them.

I also shot all of these photos right in Gena’s apartment right before we ate!

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree
The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree

Print this!

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal

gluten-free, vegan // yields 2 servings

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/16th teaspoon clove
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3-4 finely chopped and pitted medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Heat a medium sized pot over medium heat. Once hot add the pumpkin and stir frequently for about 5-7 minutes until the pumpkin is reduced to about half and a deep golden brown. Stir in the spices and let cook another 30 seconds.

Stir in the salt then add the oats, water, and milk to the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until starting to thicken then add in the chopped dates. Stir occasionally for another 2-4 minutes until thickened to your liking [it will thicken a bit more after taking off the heat] and remove from the heat.

Stir in the vanilla extract and portion into bowls. Top with desired toppings [splash of milk, walnuts, nut butter, apples, pears, etc.] and serve immediately.


notes: If you don’t have dates add in 2-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup if desired. If you don’t like a strong cinnamon flavor reduce to 1-1 1/2 teaspoons.

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree
The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal | #vegan #glutenfree

Your favorite bowl of fall oatmeal will never be the same.

Hope you love it!