Today's waffle needed some serious spring in its step. And by spring, I mean the season. It's been mostly gray, rainy, and dreary since the turn of the calendar. And it's affected my mood and my health (cue mega melancholy and sleepless nights). So, I got to thinking....how can I totally bring some splashes of spring into my life?
Ahhh, lavender. Spring flowers. Calming flowers. Edible spring, calming flowers. In a waffle. Can't you smell the relaxation?
The sun even made an appearance to see this come into being. See that natural light beaming in the background?
Thanks Mr. Sun. I missed you too.
Since we're on the topic of who plays a starring role in my waffles today, let's talk about another important flavor in these morning treats, bananas. Specifically, banana muffin mix. And if I do say so myself, this is another lovely almond flour mix by Simple Mills. I bought it to try from my first shopping experience at Thrive Market, and I was very impressed. It will be on my list again for sure!!
Now, if you read my Instagram feed, you know I've been really frustrated with my waffles. As in, it's taken me a few times to get them to either bind together or not stick to the waffle maker itself. I'll be honest, they've ripped in half more times than they've stuck together. It had honestly gotten me spooked of making waffles. I questioned what I was doing--had I lost the Midas touch when it came to waffle creations??? Before I began pondering my sheer existence on this planet (I do love my flair for melodrama), I went back to the first thing I learned about waffle baking--you gotta have good binding. And oil to help the nonstick surface out a bit.
I'd been trying my hand at vegan baking without really studying waffle basics. Kinda like trying to be fluent in a language you don't really know, except for ordering water or asking where the bathroom is. Yeah, you may get to where you want to go, but it's gonna be a long and painful task to get you there.
So, I went back to what I knew worked. Eggs. But, not just any eggs. Happy eggs from happy, pasture raised chickens. And it was success from the moment I pulled my first batch off the iron.
And let's just say the texture was spot on. Fluffy, golden, crispy on outside....soft on inside. I could get really used to this. Thanks happy eggs. You've gotten a spot back at my breakfast table.
This lavender though. I used a food grade lavender to create these....and only a teaspoon. Too much and those purple beauties will overpower anything you put them into. Just a sprinkling of some more lavender flowers on top to serve and voila! Breakfast is served!
Feel free to to top with maple syrup. As I've said before, I don't really dig pouring syrup all over to drown out the flavor of my waffle-y goodness, so I just did sliced bananas. It was good enough for me. My empty plate doesn't lie.
I hope these will satisfy your craving for spring until the season actually rolls around. Or at least, give you subtle floral flavor while you're watching it snow.
adapted from Simple Mills