Strawberry Celebration Waffles (Vegan)

Happy Birthday America!
 I was going to make pancakes, but I already have such an elaborate collection of pancake recipes. So instead, I decided to make use of my waffle maker, which was collecting dust in the pantry (no worries, I cleaned it off first). 

I'm not really sure why I waited so long to try out a vegan waffle recipe. I think it's kind of due to the fact that I wake up every morning, rub my eyes, and recall a dream of banana pancakes, but this morning, my mind was geared towards something a little bigger than pancakes..something a bit more..Belgian (With American influence of course..).

Woah, it wasn't until now that I'm seeing irony in these waffles. I am fully aware that earlier this week the United States soccer team was eliminated by Belgium (Now I'm starting to feel bad about forcing these waffles on you on July 4th). BUT the good news is America is about peace right? Or something like that.. 

So please excuse me while I encourage you to shake hands with Belgium and say good game..oh and thank you for your waffle influence. I think that's what our Founding Fathers would want us to do.

Ok, I'll admit that I may be taking this too far. How about we all just stuff waffles in our faces and forget this conflict ever happened.

Although, now I'm wondering if pancakes would have been a better idea today....
I just took a bite and realized, naw-no way. It's a waffle day.
 What's that? Sorry, I can't respond, my mouth is full of waffle. 

Vegan Strawberry Waffles
Yield: 2 Belgian Waffles
Adapted from: alimentageuse


Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries

Method:
  1. In a large bowl, mix the flax and warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes to gelatinize into an "egg." Meanwhile, prepare the waffle iron for waffle-making (aka: turn it on).
  2. Stir coconut oil into the flax mixture. Then, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, salt, almond milk, and vanilla. Whisk until the batter is smooth. Gently fold in chopped strawberries.
  3. Grease the hot waffle iron with pan spray and pour half of the batter into the iron, flip, and cook until the waffle maker indicates that the waffles is done (read manual if you're not sure). Use a fork to remove the waffle.
  4. Drizzle the waffle with maple syrup, top with some berries (and possibly coconut whipped cream), pour your coffee, and start your 4th of July celebration the right way!

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