When I was 20 I went to the U.S.A to be a camp counsellor in New Haven, Connecticut. I absolutely loved it. I was there for almost 3 months, 8 weeks at camp and then almost 4 weeks traveling as south as South Carolina (I absolutely loved Charleston) and as north as Toronto. I was introduced to many new culinary species on that trip (man the American’s have rubbish cheese and chocolate- well they did in those days my blogger friends insist things have changed!) but the thing that stuck for me was waffles with maple syrup and bacon. Stuck-like-glue, I just love the salty sweet combination.
Over the years I always ordered it in a restaurant and make pancakes all the time but waffles always seemed like such a faff. NOT ANYMORE!
Blender waffles she says! My pancake making days were instantly changed when I found blender pancakes, the mix of healthy fats and protein in the eggs and almond/coconut flour, plus the natural sweetness of the banana has given my kids pancakes way more often- even on school days! Grain free too which make these perfect for me and my family. So I took this combo and played with the consistency and thus blender waffles are born!
I now make 2 different types; Chocolate Waffles (very rich chocolatey flavour with zero added sugar) and Vanilla Waffles. I have included both for you- you’re welcome!
Vanilla Blender Waffles
A gluten-free and super simple waffle recipe. All you need is a blender and 5 simple ingredients!
Here are the chocolate ones! These are nice served with cream and berries.
Chocolate Blender Waffles
Rich, bitter cacao with the natural sweetness of banana. Full of healthy fats and protein. Blender waffles are super simple and only have 7 ingredients that you probably have in your house. Grain free these are paleo friendly.
I play with kefir flavours all the time-I love to introduce new ones in my classes. Whatever is in my fridge or cupboard gets tried out! I use dried fruit, fresh fruit, stewed and juiced fruit! I use vegetables too (cucumber and mint water kefir is lovely) I even use cacao nibs. Some I love and so I then make a huge batch of it. This is a recipe that I love!
Black Cherries are in abundance and the tart fizzy flavour of the cherries in the water kefir is so well balanced by the vanilla. I use very concentrated vanilla essence (like this one). I have tried it with fresh vanilla pod and it is nice too. Also it goes the prettiest colour!
I normally ferment with an open vessel because in the humidity and heat of the summer- potential for explosion is very high. However I decided to use a shorter fermentation time. I used the fido lid this time and fermented this for 8 hours and then refrigerated it. You may need to adjust the timings of the ferment so that it is suitable for your climate. I always taste my ferments as I go past to see if it needs longer- and the key to good flavour is fermenting to taste.
This recipe is a second ferment. If you want to learn how to make the initial water Kefir please see here for my How to; Make Kefir or buy Culture Your Life (hardback version is out very very soon)
Cherry Vanilla Water Kefir
This tart, fizzy and rich vanilla water kefir is delicious and refreshing. Its also amazingly good for your digestive and immune system.
I love cosmetics, love the luxury of breaking routine and having a nice scrub. So much out there that sounds nice- even when so called organic- has stuff with names I can barely pronounce! So I have decided to make my own….technically if you can eat it I will put it in my skin!
Salt scrub/ bath salts
This is multi purpose and cheap!! Can be used on dry skin standing in the shower without water. Scrub all over your body and then just shower off or- can be thrown straight in the bath for a wonderful soak. You can also use any scent you like. This is just one I blended for Christmas pressies- I will be blending a big batch when I’m back plain so I can then add smells as I like to each bath!
(For a bigger batch just multiply each value)
1 cup Epsom salts
1cup of sea salt
Enough olive and sweet almond oil to bind them (maybe 1/2 cup)
Essential oils- I used vanilla, cinnamon, ylang ylang and lavender.
Mix and I store them in ziplock bags I recycle but some nice glass jars would look nicer in the bathroom- jam jars would work just as well too!!
I hate waste and throwing things away so when I make my coffee concentrate (here) or from the hubbys coffee machine. I dry out the grains and that’s what I use for this really invigorating coffee scrub.
1 cup coffee grains
1 cup sugar (I use organic brown sugar as its a bit softer)
2 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs nutmeg
vanilla essence (i use medicine flowers- couple if drops)
Enough olive oil to bind it and make it a bit wet (about 1/2 cup)
Again use dry in the shower then just rinse it off. Sustainable, what you have in the cupboards and reducing your chemical impact on your body and in the water system!