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Vegan waffles (recipe)

Waffles with strawberries

Egg-less waffles are a bit of a challenge, and while I won’t claim that these waffles are as light and fluffy as a feather, they do a pretty good job of imitating regular ol’ waffles for those of us who don’t eat eggs or don’t want to run to the store in a pinch. I’m still tweaking my recipe, so you might see an updated version on the blog in the future, but for now this is how I make waffles that aren’t tough and won’t stick to the waffle iron like some of my older eggless versions tended to do.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1.75 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter or oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Strawberries and syrup for topping

In a mixing bowl, combine the banana, milk and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well; add to the main mixing bowl and mix lightly. (Overmixing will yield tougher waffles.)

Mist a hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the batter, about 3/4 cup at a time. (The amount will depend on the size of the waffle iron that you’re using.) Cook until there is no longer steam escaping from the waffle iron or until the waffle is nicely browned and slightly crispy at the edges (about five minutes). Serve topped with butter, syrup and sliced strawberries. Enjoy!

Review + giveaway: MatchaDNA Black Matcha Tea

(Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.)
 

I have another review and giveaway for you guys! MatchaDNA was kind enough to send me a package of their Black Matcha Tea for review. A blend of organic black and green teas, this powdered matcha is perfect for smoothies, lattes and more! Less bitter than traditional brewed green tea and with ten times more antioxidants per cup, it’s also a great metabolism booster and offers increased energy without the crash you get from drinking coffee.

I find that I only use about a half teaspoon to make a latte, so the package will last me a long time. You can add a bit of sweetener if you like, though I find that this tea has a slightly more floral note than straight green tea, so you might be able to skip this step. (And honestly, I’m trying to get away from sweetening all of my drinks anyway!)

If you’re trying to kick your coffee habit or just cut back a little, this is a really nice replacement. I feel like this gives me a much more sustained energy burn, as opposed to a quick pick-me-up and then needing more caffeine shortly thereafter. It also doesn’t leave you with the jitters you expect from drinking too much coffee or energy drinks, so if your caffeine habit is leaving you tossing and turning instead of sleeping soundly at night, give this a try instead.

If you’d like to pick up your own package of Black Matcha Tea, head over to Amazon.com; this product typically retails for $39.99/10-oz., but it’s currently on sale for $12.71. Or enter my giveaway below using the Rafflecopter widget! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents through June 30th; a winner will be drawn and notified on July 1st. Good luck!

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(I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)
 

Recipe Writers: May’s Fresh Flavors

How was your April? It was kind of mixed here–we had tons and tons of rain, though there was the occasional peek of sunshine. Hopefully May will be warmer, sunnier, and allover more pleasant! We did end up with some amazing recipes being linked up last month, though. Did you see (or try) Fiddlehead Hash, Pappardelle with Summer Vegetables or these Veggies with Cous Cous?

Anyway, May is here! May is full of lots of wonderful things. May 1st was Mayday, today is Cinco de Mayo, and later on we’ll have Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. This month’s theme is:

 

May’s Fresh Flavors
We are welcoming the fresh ingredients that are beginning to grow. What are you doing to celebrate the warm weather with food?  Be sure to link up after the jump!

Here is how Recipe Writers works: at the beginning of every month we will introduce a new theme and all share our recipes here. The link party will close on the last day of the month. This way you will have time to share a recipe before and after the holiday (if there is one) so others can try it, check out other recipes to try yourself  and impress your family and friends with the delicious flavors of the season. For example, January was Healthy Eating, February was Valentine’s Day sweets and March was St. Paddy’s Day Snacks and April was Spring Delights!
Co-hosts:
Amanda Rose from Sew Much 2 Say
 
Remember, this link up is open until the end of the month and we will have a new one next month starting on the 1st.  Don’t forget to check in next month to see if your recipe was featured. So, what are you waiting for? Make your favorite fresh May recipes, blog about it and share them with us!

 

 

 

Product review: KissMe Organics Green Tea Matcha Powder

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 

Woohoo, I’m back to doing reviews! I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t been doing much regular blogging this month. (Luckily that’s about to change.) Today I have a product review for a really cool green tea powder kindly provided to me by KissMe Organics. Matcha green tea packs ten times the nutrients of regular green tea, which means it’s doing all of the things green tea does (give you energy, burn fat and relax stressed nerves, to name a few) but in a super-charged way. This version is a finely milled powder that can be prepared as a beverage or worked into your favorite recipes. In fact, the Matcha powder comes with a digital recipe booklet containing over fifty recipes for everything from smoothies to muffins to soups.

Inside the pouch is a bright green powder. This stuff packs a huge punch–half to one teaspoon is plenty for a latte. I strongly recommend measuring this stuff in careful increments, since it has such a strong flavor. You know that bitterness you experience with green tea? If you overdo it with this powder–and it’s easy to do–your food or drinks will have a very strong aftertaste, so follow the recipes to the letter!

I tried the KissMe Matcha Green Tea Latte from the recipe booklet and was immediately hooked. It’s delicious, and healthy too!

KissMe Organics Matcha Green Tea retails at Amazon.com for $39.99, but it’s currently on sale for $25. Find it here or check out their website here.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Recipe Writers, April 2014: Spring Has Sprung!

Guys, we made it! Spring is officially here. We had fun baking Christmas cookies, enjoyed some Irish food (Shamrock Hot Cocoa or Irish Roasted Shallots, anyone?), and now it is time to embrace all of the freshness that spring has to offer. Let’s celebrate the changing of seasons with this month’s theme:

Spring Has Sprung
This month is all about fresh food. We are transitioning from cold and cozy foods to crisp, light and fresh flavors. Maybe you have a new twist on a salad, or a family standby for when the weather gets warmer. I can’t wait to see what spring foods you are cooking up in your kitchen! Link up your favorite recipes after the jump!

Here is how Recipe Writers works: at the beginning of every month we will introduce a new theme and all share our recipes here. The link party will close on the last day of the month. This way you will have time to share a recipe before and after the holiday (if there is one) so others can try it, check out other recipes to try yourself  and impress your family and friends with the delicious flavors of the season. For example, January was Healthy Eating, February was Valentine’s Day sweets and March was St. Paddy’s Day Snacks!
Co-hosts:
Amanda Rose from Sew Much 2 Say
 
Remember, this link up is open until the end of the month and we will have a new one next month starting on the 1st.  Don’t forget to check in next month to see if your recipe was featured. So, what are you waiting for? Make your favorite spring salad recipes, blog about it and share them with us!

 

 

 

Recipe Writers: St. Patrick’s Punch (non-alcoholic)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For this month’s recipe I wanted something super-simple that could be whipped up for a party with minimal ingredients and minimal time. Since not all of us celebrate St. Patrick’s with green beer, and some of you might be hosting a party with youngsters, this punch is also non-alcoholic (though still very green!).

You’ll need:

  • One 12-oz. can limeade concentrate
  • One two-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda (Sprite, Sierra Mist, or just the store brand!)
  • Green food coloring

Thaw the limeade. Mix the limeade concentrate and the lemon-lime soda in a large pitcher. Add 3-4 drops of green food coloring and serve chilled!

Cheers!

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Recipe Writers March 2014: St. Patrick’s Day Snacks

Can you believe it’s March already? Me neither…especially since we just got several inches of fresh snow yesterday.
Last month Recipe Writers celebrated Valentines Day with recipes like these Nutella Filled Crescent Hearts, Rachel’s Heart Shaped Fudge and these Chocolate Covered Cherries.This month, we’re moving on St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or just celebrating your pretend heritage, this is the month to celebrate luck and all things green.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Snacks
One more thing! The past few months we have been testing out Recipe Writers and getting it up and running. It turns out that you guys enjoy it as much as we do! We really think we will all enjoy it just a tad bit more if we could see the delicious recipes we have all been raving about…so, we now have photo links! I can’t wait to see what you all have to share, especially since St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal in this house (my husband is part Irish)–so be sure to grab our button and link up after the jump!

Here’s how it works: At the beginning of every month we will introduce a new theme with a link-up for sharing our recipes. The link party will close on the last day of the month. This way you will have plenty of time to share your recipes, try new ones in advance of a holiday, and find new food bloggers to follow! Don’t forget to check in next month to see if your recipe was featured.
So, what are you waiting for? Make your favorite St. Paddy’s Day recipes, blog about it and share them with us!
Co-hosts:
Amanda Rose from Sew Much 2 Say
 

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Journey to Vegan

Today I’m over on Celeste’s blog chatting with her and my friend Katrin from Land of Candy Canes about our vegan journeys! Lots of people are full of questions about the “why” and “how” of making the leap from a regular diet to a vegetarian/vegan one, so if you’re interested in our stories, I’d love it if you checked out Celeste’s post (here). She did a great job putting together the questions for this post!