Warm Ups - Weekend Waffles

So it's the weekend and you want a good brunch and something a bit 'oooooh', without feeling like you screwed up the work you put in earlier in the week. I have been dreaming of waffles for weeks. I don't know why - It's not like I have ever been used to having sweet breakfasts, but I guess its part of the nesting, hibernation winter re-fuelling that has been giving me cravings.

I just can't bring myself to have super sugar dripping versions of them though, so have swapped a few bits out, to see if these can be almost healthy.. These were made with a mixture of my protein powder and MCT oil, but if you haven't got those, then you can use 1 egg and some good quality rapeseed or vegetable oil and a third less milk than I use in my recipe.

I also used a waffle iron which you must spray or rub lightly with oil before adding your mixture to. I tried to miss this step when using Poppy's waffle maker last year and I killed it. The protein mix I was using at that time had hidden sugars in it and it burnt the machine so badly, it wasn't salvageable. If you are looking for a machine, Aldi Waffle Makers are available for about £10 - I use one from Lakeland, but they often turn up at Homesense or TK Maxx, your local charity shops or supermarket electronics departments for under £20. Similar to toastie makers, you'll probably use it loads for a while, then not for months, so save your money and just go basic.

Anyway - here's my mix.. Enjoy xx

Waffle Mix - makes 8

150g Wholemeal Plain Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tbsp Demerara Sugar

1 scoop Milk and Egg Protein Powder (Precision Engineering)

2 tbsp MCT oil

400ml unsweetened Almond Milk

1. Add all dried ingredients into a bowl

2. Mix the oil and almond milk together.

3. Whisk all ingredients together for a few minutes, until there are no lumps. 

4. If you have time to wait, then leave your mix in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Cook immediately if you're hungry or just can't be a**ed to wait.

4. Heat up your waffle maker - spray or brush lightly with oil.

5. Ladle your mix onto the hot waffle maker, close the lid and wait for 5-7 minutes.

6. Carefully pick your waffle off the machine and set on a plate. 

Repeat for the rest of your mix, until all are cooked. 

You can freeze them, then get them out and toast them when you want to eat them later on.

I had mine with 1 tsp of Agave Nectar and a bowl of frozen raspberries which were heated up, to become naturally jammy xx

Each Waffle works out to approximately 118 calories 

= 14.1g Carbohydrates / 4.5g Fat / 4.5g Protein, 

plus Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C

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