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A few weeks ago, I had a sudden craving for waffles. If this happens, then there is only one thing a food blogger can do: make coconut waffles. This time with the delicious coconut drink from Alpro. Or first: make waffle batter. I did exactly that – before realizing that my waffle maker was at my parents house. Great, Lynn. Just great.So I was sitting there, eating my raw waffle batter, when my mother called. „Darling, what are you doing?“. „I’m sitting here eating raw waffle batter. How about you?“. That’s how the conversation started. It ended with my entire family standing in my doorway with the waffle batter and my grandmother Helga.
Eating plant-based plays a big role in my life. That’s why these waffles are made with only the best ingredients: oats, buckwheat, peanut butter and of course plant-based milk. For me, eating plant-based is more than just eating vegan. First of all, I am not vegan as I still eat honey and cheese, and secondly, eating plant-based is a choice I made for my health. Ever since I started incorporating plant-based drinks from Alpro in my life, I just feel much better, especially in the mornings. Plant-based milk is simply full of nutrients – did you know that almond milk contains a lot of vitamin E (the beauty vitamin)? So I chose plant-based drinks because they make me feel my best.
I also love that my family is becoming more and more open to plant-based drinks. When we were younger, our naturopath would have us drink soy drinks for a certain amount of time, and since it was kind of forced upon us, my sisters and I have always had a mixed relationship with soy drinks. Luckily, Alpro offers so much more than just soy drinks. After I graduated from college in the U.S., I was already so used to drinking only almond and cashew milk, that Alpro really helped me stick to my plant-based diet when I moved back to Germany. They were the first brand that I bought back here in Lüneburg and they have been a big part of my diet ever since.
While I was decorating my tiny tiny living room table, Jannis was in the kitchen making the waffles. My grandmother was watching me closely as she had never seen my food blogging activities in action. She was so proud of making it up all the way to our top-level apartment, that she did not even care about me taking photos of the waffles.
In fact, she loved being my model, my hand model and my recipe tester. I even served her coconut drink latte, which she happily enjoyed. I guess I am pretty lucky that even my grandmother likes what I serve, even though it is quite different from what she is used to. She even ate two coconut waffles, although she had already had cake back at home.
I was actually surprised that my grandmother waited so patiently for her waffles and coffee. She even hand-modeled for me, as you can see on the pictures. I’ll treasure this photo forever, I believe. Look at her elegant hand, and look at her smile. Approaching the 90s with grace and a strong will to live. I never thought that I could ever make my 89-year old grandmother try something so exotic such as a coconut latte. But she took a sip and approved with a simple „very apart“. I don’t think I would have ever thought that I could make my grandmother enjoy the things that I eat regularly and with great pleasure.
Oma Helga also loved the coconut peanut butter waffles. She even had two, even though she had already had cake at home. The great thing about these waffles with Alpro coconut drink is that they are good for your body and easy to digest. So you can enjoy another one without feeling guilty (just as my grandmother did).
To say that I love these Sunday afternoons is an understatement. All you need is a simple yet delicious waffle recipe, coffee with coconut or almond drink and a grandmother who loves to tell a story. My dad always teases that you need a license for Oma Helga as she is really something. You can be assured that life with her is anything but boring. But that afternoon she simply enjoyed being in my small apartment, eating healthy food and chatting about her grandchildren and her weird jobs.
What I am also so thankful for, is a family who supports me and who loves to try my healthy and usually plant-based creations. My dad is my biggest critic, and he will tell me quite straight forward if he does not like something. He has even spat out one of my cakes before. He is being totally honest.
But he loved these waffles, and even took a sip from my coconut latte. I don’t think he will be having coconut lattes on a regular basis from now on, but he had to admit that they tasted good. That’s all I needed to hear.
Now, if you also have a crazy family such as mine, then this recipe is for you. It’s best to be shared with friends, and you do not even have to tell them that it’s healthy. They won’t be able to tell. You can simply enjoy the time with them, chat, and relax. Fort he waffle recipe, you can chose any Alpro plant-based drink that you prefer. I have tried it with the regular coconut drink and the fresh one. Both waffles were delicious.
For the coconut latte, I did not bother to write down the recipe. All you need to do is steam the coconut drink and add a shot of espresso. Simple as that.
For 6 coconut peanut butter waffles:
- 110ml of Alpro coconut drink original
- 150ml of sparkling water
- 150g of gluten-free buckwheat flour
- 100g of oats
- 2 teaspoons of aluminum-free baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water
- 60g of peanut butter
- 60g of extra-virgin coconut oil
- a pinch of sea salt
- Place the oats into a blender and pulse until a flour forms. Mix the chia seeds and the water and let sit for 10 minutes. You might need to stir the mixture once after 5 minutes.
- Add the ground oats, buckwheat flour, baking powder and sea salt in a mixing bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the coconut drink, peanut butter, coconut oil, chia egg and honey and mix well until a liquid paste forms. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir using a hand mixer or food processor. Finally, stir in the sparkling water and let the batter sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Heat the waffle maker. Use about half a teaspoon of coconut oil for each waffle. Place about three tablespoons of batter into the waffle maker for each waffle and bake until crisp.
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