Earth Day and Waffles

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Happy Earth Day!

I confess I have no extraordinary plans for the day. I pondered this topic little in the past, and whereas I recognize the unifying support in showing love for our planet, my issue is thus: should not every day be Earth Day? Should not we celebrate and respect and love our planet every day since we are relying on it as such?

I suppose the general idea is simply to raise awareness, because we tend to forget just how important this planet is; just how crucial its wellbeing imposes on our own. The fear is that this is not all we are capable of in taking care of Earth.

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The similar fear of being inferior, of not being able to do all, haunts this day. Veganism creeps along a path not unlike that. What needs to be stressed is that it’s okay to not be able to do it all. Starting small can often be a big leap. Doing what you can, even if it seems like little, is still a contribution in its own right. Besides, there is that saying about how pennies add up…

I digress—how can you really read what I’m trying to say here when I shove waffles in your face? I apologize for that, I do; but you see, I made these waffles in an attempt to lure you into the VGF world. Is it working?

Well, go on, have a bite!

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Banana-Chocolate Chip Waffles (optionally slathered with peanut butter)

vegan. gluten-free. soy-free. corn-free. refined sugar-free. nut-free (without peanut butter).

2/3 cup each brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch
4 tsp gf, cf baking powder
1/2 tsp guar gum
Pinch salt
1-1/4 cups rice milk
1 very ripe mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce*
1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/3 cup allergy-friendly chocolate chips

1) In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, gum, and salt; set aside.
2) In a large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Gradually whisk in the dry mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3) Allow the batter to sit for a few minutes while you heat your waffle iron. When the iron is ready, pour roughly 1/2 cup of batter for each waffle. As always, cook according to the instructions on your waffle iron. If you have a smaller iron, you will need less batter, obviously. Mine is 7.5-inches in diameter.
Serve warm. Peanut butter is optional but strongly suggested if it is okay for you to eat! Leftovers can be frozen.

Yield: six 7.5-inch round Belgian waffles

*If corn is an issue for you and yours, be careful about commercial applesauce. Either find a safe brand, or make your own. You can use oil in place of the applesauce, but be aware the waffles will then no longer be fat-free (if that matters to you!).

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