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.
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!
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
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!).