When mother nature brings autumn, fill your kitchen with squashes and your home with smells of pumpkin spice. Fall foods are my favourite for this reason – I love love cooking with squash! Squash is a good source of beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to vitamin A, and acts as an antioxidant that supports immune function, healthy skin, vision, and cell regeneration, to name a few. So, not only is incorporating squash into your diet yummy, but it’s also beneficial for your body’s health.
This recipe brings pumpkin spice to breakfast, how great is that?! These waffles are easy to make with little preparation, and fill your kitchen with the most amazing smell. Although the batter is thick and the waffles come out dense, they easily absorb maple syrup and melt in your mouth. They make a truly delightful breakfast or brunch item, and they’re vegan!
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 + 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp coconut palm sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- Maple syrup
- In a large bowl or stand-up mixer, whisk together pumpkin purée, almond milk, 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Add in sugar, baking powder, and spices. Add in flour and mix well until the batter is smooth. I used a handheld mixer for this.
- Heat your waffle maker on medium-high if it has a heat setting. My waffle maker has an automatic heat setting and notifies me when my waffle is cooked. Using a brush and 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil, grease both sides of the waffle maker before cooking each waffle.
- Scoop ¼ cup of batter into the centre of the waffle maker and spread a little outwards into a circular shape. Close the waffle maker and cook for approximately 1.5-2 minutes. Remove cooked waffle and repeat the process until the batter is done.
- Plate waffles with your choice of fruit and maple syrup. I really like the combination taste of raspberries and maple syrup, so that's my go-to.
* Make sure to turn your waffle maker on a medium-high temperature to cook through the thick batter.