Paleo Apple Cider Waffles

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Paleo apple cider waffles are a healthy interpretation of apple cider donuts. Made with real apple cider and cinnamon, they are great for a fall weekend breakfast or brunch. If you don’t have store bought blanched almond flour, you can easily make it with raw almonds in a high speed blender though the texture may be a bit crunchier. Top with freshly sliced apples and pure maple syrup or cashew glaze….

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Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones

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When I was studying in London, Josh came to visit and hopped on an Easy Jet to Ireland. It was everything I expected: green scenery, great Guinness, quaint villages, friendly people. Ireland, from a tourist’s perspective, is perfect.

I wasn’t, however, expecting to love the food. It just happened, one meal at a time. It started in Dublin when we splurged to eat at the Winding Stair, continued in the small west coast village of Doolin where we had the best fish and chips of our lives and ended back in Dublin where we stumbled upon Cornucopia, a vegetarian restaurant and cafe in the city center.

Once we got back to the US, I ordered the Cornucopia At Home cookbook and it’s become a staple in my house. The book full of hearty delicious vegetarian Irish inspired food (like these collard wraps with mushrooms and wild rice). There is a whole chapter on breads and scones and, looking for inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day recipes, it occurred to me to combine the two.

These vegan and gluten free Irish soda bread scones are simple and delicious. Josh and I ate them for lunch and dinner the day I made them (it was Sunday and anything is allowed on Sundays). Ever since the butternut squash pot pie success, I’ve been addicted to this vegan butter over on Vegan Baking (if you’re dairy free, go make this butter!) and it works just as well in this scone recipe. These scones are so light, fluffy and buttery – you can’t tell they’re vegan and gluten free.

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Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Truffles

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My breakfast routine changes a lot. I don’t mix it up every day, but stick to one thing for months until I’m over it. I’ll have several weeks of smoothies and eggs, then months of rice porridge with yogurt, then granola in smoothies, and (currently) sweet potatoes with coconut butter, apple butter and sausage. Protein is pretty much the only common denominator; I feel better when I start the day with a balanced meal.

Because I’ve been feeling a bit trapped inside from the snow, I’ve been making a point to exercise in the morning before work. I eat my full breakfast at work, but in the car between the studio and the office, I’m starving. These protein truffles are the perfect post-workout portable snack; full of healthy fat, protein and easily digestible carbs.

I don’t eat protein powder every day, but when I do, I’m super picky about which ones I eat; my favorites, aside from pure hemp protein, are Vega and Sunwarrior. I tested a couple of different powders with the protein truffles and I like Sunwarrior’s classic protein (vanilla and chocolate) best for this recipe.

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Vegan Eggnog French Toast

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French toast isn’t something I make often for a couple of reasons. It seems complicated – more so than pancakes or waffles, though I can’t figure out my logic here – and too heavy for just an ordinary breakfast.

 

This vegan eggnog french toast debunks those beliefs, especially if you have some extra vegan eggnog smoothie on hand. Simply dredge some gluten free bread in healthy eggnog, lightly brown on both sides in a skillet and – done: vegan eggnog french toast.

 

I made my vegan eggnog french toast using the master bread recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (if you’re gluten free, get this book!), substituting the four egg whites with two flax eggs. To make the loaf, I used the gluten free flour blend demonstrated on the Gluten Free Girl blog. Any gluten free bread should work, but I’d suggest a heartier bread rather than something pre-sliced.

 

For this recipe, I used some extra vegan eggnog smoothie (which I made with Vega’s new protein powder), but other eggnog recipes should also work.

 

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Vegan Eggnog Smoothie

Vegan Eggnog Smoothie | ourfourforks.com

Breakfast decisions are difficult for me because I want it all. My go-to is oatmeal or granola, but when I’m trying to pack in some more nutrition (or eat light before workout), I make smoothies. Usually, they’re pretty boring: frozen bananas, frozen berries, flax, protein powder, cinnamon and kale (of course).

 

But when Vega sent me their new Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake, I decided it was time to change it up. I’ve made vegan eggnog before, but I had never thought to add protein powder to it and make it a full meal. I’ve been a longtime fan of Vega, but their new Vega One vanilla shake is amazing; not only does it taste better (think more of a smooth flavor, less of the typical protein powder grittiness), but it has more protein, greens, vitamins and minerals. It is still 100% made from real, whole foods without anything artificial. Eggnog for breakfast? Yes.
 

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