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Lemon Poppyseed Waffles | Gluten & Egg-Free 

I'm dancing around the kitchen with a mouthful of Lemon Poppyseed Waffles. Oh my! 

These beauties are gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free—100% vegan. I have a thing for pancakes and all things waffle-y. So when I landed on this recipe I knew I had give it a go. This morning when I announced to the kids that we were having waffles for breakfast (on a school day nonetheless!), they squealed with delight. That's when I knew this recipe better deliver.

And, it did. Absolute perfection!

The sorghum and rice flour based batter was quick to whip up and the waffles cooked up beautifully. They had a light, delicate crisp with a hint of lemon and poppyseeds. Quite impressive for being egg-free! The recipe called for a teaspoon of xanthan gum—which I forgot (yikes, I thought). But they turned out just fine without it. If you don't have a problem with xanthan gum, by all means leave it in. But it's nice to know that these waffles turn out just fine without it. Next time I will add a few more poppyseeds and little more "lemon"—perhaps in the form of some lemon extract?

So, you want the recipe? You can find it here on the blog Manifest:Vegan

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger

This month I adopted Allyson of Manifest:Vegan for the October 2011 Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger event.

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a great monthly event that was started by Sea of Book Of Yum. Sea is a talented and active player in the world of gluten-free blogging and her event has really brought the community together—it's a great venue for making new friends and trying new recipes. Be sure to check out the round-up.

About Allyson and Manifest:Vegan

Allyson of Manifest:VeganAllyson is the lovely and talented woman behind the blog Manifest:Vegan. In 2009 she set out to help get rid of that pesky stereotype that vegan food is un-palatable and well… limited to tofu and salad. Allyson shows you how vegan eating is easy, and really not limiting at all. Manifest:Vegan brings inspiration to your kitchen with recipes for deliciously compassionate eats!

In December of 2009 Allyson was diagnosed with celiac disease, which put a slight twist on her original intentions with the site. Now, not only is this website completely vegan, it is also entirely gluten-free. She just cautions readers to stay out of the archives prior to December 2009 if you have an intolerance.

What is a "Vegan" Anyway?

The other day my husband and I were chatting in the kitchen and the word "vegan" came up. He argued that it was a lifestyle—to which I agreed, but it also refers to the diet itself. Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients (like honey). According to Wikipedia, many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar (I need to look into this one) and some wines. Most vegans also avoid the use of all products tested on animals, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, fur and wool. Some follow the diet out of compassion for animals, some for the health aspect—some for both reasons. 

Last week I watched the film "Forks Over Knives." This documentary tells how a 100% plant-based vegan diet (no meat or animal protein) has been proven to stop and even reverse heart disease, cancer and the need for diabetes and other medications. It's an educational film and one worth watching. 

Forks Over Knives got me contemplating this journey of finding the "right" diet and I appreciate what my friend Maggie said on Facebook; "We gotta change our diets with the seasons of our lives baby!" I love my vegan friends and I love my paleo pals and what they do have in common—and that is, WHOLE food. The consuming of whole food, food you can wash in the palm of your hand ... food that's not processed and boxed. I'd say I fall somewhere in between and it's working for me—at least in this season of my life.

How about you? Where are you on your journey. What is working for you?

Reader Comments (11)

I think you and I are on the same page here in how we eat. I fall right in between and our family seems to be thriving. But I have to say that Forks over Knives really really got me thinking of a whole plethora of things. I cannot wait to talk to you about it when we are together!! Great adoption! I am going to check out this waffle recipe, pronto!! ;)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim(Cook It Allergy Free)

Kim, I feel the same. There's something that film triggered in me and I can't stop thinking about it and processing it. I think it really drove home for me that any diet needs to be hefty in the plant category. We are exploring the Low Oxalate diet (oxalates are a defense mechanism found in some plants) and looking at the list of High Ox foods to avoid I realize how many we have been eating and would need to remove (so we would be limited even further in the fruit and veggie dept). Agh. It's one of the diets recommended for autism IF high levels of oxalates are found in blood/urine. Folks with recurrent kidney stones usually benefit from it as well.

The waffle recipe is REALLY good. I have been dreaming of making them again--TODAY : )


September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Hehehe, you're cute Lex. Thanks for sharing my quote, I'm blushing a little. I find labels really hard for me. I don't like them, they make me antsy :) My diet has changed so much over the years and right now it's working REALLY well. I eat the way I do because a) I love whole foods b) I don't like meat c) I feel FANTASTIC because I"m not eating foods that my body doesn't like d) I love animals and dislike animals in pain. It works for me.
I love that you adopted Manifest Vegan. Her blog is amazing. I eyed up those waffles too!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

These waffles came out beautifully! I just need a waffle iron now. I do believe diet and disease are connected. Although I'm not vegan, I do believe in whole foods, organic whereever possible.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Maggie, I concur on the label thing. It really pins you in a corner ... especially in blogging. I was telling my husband I am so glad I chose the tagline I did ... "modified recipes for modified diets." Allows me some wiggle room, ha!! : ) Health is everything and I so glad you are feeling great!!!

Love you!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Jeanette, thanks for droppin' in : )


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October 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervincent

Thanks, this looks interesting, and I'm so glad you forgot the xanthan gum, bc I may be xanthan intolerant (not sure yet), and it's great to know that this works anyway!

I don't have a waffle iron, but this looks like a recipe to try if I visit relatives... I choose to avoid sugar, but I could probably sub an overripe banana for some of the oil and the sugar at the same time.

Definitely hear ya on labels. I've been very fortunate to have my health rebound after I learned to avoid dairy, wheat, and refined sugars. Hormone-wise, I also feel much better sans meat, and I detest the practices of factory farming. I don't call myself a vegan bc I eat fish when dining out (GFCFSF is challenging enough sometimes!!!) and bc I wear wool and leather.

After years of learning how to stay out of other people's problems and to tactfully take care of what *I* need to stay healthy and still be social, I find that when I bring a simple-but-substantial plant-based contribution to a pot luck (to make sure my own modified diet will be covered), I never know who I'm helping -- the dedicated vegetarian? the recent heart patient? someone who just loves artichokes?

Best wishes!

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNinufar

N - love your outlook and suggestion on how we can influence/entice others to eat fresh, wholesome food. Potlucks are a great venue for that : )


October 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Looks delicious!

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ As Good As Gluten

Yum! So excited to make these lemon poppy seed waffles for breakfast in the morning! Not only will my family be enjoying an awesome twist to our typical routine, but they will be getting a great source of fiber from the poppy seeds that help lower your cholesterol:) Thank you for the recipe!

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia Healthy Mama Info

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