Thursday, February 2, 2012

Oh, No You Didn't!

Oh, yes I did!!

Saturdays around here are a slow waking, slow moving kinda sort.  The kind of slow that just calls for brewing a cup of coffee, making something great to eat, and enjoying it slowly around the table.

Unless, of course, it's these waffles.
Then you'd scarf them right down...

Clean Eating Chocolate Protein Powder Waffles
Makes approximately 12 waffles

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 Tbs. milled flax seeds
4 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups almond milk (or any other milk:  cow, soy, etc.)


1.  Combine pastry flour and protein powder in a large bowl.
2.  Mill your flax seeds and add to dry ingredients.
3.  In a small bowl, combine eggs, olive oil, and almond milk.
4.  Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until completely combined.
5.  Grease a waffle maker with your oil sprayer/mister
6.  Ladle batter onto waffle maker and close.
7.  Allow to cook until crispy on the outside.
8.  Top with WHATEVER makes your mouth and belly smile -- as long as it's clean!!
9.  Enjoy!

Optional Toppings:
chocolate chips (not clean, so only the kiddos eat these, but still tasty-- I'm sure!)
bananas (try warming them in the micro for a few seconds -- brings out their sweetness!)
walnuts (or any other nut)
Natural (no sugar) PB, or another nut butter
Maple Syrup

I actually doubled the batch so that I'd have extras to store in the freezer for our not-so-slow mornings.  I mean, really, if I can bring the Slow Saturday feeling to the middle of the week, why wouldn't I?

A couple thinks to think:

-- Why milled flax seeds?  Well, your body cannot break down the hard outer shell of the flax seed, so in order to get all those wonderful nutrients (Omega 3s, Calcium, Protein, Lignans -- there's a reason it's called a "Super Food!") from the seeds, you need to mill (or grind in a coffee/spice grinder) them. 

-- Why mill your flax seeds yourself?  You can buy milled flax seeds, but it's not recommended.  As soon as the seeds are milled, they start losing their potency.  So, my solution was to just buy a small grinder and do it at home.

-- Protein Powder:  There are many, many, many, many types of protein powder on the market.   Look for a clean version:  one that doesn't have a bunch of additives, words you can't pronounce or don't know, and NO SUGAR.  Now, I will admit that my brand of protein powder does have a bit of fructose (fruit sugar) in it.  However, I bought a plain powder and found it so unpalatable that I had to mix it with the current type I use.   You'll need to decide which protein powder matches up with your personal wellness goals.  

Now, go forth and make waffles!

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