There’s nothing quite like waking up to the smell of waffles!!
Start your weekend off right with an easy recipe that’s sure to bring everyone to the table!
As you may know, all of our recipes are vegan and 99.9% plastic-free! We’ve been experimenting for years to find replacements for animal products or by-products, or items that usually come in plastic packaging. Because experimenting takes time (and failed attempts cost money!), we’ve decided to put together a cookbook for you with some of our recipes for food, cosmetics, and household cleaners. Switching to sustainable alternatives will make a massive difference for the planet and will be easy if the road is already paved :)
So we were really excited when we discovered a super easy egg replacement that we now use to make any traditional egg recipe vegan!
Have you herd of aquafaba? I few months ago, we hadn’t either!
Aquafaba is the juice from cans of chickpeas. Who would have thought something as simple could replace eggs? I was particularly excited about this because it’s also a plastic-free alternative. We always reuse the cans to store things in or plant our herbs or baby cacti.
After LOTS of experimenting, we’ve found 3 tbsp of aquaba make 1 egg. So bare this in mind when you’re baking or, making waffles!
This recipe makes a short stack (3-4 waffles depending on the size of your waffle maker). For a full stack, just double the recipe! Sometimes we do this and freeze them to have during the week.
6 tbsp Aquafaba blended
1 3/4 cup nut or coconut mylk
2 cups flour
2 tbsp coconut oil (or other veg oil)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
Preheat your waffle iron. The secret to get a light and fluffy result from cooking with aquafaba is blending it separately until it’s white and frothy.
Then add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until there’s no lumps. Depending on the size of your waffle iron, pour 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the batter in until it fills up all the grooves. Close and let cook until golden brown.
You can add your favourite fruit, syrup or even chocolate sauce! My absolute favourite combination with waffles is Nutella! But because of its harmful impact on the rainforest I’ve made a sustainable alternative, but which I’m nut-telling until we release our cookbook!
ZERO WASTE TIPS
The simplest way to cut down on your waste when grocery shopping is to always shop with your own reusable bags, and to buy all your ingredients, or as many as possible, in bulk. There are lots of supermarkets now that have bulk sections, and most major cities now have at least one bulk store. So look out for them in your local area! I will share more on this in another post.
Berries are one of the hardest fruits to find without plastic packaging. So when it’s berry season, we go to farmer’s markets and food coops and stock up on TONS of berries that we freeze for the rest of the year.
And finally, for the syrup! Want to know how to make it yourself? It’s easy, minimises waste, and is way cheaper than maple syrup!!
Here’s our 3 ingredient for plastic-free, home-made syrup!
4 tbsp cane or coconut sugar
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla
Add to a sauce pan on low heat and mix until it takes on the consistency of syrup. Voila!
You can double the quantities to store in the pantry in an air-tight container.
That’s one of our main zero waste tips! Every time we cook, we make extra so we have food for the week. This makes it less likely for us to order take-out or have to buy quick-fix things in plastic.
We hope you’ll enjoy our first recipe! Make sure to subscribe below for more recipes and other tips and tricks on how to live more sustainable lives!