Pumpkin Flax Waffles
Makes 7 waffles
This breakfast feels like an indulgent treat, but is actually a very healthy and filling way to start the day. With 17g of fibre, it provides a whopping 70% of your recommended daily intake, and it produces slow release energy without a spike in blood sugar levels due to the complex carbohydrates in the oat flour. It has the added hidden fruit and vegetables too, with pumpkin and bananas in the waffle mixture.
Flaxseeds provide heart-healthy Omega 3 essential fatty acids, both soluble and insoluble fibre to help with constipation. And the lignans in the flaxseed have been shown to have cancer preventing qualities. The color of pumpkins is derived from orange carotenoid pigments, which are provitamin A compounds which get converted to Vitamin A in the body. Both pumpkins and blackberries are also rich in dietary fiber and are a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins. One serving provides 61%, 24% and 25% of your Viatmin A, Vitamin C & Calcium daily requirements respectively.
“Bee pollen is one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods, with nearly all the nutrients required by humans. Not surprising that it has been used for energy and endurance since ancient times, with a single teaspoon full containing over 2.5 billion nutrient-packed flower pollen granules,” explains Susan Curtis, natural health director at Neal’s Yard Remedies.
· 1 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
· 2 Tbsp Brown Rice Syrup
· 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
· 2 tbsp Flaxseed powder
· 2 cup Oat Flour
· 2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
· 2 tsp Cinnamon
· 2 Bananas
· 100g Apple Puree
· 50g Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder With Chia Seeds by “That Protein”
· 1.5 cup Organic Skimmed Milk (can be substituted for any nut milk if vegan)
· 1 cup Greek Yogurt (can be substituted for coconut yogurt if vegan)
· 2.5 cups Blackberries
· Sprinkling of Bee Pollen
· Preheat waffle iron
· Combine all of the ingredients in one bowl — it will be thick.
· Spray the iron with a little oil spray to lightly coat it.
· Scoop the appropriate amount of batter into the waffle iron (for my iron 5 tbsp)
· Cook until golden brown (please note they do take a longer than normal waffles, so be patient with them, they will get crispy!)
· Add a dollop of Greek yogurt, a handful of blackberries and a sprinkle with bee pollen.
Calories — 456
Carbohydrates — 75g
Fat — 15g
Protein — 19g
Fibre — 17g