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I am more than a little obsessed with grain-free, paleo waffles!
It’s really hard to improve on waffle perfection, and Hayley from Health Starts in the Kitchen’s waffles really are perfect! If you haven’t tried them yet, you must!
I wanted a yummy fall twist and to make them even more nutrient-dense, so using her recipe as inspiration, I went to work creating grain-free, paleo pumpkin waffles.
Pumpkin pie spice is star of my fall. It’s what really gives a recipe that pumpkin pie flavor. I use it in everything from coffee, to pancakes, to waffles. I buy mine already blended from Frontier, but it’s available at Amazon. You can also make your own with this recipe from Live Simply.
If you don’t have homemade pumpkin puree already prepared from a recipe like this one from Naturally Loriel, use canned pumpkin. Make sure it’s organic and from a non-BPA can like this one.
Before I get yelled at for using milk in a paleo recipe, yes I do know that milk isn’t strict paleo. I also know that many paleo peeps use raw dairy if they can tolerate it. It’s a grey area. Raw milk is very nutrient dense so if you can have it, do!
I use gelatin hydrosylate in many of my recipes to add to the nutrient-denseness. This is optional and can be left out if you don’t have it.
I make all my batters in my Blendtec blender. It makes less cleanup for me, and a nice, smooth batter every time. I don’t need any extra work, and neither do you!
I don’t know what it is about dutifully plopping batter into a waffle iron that makes me so blissfully happy…maybe it’s knowing what amazing goodness I’m about to put into my mouth. It’s the anticipation! That and the joy on my kids’ faces when I yell, “Kids, the waffles are ready!” They come running! I always eat the first waffle before they get to the table or I won’t get one. 🙂
These waffles are more dense and less crispy than the originals. They need to be cooked thoroughly so check with a fork for doneness. When they are ready to come out, they will do so easily. If they fall apart, they’re not ready.
I eat them plain, like a cookie, but they are great with a little maple syrup too!
Be nourished. Be happy.
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Kava DSM Fall Favorites: Perfect Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl, Autumn Harvest Mocktail, and a sumptuous Pumpkin Spice Waffle
So glad you’re here, because we’re going on an island trip!
Okay, so maybe real life in DesMoines doesn’t normally include palm trees and waterfalls, but since I opened Kava DSM late this summer, that’s changed! That’s right, walking into our new Kava restaurant at 300 Martin Luther King Parkway is like walking onto the Jersey shore or an island beach. And the food we serve there isn’t only healthy, it’s beautiful, tropical, and delicious.
In fact, everything at Kava DSM is good for you. If you know me from my first Des Moines business, Natural Health Improvement Center, you know my overall passion is for good, healthy living, and for making it happen for as many people as I can. We’ve already been doing that at NHIC here since 2018 and now, at Kava DSM, we’re bringing our community more of a good thing!. Everything at Kava DSM is good for you--all coffees are organic and food offerings are plant-based, including the gelato! And, of course, there’s the Kava.
What’s Kava? Well, Kava is a tea made from Piper methysticum, a plant native to the western Pacific islands. It’s highly valued there not only as a social drink, but as a beverage that promotes relaxation. Heavy kava is used for stress relief, and insomnia. Heady kava is a good wakeup and we’re offering both as a healthy, delicious alternative. Wait until you see what we’ve done with it!
First, if you’re drinking Kava alone at Kava DSM, it will come to you in the traditional coconut shell. Just tip it up, take a sip, and dream of the ocean. If, however, you want a little more adventure, try it in one of our mocktails, a zero-proof mix of refreshing flavors. We always have a selection of mocktails at the restaurant, like Kavamosa, Kavarita, and Kava Kolada, but it’s autumn, so we merged our usual island flavors with a brand new seasonal one, the Autumn Harvest.
Here’s the recipe: