Monday, August 5, 2013
Brunch! Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
Good morning (or afternoon or evening, I guess it depends on when you read blogs)! Anyone else feeling Marvelous? I know I am thanks to Katie for encouraging me to put my best foot forward to start the week!


I have no idea how it's been a month since I wrote anything here. This summer seems to have flown by. I'm on a no regret plan these days though. Sure, there have been so many things that I wanted to share, but I really just took the time to enjoy the boys this summer. I haven't even picked up my real camera to take food pictures at all. That means you get to suffer with intagram pictures for a while...

Sadly, today really marks the end {of summer} for them. We have orientations for both schools today. The kids are really dreading it and so are Tony and I. The boys are now at the ages that they are so easy to get along with and having them around is like having a friend around all the time. Jay is now a sophomore in high school and Max is a 7th grader in middle school. Where in the world has time gone? Now we are heading into crazy schedules and sleepy kids. This means we can't have brunch together every morning...

Speaking of brunch, we had one last big brunch of the summer with the boys yesterday celebrating with our favorite fall flavors. Yeah, if the kids have to go back to school, we want fall here now. On the menu was pumpkin waffles served up with 7 minute icing and pumpkin spice syrup we got last fall from the apple orchard. Can't wait to go back again!

These were so good and definitely hit the spot for a fun brunch treat! I tripled the recipe and used a whole can of pumpkin. These freeze perfectly so don't be afraid to make a bunch. I'm all about making life a little easier during the school mornings.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
(makes about 5 square waffles)

3/4 cup chickpea flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup sorghum flour or quinoa flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 TBSP rice bran or cornstarch (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of cardamom
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
stevia to taste (I have used vanilla NuNaturals drops and Tagatose)
3/4 cup water or almond milk (I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened)
1/4 cup egg whites (or one egg or flax/chia gel)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then add your wet ingredients. Mix well and cook according to your waffle iron directions.

Since we were taking it easy and enjoying the morning, this meal called for a little French press coffee. I'm really going to miss these lazy morning...

Anyone else ready for fall? This week is going to be crazy! I hope you all have a great one!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:34 AM  
  • At August 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Oh man those look fantastic! And how is summer nearing an end already???

  • At August 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    I am SERIOUSLY lamenting the end of summer over here. Sigh.

    Also, I heavily doubt that my parents thought of me as a friend that they liked to be around when I was a sophomore in high school, haha. Pretty sure I was just a pain in the ass!! You and Tony sure did luck out with your boys. I hope we feel the same way about Lila as you do about the boys!

  • At August 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I can't believe its already time for school to start back!

    Those waffles look amazing. Can we have breakfast for dinner Friday? LOL!

  • At August 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM, Anonymous Heather @ Better With Veggies said…

    I'm not ready for Fall quite yet, but with schools going back so early now, I guess it's in the air!

    These waffles look so yummy, but Kirk hasn't been too keen on getting yet another kitchen appliance (waffle iron) to make them with. :)

  • At August 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    I'm ready for fall! It's 104 today. Low of 80. And i can't believe they are already in school. and max in 7th!! WOW! But what great men you have. nourished by your good food and love

  • At August 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    Beautiful waffles, excellent French press photo, and bittersweet sentiments. How can it be time for them to go back to school? That is rough, dear. Hope they have a good kickoff to their school years though! :-)


  • At August 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    A sophomore in HIGH SCHOOL??! OMG!
    Colin still has 2 weeks of summer left - I'm sure it's going to fly...... :(

  • At August 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Egads, they look amazing! I love the fall flavors already - though I really could eat them year round.

    I can't believe how early the kids start school now. Kylie goes back on Monday. Yikes!

  • At August 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM, Anonymous Brittany @ Delights and Delectables said…

    Delicious! I can't believe school is back in either. :( Can I come over for breakfast?? pretty please?? ;)

  • At August 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Anonymous Katie said…

    I am so happy you joined in, when I saw you did, it made me so excited!!! I am sad Anthony is going back soon too, I know exactly how you feel : ( I will miss having my buddy around, it will just be me and rocco, another reason why I wish we lived close, we could hang out!

    I love that you are already kicking off the pumpkin action, YES! I am ready for fall, I like that things slow down in the fall and I love the weather and all the pumpkin to go with it!

    Love you friend and hope the orientations for the boys go well today!

  • At August 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM, Anonymous MIZ said…

    oooh YAY!!!
    for the recipe and yer check-in.

  • At August 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ha had me at brunch!! :-)

    Okay, these waffles look just amazing. I am making these asap!

    School time already! My son is starting preschool...he is so excited. It's adorable.

    And I don't think you lucked out with your boys...your parenting and strong family bonds have created your healthy and wonderful relationships. I am aiming for that too and we (me and mu husband) work very hard moving in that direction as parents and as a family. I think this is all you and your husband, raising these wonderful boys who love their home and parents and have such a strong sense of family and connection.

    You're an inspiration!!!

    Big Hugs,

  • At August 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    This looks delicious!!! I'm with you on the end of summer. I can't believe it's almost over.

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