Two of my Christmas gifts from the year 2000 have proven to be timeless so far.
My bike (I'm still riding a kid-sized 21 speed Raleigh and I LOVE it), and my Grinch Waffle Iron.
This waffle iron made our house the sleepover house. That, and my mom was the sleepover queen. We could stay up as late as we wanted as long as we were dancing with her. She would let us use air mattresses as slides, she would have a craft ready for us to do, she made the comfiest beds on couches to sleep on and in the morning- she always made grinch waffles.
Much more exciting than your standard belgian waffle, grinch waffles were a topic of discussion. The swirls that the syrup could swim through- the perfect circle in the middle for a pool of butter or whipped cream.
My mom was also the cool aunt. The one who let my little cousins and I eat whipped cream straight from the can at 8am.
My mom didn't have lots of rules, she mostly just did whatever she could to make sure everyone around her was having the most fun at all times.
Sweet Potato Waffles (Vegan + Gluten Free)
1 c cooked sweet potato
1 c oats
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground Flax seed + 3 Tbsp water, let sit for five minutes)
1/2 c almond milk
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
cooking spray, for waffle iron.
coconut cream (the top part of refrigerated coconut milk), for serving
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk a tablespoon at a time if it doesn't seem like it will pour smoothly until it's pourable.
Heat the waffle iron and spray with cooking spray.
Pour about 1/3 cup of batter into the iron and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
Serve with a dollop of coconut cream (which you make by refrigerating a can of coconut milk and scooping off the thick creamy white part from the top) and maple syrup. I serve it like this for the nostalgia of when you get a waffle at a diner served with an ice cream scoop full of butter.
This batter can be refrigerated for up to 2 days! Add a bit more milk to thin out before using.