VANILLA BEAN WAFFLE ICE CREAM SAMMIES WITH MAPLE BERRY MASH

Hey lovely peeps. I took a little break last week but! I’m back with waffles and ice cream sooo, forgive me? Sweet, sweet Melissa from The Fauxmartha is bringing a tiny human into the world, so ooooobviously that calls for a waffle-shower in blog land. Erin got this whole party started and I couldn’t be more thrilled. More movements for love on the internet please! In whatever form we can dream up, seriously. Big changes swirling in the cosmos (September makes that whole thing feel so intense) and right here on earth call for a very high vibrational frequency waffle treat.

Sending this post out to you and revelling in the party posts from Erin, Sarah, Alex & Sonja, Jeanine, Kathryne, Kasey, Nicole, Heidi and Alison too). I worked from her pretty much famous whole wheat waffle recipe, with ice cream sandwiches on my mind all the while. If I find myself at the Canadian National Exhibition during summer’s calendar end, I most definitely indulge in one of these treats. They make the waffle to order right there, break it on the perforation and sandwich it around a slice of ice cream. Hot waffle with cold ice cream at the fair? Yeah it’s pretty great. The memory of that sweet treat was floating in and out of my consciousness these past couple weeks. This waffle-shower of sorts? So, so timely. Thanks universe!

I used a new-to-me gluten free flour mix for these and made a few other adjustments to suit my needs–chia seeds to bind, some almond milk, and coconut palm sugar for sweetening. The little kiss of orange and vanilla in these is just right. They seemed like the perfect base for some smooshy tart berry sauce and (coconut-based!) vanilla ice cream. Yum and yum. Hope you’re all settling in with the blessings and rhythms of late summer/early fall. We’ve been cozying up to tea mugs in sweaters, accepting the wildness of the veggie/raspberry patch, marathoning Burning Love, and combing the ads for energy efficient appliance deals (whoop whoop + hot damn, party train never stops). Sending the big hugs this week, but especially to you, Melissa!  xoxo


VANILLA BEAN WAFFLE ICE CREAM SAMMIES WITH MAPLE BERRY MASH
Print the recipe here!
Recipe adapted from: The Fauxmartha
SERVES: makes 4 sandwiches (or 5-7 regular sized waffles for breakfast party times)
NOTES: For a killer non-dairy ice cream, try Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss. Also, everyone’s waffle iron is different for timing and such. Check your manual! ;)

waffle ingredients:
1/2 tbsp chia seeds, ground + 1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups GF all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or some evaporated cane is cool)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil + extra for the waffle iron
1 1/2 cups warm almond milk (or other milk)
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract!)
little handful cacao nibs (optional)

maple berry mash + serving:
1/2 pint raspberries or blackberries (or a mix)
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
vegan vanilla ice cream

Preheat your waffle iron. I have this one, and I set it to 5, which is on the higher end of the spectrum.

In a small bowl, combine the ground chia seeds and 1/4 cup of water. Whisk the mixture and allow it to gel while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine the GF all purpose flour, baking powder, sea salt, and coconut sugar. Stir to mix evenly.

To the dry ingredients, add the melted coconut oil, warm almond milk, orange juice, vanilla bean paste and chia gel. Mix until you have a smooth batter. Awesome news: you can’t over-mix/overdevelop the gluten in a GF waffle batter :) Fold in the cacao nibs, if using.

Lightly grease the waffle iron with a bit of coconut oil. Drop a 1/4 cup of the batter into the machine. Shut the iron and cook the waffle until golden. Place the cooked waffle on a baking sheet/plate and ocver if you wish. If you’re serving these as breakfast waffles, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 200 (F) oven while you prepare the remaining ones. Repeat with remaining batter.

While the waffles are cooking, place the berries, maple syrup and vanilla in a pie dish and lightly mash everything together with a fork until you have a textured/saucy consistency. Set aside.

Assemble the sandwiches!: Place a scoop of ice cream onto a waffle, flatten the ice cream out a bit. Spread a bit it berry mash on top of the ice cream and sandwich it all with another waffle. Serve immediately.

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