For many, the holidays have come to end. It is time to slip back into your work shoes and regular routine. This can be a relief but also can be sad to have to get back to grind. I often miss my family and friends throughout the year. I am always excited to see them before the business of school and work take up all of my time.
I personally, have spent lots of time with family and am ready to get back to my routine! However, my holiday break is not complete until my family and I celebrate the Epiphany, this is when the Wise Men came to behold Jesus and brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and mer. La Befana, comes to all of the little girls and boys on the night of January 5th and brings them sweets and presents hoping that one of the gifts will be received by baby Jesus. This tradition is a bit like an Italian Santa Clause, except a women who travels on her broom!
As I have mentioned in other posts, I love traditions such as this one. I have a great appreciation that my family keeps this festivity alive. So, in celebration of the Epiphany I am posting a double recipe that is holiday themed. I hope that everyone found someone to spend time with through this time of year and that you all have a wonderful New Year that is full of exciting opportunities and goals!
Now on to the food! I made a delicious green smoothie and paired it with gluten-free waffles covered in strawberry jelly, cinnamon and more strawberries! Strawberries are not in season right now and can be quite expensive. So, I suggest using any fresh or frozen fruit that is available in you area this time of year.
The smoothie is simple and delicious. It makes two serving, but honestly, I usually drink the whole thing myself! The chia seeds add an extra boost of protein, omega-3s, fibre, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. They also aid in stabilizing blood sugar, and they reduce your appetite keeping you full longer. Therefore, chia seeds=awesomeness.
These waffles were made from a pancake mix I found on The Minimalist Baker website. This couple has a fantastic website and I really like many of their gluten-free flour blends. I made the flour slightly thicker for the waffle iron than I would have for a pancake mix. I also added some all spice, vanilla and orange peel to give it a seasonal kick, feel free to omit these flavours and your own favourites!
*Side note*: As you have might noticed, I have not been posting many recipes these last few months. My blog is going through a big change that will make it cleaner and more focused. I will be talking all about this in my next post. I am so excited to introduce it to you all and continue sharing my passion for clean and healthy food!
- 1 cup of gluten-free pancake mix, or Bob’s Red Mill’s Pancake Mix
- 2/3 cup of almond or soy milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 egg or flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax and 2.5 tbsp water)
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp of orange zest
- 1/4 tsp of all spice
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 1/2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2-3 ice cubes (optional)
- Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat.
- In a large bowl, combine milk with lemon and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. If you are using a flax egg combine water a flax meal and let stand.
- Add the egg, zest, all spice and vanilla, whisk until well combined.
- Add flour and continue to whisk until batter is slightly thicker than a pancake batter.
- Grease waffle iron if needed and pour mix into the iron. My waffle iron makes two waffles at a time so I poured in a third of the batter.
- Place finished waffles on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
- Serve with your favourite fruit, maple syrup and fruit jelly!
Simply blend everything together and enjoy!