Ahhh yes, it’s Sunday morning! Nothing like crawling out of bed in your warm cozy pajamas, putting on your slippers, and making a delicious hot, carb loaded breakfast, like these Eggnog Waffles. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect morning?
As perfect as it sounds, I’m sure it’s not exactly how most of our mornings go. So, here’s how my weekend mornings go. I wake up at about 5:30, groggily drag myself out of bed, turn on the light in the bathroom and scare myself by looking in the mirror. Then it’s time to get those running clothes on. All the while my two cats are rubbing on my legs, meowing, head butting me, and attacking my shoelaces, trying to get me to hurry up and feed them. Finally, I’m dressed and the cats get their food. While they eat I do my stretching then head downstairs and stuff a couple bites of food in my own mouth. Usually this consists of a small pancake that I pull out of the freezer and reheat in the microwave and top with a little honey, a couple bites of banana, and some water. I know, not exactly fancy or appetizing, but the goal is to get some quick digesting carbs into me for a little energy to get me through the run.
Now it’s time to actually do the running thing. The weather and how early it gets light outside determines how many miles I’ll run on the treadmill. Usually it’s about 4-5 miles on the treadmill and another 7-10 miles outside. If it’s snowing or pouring rain or butt cold outside I’ll do the whole run on the treadmill….those days are rough. Once my running fiasco is over it’s time to stretch and refuel. Stretching is something I really need to get on top of, I’ve been slacking and my body is punishing me for it, we’ll discuss this more another day. Refueling I don’t have as much trouble with. I always include protein in my breakfast. It might be eggs, some leftover chicken breast that I always have on hand, or some Greek yogurt. Carbs come in the form of fruit, toast, or on special occasions waffles!
Since we are in the height of the holiday season I wanted to make some delicious seasonal waffles. My husband goes crazy for eggnog and I’ll admit it’s a guilty pleasure of mine as well, but in small doses. Last year we were trying to find an eggnog that wasn’t so calorie and fat laden as they typically are. We stumbled on this one and decided to give it a try. The eggnog is actually dairy free, but I swear you would never know it! It tastes just as creamy and decadent as the real stuff. The advantage is it has half the calories and about a third of the fat, not to mention if you have dairy allergies you’ll still get to take part in this delicious holiday drink!
Making these waffles is similar to making any other kind of waffle except we are replacing the buttermilk or cow’s milk with this dairy free eggnog. I kept the waffles whole grain by using whole wheat flour and then amped up the nog flavor by adding cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum extract to the batter. To make sure these waffles stayed dairy free I used vegan butter, but a flavorless oil like grapeseed would work as well. In case the waffles themselves aren’t eggnoggy enough, you can top them with the delicious eggnog drizzle! No matter how crazy or laid back your mornings start out be sure at least once this holiday season to make a batch of these Eggnog Waffles!
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