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Pumpkin Spice Waffles

October 4, 2019

I am in full blown Pumpkin everything! I can’t stop. It’s just too good! If you’ve been to Trader Joes lately, you know its pumpkin season! I don’t think you can leave the store without something pumpkin flavored! Pumpkin spice coffee, granola, cereals, desserts, creamer, etc. It’s madness but I also LOVE IT!

So to keep the pumpkin theme rolling, I bring you this delicious & healthy pumpkin spice waffle recipe! It taste like pumpkin pie but in waffle form. Loaded with all the pumpkin flavor from real pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, these waffles get a nice crisp but remain soft inside. Add all the butter and drizzle with warm maple syrup or my new favorite find from Trader Joe’s, Organic Maple Butter, it’s 100% maple syrup but creamed so it goes on like butter but truly its like icing for waffles! SO GOOD! Finally, top off the waffles with some of the pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds from Trader Joes to add a little crunch and you will be on your way to pumpkin spice heaven!

Best part is most of the items are basic pantry staples and this recipe has only a few ingredients so you’ll have waffles ready in no time. This recipe uses 100% oat flour keeping it gluten-free and high in fiber however, feel free to sub in regular flour if you prefer. Also, make a double batch, these waffles freeze and reheat wonderfully!

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is not only delicious but highly nutritious too. Although 94% of pumpkin is water it still packs in a lot of nutrition. In 1 cup of pumpkin you get 2+ days worth of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C both giving your immune system a boost. Also, all that vitamin A & C will keep your skin glowing in the winter months as these nutrients contain anti-ageing properties and help build collagen. Along with this pumpkin contains several types of antioxidants which helps fight aging and protects against chronic diseases. So if you needed a reason to make these delicious waffles now you know how good they are for you too!

To make the most of the pumpkin spice season I would also highly recommend you make my recipe for the pumpkin spice latte to go with your morning waffles to really embrace the cozy Fall morning. Recipe here

If you make it, share it with me! Tag your photo with #platefulnutrition!


Breakfast Dairy-free Dessert Featured Gluten-free Seasonal Vegetarian

Pumpkin Bread

September 25, 2019

Officially Fall season and nothing says Fall like baking fresh pumpkin bread. The aromas that fill your kitchen when making this bread will get you quickly into the Fall season. Y’all know by now I love Fall and although it may be a little too warm in South Texas (93 degrees today) I am baking up all the pumpkin bread to trick my mind into thinking its cooler out, that logic works right!?

This pumpkin bread is SO delicious! Heavy on the pumpkin flavor, perfectly sweetened, a little crunch from the pumpkin seeds, super moist and spiced with all the Fall spices…cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, YUM!

This recipe is entirely gluten-free. I used Trader Joes all-purpose gluten-free flour. No dairy either but honestly you wouldn’t know it as this bread is incredibly moist thanks to the pumpkin puree and coconut oil. It’s literally the best pumpkin bread I’ve made and not just for gluten-free for ANY pumpkin bread.

Drizzled with Maple Butter from Trader Joes

This pumpkin bread is SO good slightly warm out of the oven, drizzled with some maple butter (a new product I found at Trader Joes.) If you’re like me, you’ll eat this bread in a day but if you have some self control the leftovers are fantastic for breakfast. This bread also pairs perfectly with my Pumpkin Spice Latte, so you really should make both together to really embrace the cozy Fall season. You’re going to love it!

Plus this pumpkin bread would make a beautiful hostess gift and is a must for your holiday gatherings!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and if you make it please tag #platefulnutrition so I can see your baking skills!

Breakfast Dessert Featured Food


August 25, 2019

Seriously, these pops are ridiculously good. Creamy, refreshing, and juicy strawberry flavor. Oh, did I mention this is totally a legit breakfast too!

Made from wholesome ingredients like oats, fresh strawberries, honey and Culina yogurt as the dairy-free star! This nutritious popsicle provides probiotics, protein, whole grains and fruit making it a perfect on-the-go breakfast situation you didn’t know you needed in your life.

Whips up SO fast and stays nice and chilly in the fridge for when you need a quick breakfast, snack, post-workout, healthier dessert or whenever, just because it’s that’s GOOD.

What makes these pops truly AMAZING is the Culina yogurt providing a creamy thick and delicious texture. Plus Culina is a dairy-free yogurt but not just any dairy-free yogurt, this stuff is clean like no gums, fillers or junk that a lot of other dairy-free yogurts contain. Hands down the best dairy-free yogurt on the PLANET and dare I say best yogurt PERIOD. You lactose loving folk will find that this yogurt lacks nothing in taste, texture and quality that you might just forgo your usual cow’s milk based yogurts 🙂

Culina yogurt is based out of Austin, TX. Small run business turning it up in the yogurt community. They have four excellent flavors; Strawberry Rose, Blueberry Lavender, Bourbon Vanilla and Plain & Simple. With pretty low sugar content, only 1-9 grams of sugar (depending on the flavor). PLUS a dose of gut-healthy probiotics and good-for-you ingredients made straight from coconut cream and only sweetened with maple syrup and real fruit!

If you’ve seen my photos of Culina yogurt by now you’re probably asking yourself “is this yogurt in a terra cotta pot?” And the answer is YES and how genius, right?!! Not only are they cute but they are better for the environment too. In an effort to reduce waste of plastic yogurt containers Culina put their yogurt in these adorable little 5 oz terra cotta pots so you can reuse them in anyway imaginable! Snack bowl, new succulent pot, beverage cup, paper clip holder on your desk, etc…

I hope you enjoy these pops as much as I do! Please tag @platefulnutrition in your photos!

Be sure to check out Culina yogurt or @culinayogurt on IG. Get Culina yogurt delivered to your door, click link Culina Yogurt

Breakfast Food

Honey Peach Jam

July 27, 2019

Peach season is here and there are two things I plan to do with my delicious peaches:

  1. Make the easiest peach crumble, recipe here
  2. Make homemade peach jam

Is there anything better than homemade jam, I think not! Homemade jam is so much more flavorful and fresh tasting than anything store bought. I’ve only made jam once before so I am really no expert but that goes to say that jam is pretty easy to make, it just takes a little time but the reward is being able to enjoy fresh peach jam in the winter when you’re missing those juicy peaches.

I remember my first time making jam we took the Ferry over to Whidbey Island in Washington and did the u-pick raspberries at Dugualla Bay Farms. These raspberries were delicious and I literally made the best jam ever. But now that I am in Texas peaches are THE fruit of the season. So peach jam it is.

I did some research & hunted the internet for peach jam recipes. There are a lot with pectin but I do not want to use any thickening agents. So between 2-3 recipes I found online I came up with my own version using some honey to cut back on the refined white sugar.

{ see my post about my visit to Vogel Orchards, here }

The peaches I bought were from Vogel Orchards in Fredericksburg Texas. I bought the loring peaches which are on the sweeter side which is perfect for jam. Plus I was able to keep the added sugar fairly low because the peaches have a higher sugar content already.

The result?

Amazing! The peach really shines through and the honey adds a nice touch. The texture is great too, thick and jammy with little chunks of peach throughout. The whole lemon I juiced + zested is almost undetectable which is fine as it doesn’t take away from the peach flavor but if you want more tartness I guess you could do two lemons.

This peach jam will be delicious on toast, pancakes, waffles, over vanilla ice cream or with cheese & crackers! Plus, these little jars of jam make the best gifts. Never to early for Christmas gift prepping is it?!

I hope you enjoy the recipe and if you make it please let me know by using #platefulnutrition

Want more peach recipes? Check out my recipe for the Simple Peach Crumble

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Breakfast Featured Food


June 8, 2019

It’s the one breakfast food that tells you it’s the weekend, THE WAFFLE. Around our house the waffle has become a Sunday morning regular along with the French press coffee. I love a good waffle but I am particular. It has to be Belgium style; thick & crispy on the outside but soft & fluffy on the inside. To do just that we have the All-Clad 4 square waffle maker. It makes the BEST waffles. We got this as a wedding gift back in the day and it is one of our most used small kitchen appliances and this thing is built to last, still going strong 10 years later.

What I love about this Coconut Carrot waffle recipe is the carrot addition. I am always excited when I can sneak veggies in at a meal time especially one that normally is sans-veggies. Besides omelettes most people do not consider eating a vegetable for breakfast. So I welcome this waffle recipe with open arms!! The carrots are hardly noticeable in the waffle. Some might think it’s odd but trust me it adds just a little surprise, in a good way!

This is not an overly sweet waffle. Just a touch of honey and 1 banana sweetens this batter but with extra fruit, drizzle of peanut butter and maple syrup on top you really don’t need anything more.

I used coconut milk (Califia Farms coconut-almond milk blend) because that is what I prefer but feel free to use regular milk if that’s what you have on hand.

Along with the all-purpose flour, I’ve added in some buckwheat four or spelt flour, both turn out perfectly soft waffles. The addition of either of the flours adds a little more fiber and nutrition to the recipe.

For a boost of omega-3 and fiber you could also add walnuts or pecans to the batter which would add a nice crunch to the waffle.

Once your batter is all mixed up, its ready to go! Heat up your waffle iron (my setting was 3) and prep the iron with cooking spray. Pour about 1/3 cup batter into each square.

YUM YUM YUM! Nice golden color, crunchy exterior but super soft inside!

Now, just add that melted butter, fruit, maple syrup, peanut butter or whatever your topping of choice is and dig in!

Don’t forget to tag #platefulnutrition so I can see your waffle making skills!



May 15, 2019

I am obsessed with these eggs. Perfectly soft cooked eggs topped with crunchy topping bursting with flavor from the Parmesan cheese, garlic and herbs like parsley, rosemary and thyme.

This recipe is super easy to throw together for weekend breakfast or fancy enough to impress guests. A must, serve with thick slice of bread to spread those soft cooked eggs all over.

I tweaked the recipe a little but I can’t take all the credit for this recipe. One of my all time favorite chefs Ina Garten gets all the credit here. I love her french style cooking that she simplifies and makes realistic for the home cook. So it’s no wonder this recipe is absolutely amazing.


Turn oven to broil, set your oven racks about 6 inches below the heat

Prepare the topping in a small bowl. Combine garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley and Parmesan cheese, and set side.

In oven proof ramekins, melt butter and half and half in oven. Meanwhile, crack 2 eggs in a small bowl – this ensures you don’t break the yolk and the eggs are ready to go into the hot ramekins.

Once bubbly remove ramekins from oven and carefully add 2 eggs in each ramekin. Sprinkle Parmesan-herb topping evenly over eggs. Place eggs back in oven under broiler for about 6 minutes or until eggs cooked to your liking. Remove eggs from oven, the eggs will continue to cook and set some as you let it cool for about 60 seconds. Serve with toasted bread.


Omelette Waffle

May 15, 2019

Omelette waffle might be the next best thing to happen to your morning breakfast! What doesn’t sound good about shredded potato, melty cheese and eggs pressed into a soft but crispy & savory waffle…exactly it sounds amazing!

I rarely make omelettes because I just don’t have the patients in the morning. I need quick & easy because I am usually pretty hungry, sometimes borderline hangry when I wake up. I know I am not the only one, right?!

So when I learned of this “omelette waffle” idea (actually from one of my clients I counsel and she called it “egg-waffle”) I knew I needed to come up with my own version because nothing makes me happier than a new recipe!

So what is this omelette waffle? It’s exactly as it sounds: egg batter poured into waffle maker. So what you get is this waffle shaped omelette that is crispy, fluffy and savory.

Why is omelette waffle the next best thing? It’s easier then making a regular omelette. There are some techniques when it comes to a good omelette but not when it’s an omelette waffle; Pour, press, done! It’s fun to eat because it looks like a waffle. I think kids would really enjoy this! Plus the variations are endless!

BONUS: leftovers are totally great the next day! Reheated in the microwave for a minute or two and you have an easy, healthy, protein and veggie packed breakfast. I’m thinking this would even be tasty crumbled on top of a salad for lunch. Make extras of this one because its going to be gobbled up fast!

How To Make Omelette Waffle

First, you need only a few ingredients and you can add anything you want into it! How fun would this be as an “omelette waffle bar” for a brunch party. Line up all the mix-ins and toppings and everyone can make their own super easy savory waffle! If you do this, please invite me! YUM!

I kept the recipe pretty basic. Sautéed some red pepper and red onion. Shredded up cheese, I used provolone because that’s what I had on hand. But I am imagining so many possibilities, like goat cheese or cheddar and using other veggies like broccoli, spinach, or asparagus.

I bought Alexia organic frozen pre-seasoned hash browns for convenience, but you could grate your own – if you do this, just be sure to strain the excess water out using a cheesecloth or kitchen towel.

Then some chopped chives, S&P, a little ½ and ½ whisked into a few eggs. So only about 5-6 ingredients, I like the sound of that!

I decided to thaw my hash browns in the microwave so the pieces didn’t stick but if your hash browns aren’t too clumpy you can totally skip this part and just mix them in frozen into the egg mixture. They will likely cook up fine in the hot waffle maker.

When heating up your waffle maker, make sure it’s set to LOW. High heat will cook too fast and possibly burn your eggs. My waffle make was set to 2. Prep your waffle maker with oil/butter. I used Trader Joes coconut oil cooking spray.

I have the All-Clad Belgium Waffle Maker, so it is a pretty deep waffle and I used about a 1/3 cup in each square. Smaller waffle makers may only need 1/3 cup at time.

The eggs expand some when cooking, so make sure to lock your waffle maker to keep the seal as tight as possible!

I cooked the waffle for about 3-4 minutes (longer if you want it crispier). Don’t wait on the waffle maker’s beep for this one, I timed it as I did not want to overcook the eggs.

Omelette waffles were cooked perfectly through and not dried out. Fluffy inside with a little crisp to the outer edges from the hash browns. So flavorful, the sour cream and avocado elevated all the flavors!

If you make it, I want to see it! Use #PlatefulNutrition on Instagram so I can see your creations!

Breakfast Food Nutrition

M A T C H A Energy Bites

May 15, 2019

Energy bites with matcha? Yes! This happened and they are sooo good! You might think this is taking matcha too far but wait until you try these yummy little balls of peanut butter, chocolate, and matcha all rolled up into an easy nutritious bite!

These are the perfect little bite of energy and great for a healthy on-the-go snack providing a punch of healthy good-for-you ingredients. The matcha flavor is so subtle that besides the energy balls being slightly greenish, you may not even realize you’re eating matcha but you’ll reap all the health benefits! Plus, all the other ingredients are wholesome and good for you like whole grains from oats and omega-3’s from chia seeds. These bites are tad sweet from the honey and dark chocolate pieces and deliciously flavored by the peanut butter! Did I mention this recipe is gluten-free and vegan!

What are the health benefits of matcha? Read my previous post: Top Benefits of Matcha.

These little bites are incredibly addicting and two-bite size makes it perfect for popping into your mouth for a quick boost of energy. Best of all these are super simple to make and no-bake. I repeat: NO-BAKE! Plus a one-bowl clean up, double win! All the ingredients go in the food processor and rolled into bite-size balls and boom you’ve got yourself a tasty treat!


Pulse your oats and coconut flakes.

Add in peanut butter, chocolate, honey, chia seeds, and matcha powder. But feel free to change it up how you like; almond butter, maple syrup, white chocolate or flaxseeds.

Pulse everything up, until it resembles a course crumble. Now your ready for rolling your bites.

Once all your dough is rolled into little balls, pop into the freezer to harden up. I store mine in a zip lock baggie in the fridge but you could leave them in the freezer too. The dough makes about 25 little balls.

That’s it! How simple was that!? Now you have a nutritious and wholesome energy snack that is much better for you then a highly processed protein bar or energy drink. I hope you make these and if you do be sure to tag @platefulnutrition!

Want more matcha? Check out this creamy warm Matcha Latte recipe!

Not sure what matcha is? Well, I did an entire blog post on this green “super” powder, click here to read it!