Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Roasted Grapes + Waffle Recipe

If you have been an active reader of AHFM, you know that I am a creature of habit.  Last week, I shared what my "go-to" lunch is at the moment and you guys seemed to really enjoy that.  I tend to stick to the same foods all week long.  I have mentioned this before, but sticking to the same variety of foods allows me to stay on track with my health and fitness goals.  It also helps me stay on budget when grocery shopping. 

I have been making this incredible waffle combination for breakfast lately.  I especially have been loving the addition of roasted grapes as a topping.  Seriously, who the heck needs maple syrup when you have roasted grapes...  The combo is to die for! 

  I had a bunch of grapes in the fridge that were starting to get a bit wrinkly.  So I decided to roast them last week and use as a topping for waffles, oatmeal and pancakes.  I can not believe how good these are!
 Now for the star of the show... The Roasted Grapes!

 Ingredients:
1 cup of overly ripe grapes
cooking spray
a baking tray of your choice
an oven

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray the baking tray of your choice with cooking spray.   Place grapes on baking tray and bake for 9 1/2 minutes at 350 degrees.  After 9 1/2 minutes, switch your oven to broil for the last 30 seconds for a grand total cooking time of 10 minutes.  I like a bit of texture to my grapes, but if you desire a mushier texture, just bake them longer!

I swear I have been adding these to everything...  So, so, so good! 
While those babies are roasting, let's get to making waffles!
Waffle mixture:
1/4 cup of liquid egg whites
1/4 cup of 100 % pure pumpkin puree (or 1/2 of a ripe banana, mashed)
2 tbsp. of brown rice protein powder (or protein powder of your choice)
1 tbsp. of ground flax seeds
1 tbsp. of coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
8 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
1/4 tsp. of salt 
1/4 tsp. of cinnamon 

Directions:
Preheat your waffle maker to medium/high heat.  Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray.  Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Place your mixture into your waffle maker and allow your waffle to cook for 3-4 minutes; cooking time will vary depending on your waffle maker.  After 4 minutes, remove waffle from waffle maker and top with your roasted grapes!
I also added walnuts for a bit of crunch and healthy fats, and a cup of strawberries for a bit of freshness!

What have you been loving for breakfast lately?  
You need to give these roasted grapes a try...  Try them, try them!!