Breakfast VGF Style!

My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, I could eat it at every meal.  From muffins to pancakes to waffles and to the old standby; oatmeal.  Yet, as a vegan and gluten-free it has become quite a problem, for you see all the above are laden with eggs, milk and all sorts of carcass by products.  But don't fret, I have come up with some really easy breakfast ideas and even one for on the run.

Waffles and pancakes are a breeze.  They come frozen and they are always on sale.   If you can't find them on sale at any of the major grocery store, my standby and my favorite waffle is at Trader Joe's.  Around $1.99 a box and quite tasty.  The waffles are great for on the run breakfast, filled with peanut butter and sesame seeds (great for that calcium intake) made into a sandwich and you are ready to go.

For pancakes I followed the recipe on Bob's Mill GF pancake mix except instead of the egg I used chia seeds. (1 tbsp chia seed to 3 tbsps of water, leave five minutes and add to recipe), also I added 1 tsp. vanilla extract and cinnamon powder (cleans out the blood).  Instead of the vegetable oil I used coconut oil and I also used coconut oil to fry the pancakes with (what's life without wimsy?).  If the batter is too stiff add coconut milk to it a tablespoon at a time.  The consistency of the batter should be the same as one made with wheat.  I then top it with bananas and blueberries.

For oatmeal I nuked it for 4 minutes instead of the directions 2-3 minutes.  It just didn't seemed cooked to me after 2 minutes.  Once out of the microwave I added chia seeds (super-food: high in protein, antioxidants and fiber) blueberries and grapes.  If too thick either add water or coconut milk (add soy, almond etc. as you please) to thin it out a bit.

Muffins are great for on the run or just to munch on anytime.  Please see an earlier blog for recipes. http://www.chicagonow.com/vegan-gluten-free-easy-economical/wp-admin/post.php?post=141&action=edit#article

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