Coconut Belgian Waffles For You with LivLife #HungerStrike Day 1
#HUNGERSTRIKE Day 1
Friends, the day has come for day one of the Hunger Strike. Thank you for taking an interest and following along with me! I’m excited to share this week with you and teach you a few things I’ve learned. If you’ve had experience with food insecurity I’m very interested in hearing your story.
When my other half and I first began the project of No More Hungry Nights in 2010 I was very overwhelmed with the needs in our city and I was at a loss for how to help more families get what they need.
The answer was to reach out to my family and friends who also reached out to their family and friends. Together we were able to accomplish so much more! After we grew a bit we were able to gather more donations and even begin to connect people with jobs and training resources.
As you may know, during this week my other half and I will only be eating what is on the breakfast and lunch menu at school to demonstrate what food insecure students have for most or all of their reliable food consumption. Students without the option of free meals go with even less. This is happening right here in America in neighborhoods that would otherwise seem to be “doing ok”.
I’ll be sharing my menu for the week and more of the nitty gritty part of food insecurity tomorrow, but today I want you to meet a friend of mine. Meet Kim of Liv Life! She has made something beautiful to share with us today and I am so happy to have her here guest posting today! Together we really can accomplish so much more.
Let’s see what she’s made for us and hear what she has to say about making a difference!
Coconut Belgian Waffles Guest Post by Kim from Liv Life
Working with the Personal Injury Attorney, my son had the opportunity to see a various cases and to research a number of legal issues. A case that stuck with him was about a Mexican family who was swindled out of a car because someone took advantage of their lack of English and cost them thousands of dollars that they didn’t have.
During his interview with the attorney, father talked about needing that money to feed his children and my son was shocked to learn that someone would intentionally take money from a father trying to support his family. Luckily the attorney was able to “fix” the situation, but the story stuck with my son for the entire summer.
Walking to the train every afternoon, my son became familiar with the “regulars” in town, be they businessmen heading to the train, homeless people looking for a little help or joggers on their afternoon run. Shortly after sitting in on the above case, he noticed a young boy on the street asking for money. The boy had a sign saying he was hungry, and could use some help. Pulling at my son’s heart strings, my son used his own money and gave the boy a couple of dollars every day thereafter. After a few days the boy would smile as my son walked towards him, and my son feels hopeful that he made a just a little bit of difference in the boy’s life.
We can all make a difference, and I’m thankful to Dionne for inviting me to join her Hunger Strike week. Dionne is one of the people I’m most thankful that the blog world brought into my life. Her heart is truly bigger than anyone I know, and I’m honored to consider her my friend.
And now, how about some waffles? Last week these beauties graced our table as my two prepared to leave for school, and I can’t tell you how thankful I was that I had made enough for leftovers for my husband and myself.
With coconut oil bringing a slight tropical flavor, these Belgian Waffles bake up perfectly crispy on the outside and positively creamy on the inside. Filled with whole grains bringing fiber and nutrients, eggs for protein and a dash of vanilla to round out the tropical flavors, we are truly lucky indeed.
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 3 Tbs ground flax meal
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 1 pkg (2¼ tsp) Active Dry Yeast (we use Red Star)
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 Tbs melted coconut oil
- 2 Tbs vanilla sugar (or granulated sugar)
- 3 cups room temp low fat or skim milk (we use rice milk)
- 3 large eggs (many times I use 2 extra large eggs)
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flours, flax and chia. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, add the coconut oil, sugar, milk eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk vigorously to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk vigorously again to combine thoroughly. I usually give the batter a good 1-2 minute whisk (good for your arms!), or use a hand mixer to combine. Note: the batter should be thin… add a touch more milk if necessary.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours to overnight.
- When ready to use, remove the batter from the fridge. Heat up your Belgian Waffle Maker and follow the directions that came with your maker.
- Top the waffles with various fruits and nuts and serve with maple syrup or agave. Enjoy!
Kim, thank you so much for being a guest here today at Try Anything Once! You are welcome here anytime (both in my virtual kitchen and my real kitchen).
Friends, you really should take a moment and head on over to Kim’s blog and take a peek at her gorgeous photography. Her food always makes me hungry and she is my go to recipe source for pancakes. You know pancakes are not my strength in the kitchen but I always find success with her recipes. She can make so much more than just pancakes…head on over and take a look! Tell her you are a fellow Hunger Strike supporter.