gluten free chocolate BEET waffles + one year of country living

protein waffles

I think it’s pretty apparent that I love beets, I mean… hearts & beets, ya know? When I saw a recipe for bright red beet waffles I got super excited, but then I got to thinking about adding chocolate and got a little distracted. I had to forgo the bright beautiful colour in order to make these gluten free chocolate beet waffles instead, but it was oh so worth it. They taste like a super rich fudgey cake and with some local maple syrup and strawberries on top, it’s like dessert for breakfast, mmmMMM.

protein waffles

So these gluten free chocolate beet waffles are great and all, but there’s something else of equal importance to discuss. I have officially survived all four season, one whole year of country living! It’s crazy how time flies. As I type this I’m sitting out on my balcony in shorts and a tank top (at the end of April, crazy) and I can hear the river running, birds chirping and trees swaying in the breeze, it’s pure magic.

When I made the decision to move out of the city, I had no idea if it was a huge mistake or not. A lot of people thought I was crazy (well I mean I am a little). I grew up in the suburbs and lived in the city for most of my 20s, so I had no idea if I’d be able to adapt to living in the country, it was a gamble for sure, but I figured the city will always be there if my plan fails.

A year later and I haven’t looked back since! When I do venture back to Toronto I enjoy my time there and feel a little nostalgic at first, but after about 24 hours the city starts to wear on me a bit and I look forward to hittin’ the old country roads and getting back to nature. I really wanted this post to be a love letter to my experience of living here, but I don’t even know what to say to fully express how happy I am to be able to live where I do. I’ve made a lot of life changing decisions in the past few years and I can’t say that this has had the most impact on my life, but it sure is up there.

As with a lot of people in the wellness field, I am the super sensitive empath type. I’m sensitive to emotions, people’s energies, noise, etc. I knew that living in the city was taking a toll on my little sensitive self, but didn’t fully realize how much until I left. When I go back to the city I often feel really overwhelmed, by all the people, noise and stuff going on everywhere, it’s stimulus overload! I’d much prefer to be surrounded by nature, it soothes my soul. My appreciation, love and respect for nature has grown ten-fold (or more like a million-fold). When I was living in the city I craved to be closer to nature, to feel that connection to the earth. Being in nature is such a simple and effective way to feel grounded and grateful. I find myself stopping to count my blessings on the regular. Being surrounded by nature is so humbling and the best way us humans can feel closest to God/The Universe/Source/Mother Earth/Buddha/Insert Your Deity of Choice Here. I’m constantly in awe of the simplistic beauty of nature.

Of course it hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. I was most worried about making it through winter in the country, but it wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. I always have a hard time in the winter months and tend to get a little SAD. I hoped that living in the country would help curb that a little, it was still there, but I survived. There were a couple frosty mornings when I couldn’t make it out of the driveway, but otherwise it wasn’t soo bad. Note to self: make sure next vehicle has four-wheel drive.

I really believe that humans are meant to live in nature and not in concrete blocks. I know that is the way of the world and some people thrive on city living and everything that comes along with it. But there’s something to be said about planting your feet in the earth, gazing up at the trees and breathing in fresh air. Not to mention I traded in my 500 sq ft apartment for a place thats 3x the size, and a 5×5 balcony for 15 acres… #wideopenspaces

I don’t think I’ve successfully conveyed my love of country living, but you get my point, right?

Nature = ❤

Next on the list of manifesting my dream life: a dwarf goat and alpaca farm.

And until then, gluten free chocolate beet waffles…

protein waffles

protein waffles

protein waffles

 

gluten free chocolate BEET waffles

Inspired by this recipe

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

2 beets, chopped
1 cup nut milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Toppings: nut butter, strawberries, maple syrup

Directions:

Pre-heat waffle iron.

Cut off ends of beets and chop into pieces. Add to high powered blender (definitely needed for this recipe) and blend. Next add the nut milk into the blender and blend to make a more liquidy beet mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to combine.

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray (I like Chosen Foods) or use a silicon brush to brush on some oil, like coconut or olive.

Carefully pour mixture to fill waffle iron and bake (my waffle iron has an automatic timer of 2.5 minutes).

Remove waffles from iron with a fork. **Do not stack the waffles**. It makes them soggy 🙁 the waffles will stay crispy as long as you don’t stack them.

Next add toppings, I used frozen strawberries, almond/hazelnut butter and maple syrup. I like to heat up my frozen strawberries in a pot so I can pour the extra juices on my waffles.

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