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Homemade Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Homemade Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles Recipe with a Homemade Blueberry Syrup to top it off.
Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

I have one daughter who prefers pancakes and the other prefers waffles.

This recipe for homemade whole grain blueberry waffles with blueberry syrup never fails to please them both.

The blueberry syrup is so easy to make but it is purely optional. If you don’t have enough blueberries for both the waffles and the syrup, these waffles are excellent topped with plain maple syrup.

We buy the huge bags of organic blueberries from Costco. You’d think that would mean I always have a ready supply of blueberries. However, we go through those bags lickity split. Smoothies, pancakes, waffles, muffins… we love blueberries in them all.

In fact, sometimes we just eat them frozen straight out of the bag. They make a nice sweet treat.

You don’t just have to use frozen berries for these blueberry waffles. They are fun to make with fresh berries in the summer.

This whole grain blueberry waffles recipe calls for four different grains. The only grain you may not have on hand is oat flour.

Oat flour is simple to make from plain oatmeal. Just run it through your blender until you get a flour-like consistency.

Even though these waffles are whole grain, they bake up light and fluffy. They are more like a Belgian waffle in terms of fluffiness.

Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

Homemade Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Ingredients

    For the Waffles:
  • 1 cup unbleached organic all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (Use your blender to pulverize regular oats if needed)
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, cooled slightly
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • For the Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

    For the Waffles:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together flours, sugar and baking powder. Make a well in the center.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs and coconut oil.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients and stir just until all ingredients are moist. Some lumps are ok.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle blueberries over waffle before cooking.
  5. For the Syrup:
  6. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine syrup, cornstarch, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Stir in blueberries and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer 10 minutes or until blueberries have started to burst.
  8. Add butter and stir until melted.
  9. Serve over waffles.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/homemade-whole-grain-blueberry-waffles-blueberry-syrup/

Where do you stand – pancakes or waffles?

The GBG List of 3: Flags, Lanterns and Sippers

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

American Flag

#1. I love the American flag. Sort of an odd thing to declare – my love for the flag. But we are flag flyers in our home. I had this flag that once flew over the American Embassy in Jordan framed and it sits in my living room. It reminds me of my time in Jordan – a time when I truly learned the value of my American citizenship in a unique way.

We also have a flagpole out front where we fly the flag on holidays. We have a beautiful old flag that  we fly that was passed down as a family heirloom.

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’d encourage this read on how to fly the American flag. It’s not just the flag that becomes an heirloom (although I’d really encourage the purchase of a hand-sewn fabric flag over a nylon one for it’s heirloom quality) but it’s the teaching of our kids the tradition and the pride that really makes an heirloom flag special.

And perhaps one day the flag you fly together as a family will be framed and sit in the living room of one of your kids, or even grandkids.

Hyannis Lanterns

#2. Make Your Own Hyannis Lanterns – I recently got my patio completely cleaned off and spruced up for summer. I would love to add the hyannis lanterns from Pottery Barn, but at $70 a pop I just can’t see spending that kind of cash. But I’d love to make one for only $16, wouldn’t you?

Daisy Petal Sippers

#3. Daisy Petal Sippers – I have my mom to thank for finding these absolutely darling daisy petal lids that go on your mason jars. I have a bajillion mason jars that sit in my cupboard in between canning seasons. Now I plan to use them for drinks ont he patios. Don’t they scream summer?

What is making you happy this week?

Black Forest Protein Popsicles: Almond Milk Recipe

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Have you purchased Silk Almond Blends before?

One of the diet changes we’ve made in our house is to look for foods with protein that are not animal based. Which is why we’ve been purchasing more almond milk. Almond milk protein is the perfect substitute when trying to cut back on animal consumption.

Since Silk AlmondMilk with Protein and Fiber has both 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, I find it makes for a perfect post-workout recovery food.

My husband is training for a half marathon, my daughter is doing her cross country summer work-out runs, and my other daughter has summer volleyball practice.

When they get home from their training, they are hot, tired, and in the mood for something refreshing. I’ve come up with these Black Forest Protein popsicles as a way to cool them down and give them a post-workout protein boost.

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The first thing you will want to do is pop on over to your Safeway to get some Silk AlmondMilk Protein plus Fiber. They also have a Silk AlmondCoconut blend that would be delicious in a popsicle.

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One thing you’ll notice about the almondmilk is it’s creamy consistency. It makes these popsicles nice and creamy – more like a fudgesicle!

These popsicles are so easy to make and only require a few healthy ingredients.

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Black Forest Protein Popsicles: Almond Milk Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Silk Almondmilk with Protein and Fiber
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet dark cherries
  • 1/4 cup fair trade cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
  3. Once frozen, enjoy!
http://naturalgreenmom.com/black-forest-protein-popsicles-almond-milk-recipe/

This recipe makes between 6 and 8 popsicles, depending on your popsicle molds.

Of course, if you don’t have the patience to freeze these, drink it as a smoothie! It will still be cold and refreshing.

Finally, all you need to do is enjoy a healthy treat on a hot summery day.

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The GBG List of Three: Food Maps, and 50?

List of 3

The GBG list of 3. Three things I love. Three things I want to share!

#1 40 Maps that Explain Food in America. You have to see map #12! Fascinating!

#2 I finally got our patio cleaned up and ready for summer. Now I want to build one of these. It would be perfect to play along with my other favorite outdoor game.

#3 Seriously? Ty is 50????

Do you have a favorite outdoor game? Please leave me a comment!

21 Upcycled Jeans DIY Projects To Make This Summer

Upcycled Jeans Projects

It’s the end of the school year, and in our house, we are cleaning out closets and figuring out what still fits and what doesn’t.

What I’ve found is we own a lot of jeans with holes and tears.

And not the chic kind.

I thought it would be fun to roundup some of the cute upcycled jeans projects that can be made with an old pair of worn jeans.

Clean out the closets, create something new and give the kids a fun craft project to do over the summer. Win-win-WIN!

Upcycled Jeans Projects collage

  1. Upcycled Jeans Toy Storage Bag from Handmade by Meg K
  2. No Sew Jeans Pocket Garland from Dukes and Duchesses
  3. Denim Fabric Baskets from Threading My Way
  4. Jeans Pocket Purses from Nebraska Views
  5. Jeans Desk Chair Makeover from One Creative Mommy
  6. Denim Coasters from Northern Cheapskate
  7. Jeans Wristlet from Green Issues by Agy
  8. Denim Placemats – from Living Well Spending Less
  9. Denim Corsage from Somewhat Simple
  10. Denim Pocket Purse from Laura Kelly Designs Blog
  11. Demin Journal from Life Made Creations
  12. Jeans Apron from Life Made Creations
  13. Jean Seam Wreath from Restyled Junk
  14. Denim Wreath from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  15. Belt Loop Bobbi Pins from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  16. Christmas Tree Skirt from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  17. Upcycled Jeans Christmas Stocking from Nebraska Views
  18. Denim Camera Strap from Oh Hi DIY
  19. Denim Purse from Somewhat Simple
  20. Flirty Denim Skirt from Somewhat Simple

What is your favorite upcycled jeans DIY project?

The GBG List of Three: Road Trip Edition!

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

I’m heading out on a road trip next weekend! So this List of Three is dedicated to all things road trip.

Let me be honest. Getting in a car and driving for 8 hours does not appeal to me in any way, shape or form.

However, I have found some ways to make a road trip more fun.

#1. Roadtrippers

Roadtrippers

This is going to be your go-to app (or just use the website in advance) for every eatery, hotel or attraction on your trip. Podunk towns included!

I’m telling you, I never knew how many things there were to do and see between Colorado Springs and Topeka, Kansas!

For example, there are four scenic attractions on my route.

Four.

Scenic.

Whodathunkit? (No one who has been through eastern Colorado or all the way through Kansas – that’s who!)

My other favorite feature is the roadside eateries. Eateries can be selected by category such as “cafe & bakery” or “vegetarian & healthy”. Then, other roadtrippers rank the restaurant by “Rad-o-Meter”.

Go check it out! I think you’ll be as delighted by it as I am.

#2 Audible.com

I can not survive a road trip without a book on tape, and the absolute best selection is on Audible.com.

Your first book is free and you can cancel your membership at any time. Use any device you have to be able to play the book.

Free audible book + hours of on the road entertainment = priceless!

Might I make a recommendation? If your kids are 4th graders and up, get The Princess Bride. That’s one of our all-time FAVORITE books in the history of ever. Having it read out loud to you all in the car? Well, it’s what family memories are made of.

I’d also recommend searching out “Dramatizations”. The BBC has some of the best. There is something about having the story read in different voices with music and sound effects that is magical.

#3 ECOlunchbox Tri Bento

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Every self respecting road trip requires good road snacks.

I like these bento boxes because they allow you to pack up lots of healthy options and don’t take up much room.

And if I were to be completely honest, the size of these gives me instant portion control. It’s like the 100 calorie pack concept if ya know what I mean.

I also find the metal helps keep stuff cold when packed in a cooler with ice. Cold 100 calorie pack of cheese cubes anyone?

New Instagram Account to Follow:

Road Trip Nation

Pinterest Board to Follow:

Road Trip Ideas

Now it’s your turn! Have any road trip advice or favorites? Please leave me a comment!

Amazingly Delicious Whole-Grain Brownies

Amazingly Delicious Whole Grain Brownies

I can’t wait to share with you the recipe for these amazingly delicious whole-grain brownies.

Cooking with whole wheat flour can be tricky. It’s heavy taste doesn’t always lend itself well to desserts. So if you are serving a whole grain dessert to what we call a “White Bread Eater,” they can immediately detect that something about the dessert resembles a health food.

This recipe can deceive anyone into thinking it is just a brownie recipe. It is that tasty!

I know that nothing seems easier than making brownies out of a box. But I think you’ll find these brownies take about the same amount of time to whip up, and the results are better than boxed.

About the optional add-ins. I personally feel nuts have no place in brownies. However, if you disagree, you are welcome to add them. You’d be wrong. But you can add them. 😉

A quick note about the butter. If you are vegan, or need a dairy substitute, you can use an equal amount of melted coconut oil with the same delicious results.

Amazingly Delicious Whole-Grain Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease an 8x8x2 inch pan.
  3. Stir together eggs and melted butter.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and vanilla.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  6. Start by adding the eggs and butter to the flour mixture. Next, stir in the sugar mixture. Stir just until all ingredients are moist. Batter will be stiff.
  7. If you are adding nuts or coconut flakes, carefully stir them in.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/amazingly-delicious-whole-grain-brownies/

Do you like nuts in your brownies?