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MEYER LEMON WAFFLES FROM YUM UNIVERSE + A GIVEAWAY

Meyer Lemon Waffles from Yum Universe + A Giveaway Meyer Lemon Waffles from Yum Universe + A Giveaway

Most of the time we’re pancake people (that is when we’re not oatmeal or toast people). But it’s fair to say we rarely fall into the category of waffle people. Years ago, during a point of our lives when we were feeling flush and a little extravagant, we purchased a waffle maker on the chance of becoming waffle people (we also got an air popper during this era, it was a wacky time), but like so many things, becoming waffle people never came to fruition. For months our waffle maker stayed in the cupboard gathering dust until we moved here to Vancouver. Since then the amount of times we’ve pull it out has been minimal. I can honestly say the number of times we’ve made a batch of weekend waffles since we’ve lived in this house could be counted on one hand alone.

Then one day a couple of weeks ago when I was whipping up a batch of pancakes, I was suddenly hit with the a longing for something different. Yes pancakes are good, but sometimes I just don’t feel like standing over the cast iron pan waiting patiently to flip them one by one while my coffee grows cold. You know the feeling? Tell me I’m not alone?

Luckily for me, breakfast inspiration came in the form of Heather Crosby’s new book, YumUniverse Pantry to Plate. I talk a lot on this site about the blogs that inspire me and the ones I love to spend hours pouring over the recipes of, and Heather’s is no exception. Pantry to Plate is the second book in Heather’s repertoire and it is seriously a winner. While some cookbooks out there can be a little rigid and unapproachable, Yum Universe is one of those gems which is made to be used.  

All the recipes are plant based + gluten free but allow the freedom to be inclusive for other diets. Plus there are 30 super useful mix-and match master recipes that you can customize to suit your tastes and to what you have on hand. In a clear and intuitive way, the book walks you through basic meals like scrambles, granola, pancakes/waffles, fries, and soups with step by step options allowing you to customized to your hearts content. A real gift for people like me who can’t follow a recipe to save their life. It’s basically the choose your own adventure of the cookbook world.

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Upon opening this book I was immediately drawn to the breakfast section (as is my character) and specifically to the waffles. These waffle, which Heather serves in the book with blackberry compote, looked unbelievably good. I’ve had issues in the past making vegan waffles that  turn out dense and cardboardy, but these ones are as light and crispy as the waffles of my dreams. Using oat, brown rice, and sorghum flour to stay gluten free, they are so tender and soft. I’d be hard pressed to tell they weren’t your average wheaty-eggy waffles.

I teamed the lemony waffles with a bit of rhubarb I picked up at the local farmers market. The contrast of the lemon with the sharpness of the rhubarb and the creamy sweet coconut cream is completely next level, but eating these as-is with syrup or jam is great in it’s own right. So yeah, maybe I’m on my way to concluding that waffles are now superior to pancakes.  I’m not entirely sure yet, but I do know that these ones will definitely be on rotate around our house.


Win a Copy of Yum Universe by Heather Crosby

To win your own  copy of Yum Universe, out May 17, tell me below what your favourite waffle or pancake topping is! No wrong answers here (mine is brown sugar and lemon), and be sure to check the box at the bottom so that you’ll receive notifications – that you’ll know if you’re the lucky winner. Entry closes May 20th at  11:00 PM PST. This contest is only open to residents of the U.S.A. and Canada – sorry international friends. 


Meyer Lemon Waffles

Makes 8 Waffles. Print Recipe Here

Unrefined Coconut Oil
½ cup Brown Rice Flour
½ cup Oat Flour
½ cup  Sorghum Flour
¾ teaspoon Ground Psyllium Husk
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
1½ Cups Water
2 tablespoons Meyer Lemon Juice (or regular lemon juice)
2 teaspoons Grated Meyer Lemon Zest (or regular lemon zest)

Served with Roasted Rhubarb (recipe below) + Coconut Cream, syrup, and toasted coconut

  1. Preheat a waffle iron and grease with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, psyllium, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly mixed.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the water and lemon juice. Fold together with the dry ingredients and then incorporate the zest.
  4. Using a ladle, pour batter into the waffle iron and cook until the edges are crispy. Repeat, adding more oil when necessary, until all batter is used. Top with Roasted Rhubarb and a dollop of  Coconut Cream.

Recipe from YumUniverse Pantry to Plate  © Heather Crosby, 2017. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com

Roasted Rhubarb

4 Stalks Rhubarb, trimmed into 7-8 com (3 inch) sections
Zest and Juice of 1/2 Orange
2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup or Liquid Sweetener

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and place in an ovenproof dish. Cover with foil and bake at 160C (325 F) oven for 25 minutes, or until the rhubarb is tender but still holds it’s shape.

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xox Sophie

64 Comments

  • Reply
    Ruby & Cake
    May 15, 2017 at 12:04 am

    You’re not alone on the pancakes, sometimes waffles ARE needed!I Especially if they are lemon and rhubarb flavoured! have never had waffles like these before but I am so keen to try them out now. Just means I have to go to the attic and track down my waffle iron hmmm..

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Ha, I hope you managed to track down your waffle maker, Ruby! Pulling out the iron is always the hardest part about making waffles. And yes – rhubarb and lemon is such a winning combo. I hope you get a chance to try these waffles! xox

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    Heidi | The Simple Green
    May 15, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Check out that crispy waffle batter run-off …oh yeah! Looks so good AND I would totally top them with what you’ve got here or my favourite being sliced banana, walnuts and some maple syrup (lots of it, of course)!
    Xo

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Heidi!!! All ’bout those crispy edges 😉 I really love your topping choices! Such a great flavour combo and perfect with a cup of coffee 🙂

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    Kirsten
    May 15, 2017 at 1:54 am

    My favorite is bananas, maple syrup, and pecans. Yum!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Such a delicious sounding combo, Kristen! <3 I need more pecans in my life!

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    Valentina | The Blue Bride
    May 15, 2017 at 4:13 am

    These waffles look and sound gorgeous! I bought a waffle maker months ago and I only used it once – to make savory waffles, ahem – so I really need to go back to it.
    I usually like to mix heavier items, as waffles, with something lighter, as yogurt, fresh berries and bee pollen 🙂

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      It’s true that irons don’t get used much. It’s that entire ‘needing to pull another appliance’ that’s always a little discouraging in the morning. I feel ya. I love the sounds of savoury waffles though! I hope to see some beautiful waffles up on Blue Bridge soon 🙂

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    Pia
    May 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    WOW. These look incredible and the ingredients are all simply on point (yay, for whole grains and all!). Thank you so much for sharing, and of course the opportunity to win a copy of Heather’s awesome book 🙂
    Now, to be honest, I haven’t had pancakes in ages, but a combo I definitely enjoy a lot is maple syrup, maybe some nut butter, and blueberries or strawberries.

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Yay, I’m so happy to hear you like the post, Pia!! Yes, I’m so happy to see nut butter n your list. One of my favourite snacks is eating cold pancakes with nut butter and jam (like toast). Big hugs to you, buddy <3

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    Lindsay
    May 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Is it boring if I say that my favorite toppings are maple syrup and fresh blueberries? Maybe if I’m crazy some powdered sugar.

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Ha ha, never! If you find a winner, you might as well stick with it! And seriously, fresh blueberries and maple syrup is a to die for combo 🙂

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    May 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I am definitely a waffle person! I did the same thing and bought a waffle maker on a whim (or really after seeing so many beautiful recipes on the web) but it totally changed my weekends! These are so gorgeous (and that gif!). I usually like to keep it simple and slather some nut butter, maybe sliced bananas or raspberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup <3

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Yay for waffles! I’m so happy you like the post, and gif! <3 Thanks a million. I was so happy to see you on the feedfeed the other day too! That seriously made my day. You were awesome!!! And what a perfect selection of toppings <3

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    Kat
    May 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

    That meyer lemon waffle sounds good! I am an crispy-waffle person and don’t have sweet tooth. ? So usually I don’t put any toppings even maple syrup. Instead, I am eatting it with fruits and avocados with dukkah or za’atar.

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Oh my goodness, yes!! I love the sounds of that combo. I’ve always been tempted to make savoury waffles sandwiches, I bet the avo and dukkah would be such a great base for a sandwich. 🙂

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    Planete
    May 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    The best waffles for me are topped with fresh berries , coconut butter and Maple syrup. Yum!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      What a delicious sounding topping combination, Planete!! 🙂

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    Shilpa
    May 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I love waffles! Favourite toppings are toasted walnuts, sliced banana, strawberries and maple syrup.

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Perfect topping combo, Shilpa! I can’t wait until strawberry are ready (hopefully soon) 🙂

  • Reply
    Judith
    May 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    i love roasted apples

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Oh yum! Yes, I love those too 🙂

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    jacquie
    May 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    not a waffle or pancake eater. toast is more my thing and the pretty much topped by anything

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      ha ha, I feel ya! Toast is seriously my favourite too. And guess what, Jacquie? Your number what chosen at random as the winner!! Yay! Please send your address to me at sophie@wholeheartedeats.com and I’ll pass it along to the publishers <3

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    Tracey @ A Taste of Trace
    May 15, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    This recipe looks fab – I’d love a copy of this cookbook! My favourite pancake topping combo is fruit of some sort (berries or bananas – or both!) and lots of peanut butter 🙂

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Yay! Peanut butter for the win! Really great choices, Tracey 🙂

  • Reply
    Gemma
    May 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    This is the perfect recipe for a waffle person like me, hehe. 😉 They look so good!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      So happy you like it, Gemma!! <3

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    Karlie
    May 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Yay!! My favorite is peanut butter and fruit 🙂

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Yum, yes! PB all the way 🙂

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    Vivian
    May 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Wowie! Definitely making these this weekend! My favourite topping(s) has got to be coconut yogurt, homemade compote and crumbled pecans.

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Yay, I’m so happy to hear you like the post, Vivian! What a yummy selection of topping. <3

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    Jodi
    May 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I feel a bit like a broken record here but – these photos are gorgeous, Sophie! And you are definitely not alone – that thought crosses my mind every time I make pancakes – and then I think we would have simply been better off with toast. We’re toast people for sure. Because of this, I have been keeping an eye out for good deals on waffle makers. I’ve never purchased one for the fear that, like you, it might end up as a dust bunny but lately I’ve been thinking that that crispy golden waffle is just the thing my lukewarm coffee needs 🙂 Beautiful art in your kitchen too! Mega love xx

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Oh, Jodi! You’re the sweetest 🙂 <3 And yes, pulling out the waffle maker is a major hassle. I feel like a bit of a grandma, but I've been doubling this recipe and freezing the waffles so that I can just pop them in the toaster for breakfast. It's such a life changer...and the coffee is still hot by the time I'm ready to eat! Lol. Big hugs to you, buddy!!!

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    Kiah
    May 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Another beautiful post Sophie! I always look forward to your words and photography, and of course get excited when it includes breakfast too!
    If I have waffles, I enjoy mine with yogurt, seasonal fruit and lots of pure Canadian maple syrup! Of course.
    Lots of love x

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Oh Kiah, thank you so much friend! What beautiful words to hear <3 Yum, fruit, yogurt, and maple syrup is my hubby's all time favourite too. Such a good choice. Bug hugs to you 🙂

  • Reply
    Ashley
    May 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I’m a purist – maple syrup and fruit! Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      You can’t argue with a classic! xox

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    Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation
    May 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Soooo funny, cuz I’m a total waffle person. I NEVER make pancakes.
    The books sounds amazing, which I could enter the competition :(… 😉
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Lol, that’s so funny, Kimberly! My brother in law is British and the English pancakes he makes are so different than Canadian ones –
      and to be honest, they’re not my fave either. Happy waffle-ing to you <3

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    Maria @ kitchenathoskins
    May 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Such a healthier twist to the plain -flour-waffles. Love the nuttiness that rice and sorghum flour brings to the party. A first timer to your blog and in aww with your photography!!!!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you ever so much, Maria! You’re the sweetest. I haven’y used sorghum flour very much, but it does have such a wonderful flavour, does’t it? xox

  • Reply
    Lily
    May 16, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    These look amazing and the photos are gorgeous!

    Personally I love raspberry and banana in my pancakes with plain yogurt, maple syrup and granola on top.

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Awe thanks, Lily! We need a breakfast date, soon <3

  • Reply
    Cobi
    May 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Oh man. Where to begin!
    Chia Pudding/Coconut Bliss ;)/Coconut Manna/Maple Syrup(of course)/Bee Pollen/Fresh raspberries/coconut oil fried bananas.
    ♪♫♬ These are just a few of my favourite things to put on pancakes and waffles ♪♫♬

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Oh my goodness, Coconut Bliss! Yes! I love all these suggestions, Cobi 🙂

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    Hanna
    May 18, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Yum! These look fantastic. I recently started blogging about my vegetarian cooking. http://www.cookingcraftingparenting.com.
    I don’t have a waffle iron, but this is inspiring me to get one! And I must try the rhubarb compote! Thanks for posting!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:59 am

      So happy you like the post, Hanna! And these waffles can be totally be cooked as pancakes until you get that waffle iron. Congrats on the site!!!! That’s super exciting <3

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    Kelsee
    May 18, 2017 at 2:35 am

    So pretty! I love the photos, and the little gif. I’m always a waffle person over pancakes. I love chocolate chip waffles with peanut butter and honey on top! Or regular waffles with strawberries and nutella. Yum. 🙂

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 3:01 am

      You’re so kind, Kelsee! Thanks a bunch <3 Chocolate chips, yum! I've never tried chocolate chip waffles, but I can just imagine that the chocolate and pb combo must be soooo good! Like a peanut butter cup for breakfast. Swoon 🙂

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    Ashley
    May 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Looks delicious! My favorite waffle topping is vanilla ice cream! My husband and I used to do it all the time when we were first married…. now that we have kids we try to set a better example ? although, honestly…. is ice cream any worse than syrup? You can even still throw some fruit on top if it makes you feel better!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:54 am

      Wow, Ashley! I feel so inspired to try this now! I’ve never had ice cream on waffles, but it would be so good with loads of fresh fruit. And seriously, it’s probably no worse for you then the yogurt most people have for breakfast 🙂 Love it!

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    Melissa
    May 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    You had me at meyer lemon. These look amazing!

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:53 am

      Awe thanks a million, Melissa! <3

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    Danielle
    May 19, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Gorgeous shoot and what yummy looking waffles! Since moving to Texas a couple years ago, I have to say that my new favorite topping on a waffle would have to be some chicken and maple syrup. SO GOOD! Loved the blog, thanks for sharing. <3

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Thank you so much, Danielle! Oh my gosh, that sounds like such a southern thing to me! I know it’s a popular topping, but I rarely see it up here. It must have such a interesting sweet and savoury vibe – which I love! <3

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    Rebecca
    May 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Oh yum! My favorite waffle toppings are always whatever seasonal fruit is available so right now strawberries and rhubarb. I’m definitely trying this recipe soon!!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:50 am

      Thank you, Rebecca! Oh my gosh, fresh fruit is always a delicious topper! I think strawberries would go so well on these, especially along with rhubarb. Great idea!

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    Amber B
    May 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    My favourite toppings are strawberries and/or maple syrup!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Yes, strawberries are such a good topper! I can’t wait for them to come into season, probably very soon. Thank you, Amber <3

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    Heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    May 20, 2017 at 3:49 am

    lemon, rhubarb and coconut sounds like such a tasty topping! and i wouldn’t have thought to do brown sugar and lemon, though i love powdered sugar and lemon on crepes. definitely a waffle person though; you get the crispy edges and the fluffy insides, and there’s more texture than in pancakes (:

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:47 am

      So true, Heather! And those syrup traps! So many syrup traps on the waffle 🙂 xox

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    Ruby
    May 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I am usually a pancake girl myself, but I have the feeling if I got my hands on a waffle maker I would become a waffle person immediately. Love lemon-y sweet breakfasts! These toppings sound perfect to me 🙂 xx

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      Sophie
      May 22, 2017 at 2:45 am

      So happy you like the post, Ruby! I hope you manage to get your hands on a waffle maker soon. It’s such a game changer! I’ve now even become that type of person who makes extra for the freezer! xox

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