I love having a close friend over for a special breakfast. I recently spoiled my girl friend, Amanda, who had just returned from Haiti with these gluten free gingerbread waffles, smeared with pear butter and maple syrup. With lots to catch up on we slowly enjoyed every bite of our homemade waffles and leisurely sipped our coffee.
We had taken a trip to Haiti together in February but she returned alone for a week this summer. This trip was one in which things occurred which I can hardly fathom. On the first day Amanda was there, she along with our friends who live there, came upon a bus wreck, a bus filled with over 70 people. They were the first people with medical training to the scene. What they saw and experienced on that day is way beyond any suffering most of us will have to experience in our lifetime. You can read my friend’s story here and a story by one of the other gals with her here.
The beautiful part of this story is that because they were there people were rescued. Bus crashes to this magnitude happen more often than we in America can imagine. People are crammed into buses everyday to travel across the country cheaply and the roads are horrific, especially during rainy season. But that day, because of a number of unforeseen setbacks in their drive, they came upon this crash at just the right time and were able to heal wounds, drive the injured to hospitals, and hold the hands of those whose injuries were beyond help.
Waffles can’t possibly heal the wounds of someone who experienced something as traumatic as this but I think friendships and love are healing. Everyone has there own way of showing love and for me its often with food. I love those around me by cooking for them, bringing them food, or sharing a meal with them. We talk, we listen and we eat. It’s simple but that’s how I know to love. And that’s how I loved my friend on this fall morning in Utah.
Hope you’ll make these yummy waffles for someone special this season.
Gingerbread Waffle Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour*
- 1 1/2 cup brown rice flour*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- Combine dry ingredients together.
- Add wet ingredients and stir or whisk until well combined.
- Spoon batter onto a waffle iron.
- Serve with pear butter and warm maple syrup.
…and just a little note on this recipe. These waffles can be made gluten free or just with normal All Purpose Flour. They are delicious and soul warming either way. Enjoy!