This was my breakfast today–cashew waffles with blueberries. Does this look like a diet? And if I had had some whipping cream made up, that would have been okay too! Sunday mornings are waffle mornings here. Mark loves them and he takes the leftovers to go with his first coffee when he gets to work. They help him resist whatever sweet breakfast foods might be around.
As for an update on our journey, we both came back from vacation with weight loss! Has happened never! What’s it like to go to Patti’s 1800’s settlement and not get the mile-high pie? Well, in some ways it’s tough. There is a grief when you give up sugar, potatoes, and grains (GPS as Dr. Hallberg says). It requires a willingness to embrace the positives. Like not feeling sick to overflowing after you eat. Like your pants fitting, even after a good meal. Actually Patti’s can actually be a pretty good place for low-carbers. Their pork chop sauce is less than 1 carb per serving.
I’m so happy and grateful to have found this way of eating. I’m thrilled when friends and family express an interest in going along for a test-drive with us. One of my friends just lost 12 pounds in her first week! You go girl! One of my family members just told me that her digestion has been so improved that she doesn’t have to worry about staying close to the bathroom anymore. Mark’s diabetes & blood pressure meds have been halved. Okay, well you get the picture 🙂
Are you sticking around for the waffle recipe? It’s adapted from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain, I love her cookbook and her story. She’s not strictly low-carb, but her bread recipes are easily adaptable to LCHF/Keto.
Cashew Waffles (Makes 10)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream or almond milk whichever you have on hand (I use a combo of both)
- 1 cup cashews raw & unsalted or roasted & salted whatever you can find for a good price. I get ours in the bulk section of the grocery. If you want to reduce the carbs, you can also use macadamia nuts, almonds or pecans which will give you a similar result for fewer carbs.
- 3 T coconut oil
- 3 T coconut flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t xantham gum (to improve texture)
- 1/2 t salt; if you’re using salted nuts, may not need the extra salt
- splash of vanilla
Mix them up in a food processor and bake in the waffle maker. Each waffle is 5 total carbs, 2 net carb (as opposed to 30 for your general everyday waffle). Be sure to top with butter. Butter is our friend even though we’ve been brainwashed for the last 40 years to believe otherwise. (NOTE: The macro count on this recipe was updated on 9/17/17 when I discovered an error in my calculations!)
The blueberry topping is frozen blueberries cooked in a saucepan with a little water until they’re soft and the liquid is cooked down. Blueberries are the lowest carb fruit out there. Still they’re 11 carbs for a half-cup with 2 fibers. Total carbs minus fiber equals net carbs, so that little half cup berries is 9 carbs. But just a tablespoon or so of blueberries is a good way to use them. It’s just enough to light up the waffles and not so much that they spike your blood sugar or stall your weight loss.