These Lemon Poppyseed Waffles are bursting with flavour! They’re drizzled with a divine vanilla blueberry sauce, and are vegan and gluten free!
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Okay, so the question of the century: are you a waffle lover, or a pancake lover?
Personally? I love both. If I had to choose, I would definitely choose waffles. I love the texture differences and the fact that you can get both a fluffy and slightly crisp breakfast in one. Texture dreams completed, basically. I realised I haven’t made a waffle recipe for you guys in quite a while, so I made these Lemon Poppyseed Waffles with Vanilla Blueberry Sauce for you. Oh, yes, it’s just as amazing as it sounds. Also, they are vegan and gluten free. Christmas just came early.
Let’s break down the waffles, then the vanilla blueberry sauce that you’re about to put onto everything possible. I’ve been wanting to tweak my waffle recipe for a while, and I really pulled off quite something with these. I wanted a gluten free waffle that doesn’t ‘taste’ gluten free, and a vegan waffle that should not be ever identified as ‘vegan’ in taste. To do that, I used a mix of oat flour and gluten free flour, which really diversifies the texture, and I also kept the ingredients incredibly simple. The texture is unbelievably close to the kind of waffles you’d have at a restaurant, and the kind you’re going to want for breakfast every morning.
Of course since we’re in the heart of spring, and everyone loves spring flavours, I wanted to add that to these waffles. For this recipe, I used Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Lemon Extract to bump up the waffle flavour with a divinely lemon-y flavour that really took it over the top. I also used Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, because waffles need vanilla extract friends, and they need the best ones.
You guys already know that if I stand behind a product, it’s because I love and believe in it. Back in my baking days, I only used Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. I specifically remember ordering the largest size they had on their website, waiting excitedly for it to arrive, and then taking care of it like it was my child. It kind of was.
All Nielsen-Massey’s products are all-natural, GMO-free, certified gluten-free, certified Kosher, and allergen-free, so know that they work perfectly with our little family over here on JITK.
After the bottle finished? I ordered more, and well, true story, I kept the bottle. It was just too pretty to toss and so I literally kept the bottle until I moved out of my parents’ house. So, needless to say, I love Nielsen-Massey’s products, and the high quality that they put into their vanilla-cultivation process and to craft their all-natural pure flavours.
Let’s take you for a little, super eye-opening history lesson. Have you ever wondered, “Where does vanilla come from?”
All vanilla is grown within 10-20 degrees of the equator and most vanilla beans available today come from Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti. The entire vanilla-cultivation process, from planting to market, can take from five to six years. Following harvest, beans must be cured before use. Then, for two weeks, farmers spread the beans in the hot sun during the day and wrap them in blankets to sweat at night. The beans are conditioned on racks for an additional two weeks, and finally, beans are aged for 6 to 8 months in wooden boxes to allow the complex flavour notes to emerge.
Nielsen-Massey also uses as few ingredients as possible when producing their pure vanilla extracts to create the highest-quality product available. This process leads to why their products are pretty much perfect. I specifically chose the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract since not only was it the very first Vanilla Extract I tried almost 10 years ago, but also because vanilla from Madagascar has a sweet, creamy flavour with velvety after-tones and makes for an excellent “all-purpose” vanilla, perfect for any sweet or savoury recipe. That means it was the perfect choice for these waffles.
Now that blueberry sauce! I’ve been making it for years, and decided I wanted to re-share it with you guys. It gets slightly thick, enough to coat your waffles, and has the most divine Vanilla flavour. Since blueberries and lemon pair so well, I also used both Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and their Pure Lemon Extract in the sauce. P.S. – if you sneak some of this, it’s pretty obvious since the blueberries turn your tongue blue. Take it from someone caught in the act of sneaking more blueberry sauce, you know, just saying.
Now, the Pure Lemon Extract. To craft all-natural pure flavours, Nielsen-Massey starts with premium ingredients sourced from around the world. Made from California lemon oil and rounded out with peel notes, their Pure Lemon Extract is a fantastic “helper” ingredient to have on hand for the times a splash of citrus is needed. Nielsen-Massey uses a proprietary process to gently extract the delicate flavour without losing any of the sweetness or richness of the original ingredient. This process means that’s why with only a teaspoon and a half of lemon extract, you get those divinely subtle notes throughout the entire waffle recipe!
I hope you enjoy the waffles friends! Happy eating!
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