Snow day waffles, two ways

Buckwheat waffles

I feel like I owe you guys an apology. Posts around these parts have been scarce this past year and a half, and I’d be lying if I said it has to do with being short on time or lacking motivation or one of the other hundred excuses I could tell you to try to make up for me being pretty terrible at this whole blog thing. I have a method to this space. I’ve developed a very rigid structure and I follow it to a motherfucking tee. It’s been the bane of my internet existence and it’s, admittedly, what’s been keeping me from this space. But that’s about to change because it’s stifling my creativity and ain’t nobody got time for that.

With that being said, there’s also a five-months-in-the-making site update happening sometime soon. Although baking will still be the main theme around these parts, I’d kind of like to start focusing on some heartier, more nutritious eats. You know, things we actually consume on a frequent basis (sadly, it’s not always ice cream and cookies around here, although some of you would like to think so). And this shouldn’t come as any surprise, but I’m also going to start incorporating more posts about our travels. We’re doing a lot of it this year (starting with our wedding in June) (!) and Thom has some pretty ambitious plans for 2016, so I figured it’s about time to shake things up a bit. More real life adventure and home cookin’. And maybe a bit on the farm, too.

Now that we got all of that nitty-gritty stuff outta the way, I’m going to tell you about my snow day weekend. But first I need to tell you about how I used to be a nanny. Key word: used. I quit just before we left for Europe – I was kind of burnt out and, to be honest, the more I nannied the less I wanted kids of my own. Luckily I’ve maintained incredibly close relationships with each of the families I’ve nannied for in Denver, so when one of them contacted me about hanging with their little lady every few weekends, I couldn’t say no. I also couldn’t say no when it was time for her to go home on Saturday afternoon and she decided she didn’t want to leave because she wanted to have a sleepover, instead. So we baked a cake and built a few forts, and then we got in our pajamas at 5PM and ate big bowls of salted, oily pasta for dinner while watching some absolutely terrible Disney princess movie (ugh) (UGH). Around 9PM we both passed out (really embarrassing, on my part) then woke up early Sunday morning to a 6″ blanket of snow covering nearly every square inch of the ground.

Although we had planned to walk to one of my favorite diners for breakfast, we decided to stay home and make chocolate chip waffles because those are the little lady’s favorite and she declared that I make them the best. So we made waffles and I taught her how to use the record player, and then we danced around the living room to Sigur Rós (it’s always Sigur Rós, isn’t it?) and the Garden State soundtrack while Thom snoozed in our bedroom. We cozied up in what she refers to as her bedroom, slowly eating our waffles, and simultaneously played Where’s Waldo? (or Walter, as she calls him) while she read The Giving Tree aloud, about half a dozen times. Just before lunchtime, she succumbed to the comfiness of her bed so while she slept I attempted to clean the atrocious mess we created in the kitchen. But then I decided to throw everything in the dishwasher and snap a few photos of our place because I realized I hadn’t shared much of it since we moved in, last June.

So anyway, that’s what has been happening around here. Hopefully next time I’ll be back with a post about Morocco but if not I’m sure I’ll have something equally as delicious as waffles, to share. Until then, be good to each other. And while you’re at it, be good to yourself, too.

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Notes: These waffles are crispy on the outside and super soft on the inside. But if you like your waffles to have a consistent texture (ahem, more chewy), this recipe will suit you a bit better. You don’t have to use buckwheat flour, but I prefer its nutty, earthy flavor over most gluten free flours. If using a flour containing gluten, I recommend using whole wheat or whole spelt. If using all-purpose flour you’ll have to decrease the milk measurement to equal the flour (2/3 cup). You can use any neutral flavored oil in place of the coconut oil, if desired. But if using a different oil, you can use your almond milk straight from the fridge (using cold almond milk causes the coconut oil to harden). If you don’t have flax meal on hand, you can use a chia egg or substitute 1 tablespoon of corn/potato starch – just mix the latter in with the dry ingredients.

CHOCOLATE CHIP BUCKWHEAT WAFFLES

Waffles
2/3 cup light buckwheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
flax egg
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, room temperature
2-3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Toppings (optional)
Coconut whipped cream
Vanilla almond butter
Frozen mixed berries, sautéed for 7-8 minutes
Slivered almonds
Flaked coconut
Grade B maple syrup

Preheat a 6″ waffle iron. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the flax egg, oil, and milk; whisk just until combined then fold in the chocolate chips. Spray your preheated waffle iron with oil and pour half of the batter onto it. Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions then serve, preferably with a combination of the toppings above.

Waffle sandwich
If you’d prefer to take your waffle on the fly, load that baby up with a heavy slather of peanut butter, a banana (or peaches, when in season), a drizzle of maple syrup (or chocolate hazelnut sauce), and some toasted buckwheat groats (kasha) for good measure.

Yield: 2 6″ waffles

61 Comments

  • Reply Xina 24 February 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Can’t wait for travel posts!! Thanks for always sharing and being so lovely. Now I’m desperately missing my waffle iron and wishing the weekend would hurry up and get here already!! Hope you’re having a lovely week thus far, Ashlae! xxxx

  • Reply Kathryn 24 February 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Yeah! So excited to say what 2015 has in store for you + this space. I so get what you mean about being suffocated by what you feel like you need to post and all the process stuff that gets in the way of actually doing. Also, chocolate chip waffles = best kind of waffle.

  • Reply Arie 24 February 2015 at 7:16 AM

    I spy a Kurt Vonnegut print! I’ve been lusting after that exact one for the past couple of years but why o WHY are they so expensive? It is bigger than I thought so maybe it’s worth the splurge, after all. As for these waffles, woman…magic. Same goes for these pretty photos.

    p.s. HAIR! Would you like to let this lady who’s terrible with a curling iron in on your secrets?

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 5:27 PM

      Hi Arie –

      GOOD EYE! It was more than worth the splurge, yo. ;) And you’re gonna hate me for this but that hair was.. bedhead.

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker 24 February 2015 at 7:38 AM

    I have no problem with more real food post! The more authentic the recipe is to you means that we, your blog followers, develop a connection with the person behind the gorgeous photos. I want a waffle sandwich now just like that breakfast, no wonder she said they were perfect!

  • Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak 24 February 2015 at 7:43 AM

    I love seeing the little glimpses of your home. Sounds like a perfect snow day with a fun little lady, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for your site in the future.

  • Reply Millie |Add A Little 24 February 2015 at 7:46 AM

    That looks amazing and I can imagine they are so addictive with coconut whipped cream!

  • Reply cynthia 24 February 2015 at 8:43 AM

    This is the BEST. Love these beautiful photos, and this incredibly lovely weekend — you have such a way with stories, I swear. I love how much fun you and this lil gal clearly have together. So so special <3 and love that you shared it with us!! These waffles look soso good — perfect for a perfect weekend like this one. Thanks for this smile-making post, Ashlae :D

  • Reply cynthia 24 February 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Ooh, and I forgot to say — SO EXCITED to see what’s in store for Oh Ladycakes!!!!!!!! It all sounds phenomenal and I know all these new things are going to be fantastic ones. YAY

  • Reply Abby 24 February 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Aww, I love this post so much, Ashlae!

    First of all, yay! I can’t wait to see what you do with your site. Your travel posts are always so fun to read, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

    Your snow day story made me smile. So much sweetness. :)

    And these waffles look delicious!! <3

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha 24 February 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Your house seems so beautiful and those waffles just perfect.
    PS : Sigur Ros forever! :D

  • Reply Meredith 24 February 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Your photos are amazing and I can’t wait for more of the travel posts! Also, I might just have to buy a waffle maker after this post… ;)

  • Reply The Vegan Cookie Fairy 24 February 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I’m excited about the travel posts! And these waffles look amazing. You’re making me want to go out and buy a waffle maker (the last one I had was shite and I had to throw it out, and I’ve been scared of buying a new waffle maker ever since because I don’t want to throw money out the window for nothing — anyway I’m ranting.) Also THESE PHOTOS.

  • Reply Shannon 24 February 2015 at 9:31 AM

    I’m a huge buckwheat fan, so these waffles are right up my alley! Now if only my waffle maker wasn’t packed. Thanks for sharing a sneak peek of your abode. I’m digging your minimalist, colorful and white decorating style. Looking forward to the slightly new direction of your blog!

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens 24 February 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I am so beyond excited for all the adventure and home cooking posts to come! Your sleepover with the little lady sounds way too fun and adorable. If I had a waffle maker (I seriously have no idea why I don’t have one yet) I’d be making myself waffle sandwiches all day long… also, your home with Thom is so gorgeous and cozy. I was pinning some of them to my comfy and cozy board and thought it was hilarious that the caption for the succulent photo was ‘I have no idea how these are still alive’ haha! Have a fab week!

  • Reply Cassie 24 February 2015 at 10:26 AM

    YUMMM!!! I love waffles and chocolate :P !!!

  • Reply Christine 24 February 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Beautiful waffles!

    I’m glad to hear that you’ll soon begin to post hearty recipes and tales of real life adventures. On that note, I’ve been wondering: When will you graduate from college? I recall that you used to write about school but haven’t done so lately. :)

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 5:23 PM

      Hi Christine –

      That’s because I finished my undergrad. :)

  • Reply Kayla 24 February 2015 at 10:53 AM

    I’m so obsessed with waffles right now. Can’t wait to try these! And I love the idea of more everyday meals and travel posts. I always love seeing your travel adventures! :)

  • Reply Jessica 24 February 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Ok, you’re killing me here. Not only do you post such great stuff, but you make me so homesick! Even after 13 years in Brooklyn, I am still a Denver girl at heart. And your place looks amazing…quite a step up from my old Capitol Hill apts! Looking forward to what comes next!

  • Reply Nadine Reyhani 24 February 2015 at 12:43 PM

    So looking forward to your Morocco Post – and really curious to know what your tips are! Meanwhile I’m back from Morocco too (thought your “soon would be sooner, ehemmmm), and posted a Mini Travel Guide on Morocco, too, would really love for you to have a look and let me know what you think! I love love your pictures. And I’m so gonna go and get my waffle iron from home to make these waffles. Yes. Merci.

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 5:21 PM

      Hi Nadine –

      Haha, sorry! I had planned on posting it sooner, then realized it was a little too vague to be considered a guide. Changes are coming and it’ll be one of my next two posts. :) Hope you enjoyed your trip!

  • Reply Cindy 24 February 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Im so excited for the eats recipes!! Iur dinners can get monotonous so new stuff is sooo welcome :D

  • Reply Elizabeth Jarrard 24 February 2015 at 1:59 PM

    what beautiful photos of your home, little lady and of course wafffflesssss. xo

  • Reply Mandy 24 February 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I love the quote/print about being here on earth to fart around. I may have to use that!

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 5:19 PM

      Hi Mandy –

      That framed quote is one of the few things I would snag from our house if it went up in flames. :) Kurt Vonnegut was pretty fantastic.

  • Reply anouk 24 February 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Little babe! Here, there’s a little dude on its way :) So excited. Just prepped the dough for chocolate cardamom buns (gks), to be baked tomorrow morning. Mmmmm… But damn those waffles sure look good too! And, pretty please, you must let me know where you got those polka dot leggings?! Too cute!

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 5:17 PM

      Hi Anouk –

      So nice to hear from you! Congrats on the little guy. :) I purchased the leggings from Madewell but they turned out to be of preeeeeetty shitty quality, so I do not recommend them.

  • Reply Carol 24 February 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Amazing photos , really!!

  • Reply Jessie Snyder | Faring Well 24 February 2015 at 4:58 PM

    This is just beautiful. And I’m excited to see the new turn your blog starts to take! Anything you touch is automatically turned into magic, so I know its gonna be good. I live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and recognize that red house from some of our snowy walks too :) so so pretty. You constantly inspire me. Thank you for these gorgeous waffles!!

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen 24 February 2015 at 5:09 PM

    This post makes me miss my old babysitting days – hanging with kids is such a stress reliever for me! It’s nice to be reminded how to be carefree for a while. :)

    These waffles look seriously delicious. Did you use light buckwheat flour for them?

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 5:27 PM

      Hi Chelsea –

      YEP! Just updated. <3

  • Reply Nicole 24 February 2015 at 6:20 PM

    I have a Belgian waffle maker – do I need to alter the recipe at all?

    Thanks!!

    • Reply Ashlae 24 February 2015 at 7:46 PM

      Hi Nicole –

      I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it. But there’s a link to a recipe in the notes section for a buckwheat Belgian waffle that’s deeeeelicious. :)

  • Reply Hannah 24 February 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Your blog is my absolute favourite, your photography, writing and of course amazing creations are all just beautiful. Really excited to hear more about your travels and see what you have in store for 2015!

  • Reply Jodi 24 February 2015 at 11:29 PM

    If only we could eat cookies and ice cream and THESE waffles all the time! Can’t wait for all the new things to come, its your space girl – do what you want with it – we’re all just stoked to be here! You have such a way with words, Ashlae, your little stories are always the best and this one takes the cake. What a perfect, cozy weekend for you guys! Inspiring photos + just total aboslute loveliness, as always – xo

  • Reply Mariela 25 February 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Woop! So keen to see some more savoury recipes – I’m in serious need of some dinner inspiration around my house :) Also travel posts! It all sounds so exciting – 2015 is definitely going to be a year!

  • Reply dorota @ plants on the plate 25 February 2015 at 3:57 AM

    what a beatuful post! i love your writing, you seem to be a very present person. you make hanging out with a kid sound fun and cosy – i nannied for two months and absolutely hated it, i couldn’t communicate with the baby (he was two, though) and now i’m completely traumatized. anyways, waffles always sound good and i wish i had a maker. have a nice snow day! + your house looks very home-y too!

  • Reply Lindsey 25 February 2015 at 6:50 AM

    oh yes, girl. i can totally relate to the nanny department! i used to nanny in my early 20’s when i was in college, and it was by far an awesome experience. we still keep in touch, but rarely see each other, so special that you two are still pals! these waffles are totally lovely – love the buckwheat + choc chip combo, and that banana + kasha sandwich is too good :) and super pumped to see what oh, ladycakes has in store for us! xo

  • Reply Christine // my natural kitchen 25 February 2015 at 10:58 AM

    This is really sweet and makes me want to make waffles, asap. I love your home photos too – you have a great art collection going!

  • Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship 25 February 2015 at 11:05 AM

    I was a bit down because the waffles looked so perfect and I thought they would contain…. like… 3 eggs and a half container of creme fraiche or something like that- then realised that they were vegan!!! They just look so amazing and yummy. I really need a waffle maker!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance 25 February 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! Blogging takes A LOT of time and attention and sometimes daily life just doesn’t involve blogging. Nothing wrong with that as I’ve taken many unintentional hiatuses and while I felt awful about it in the end I knew it happened for a reason.

  • Reply Amanda - Create N Plate 26 February 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Your photos are so beautiful and it sounds like you had a great weekend! I’m so excited to see what you share with us here in the future. Love everything you post!

  • Reply Yized | Novojun 26 February 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Can’t wait to see the new site and the new things you’ll be sharing with us! Those waffles look absolutely amazing… I guess it’s time to finally buy myself a waffle maker! ^^;

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  • Reply elizabeth 28 February 2015 at 3:48 PM

    These look great! I might have to try them tomorrow since we are getting snowed in. Why is it my kids always ask for homemade waffles when it snows. It’s an automatic in our household.

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  • Reply kristie {birch and wild} 1 March 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Your photos here are gorgeous. Everything in your house looks so gorgeous and well curated. And buckwheat waffles are the best.

  • Reply Annabel 1 March 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Oh my lord Ashlae… that’s your house?! It’s SO beautiful. Also, I’m very excited about the more “real” food posts thing… love it when bloggers incorporate more of the simple, everyday meals because– let’s be real– that’s what I have time for. Also excited to hear more about your travels and adventures! Love the blog! :)

  • Reply steph 1 March 2015 at 1:14 PM

    this looks like my kind of snow day! if i was your little lady, i’d be begging for sleepovers too. heck, i’m just going to ask right now, can i stay over and have chocolate chip waffles with you and thom too?!?! or would that just be…awkward?!?

    love love love the sneak peek into your dreamy house and cannot wait to see what new things your dreaming up! especially the travel!!!

  • Reply Grace 1 March 2015 at 9:58 PM

    This looks amazing–I love buckwheat! I don’t have a waffle maker, but really want to try this recipe! Would I be able to make pancakes from this? If so, would I need to make any changes to the batter or time? Thank you! :)

    • Reply Ashlae 2 March 2015 at 6:14 AM

      Hi Grace –

      I haven’t tried it but a couple people have and it worked for them! :)

  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche 2 March 2015 at 4:05 PM

    After seeing this post.. waffles are ALL I am craving. Just divine!

  • Reply Nicolas - Sugar'n'Salé 5 March 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Hi,

    I am a French culinary blogger (so excuse me if my English is a little awkward) and I came to see what did our friends across the Atlantic. I am delighted by your blog, beautiful pictures and beautiful recipes.

  • Reply Melissa @ Treats With a Twist 6 March 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Ok so I’m a nanny and have been for several families, but for the current family I’m with I’ve been raising their twins for 3 years. The twins are almost 4. I’ve gone through the gauntlet of emotions while raising these two. I get so upset because they’re not mine and anything I teach can be undone in a weekend without me. I’m glad they’re not mine because their personalities certainly didn’t come from my genetics (for better or worse). And I get so so sad that they’re not mine because in the end, I’ll be “that lady I slightly remember from when I was a kid…I think she was 80 years old” by the time they hit college. Anyways, just had to go on a little heartfelt purge. Waffles are the best :)

  • Reply Ash 7 March 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Such a lovely post! Those waffles look delicious!
    Where did you get that amazing looking mug? The one with the blue handle and polkadots inside.

  • Reply Jayme Henderson 8 March 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Sign me up for these, along with some hazelnut-chocolate butter! This post was beautiful. And I love the color story!! Your words made me miss my days as a nanny. I nannied for a family of three out here in CO {for about five years}, and we had the most wonderful adventures. Our rituals included reading in the hallway, making snickerdoodles, and painting. There wasn’t a day we didn’t end up dressing up! …and I have been listening to Sigur Rós non-stop, as well. Even though I understand nothing on their songs, I like the way I interpret them; although, it’s probably nothing close to what they’re actually singing about! ;-) I’ve got the wolf-howl-thing from Ísjaki down pretty good, though! I included a song from them on our mix-tape of 2014’s favorites. I’ll have to set one aside for you. And if you’ve never seen them live, you HAVE to. At Red Rocks, if possible.

  • Reply Ines 11 March 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Hi Ashlae!
    I really like your new design and the new header is lovely!
    I tried your waffle recipe this week and they turned out really well =) For a European waffle iron (a 5-heart-shaped-one) it makes about 1 ½ waffles. Thanks for the recipe =)

  • Reply Abbie @ Needs Salt 12 March 2015 at 3:51 PM

    This is the most incredible and beautiful photoset I’ve ever seen. LITERALLY. So much love. Waffles make me wanna crrryyy so obviously this is just wow. Wow wow wow. Okay, I’m done fangirling. Pinning! Everything!!

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  • Reply Heather 15 March 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Your place is so dreamy. And I love that red house. I think I’ve seen you post it on instagram.
    I am really craving some waffles now. I wish we lived closer and we could have a waffle brunch party. Brent is out of town, and waffles are just no fun on your own.

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