Big life changes here in the Christo Family. My beloved hubby Pete (who you may remember from guest posts like this doozy) moved on from his job of 13 years yesterday. And this was no 9-5’er, this was a job that required 24/7 attention and total dedication from our entire family- so this will be a serious change of pace for us. We are sad to leave our work family, who we love, but excited to look towards the future and to the Next Play.

In the mean time, we are planning to slow things down around here, spend some much needed time as a family, go on some vacations and try to dial down the stress level. I just know he was excited when I suggested that we organize the Christmas ornaments together and that then he can clean out his closet and help me color coordinate my cookbook collection and deep clean the laundry room…

In addition to all of those exciting household projects, I’m also thinking about ways that I can shake things up creatively around here and I am nervous/excited to announce that I am going to start doing live cooking segments on Facebook a couple of times a week (please join me!!) For someone who can hardly post a selfie, this will be funny- please bare with me ☺ I thought that it would be a great opportunity for you to see some of the techniques that come with cooking the way I do, and a chance for you guys to ask me question real-time.

(See my facebook page for details)

Pumpkin Waffles with Caramelized Pears- Vegan and Gluten Free from HeatherChristo.com

So the bottom line of this post is: What are you supposed to do when you are mildly overwhelmed with gigantica life changes and you’ve run out of tequila???? (Just kidding…. I would never run out of tequila.)

You make breakfast for dinner of course. Well, at least we do.

Specifically, you make lightly spiced Pumpkin Waffles and then you pour rich, delicious pears and caramel sauce all over them. And then your eye’s roll back in your head because the whole delicious thing is just so over the top amazing. That’s what you do, and now you know- because waffles can go a long way to soothe you. Then again, so can tequila- it’s like a 50/50. But it would be far more appropriate and family friendly to make waffles!

Should I make these for my first Facebook Live Segment??? Let me know what you think please! Or if you have any other requests for recipes from the archives or otherwise!

XO, H

Pumpkin Waffles with Caramelized Pears- Vegan and Gluten Free from HeatherChristo.com

Pumpkin Waffles with Caramelized Pears- vegan and gluten free
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Pumpkin Waffles:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour (I used Bobs Red Mill Flour)
  • ¼ cup sugar (I used organic beet sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • ½ cup beer (I used gluten free beer)
  • Caramelized Pears:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I used beet sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat a waffle iron.
  2. In a small bowl combine the unsweetened coconut milk and the vinegar and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile you are going to combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and kosher salt and whisk them together. Stir in the melted oil, pumpkin and coconut milk/vinegar mixture and the beer and stir until you have a smooth thick batter. Set aside while you make the caramel.
  4. For the Caramelized Pears:
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut cream, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Whisk together and let simmer over medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes until golden and thickened. Add the pears and coat them with the caramel and allow everything to simmer for a few more minutes.
  6. While the pears are cooking in the caramel pour the first waffle into the iron. Cook until you have a golden crispy waffle and then top it with hot caramelized pears and caramel sauce and serve immediately. Repeat with the remaining waffle batter- you should get 6 waffles with pears and sauce.

 

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Big life changes here in the Christo Family. My beloved hubby Pete (who you may remember from guest posts like this doozy) moved on from his job of 13 years yesterday. And this was no 9-5’er, this was a job that required 24/7 attention and total dedication from our entire family- so this will be a serious change of pace for us. We are sad to leave our work family, who we love, but excited to look towards the future and to the Next Play.

In the mean time, we are planning to slow things down around here, spend some much needed time as a family, go on some vacations and try to dial down the stress level. I just know he was excited when I suggested that we organize the Christmas ornaments together and that then he can clean out his closet and help me color coordinate my cookbook collection and deep clean the laundry room…

In addition to all of those exciting household projects, I’m also thinking about ways that I can shake things up creatively around here and I am nervous/excited to announce that I am going to start doing live cooking segments on Facebook a couple of times a week (please join me!!) For someone who can hardly post a selfie, this will be funny- please bare with me ☺ I thought that it would be a great opportunity for you to see some of the techniques that come with cooking the way I do, and a chance for you guys to ask me question real-time.

(See my facebook page for details)

Pumpkin Waffles with Caramelized Pears- Vegan and Gluten Free from HeatherChristo.com

So the bottom line of this post is: What are you supposed to do when you are mildly overwhelmed with gigantica life changes and you’ve run out of tequila???? (Just kidding…. I would never run out of tequila.)

You make breakfast for dinner of course. Well, at least we do.

Specifically, you make lightly spiced Pumpkin Waffles and then you pour rich, delicious pears and caramel sauce all over them. And then your eye’s roll back in your head because the whole delicious thing is just so over the top amazing. That’s what you do, and now you know- because waffles can go a long way to soothe you. Then again, so can tequila- it’s like a 50/50. But it would be far more appropriate and family friendly to make waffles!

Should I make these for my first Facebook Live Segment??? Let me know what you think please! Or if you have any other requests for recipes from the archives or otherwise!

XO, H

Pumpkin Waffles with Caramelized Pears- Vegan and Gluten Free from HeatherChristo.com

Pumpkin Waffles with Caramelized Pears- vegan and gluten free
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Pumpkin Waffles:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour (I used Bobs Red Mill Flour)
  • ¼ cup sugar (I used organic beet sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • ½ cup beer (I used gluten free beer)
  • Caramelized Pears:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I used beet sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat a waffle iron.
  2. In a small bowl combine the unsweetened coconut milk and the vinegar and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile you are going to combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and kosher salt and whisk them together. Stir in the melted oil, pumpkin and coconut milk/vinegar mixture and the beer and stir until you have a smooth thick batter. Set aside while you make the caramel.
  4. For the Caramelized Pears:
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut cream, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Whisk together and let simmer over medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes until golden and thickened. Add the pears and coat them with the caramel and allow everything to simmer for a few more minutes.
  6. While the pears are cooking in the caramel pour the first waffle into the iron. Cook until you have a golden crispy waffle and then top it with hot caramelized pears and caramel sauce and serve immediately. Repeat with the remaining waffle batter- you should get 6 waffles with pears and sauce.