Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

The easiest, most flavorful whole wheat waffles EVER! Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, these waffles will blow you away with how light and fluffy they are.

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I’ve found that when it comes to pancakes, I like to create all kinds of flavor combinations and add in all sorts of things, from chocolate chips to cranberries to pumpkin puree.

But ask me to make waffles and I’ll almost always give you a basic, yet perfectly fluffy, waffle. I like to keep things elementary like that.

However, I tend to have a problem that involves waffle makers and gravity. You see, sometimes you can’t help but trip over the door jam and let the waffle maker fly. 

I’m telling you, sometimes it just can’t be prevented. 

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Favorite Recipes of 2014

Favorite Recipes of 2014 | Natural Chow

Can you believe 2015 is almost upon us? I tell ya, this year just flew right by! And while it was an amazing year, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015.

I want to take a second to let all of you wonderful readers that you are THE BEST! I can’t thank you enough for all of the support that you’ve given me, and all of the opportunities that have opened up for me because of you.

Soooo, because you guys are awesome, today I wanted to share with you a list of all of your favorite recipes from 2014. This list is organized into categories, with the most popular for each category followed by 2 runner-ups.

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Salted Honey Caramels

These homemade salted honey caramels are melt-in-your-mouth luscious, chewy, and heavenly. They make great gifts and are WAY healthier than the storebought kind.

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So, I made candy. And I didn’t even mess it up!

I know, I know, candy isn’t technically real food. But I made these caramels because I wanted to share how easy it is to make a homemade treat that everyone will enjoy during this merry holiday season without the use of corn syrup (or HFCS). And, besides, these are meant to be treats, so obviously I’m not encouraging you to eat an obscene amount of these in a day/hour/minute.

I just can’t believe I didn’t totally botch these caramels. I mean, I was working against all odds. How was I, the 15-year-old girl I am, supposed to stir/whisk caramel, watch a candy thermometer, make sure the caramel doesn’t burn to death, make sure I don’t get burned, AND read a book all at the same time?!?!

What? Sounds like mission impossible I know. But I did it. 

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

A simple, vegan, gluten-free dessert! These bite-sized peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls are dreamy and creamy all because of a secret ingredient.

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I’m not going to deny it.

Chocolate is my weakness. Like, I don’t think I could go a week without eating some. I wouldn’t say I’m addicted, but it’s definitely something I don’t think I’d be able to live without. Ahem. 

When a friend first told me about these cookie dough bites, I was a little hesitant to try making them. I mean, no flour, no butter, and they’re naturally sweetened? I sort of figured there was some secret behind what made them taste so great. Turns out I was right. And guess what the secret ingredient is!

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Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Learn how to make the best gluten free cut-out cookies from scratch! They couldn’t be easier to make and are great for making with little ones!

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These have got to be the best gluten free sugar cookies I have ever had. 

They may not be the prettiest cookies out there (my decorating skills are practically nonexistent), but they still taste amazing! Despite the fact that these are cookies, I tried to make them as healthy as possible, using unbleached pure cane sugar as a sweetener and uncolored icing to decorate with.

I’ll admit, the sprinkles were a compromise, but the way I saw it, I had two choices. Either make a few small bowls of icing and dye them with food coloring or just make one large bowl of uncolored icing and decorate with sprinkles.

Obviously, I went with the latter. Because sometimes we make exceptions so we don’t go crazy.

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