As a plant-based foodie in the District, one of the hardest things for me to do is find a soy and gluten-free vegan brunch in the area that I can get excited about! I decided to start experimenting with my own brunch options at home and voila!, these vegan moringa waffles were born. Yes, waffles are better than pancakes. Don’t debate me on this. I mean they have pockets for goodness sake. However, you can totally use the recipe below to make moringa pancakes.
So what exactly is moringa? Moringa, (moringa oleifera) not to be confused with matcha, is a tropical tree that is often referred to as one of the world’s most nutritious plants. Moringa is a high-protein energy booster that is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. It helps fight inflammation, can slow signs of aging, and also helps lower blood pressure. Read more about the benefits of moringa here.
I purchase my moringa from Anima Mundi Apothecary. You may have seen me share this brand before as they are also sold in the Beauty Heroes store. Anima Mundi was founded by Adriana Ayales, a rainforest tribal herbalist from Costa Rica. The company sources ingredients directly from native people within Central and South America, providing a direct, sustainable, fair trade system.
Gluten-Free Vegan Moringa Waffles
Tip: Dust the waffles with coconut cream powder and/or coconut sugar in place of powdered sugar.
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