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Chai Waffles with Berry Compote {Dairy-Free}

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Dairy-free waffles with chai spice & almond milk | refined sugar free

“The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important its accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more resistance you will experience facing it.” Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

My current read might be the most quotable of books; the words ring like a gong of truth into my life and perhaps into yours too. Your creative work, your business or non-profit idea, your dream to write a novel or a screenplay or a symphony, to start writing poetry again, to start a blog or website: with that idea comes fear. Fear that it won’t work out, you’ll be laughed at, that you won’t be good enough.

We’ve been taking some creative risks lately, and man — resistance is right there with us. It might look easy from the outside, but each recipe and photograph is an effort as Alex and I learn the dance of holding light-bouncing boards and spoons and napkins as his lens-face snaps away. And the podcast — it’s both a joy and huge risk, as we try our hand at a new skill sets like conversation with intention (and without um’s) and editing audio instead of photographs. Over the years it’s gotten easier and easier to press Publish on our work, but after almost 6 years it still gives my stomach butterflies.

Creative work is a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. -Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

But we keep pressing on because, well — we truly, deeply, sincerely love it. It makes us feel alive. And knowing that you make some of the recipes we post here and that they add nourishment to your life — that matters to us. A lot. Because our dream is that through our photographs and story telling, more and more people might come to know the joy of cooking and be inspired to advocate for sustainable ways of eating and the right to nourishing food for all people.

In last week’s post we talked about dreams and loved hearing what is on your hearts. This week, we’d love to know both about your dreams and your fears. Is fear holding you back from the creative dream that is in your heart? Did you grow up practicing a creative outlet but it’s fallen to the wayside now that you’re in the “working world”? Do you find resistance when you take steps toward the thing that makes you feel alive? Do you fear the judgement of others on your work — does it paralyze you from sharing that photograph, that essay or that poem?

This recipe was a happy accident, a challenge to create a recipe with almond milk that started with a few failed attempts, as per usual. Somehow we ended up with dairy-free waffles, made with almond milk and a bit of whole wheat flour, with some kick from the chai spices. (Cardamom is the key here, so make sure to find some ground cardamom if you can!) I unearthed some frozen berries from our freezer drawer and whipped up a bit of berry compote that made for both some shocking pink kitchen stains and a delicious topping.

Also: we’re now using #acouplecookscasa as a tag for our house shots; check out these behind the scenes house posts see our house & kitchen reno.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chai Almond Milk Dairy-Free Waffles with Berry Compote
This recipe is dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 1 cup white flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (no substitutions!)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cups almond milk (we used Califia Farms)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
What To Do
  1. Heat waffle iron on high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, spices, and salt; mix to combine.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt coconut oil. Whisk 1 egg, then add milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; do not overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into the heated waffle iron and cook the waffles until golden brown. Remove the cooked waffles and place on a baking sheet without stacking. Make to order or place in a 300F oven to keep warm.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chai Almond Milk Waffles with Berry Compote
What You Need
  • 1 pound frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
What To Do
  1. Place frozen berries and maple syrup in a skillet over medium heat. Stir for several minutes until fruit is thawed.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water, then pour into the skillet and heat until the sauce is thickened. Add additional cornstarch mixed with water for a thicker sauce, if desired.

We developed this recipe for Califia Farms; all opinions expressed are our own. We’re big fans of Califia almond milk and it’s a mainstay in our fridge. Thank you for supporting the partners that keep A Couple Cooks in action!

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  • Reply
    March 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Califia almond milk is my favorite! And so are all things chai-flavored. The berry compote looks delicious as well, but I would never put berries with something chai flavored, personally. I know it’s done frequently but I would make and enjoy these things separately. The waffles would be delicious with a simple sprinkle of cinnamon and honey, something like that. Saving the recipes, either way!

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      March 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Haha, glad they pass the test for you as separate components :) We’ll have to try them with a simpler flavor pairing like honey and cinnamon too :)

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    March 7, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Yes please! You completely had me at chai!

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    March 7, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Chai waffles?! Amazing!! Such an awesome flavour!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    March 7, 2016 at 11:48 am

    *Love* this post and that quote. You’re turning fear and resistance on its head, making an argument that they’re not only natural to have but essential for showing us we’re on the right path. Powerful stuff.

    And I was thinking of making waffles this coming weekend – these chai spices are calling out to me!

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      March 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you, Katie! The War of Art has given me a nice reminder that that nagging fear is actually a good thing. Hope your waffles were fantastic!

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    March 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    You had me at chai waffles, but that berry compote looks delicious too!!

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    March 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Yay cardamom!! And seriously Sonja, every post you tug at my heartstrings a little – I’m in the process of finding the balance between what my future work-life in the next couple of years and my baking hobby. And that little bit about doubts and fears – Andrew literally JUST reminded me last night that it’s important to remember that these decisions about the future, I’m making them for ME and not anyone else :) So nice to read your words per usual <3 <3

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      March 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Cardamom is the best! And, I’m glad this subject hit home! I’d love to more about these future decisions and living in the face of fear…it’s hard to know which way to turn, but many times the scariest path is the one with the strongest call. Sending warm thoughts!

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    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    March 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Could these waffles be any more perfect? Definelty not! I love the chai flavors with the beautiful berry compote! Simple perfection!

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      March 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you kindly, Bethany! Waffles had never been our “thing” but seeing as we just used our waffle maker 4 times in 2 weeks, I think it’s a good investment :)

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    March 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    ugh fear! a big one: that what I do won’t be/isn’t original enough and will be chucked into the “it’s been done before” pile.

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      March 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Yes, every day, yes! That’s a definite pitfall in our space — there’s literally no recipe that’s truly unique, which can feel very daunting. We’ve had to learn that even if our most original of ideas has been conceived somewhere, sometime, our voice and perspective are still a unique and valid part of the fabric. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves :) So, you are original, even if it has been done before!

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    March 9, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Chai waffles? This is my first hearing. Sounds delicious!

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    March 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Perfect for a Sunday breakfast :))) Easy and tasty

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    March 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Chai just means tea

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    C. Tibbs
    March 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Made these this morning and they were a hit! Thanks for a great recipe.

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      March 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      So glad that the worked for you — that is fantastic! Thank you for letting us know!

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    Hannah Hossack-Lodge (Domestic Gothess)
    March 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Man I really need to get a waffle maker… these look amazing and I love the chai flavouring, this is my ideal breakfast :)

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      March 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      We have used our waffle maker so many times since we got it a few weeks ago, I don’t know how we lived without it :) So yes, you need one!

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    March 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Your waffles are definitely a must make over the weekend. I love that you’ve used cardamom!

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    March 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    YUMMM. I definitely will be making this.

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    Jen B
    April 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I might just try these this weekend!

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    Sierra Shear
    April 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

    So easy and delicious!

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