Nutella Waffle

Nutella Waffle Recipe

I won’t beat around the bush here.  One of my favorite all-time favorite foods is Nutella.

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make Nutella waffles and pancakes. I’ve made a lot of waffles and pancakes but never thought to make a Nutella waffle.

Nutella Waffle Ingredients:

½ cup flour (peanut flour, wheat flour, almond flour, all-purpose flour, whatever you want)

¼ cup cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s cocoa powder)

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg

¼ cup melted Nutella (You can play with the measurement but I like a lot of Nutella)

½ cup milk (almond milk)

Sweetener to taste and vanilla extract

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Nutella Waffle Recipe:

  1. Preheat a waffle maker
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Add wet ingredients (including Nutella) together and mix in a separate mixing medium bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour waffle batter into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  6. After cooked, put on a plate and add a layer of melted butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, greek yogurt, and Nutella.

Top with as much Nutella as you need to make your Nutella waffle everything you’ve dreamed of. I’ve found mixing about 2 tablespoons of Nutella, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of milk to make a excellent Nutella mixture.

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The Nutella waffle recipe has translated into an easy Nutella pancake recipe as well.

Questions for you: 

Have you tried Nutella waffles before? Do you like Nutella? 

Festive Pancake Roundup

As promised and since it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I would gather all the festive pancake recipes for the month and put them here.  Maybe your family is into Holiday Pancakes like mine (erg…me…erg…) but anyways.  Does that sound like we are going to the rodeo?  I don’t know the title continues to amuse me. 

First Merry Christmas Eve.

From the Thanksgiving spectrum we have pumpkin pancakes.

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Then my personal favorites: Eggnog Pancakes.

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Gingerbread were also delicious.

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As well as mom’s favorites peppermint.

Then a new (to me) and staple fig pancakes.

 Hope you have enjoyed this months Holiday editions.  Any recommendations and ideas for new pancakes are always welcome.

Now that the Holiday series is done…my blog has so many different options and directions to go…obviously…

Have a Happy Holidays.

Training for Life the Easy Way

Training for this week has been a high mileage but base building week.  Unlike last week when I was going into cardiac arrest (2 double digit runs and 2 races!) this week was all about long and easy miles.  High mileage?  Yes?  Easy miles?  Yes.  Lots of stretching and foam rolling for injury prevention…ugh that was the hardest part. 

Moving on:

Sunday: 5.5 mile recovery (after Saturday’s 18+ miler)
Monday: 8.3 miles easy and strength training (finally).
Tuesday:   AM: 7.5 with a friend (9:40 pace) PM: 3.25 with my eight year old friend (8:25 pace) Favorite runs of the week!
Wednesday: Around town 9.4 easy
Thursday: 10.3 Progressive-My fastest run of the week.  I went from 8:30-7:00 minute miles throughout the run.
Friday: 8.3 Recovery easy
Saturday: 12 miles easy before traveling

 

Total: 64.6

So a bit less than week  (64.8 ha).  Much easier miles though.  Next week I’m not sure how it will go with Christmas and being away from home.  (Do I say that every week?)  It’s because I don’t really have any set plans but to live the dream and enjoy running.

Also if you feel so inclined to vote for me for most humorous blogger (LOLZ) for runchat,I wouldn’t mind in the slightest.  Tell all your friends…because me telling my friends…is what I’m doing now.   What are these real life friends you talk about?

Since this post has no photos enjoy this one from last year of dad and I running together.

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Question for you:

  1. 1.       What was your best workout of the week?
  2. 2.       Workout plans to next week? 
Raindeer Run 5k (19:04)

Well I don’t get it either.  Last Sunday I ran the Binghamton 5k and ran a 20:10.  I was mentally prepared.  I had eaten remotely healthy and what you eat before races (I guess…meaning I didn’t eat a one pound huge steak) and you know had mentally prepared myself to run quickly.

Friday morning, my dad left me a note on the counter that said “Free 5k on base if you want to do it”, so I thought oh why not.  So with that I drove to the base and met dad at work and we went over.  We warmed up (as dad and I always do) and I immediately thought…oh I’m feeling like I drove 700 miles and ran 10 yesterday.  Oh wait…I did!  I really feel like the worse I feel during warmup, the better I race.

Moving on, they just called the start out of absolutely nowhere.  A small panic occurred when I thought my watch hadn’t synched up (I know…who am I) but realized it had.  I’m in love with getting my splits during races now. I felt extremely smooth during the first mile.  I was literally sailing (5:38).  Everything felt awesome.

The second mile, we ran in sand and up the only hill.  This mentally challenged me…mostly because I was thinking…sand..what, I’m done with cross country.  (6:31…the exact same time as my second mile last race).

The third mile, I was thought damn apparently I do run hills because I caught some people on the hill.  So it gave me extra confidence boost to hammer down and run a 6:15.  I don’t ever negative split 5ks (normally I’m at cardiac arrest by this point) so that was for the win. 

I finished in 19:04.

I have to say my favorite part of the race was getting my medal and posing next to Santa. I want to try and find this photos somewhere.  Santa was obviously a young military man and I was like “Santa you look pretty young” and in the most creepy voice (creepier then dudes trying to get in your pants at the bar) he says: “Oh but I am”. 

So that is that and certainly a confidence booster in my road to a sub 18:35 (6 minute paced) 5k.  To give you an idea this is only 7 seconds slower than my 5k PR. 

Questions for you:

1.       Do you do better if you feel like crap during warmup?

2.       What is the longest drive you’ve ever made alone? 

For me, it’s the 700 miles too and from Upstate NY to VA Beach. 

Fig Pancakes

I must tell you, it wasn’t until I posed the question of holiday flavors and someone said figs that I even thought about fig pancakes. I love having a blog and being able to ask and comment with others about cool new things to try and do.  I hadn’t really ever tried figs, let alone make a pancake with them.  If I don’t like something, I’m not going to post a blog with a recipe…that’s silly.  I’m also not going to post a recipe that takes more than 15 minutes and has 100 ingredients because that isn’t my style.  So with that I decided to attempt to make some figcakes.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try making a savory fig recipe or sweet (both are apparently pretty common?).  But sweet always captures my heart so I chose them.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup figs (I bought a bag of already chopped because I’m of the simple type)

1/4 cup walnuts

1 egg

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon oil

1/2-1 cup milk depending on the consistency you like (either thick or more thin crepe like pancakes)

1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg

Sweetner to taste (I added ¼ cup stevia cup for cup as well as 2 tablespoons of brown sugar)

Mix and cook on the griddle. 

Topped with some peanut butter.
Topped with some peanut butter.

These were actually surprisingly good.  I was pretty surprised since a week prior I had no idea or clue what figs were.  So certainly a pancake in the rotation de LOLZ.

Question for you: Do you like figs?

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