Grain Free Waffles with Fresh Strawberries and Strawberry Cream for Mother’s Day

[A treat on Mother’s Day or any day, these Grain Free Waffles with Fresh Strawberries and Strawberry Cream are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

CAndida diet, gluten-free, vegan grain-free waffles with strawberry cream

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that seems to command some kind of ritual or tradition. In the house of my childhood, we always celebrated Mother’s Day with a special brunch.

The routine was perfectly reliable: as soon as my father was awake on Mother’s Day, he’d march into the kitchen, set down a potted plant on the table in front of my mother, and present her with a card. The interior was embossed with a mushy, multi-verse message, set in sharp contrast to Dad’s own florid handwriting at the end of the poem, which said simply, “Your husband, Alec.”

Of course my mother would cry (because, well, my mother cried at everything) and then we’d all have brunch–which my mother would cook.

The table always heaved with a huge array of meats–bacon rippled and still crackling from the frypan; kielbasa sausages, grilled and bursting at the seams; deli smoked meat, turkey, salami–and two or three blocks of cheese (my father was a butcher after all). But the carbs that made an appearance tended to be prepared convenience breads like bagels, loaves of rye or pumpernickel, or sometimes, English muffins. On the rare occasion, we’d have “homemade” pancakes (aka Aunt Jemima mix).

But waffles? I can’t remember having them even once in the 18 years I lived at home, or during any of my visits back after that.

Candida diet, grain free waffles with strawberry cream

So it makes sense that I’d mix up waffles for Mother’s Day this year, right? Seems my goal is to do things a little differently from my parents here in the RH household.

Now that I’ve taken on the role of “mother,” this coming Sunday will feature no meats on the table; no potted plants (they might contain molds, after all, really not good for candida); no actual children; and a golden stack of grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free, candida-diet friendly waffles with a dollop of luxuriously creamy, sweet and tart strawberry cream on top.

Of course, I understand that I’m technically not a real mom (I don’t have human children), but in my heart, I would argue that I experience all the same emotions as any “real” mother, and I certainly embrace that role. (It looks like science agrees with me; and so, apparently, do the dogs). And, as some of you know, our sweet Elsie girl was recently operated on to remove several cancerous tumors; the experience really brought out the maternal instincts in me.

So, even though I can’t rightfully claim the title, we will, nevertheless, enjoy a lovely brunch together with our Girls this weekend. No doubt the HH will present me with a card (no romantic poetry here) and his own unique gift to demonstrate his affection (such as a car charger for my cell phone–makes my heart go pitter-pat!).

After I wipe the tears from my eyes, we’ll likely kiss, and the HH will lean over and whisper, “So, what are we having for brunch?”

Hmmm . .  . . maybe not so different from my mom’s Mother’s Day, after all.

Vegan, sugar-free grain free waffles with strawberry cream

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  1. A sweet post, Ricki! I laughed about “no actual children.” You’re a mom in my mind! I have an actual child, who is an adult now, but my parenting continues to happen with big old furbaby Sonny. We are his Mom and Dad. 🙂

    I don’t remember waffles growing up either. Maybe we had the frozen ones later on. I know they entered my life at some point, but I really can’t remember when. It might have been during college. Mom was a big pancake maker, but they always came from a box.

    Your waffles look fantastic! I love that they’re grain free. Happy Mother’s Day, dear! xo,

    • Thanks, Shirley! And thank you for the mom validation. I sure do seem to go through all the same emotions as my Mom friends! And glad you like the look of the waffles. I loved them! Hope you have a great Mother’s Day, too. 🙂 xo

  2. Kathryn Ward says

    Great recipe! How can I sub xylitol? It’s poisonous to dogs & my dogs like the one waffles from your first book & will insist on these waffles, too.

    • Kathryn, that’s the best reason to get rid of the xylitol I’ve ever heard! 😀 If you can have it, you can use an equal amount of coconut sugar or maple sugar. If you can’t have those, my understanding is that erithrytol is safe for dogs. I’m not fussy on it, but I know lots of people use and like it. So glad your pooches like the waffles! LOL! Hope you have a great Mother’s Day. 🙂

  3. Phyllis Heffner says

    Can either Water chestnut flour or chick pea flour sub for the almond flour? I have very high oxalates as well as yeasts and fungi and almonds, as well as most nuts, are very high in them, as is flax, potato and chia. Any suggestions for subs for the flax and potato starch?

    • Hi Phyllis, I think that once you replace the almond flour, the potato starch and the flax, you essentially have a completely different recipe. I couldn’t predict how the waffles would turn out in that case, and I wouldn’t be able to vouch for the quality of the recipe. There are lots of waffle recipes online that don’t use these ingredients–maybe try one of those instead? Sorry I can’t be more help!


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