Easy Gluten Free Oat Waffles

These gluten-free waffles are made with just one flour—oat flour! They're light, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Best waffles ever! cookieandkate.com

I’m pretty particular about my waffles. I want light, whole grain, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, Belgian-with-deep-pockets, quintessential WAFFLES. No soggy waffles allowed! Bonus points if they freeze well so I can pop them in the toaster like Eggo’s.

These waffles meet all of the aforementioned qualifications. After tweaking five batches of these waffles, I can confirm that oat flour waffles are the waffles I’ve been searching for all along. Oat waffles are the waffles of my dreams.

oat flour waffle ingredients

Best of all, these waffles are gluten free, which means that I can share them with all of my friends! This waffle recipe is so simple that I have it memorized. It only requires one flour—oat flour—which is the easiest flour to make at home. Just toss some old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats in your blender or food processor and blend until they are a fine flour.

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Roasted Grape Crostini with Brie and Fresh Thyme

Jammy roasted grapes on brie and toast make a simple, seasonal appetizer! - cookieandkate.com

I like to consider myself a spontaneous person, but when Ali texted me about riding roller coasters on Sunday afternoon, I balked. I hid from her text underneath a blanket on the couch for a solid ten minutes. Then I mustered up the strength to reply that roller coasters scare me to death, so probably not. Seriously, people die on roller coasters. They’re terrifying.

Then she said no one else could go. I started to feel bad. Whatever happened to being spontaneous? I looked up the park’s safety record, which was pretty solid except for the one rickety wooden roller coaster. She challenged me to face my fears. I asked how much the amusement park costs. All of this was just a downward slide toward a reluctant yes.

loaf of bread and grapes

As I was getting ready, I seriously considered calling my mom to say my final goodbye. I almost asked my friend Matt to be Cookie’s godfather. I lamented not growing old and gray with my brothers. I’m a goner. Then I remembered that brother no. 1 survived sky diving. The odds were in our favor, as long as we avoided that wooden death trap. Quit being a sissy, self.

Long story short, we rode some roller coasters, and lived to tell. Can’t particularly say I enjoyed the thrill or that my fear of roller coasters is gone, but we did it. I don’t care if I never ride one again. After our nausea subsided, we left the amusement park for margaritas and queso on a rooftop patio. I’d do that part again in a heartbeat.

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Spicy Roasted Ratatouille with Spaghetti

A simple, vegetarian summer meal of roasted ratatouille and spaghetti!  - cookieandkate.com

Shortly after arriving at college, I decided to study abroad. It was one of those rare and beautiful decisions that seem to make themselves. I had studied French for several years in high school, so I would go to France, of course.

Just a couple of weeks after turning twenty-one, I boarded a plane to Paris with two other girls, wide-eyed and ready for adventure. I hardly remember packing for the trip, but I clearly recall the combined thrill of confusion, exhaustion and embarrassment that followed upon landing on a foreign continent.

tomatoes, squash and bell pepper

Somehow, we found our way from Paris to Bordeaux, first via train, then tram. Along the way, we heaved our luggage up long flights of stairs and squeezed them into our travel compartments. Our final test was pulling our belongings behind us across an endless gravel parking lot to our dilapidated dorm buildings. Given the option to either laugh or cry, I found myself giggling like a maniac as my wrists went numb from the vibrations and my arms threatened to fall clean off.

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What’s in Season? September Guide

Learn what to do with September fruits and vegetables! Find recipes, preparation tips and more. cookieandkate.com

You know those projects that are supposed to be quick and easy but turn out to be anything but? Story of my life. It was definitely the case with this guide to September produce. Of course, I picked one of the most abundant months to get started!

I’m excited to get the ball rolling on this new monthly series about seasonal produce. I designed the series for my mom, who hesitates at the farmers’ market when she’s not sure what to do with that beautiful local produce at home. It’s also for Dana, who uses seasonal lists to plan upcoming blog recipes but mentioned that none of them are particularly attractive. It’s for all of you who requested more seasonal recipes and resources when I asked how to make this website work better for you.

Naturally, produce peaks at different times in different areas of the U.S., so this is a general guide to the produce you’ll likely find at farmers’ markets around this time of year. You’ll find some short preparation tips for each type of produce, plus recipe lists for each (which include other bloggers’ recipes as well as my own).

I owe a BIG thank you to Becky at The Vintage Mixer, for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. Check out her September post for a cute, illustrated list that you can download to use as a desktop background or screensaver (it’s free!). Tag your seasonal produce and recipe pics #eatseasonal on Instagram so we can go check them out!

So, ta da! I hope you like this new series. I am, of course, open to suggestions for improvement, and if you like it, you can look forward to seasonal posts published around the first of every month!

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Grilled Summer Salad with Corn, Peppers and Chili-Lime Dressing

Vegetarian grilled summer salad with fresh arugula, black beans and feta - cookieandkate.com

What day is it again? I went on a whirlwind trip to California this week. I flew west to sunny Sacramento on Monday afternoon and stepped back into heavy, humid Kansas City air on Wednesday night. In between those flights, I learned all about almonds (we even toured an almond orchard!), caught up with Erin, met some awesome dietitians and drank plenty of California wine, of course. I’ll tell you more about it later!

I wanted to share another use for coconut bacon, which I’ve been snacking on straight from the bag this morning. This delightful grilled salad fit the bill. It screams SUMMER, almost as loudly as the summer bugs’ non-stop outdoor orchestra performance. (I can hear them now. I’m sorry for mentioning them. Let’s talk salad.)

corn, bell pepper and cilantro

This sweet-and-spicy salad features peppery arugula, black beans, grilled peppers, corn and red onions, avocado and feta, tossed in homemade chili-lime dressing. The coconut bacon is a lovely accent here, but if you’re still skeptical or just plain in a hurry, feel free to substitute crispy tortilla strips or some crumbled tortilla chips. It’ll be fantastic either way!

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How to Make Coconut Bacon

How to make coconut bacon! Homemade, vegan

My dear, sweet, coconut bacon skeptics, hear me out. This vegan “bacon” is amazing! It’s crispy, sweet, salty and tastes just like the real deal, so don’t knock it til you try it! I could go on about it, but I think Cookie’s coconut bacon desperation says it all.

Granted, my dog loves kale and ate half a pack of gum when I was at yoga last week, but I’ve honestly never seen her work so hard for crumbs that aren’t meat. (And look at those irresistible fuzzy ears! She kills me.)

maple-tamari coconut bacon

I shared coconut bacon last year with my heirloom BLT salad recipe, but this stuff is so good that I decided it needed its own post. You can use it as an accent in any recipe that calls for crumbled bacon—salads, BLTs, you name it. It’s incredibly easy to make (it’ll take you 15 minutes, max) and you can freeze extra for later. Although, it’s hard not to eat all of this bacon as it comes out the oven. I dare you to try it!

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