Happy Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord!! We started the day with Mass, and hurried home anticipating breakfast, since Jenn tells us that the food most associated with this feast are WAFFLES. And I think our allergen-free formula’s finally good enough to share. This makes ~6 large Belgian waffles. They’re hefty and crunchy and will hold up to whipped cream and syrup and fruits. We used blueberries since it’s Mama Mary’s feast day. I was hoping to add flavored whipped coconut cream, but I forgot to chill the coconut milk and had to settle for maple syrup only. Next time.

2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2 tablespoons protein powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
3 tablespoons Sucanat (or sugar)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder

2 cups almond milk (or other dairy-free milk if you can’t have almonds)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 cup canola oil (or melted vegan butter, or coconut oil, or a mild-flavored olive oil)
3 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave nectar)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Note: If using a Vita-Mix or other high-powered blender, you can just use 2 cups brown rice and 1 cup oats, un-ground. Just dump all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

In another bowl whisk together almond milk and lemon juice. Let stand a few minutes, then whisk in canola oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Combine dry and wet ingredients and whisk until smooth. (Alternatively, run through blender.)

Bake in wafflemaker according to manufacturer’s directions.

Serve hot, topped with maple syrup, fresh fruit and an allergen-free whipped topping, if you like.

Variation: The same batter, thinned out a bit with more almond or other dairy-free milk, can be used to make pizzelles.


Annunciation Prayer

Lord who came down from heaven
and stayed in the womb of St. Mary,
after making the annunciation
to her through his head of angels, is blessed.
The Lord is blessed whom the heaven and earth,
Angels and mankind are praising always.
Oh Lord let the intercession of your mother
be a fort for us all.

Peace be unto thee,
Mother of the Sun of righteousness.
Peace be unto thee, the palace of holiness,
Peace be unto thee the ship full of blessings,
the fruit of your virginity is blessed,
Holy Mother please pray for us,
so that we would also be holy like you in our lives.
Lord have mercy upon us.

Lord Jesus,
who was kind enough
to take the presence in humble virgin,
kindly live in us
and redeem us from the strong bondages of sins and death.
Lord make us good and worthy divine homes,
so that you could stay in us.

Lord who had been kind enough
to take the human body from the virgin,
unite us all in your peace.
Unite us all with your grace.
Fill your love in us
so that we could share the love
with you and among us all.
Make us worthy to praise thee
with your blessed Mother and all the saints.

Holy virgin Mother, you are blessed,
By thy prayers
let the Holy church and her children
be saved from all sorts of calamities
and let all the departed get forgiveness for their sins.

Don’t miss this beautiful post on the Annunciation from Jenn Miller over at Catholic Culture.