The Waffle Tower

Hi, everyone! Jennie, from Garlic, My Soul here! This week, I wanted to share a classic, dramatic breakfast. Enter: the waffle tower! The perfect start to a big day in the city, these waffles use half buckwheat flour and half whole wheat, making that syrup you’re putting on top seem not too indulgent after all. To pair with the hefty main course, I put together a grapefruit-and-avocado salad (California grown, of course) that’s barely sweetened with a hint of honey. Although, if you use sweet Rio Red grapefruit, you might not even need the honey!

Buckwheat Waffle Ingredients (Serves 4)

• ½ cup buckwheat flour
• ½ cup whole wheat flour
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon cardamom
• 1 ¼ cups whole milk
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• 1 large egg
• Maple syrup and fresh berries for topping (optional, but highly recommended)


1. Preheat your waffle iron. If using a waffle pan, heat to medium-low. Spray whatever iron you’re using with olive oil or coconut oil spray to prevent sticking.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom.

3. In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the milk, melted coconut oil, and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just incorporated.

4. If using a mini waffle pan, spoon a little over a tablespoon into each mold, or according to your waffle iron’s instructions. Cook until the waffles are lightly crisp to the touch. Repeat with remaining batter as necessary. Serve with maple syrup, fresh berries, and butter.

Fruit Salad Ingredients (Serves 2-4)

• 1 avocado
• 1 grapefruit
• 1 tbsp honey
• Mint leaves for garnish


1. To cut avocado, use your knife to slice until you feel the pit in the center. Cut around the entire fruit. Remove knife and rotate avocado a quarter turn, then repeat. Now you will have quartered the avocado around the pit. Pull off your quarters and dice the quarters within the peel.

2. Cut your grapefruit in half horizontally. Using a sharp knife, cut into the grapefruit at a 45-degree angle around the entire half. Then, lift grapefruit flesh out, and scoop out any remaining grapefruit pieces from the half.

3. Segment the grapefruit pieces, removing any white membrane from each piece. Cut into bite-size pieces. Repeat with other half of your grapefruit.

4. In a medium bowl, mix together all grapefruit and avocado pieces, drizzling with honey. Taste and add honey as needed. Serve in grapefruit halves with a piece of mint.