Java Mocha Gluten Free Protein Waffles Recipe – Good Morning Waffles!

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO. Enjoy these delicious gluten free waffles :)


Nothing better to wake up to than coffee and waffles right? Oh wait there is… gluten free waffles AND protein-laced coffee ;) Am I right?

That’s why we’re having two in one for this fabulous recipe. I knew you’d like it, you coffee fiends. Don’t try to deny it. You love that gluten-free waffle goodness in the mornings. Especially when it’s laced with chocolate and caffeine. I know you so well.

Java Mocha Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

I am actually not like you. I don’t really drink coffee. Okay, well I drink decaf. And I drink a half-caf sometimes. Truth is, I am a little sensitive to caffeine so I have to be really careful not to drink too much. So if you’re wondering why, for this recipe, I only used 1/2 cup of JAVAPRO protein powder, that’s the reason. I get hyped up really quickly. But if you’re a java junkie like so many of my friends, don’t hesitate to use a full 1 cup of JAVAPRO instead of splitting it into two types of protein powder. More power for you!

Java Mocha Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

So about these waffles… let me just say regular waffles ain’t got nothing on these protein gluten free waffles. That’s all. These are delightfully filling and satisfying without having to stuff yourself!

Sure, so maybe they aren’t super light as you’re used to – but what would you rather have? Light regular sugar-laced waffles that will only make you hungry an hour or two later? Or protein-laced heavier and satisfying waffles that will keep you happy and full until lunch? You decide.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This lovely Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats recipe is vegan, healthy, and delicious- it’s a great way to start the day! It’s also just perfect to wake up to in the morning… mmm smell of baked apples and cinnamon. What could be better?


Raise your hand if you love apples! *raises hand*

Apples have always been a favorite ingredient in my household. We always have a ton of apples (I know it’s not totally seasonal but whatever) around and we create many awesome recipes with it. Being that we’re Polish, our traditional reduced-sugar Szarlotka (Polish Apple Pie) has always been a hit and we’ve made several adaptations of it. My mom also loves to bake cakes using apples such as her fabulous Poppy Seed Apple Cake with Chocolate Glaze and her Cinnamon Apple Cake with Chocolate Chips. Both are amazing.

Today I am sharing a wonderful breakfast recipe for you made with apples! And not only that, this recipe is super easy because it only requires a Slow Cooker to do the job.

If you haven’t seen my collection of favorite fabulous pies (sweet, savory, healthy, and not) on my previous post, make sure to do it. This recipe definitely falls in that lovely creative PIE category, so hey – you might as well make it this month as a way to celebrate upcoming Pi Day ;) Why not!

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats by

This Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats are incredibly easy to set up and by the time you wake up in the morning, you will have a house filled with a beautiful apple-cinnamon scent and warm oatmeal ready for you that is not only delicious, but also healthy, vegan, and gluten-free!

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Paleo Chicken Pad Thai – Inspired by Mariano’s Tastemakers (Chicago Grocery Store)

This fabulous Paleo Chicken Pad Thai recipe is a part of a sponsored shop for Chicago Grocery Store #MyMarianos and #CollectiveBias. I absolutely loved it and I’m sure you will too!

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai - delicious and so easy!

I am a total foodie but I am only now learning how to cook real food (even though I frequent the Chicago Grocery Store but don’t always branch out much in terms of ingredients and cooking…)

It’s true. I’ve done a good amount of baking, both healthy and indulgent recipes, but I haven’t done much cooking of dinner food. It’s true – the main dinners I make are prepared in the Slow Cooker (like this Vegan Butternut Chili, one of my most popular dinner recipes) because it’s my savior and it does not require any cooking knowledge. However with my shift based on my recent dietary preference changes and moving away from sugar addiction, I have made one of my goals for this year to start cooking more food for dinner and lunch as leftovers.

You can only imagine the hours I spend online searching for recipes. But then it’s like how do I even begin? There are so many things I could make. I made a very good Thai Curry Chicken last week with Quinoa pasta and it lasted me most of the week for dinner and lunch. I want to make something else now, but what?

My favorite grocery store, Mariano’s, has a section in their website called Tastemakers where professional Chicago Chefs (aka Tastemakers) share their tips for cooking while shopping at Mariano’s. These are great tips for the aspirational foodie like myself! It’s great because it’s not recipes they focus on, it’s how to make the recipes and what makes their food special. It’s something that is perfect for a beginner cook but also an intermediate one as well. I found the website to act as a wonderful common thread between the amazing Chicago Chefs AND the aspirational foodie.

I watched the videos and got inspired. Some of the Chefs, such as Bill Kim and Rodelio Aglibot, mentioned Asian cuisine and that got me thinking. I want to make something Asian! Then listening to Chef Chris Pandel talk about using Spaghetti Squash as pancakes (how creative is that?!) I knew what I would do! Pad Thai!

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai - delicious and so easy! #MyMarianos #shop

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Most Popular Recipes from 2013

Happy New Year!


I went to a cool NYE party in Navy Pier last night with my friend and got to see the fireworks. It was gorgeous. A new year is always a bittersweet moment – it’s exciting that we are onto a new year, moving forward, full of hope and opportunity. But the nostalgic part of me has a tinge of sadness because it means I am getting older and farther away from the memories I made.

But on a good note, it’s important to learn on everything from the past year and beyond. I do not have new years resolutions but I do set intentions. I think if you do anything with the coming of a new year, you should reflect on the lessons to be learned from the whole year and set intentions to continue learning and growing in the new year. Each year can only be better and better!

So today I wanted to share the popular topic of favorites from the year. Yesterday, my blogger friends and I shared our most important lessons we learned in 2013 and today I wanted to share some of the favorite and popular posts from the year 2013.

Most Popular Recipes from 2013:

Pineapple cupcakes

Pineapple Cupcakes using Greek Yogurt

microwave mug cake Healthy Double Chocolate Protein Mug Cake (gluten free)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Puddings (vegan, gluten free)

lightened up crock pot curry

Crock Pot Sweet and Spicy Veggie Curry (vegan, gluten free)

Red Wine Cupcakes by

Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Red Wine Buttercream Frosting (healthier)

Milky Way Rice Krispies Balls

Milky Way Rice Krispies Balls

Red Velvet Protein Bars by

Easy Homemade Red Velvet Protein Bars


Chocolate Chip Protein Pan-Cookie (gluten-free)

traditional szarlotka

Traditional Szarlotka aka Polish Apple Pie

Snickers Cupcakes - taste just like the candy bar!

Unbelievably Delicious Snickers Cupcakes


Chocolate-Covered Vanilla Coconut Protein Bars


Carrot Coconut Raisin Muffins

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread 

Crock Pot Butternut Chili

Crock Pot Butternut Chili (vegan)

zapiekanka - polish street food

Traditional Zapiekanka aka Toasted Baguette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheese (Polish street food)

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Which of these recipes are you eyeing the most?

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