Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Fresh pumpkin adds a double-whammy of nutrition and flavor to these quick and delicious waffles. The secret ingredients - cornstarch and a whipped egg white - make them light and fluffy. A great breakfast for both weekends and weekdays alike!

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Guys. I did it.

I broke out the pumpkin.

I am so ashamed.

YES, it is still 90-some degrees outside in the veritable swamp that is summer in DC. NO, the Gregorian calendar by which we live our days has not yet marked the turn of seasons. But... the PSL is out... and my inner basic betch is yearning to be freed... and I was super-duper hungover on a Wednesday (yes, Wednesday) morning... and then this happened.

And it was worth. every. shameful. glare.*

*Mostly from my roommate, Lexi, who is not yet ready to release her death grip on the summer sunshine. My other roommate, Osana, had purchased a PSL of her own the day before and cheered on my efforts wholeheartedly.

But LOOK, guys, look at that strawberry! Summer fruit! I'm still seasonal! As shitty people often say, it's the thought that counts!!

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

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To make these waffles, you will need:
- 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t baking soda
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1 T vegetable oil
- 5 T pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
- 1/4 cup milk (I used non-dairy)
- 1 egg (separated)
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 T granulated sugar

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First, turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat. Next, mix your dry ingredients together in a medium bowl: your flour, spices, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda. Set this aside.

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Next, grab a smaller bowl and mix together your buttermilk, milk, egg yolk, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla. Set this aside.

In a small bowl, beat your egg white with a mixer (or your hand, if your jonesing for a tricep workout at this hour of the AM) until it forms soft peaks. Mix in your sugar and beat until combined.

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Now, let's put it all together! Pour the wet ingredient mixture into your dry ingredients and whisk just until combined. Dollop the egg white mousse into the mixture, and fold it in gently. Now, you're ready to waffle!

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Spray your heated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray, and make your waffles one at a time. Serve up with butter, syrup, and perhaps a fancily-sliced strawberry if that's the kind of person you are! And coffee. ALWAYS COFFEE.

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PS: Doing trivia and drinking heavily on a Tuesday night and coming home at 12:30 AM is a great idea - for anyone who doesn't have a regular job with regular hours. Like I do. I have that job. I had to be online early. It was hard. Don't be like me.

XOXO,
Jess