A leisurely breakfast is the ultimate symbol of luxury. It means a slow and gentle start to the day; a morning of lie-ins, no alarms, no urgency, nowhere to be. It was the best thing about post-finals life. There was such a novelty about being able to wake naturally, fully refreshed, not feeling tired from the moment I opened my eyes ; I could take my time, and eat my breakfast of choice in PJs on my window seat, soaking up the sunshine and watching the world go by.

I made waffles for the first time the night the lawyers finished finals. It was in the middle of a June heatwave, and I excitedly unwrapped my new waffle maker as the hot afternoon gave way to a balmy evening. I was envisaging a quiet night, experimenting with my new gadget, but conceded to a game of croquet with the jubilant lawyers and before I knew it we were all lying on the croquet lawn amidst empty bottles of champagne, laughing up at the sky as the long evening light faded to star-studded blackness. The waffle batter was forgotten until I returned to my room in the early hours and decided it was a perfect time to make waffles. Until it wasn’t, and I slept instead.

My waffle-making and I have come a long way since that first hedonistic experiment, but now that the highs and lows that made up Oxford life are a thing of the past, waffles serve as an eternal testament to post-finals champagne-filled summer nights and getting up at midday for pimms parties and punting (do I sound pretentious yet?). It was a luxurious time after the never ending nightmare of finals, and waffles will always taste like that feeling now. If you need a moment of luxury, make these. Invite friends round for brunch. And don’t forget the champagne.

Makes 4 waffles (perfect for 2 people)


  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice e.g. maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, regular sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 250ml unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 140g wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla essence, and any other spices or flavours desired
  • suggested toppings: seeds, chopped nuts, fruit, yogurt, more maple syrup etc


  1. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the sweetener, oil, almond milk and vanilla.
  2. Gradually add the wet to the dry and whisk well, ensuring there are no lumps. Don’t worry that the mixture is a little runny
  3. Put the mixture in the fridge for five minutes and heat the waffle iron.
  4. Pour the batter into your waffle maker and cook according to manufacturers instructions, then add toppings and serve!

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