I'm always looking for healthier breakfast option to feed my kids, It seems like we eat way too much sugary cereal around here, can anyone relate? I'm about at my wits end with kids and food, June seems to refuse everything but graham crackers and Max is asking for fruit snacks as soon as he wakes up! I actually thought I might try emptying my house of all snack like foods so they aren't even an option and just offering them fruits and healthier snacks for like two weeks and see if I can break the junk food cycle we have some how gotten on. However great of an idea it sound I haven't done it yet because I know I'll have to endure a lot of screaming, whining and crying. Oh my. One thing I know I can get them to eat is waffles and these whole wheat waffles have some hidden veggies and are delicious.
This recipe is still great even if you don't add in the pureed veggies and it doesn't have any regular sugar in it, just honey & applesauce. I took these photos a few months ago (as a blogger sometimes you get behind on posting!) and I'm sitting here thinking I haven't made them since then! I know what we'll be having for breakfast tomorrow. :)
Whole Wheat Wafflesby
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt (or vanilla- I just use what I have)
- 1/4 cup carrot/sweet potato puree
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat waffle iron. Using a stand mixer mix together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & wheat germ. Add the wet ingredients: vanilla, honey, applesauce, eggs, puree, yogurt, & milk. When adding wet ingredients mix between each addition.
- Spray waffle iron with oil and depending on your waffle iron add the correct amount of waffle mix. I learned that my waffle iron takes longer than normal to make the waffles good and brown on the outside, but they are still nice and fluffy on the inside. You will have to experiment with yours to get the perfect done-ness.
- A note about the puree, I will cut up a bunch of carrots and a sweet potato or two and steam them and then puree them in a blender, after that I keep them in 1/4 cup increments in the freezer and pull them out when I feel like I can add them to a recipe. Pretty much anything baked I can pop them in, or spaghetti sauce or quesadillas, etc. It may not be a lot but every little bit of veggies helps!
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I love waffles and if I'm feeling really indulgent I'll toss some mini chocolate chips into the batter, a total childhood favorite of mine. :) Whats your favorite breakfast? I'm always looking for better-for-you options to feed my kids and I'd love to hear your ideas!