Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
Tips for Making Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
- You don’t need a fancy waffle iron to make great waffles. I use this simple and cheap Oster waffle iron and it’s been making waffles weekly for almost 10 years!
- Waffles freeze really well! If you have a few leftover waffles after making this recipe just pop them in a gallon size freezer bag and put in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Ingredients for Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- I’ve used all kinds of whole wheat flour, white whole wheat seems to create a more fluffy waffle than the other varieties. Any wheat flour will work, if you make this with a gluten free flour be sure to let me know how it worked! I have not tried gluten free flours with this recipe.
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- We only drink whole milk in our house so that’s what I use, I’m sure it would work with whatever milk you have on hand.
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- I’ve used vanilla greek yogurt and it worked just as well. The key is for it to be a thick consistency so you don’t add too much liquid to the batter.
- 1/4 cup carrot/sweet potato puree –
- If you don’t have homemade veggie purees on hand (homemade baby food) just grab a small can of sweet potato or carrot baby food at the grocery store. You only need 1/4 cup so one small can will work!
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- Wheat germ adds some fiber and other nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
Yield 6 large waffles
These healthy whole wheat waffles are packed with protein, hidden pureed veggies, oil free, and naturally sweetened with honey. The perfect healthy breakfast for your kids and family.
- 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 batter. Mine takes around 1/2 cup of batter. I learned that my waffle iron takes longer than normal to make the waffles good and brown on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside. You will have to experiment with yours to get the perfect done-ness.
- Serve with pure maple syrup, bananas or other fruit toppings!
- 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! If you don't have time to make your own puree grab a can of baby food at the grocery store.
- Add in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips to the batter for a sweeter waffle.
More Healthy Breakfast Ideas
- Overnight Oats
- I love starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Some days are busier than others and when I know I’m going to have a rushed morning I prep my favorite overnight oats the night before. I have three different versions of healthy overnight oats on the blog: Chocolate Almond Overnight Oats, Orange Coconut Overnight Oats and Lemon Berry Overnight Oats.
- Egg Cups
- I’m a huge fan of baking egg “muffins” or mini crustless quiches in the beginning of the week and having them on hand to reheat all week long. They are the perfect protein packed breakfast on the go. I have three variations of egg cups: Zucchini, Onion, Pancetta and Egg Quinoa Cups, Mushroom and Sun-dried Tomato Egg Bites and Chiles Rellenos Egg Cups.
- Sausage & Veggie Hash
- I’m so in love with this sweet potato and sausage breakfast hash. It’s one of my favorite meals and I cook it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Adding the fried egg on top with a runny yolk makes it rich and delicious. My mouth might be watering as I type. 😉