People of all ages love waffles! At Brightview New Canaan, residents have Waffle Wednesday celebrations! As we grow older, it is important that we don’t give up our favorite foods but add in healthy, beneficial alternatives! Here are three healthy waffle recipes in honor of International Waffle Day.
Multi – Grain Waffles, by Eating Well
- 2 cups buttermilk
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ⅔ cup whole-wheat flour
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup toasted wheat germ, or cornmeal
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Mix buttermilk and oats in a medium bowl; let stand for 15 minutes.
- Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat germ (or cornmeal), baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Stir eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla into the oat mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened.
- Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Spoon in enough batter to cover three-fourths of the surface (about ⅔ cup for an 8-by-8-inch waffle iron).
- Cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
Healthy Quinoa Protein Waffles, by Desserts with Benefits
- ¼ cup Quinoa Flour
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 scoop Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- 3 packets Natural Sweetener (stevia, Truvia, etc.)
- 1 Large Egg White
- ¼ tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
- 1 tbs Unsweetened Applesauce
- ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk
- Preheat your waffle iron to medium/high heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the quinoa flour, protein powder, sweetener, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg white, and applesauce. Dump the dry over the wet and whisk together.
- Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour half of the batter into the waffle maker and cook for 30 seconds. Flip upside down and cook for ~2 minutes. Flip back upright and check on the doneness, cook additional time if needed (it took me 3-4 minutes total for each waffle).Douse with maple syrup and enjoy!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles, by The Healthy Maven
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 large banana, mashed
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine oat flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl combine banana, coconut oil, egg, almond milk and vanilla.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Let mixture sit for 5 mins.
- Heat up waffle maker and spray or brush with coconut oil.
- Add additional almond milk to mixture if too thick (no more than a 1/4 cup).
- Add a 1/3 cup of batter to your waffle maker and cook according to waffle maker instructions.
- Repeat until all batter is used – will make 4-5 waffles depending on size of waffle maker.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup, nut butter or toppings of choice.
Have your own favorite waffle recipe? Try these simple healthy alternatives without having to change your entire breakfast!*
- Substitute all-purpose flour for whole grain flour.
- Utilize egg whites instead of whole eggs, reducing the fat, cholesterol and caloric value of this dish.
- Add fruit, such as banana and nuts or seeds to your waffle batter
- These additions will increase the waffles' healthy fats, vitamins, fiber and minerals. Your average 6 inch waffle has rel approximately 220 calories.