Healthy Whole Grain Waffles

 Healthy Whole Grain Waffles

Here’s a little-known fact about yours truly: until today, I’d never, ever, cooked a waffle. I know!! Apparently I had been so successful at cozying myself up under my lovely pancake-frenzied rock, that I failed to see the joys inherent in the world of waffles.

Well, that and the fact that I’ve never owned a waffle iron.

Tunnel vision and ill-equipment aside, a little ray of waffle-sunshine shone down on me this week as I found out that my brother actually owns an ever-evasive waffle-contraption, and was beyond willing to send it home with me. Eek!

Borrow it, I did, and two days later (i.e. this morning), I whipped up my first batch of the little beauties. I opted for a whole grain batter, and loved the fact that, unlike pancakes, I didn’t have to cook them in any butter. By using the non-stick iron, the waffles came out fairly easily without any additional grease. And despite being choc full of whole grains, they were surprisingly light and fluffy!

The extent to which I get excited about new food experiments actual borders on pathetic, but so be it. I’m old enough not to care.

I’m already fantasizing about new and interesting combinations; both sweet and savoury.

But for now:

 Healthy Whole Grain Waffles

Healthy Whole Grain Waffles

Adapted from allrecipes

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups nut or soy milk (I used chocolate Coconut Dream)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup kefir (or yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 old fashioned oats
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
 Healthy Whole Grain Waffles

Directions
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, kefir, and vanilla.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, flax seed meal, wheat germ, oats, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until well combined, but don’t over mix.
4. Preheat a waffle iron (if need be, lightly grease the iron). Pour batter into waffle iron in batches, and cook until crisp and golden brown. You can keep your cooked waffles in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a very low oven, while you finish the cooking process.
5. Serve with pure maple syrup, blueberry sauce, cacao bliss, fresh fruit, frozen yogurt, or whatever your heart desires!

 Healthy Whole Grain Waffles

These would stand up well to freezing and reheating in the toaster. Move aside, cardboard Eggos.

For a more savory take on waffles, how about trying my Waffle “BLT”s?

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