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WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES


Top down view of this healthy waffle recipe displayed on a wire cooling rack with a carafe of maple syrup, bowl of blueberries, and a cup of coffee

Homemade waffles are one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. There is just something special about a simple morning in the kitchen making waffles with the family, sipping coffee, and singing along to our favorite tunes. I also love making waffles for brunch with family and friends because they’re always a crowd pleaser and setting up a little waffle bar is really fun!


But, even with special and sweet breakfasts, I want to make sure I’m feeding my family a nourishing meal that will keep them full until lunchtime. Enter: whole wheat waffles.


I have played with and tested this whole wheat waffle recipe a lot. This is the best waffle recipe. These waffles are made healthier by using only whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, and Greek yogurt. I have also scaled back the amount of sugar in this waffle batter, creating the perfect waffle for whatever topping(s) you may choose. The perfect way to start your day!


TELL ME ABOUT THIS WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLE RECIPE


Level of difficulty: Making homemade waffles is easy.

Flavor: This healthy waffle recipe has a mild nutty flavor from the flax seed, a light sweetness, and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla that shines through.

Texture: These whole wheat waffles are fluffy, with a soft and chewy interior, and have a thin crispy exterior where the batter touches the waffle iron.

Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 30 minutes to make homemade waffles (however, this time is somewhat dependent on the type and size of your waffle maker). The time noted includes making your batter and cooking your whole wheat waffles in your waffle iron.


A stack of homemade waffles on a plate with additional whole wheat waffles on a cooling rack in the background


3 KEY INGREDIENTS FOR THIS HEALTHY WAFFLE RECIPE


Whole Wheat Flour: this whole wheat waffle recipe uses only whole wheat flour for the batter, resulting in waffles with a higher fiber content! Whole wheat flour contains a greater variety of vitamins and minerals as compared to its white flour counterpart.

Ground Flaxseed: you can use brown or golden ground flax, both taste great in this recipe! I do not recommend putting full flaxseeds into your waffles (it creates a strange texture). I also give you a quantity range for the amount of flax to use. I personally go for the full 1/4C of ground flax when making these waffles, but if you are a little unsure of this ingredient, start with 2 Tablespoons. Flax adds a slight nutty taste to your waffles, along with a whole bunch of nutrients, fiber, and omega-3s!

Greek Yogurt: both plain and vanilla greek yogurt work well in the homemade waffle recipe. Look for a brand that is lower in sugar (we like Chiobani and FAGE).



OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES


  1. Heat your waffle iron: follow the manufacturer directions

  2. Make your batter: start by mixing together your eggs, butter, and sugar. Add in your yogurt, 1/2C water, and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients. Add more water (up to 1/2C) if you need to thin your batter a little bit.

  3. Cook your waffles: using a measuring cup (1/4C or 1/3C depending on the size of your waffle iron), scoop your batter into your waffle iron, and cook per manufacturer directions

  4. Keep finished waffles warm while you cook the rest of the batter: I recommend doing this in the oven, see notes below.

  5. Serve with your favorite toppings: enjoy!


Top down view of a plate of waffles next to a pitcher of maple syrup


COMMON QUESTIONS & TIPS FOR MAKING WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES


Is this batter supposed to be this thick? This whole wheat waffle recipe creates a thick batter, in part due to using yogurt in lieu of a milk. Your batter is thinned down with 1/2C of water. Once you place a scoop of batter into your waffle iron, the weight of the iron will disperse and flatten the batter into a delightfully thick and chewy waffle. However, if after stirring your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients you still feel like your batter is too thick, add more water. I’ve noticed it depends on the type of yogurt I use (some are thicker than others). Use your best judgement, your homemade waffles will turn out just fine!


How do I know when my homemade waffles are done? Follow the instructions on your waffle maker (after using it a few times, you’ll know which setting will give you the desired doneness on your waffles). A good waffle will have a light, golden brown finish to it.


How do I keep the finished waffles warm while I cook the rest of the batter? The best way to do this is by heating your oven to 170-200°F and placing finished waffles in a single layer on a cookie sheet to keep warm. No need to cover your waffles while they are in the oven. You can also take it to the next level by placing a cooling rack within the cookie sheet to allow for more air flow around your waffles. Placing your homemade waffles in a single layer is important for a few reasons: this helps keep the edge of your waffles crisp and interior soft (aka avoid serving a sad, squashed waffle) and also helps reduce the risk of serving soggy waffles (when you stack them, this minimizes the amount of air that can get around the waffles and can allow moisture to build up).


What are the best toppings for whole wheat waffles? This is where you can get creative, and your personal preferences come into play. Topping your whole wheat waffles with butter and maple syrup is a classic combination. You can also top your homemade waffles with berries and whipped cream (no judgements if you add maple syrup to that stack too). I will often make a yogurt and maple syrup blend (for additional protein and probiotics) plus berries. If you’re making this whole wheat waffle recipe as a fun breakfast for kiddos, don’t hesitate to bring out the whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles too. Have fun with it!



EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR MAKING HOMEMADE WAFFLES


A waffle maker is a required piece of equipment for making waffles at home. There are lots of options out there, but I've helped narrow it down for you here if you're in the market:

  • We have loved our 4-Slice Calphalon waffle iron that we got for our wedding. While the exact model that we have is no longer available new, you can get this Calphalon 2-Slice Waffle Maker which is highly rated.

  • If you want a 4-Slice waffle maker, this Breville 4-Slice Waffle maker gets high marks from a variety of sources

  • If you'd prefer a round-shaped waffle, this All Clad Classic Round Waffle Maker is very highly rated and gets top marks from multiple sources as well


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