Quick Bread

Easy Whole Wheat Waffles

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Waffles have always been one of my favorite breakfast foods. Whether covered in fruit and homemade whipped cream or just topped with butter and syrup, waffles are easy and delicious. I gave these Belgian waffles a healthier twist by making them 100% whole wheat. Top them with peanut butter and applesauce for a yummy, filling breakfast. Enjoy!

Belgian Waffle on a plate

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

Yield: 6 waffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fluffy, crispy whole wheat waffles are the perfect healthy breakfast (or dinner)!

Ingredients

  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil (can also use vegetable oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat Belgian waffle maker.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix all of the wet ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
  4. Gently mix wet and dry ingredients until combined and no large lumps remain.
  5. Pour ~1/2 cup batter into your waffle maker (be careful not to overfill) and cook until golden brown and crispy.

Notes

For added flavor, melted butter can be substituted for coconut oil. It will, however, result in a slightly softer waffle.

If you don't have buttermilk on hand, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to your glass liquid measuring cup. Then fill to the 2 cup mark and let sit a couple of minutes before using.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information is an estimate only.

Storage

Whole wheat waffles can be stored for 3-4 days in the fridge and 3-4 months in the freezer. To store waffles in the freezer, place them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag and make sure to remove as much air as possible. The best way to heat up cold or frozen waffles is to place them in the toaster for several minutes until they are heated through, and the outside is crispy.

What’s the Difference Between Waffles and Pancakes?

Waffles vs. pancakes has been hotly debated. I won’t tell you where I fall in the debate, but let’s talk about what makes waffles and pancakes so different.

Ingredients

Pancake and waffle batters have essentially the same ingredients. They typically contain flour, sugar, leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda), salt, liquid, eggs, and fat (butter or vegetable oil). However, waffles and pancakes have some differences in the amount of each ingredient.

While pancake and waffles ingredients are pretty much the same, waffles typically contain more fat and more sugar. The added fat and sugar mean that waffles tend to have a browner, crispier crust than pancakes do.

How They’re Cooked

While the slight differences in the ingredients in pancakes and waffles are a piece of what makes waffles and pancakes different, the main difference is in how they’re cooked.

Even if the same batter is used, pancakes and waffles will be very different in terms of their texture. Pancakes are cooked on a flat, hot surface, while waffles are essentially “fried” though they are cooked in hot-oil-covered metal instead of hot oil. This leads to pancakes having two caramelized sides with a fluffy, spongy interior. In contrast, waffles have more cooking surface, so they are more caramelized and crips with less fluffy interior than pancakes.

Either way, you can’t go wrong whether you’re whipping up a batch of pancakes or waffles. If you can’t decide, make both!

If you made this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Please leave a review or a comment letting me know how things turned out. Happy baking!

Hello! I'm Nichole and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I have a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science and a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I love cooking, baking and anything food related. I look forward to teaching you more about food and sharing my favorite recipes with you. Enjoy!

1 Comment

  1. I can’t blink my eyes after looking at these recipe. It looks so tempting. Thanks a lot for sharing us these wonderful recipe. I definitely try this at my home and will share my reviews with you.

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