Healthy AND Delicious Waffles!

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Sometimes on the weekends, or even the weekdays I really crave something other than my usual oatmeal with fruit, yogurt with fruit and granola, or smoothie for breakfast. Growing up, my dad would make my sister and me waffles or pancakes every single Sunday. It was something that Alie and I would look forward to each week, and we had so much fun helping our dad in the kitchen. On Holidays, like Christmas, my dad would even try to make a Santa shaped pancake adorned with red and green sprinkles! So, waffles and pancakes definitely remind me of some great memories. 

I've been looking for a healthier waffle/pancake recipe for awhile now since we would just use the Bisquik mix growing up, which is loaded with sodium! Thanks to Lisa Leake's blog 100 Days of Real Food, I think I've found myself a winner - woohooo!

You'll obviously need a waffle iron for this recipe, so if you don't have one, click HERE to check out one that got good reviews. The other ingredients that you'll need for this recipe are:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk (I used 1%, but you can use whatever you'd like, even thick buttermilk for added creaminess)
  • 1/4 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour (I used Trader Joe's white whole-wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • A splash of vanilla extract 
  • Warmed 100% pure maple syrup for serving (Trader Joes and Target usually have good prices)
  • Fresh fruit for serving (my favorites are blueberries and bananas)

Once you have all of your ingredients, the steps are pretty simple!

  1. Preheat your waffle iron
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda until combined. 
  3. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lump disappear. 
  4. When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter (or cooking spray) and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron. Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3-4 minutes). 
  5. Keep the waffles warm under some foil until you finish cooking them all. Top with pure maple syrup and fruit. 

Voila, you have delicious and healthy waffles to enjoy! You could also make a batch of these on Sundays to freeze and eat throughout the week. They make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast with some almond butter or peanut butter spread on top with a sliced banana!

Did you grow up eating waffles and pancakes on the weekends with family? Or do you have a favorite go-to recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Jenna