When it comes to waffles, I think it’s about time we moved past the standard butter-and-syrup routine. (Though that’s certainly delicious, too.) With a honeycomb pattern and fluffy-sweet taste, a plain waffle brings something quirky and special to the plate. Try our top-rated waffle recipes as the base.

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Bacon and Cheese Waffles

Including bacon and cheese in the waffle batter makes an all-in-one breakfast flavor. Freeze extras to reheat another day. —MarGenne Rowley, Oasis, Utah Get Recipe

Golden Buttermilk Waffles

You won’t get any complaints from family or friends when you stack up these golden waffles for breakfast! —Kim Branges, Grand Canyon, Arizona Get Recipe

Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

This is so delicious! Bring a flourish to the breakfast table with these unique and flavorful waffle. —Brandi Davis, Pullman, Washington Get Recipe

Family-Favorite Oatmeal Waffles

These healthful, good-tasting waffles are a tried-and-true family favorite—even with our two children. My husband and I have a small herd of beef cattle and some pigs. A hearty breakfast really gets us going! —Marna Heitz, Farley, Iowa Get Recipe

Peaches ‘n’ Cream Waffle Dippers

I’ve prepared these for many brunches—peaches are my favorite, but you can use strawberries or blueberries. People of all ages enjoy dunking crispy waffle strips into creamy dip. —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Scottsdale, Arizona Get Recipe

Fluffy Waffles

A friend shared this fluffy waffle recipe with me a few years ago. The cinnamon cream syrup is a nice change from maple syrup, and it keeps quite well in the fridge. Our two children also like it on toast. —Amy Gilles, Ellsworth, Wisconsin Get Recipe

Gingerbread Belgian Waffles

I like to combine the sweet and spicy taste of gingerbread with the cool and dreamy taste of cream cheese frosting. It’s a heavenly way to start the day! —Jannine Fisk, Malden, Massachusetts Get Recipe

Hawaiian Waffles

I created this waffle recipe to recapture the memorable tropical tastes we enjoyed while visiting Hawaii. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon Get Recipe

Pecan Wheat Waffles

Your bunch will say a big “yes” to breakfast when these wonderful waffles are on the menu. —Susan Bell, Spruce Pine, North Carolina Get Recipe

Gingerbread Buttermilk Waffles

We created this recipe so folks could enjoy the festive flavor of gingerbread at breakfast. For a pretty look, sprinkle the waffles with confectioners’ sugar.— Taste of Home Test Kitchen Get Recipe

So why not add wild toppings to make your meal downright fun? Or try unexpected batters and over-the-top spreads that’ll make your loved ones grin? I’ve ironed out the best toppings, from savory to sweet-plus a few unexpected ideas for wow-worthy waffles to get you started.

1. Make ’em healthy

Waffles don’t necessarily need to be mounded with butter and sugary syrups to be delicious. Lighten them up with a whole-grain batter, fresh toppings and nutrient-rich ingredients and they go from weekend indulgence to weekday jump-starter. Try these handpicked ideas:

  • Greek yogurt with honey and blueberries
  • Almond butter, sliced apples and honey
  • Vanilla yogurt, granola and raspberries
  • Fried egg, avocado and pico de gallo
  • Sliced kiwi, pineapple segments and toasted coconut
  • Applesauce, cinnamon and chopped walnuts

2. Go savory for dinner

Who says the waffle fun has to stop at breakfast? I love the idea of sandwiching hearty ingredients between two waffles for a filling lunch or serving them with creamy sauce for dinner. These savory topping ideas make the case for digging into waffles well past morning hours.

  • Pork chops, sliced pears and maple syrup
  • Sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and shredded Parmesan
  • Sweet corn and spicy maple syrup
  • Corn bread waffles with chili, cheddar cheese and sour cream
  • Fried chicken with Sriracha honey
  • Fried chicken, avocado, salsa and jalapeno syrup
  • Goat cheese and balsamic syrup
  • Barbecue pulled pork with tangy coleslaw
  • Creamy chicken-spinach sauce
  • Sliced deli chicken, cheddar, mayo and sliced apple
  • Bacon, lettuce and tomato (slider style!)

3. Add toppings that are completely over-the-top

For those days where more is definitely more, load up your waffles with indulgent ingredients you can drizzle, sprinkle and top to your heart’s content. I think they’re just perfect for a birthday or special occasion-but we won’t judge if you dig in on any plain weekday, too.

  • The Elvis: Peanut butter, sliced bananas, bacon strips
  • The Sundae: Ice cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top
  • The S’more: Marshmallow fluff, crumbled graham crackers and chocolate sauce
  • The Southern Comfort: Macaroni and cheese with crumbled bacon
  • The Hawaiian: Crushed pineapple, sweetened shredded coconut and macadamia nuts
  • The Chocolate-Banana Blaster: Sliced bananas, hot fudge sauce, chocolate chips
  • The Sweet & Nutty: Nutella, sliced strawberries and pistachios
  • The Lox Lover’s: Cream cheese, lox and capers
  • The Benedict: Canadian bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce

4. Get creative with the batter

Instead of focusing largely on the toppings, one of my favorite things to do is use unique ingredients in place of the plain waffle batter. With a little non-stick grease, anything from brownie batter to leftover mashed potatoes can be made into waffles. Start with these fun twists.

  • Chocolate brownie waffle sundaes
  • Tater tots, topped with cheddar, jalapenos and diced tomatoes
  • Falafel-mix base, topped with tzatziki, tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley
  • Mashed potato waffles with cheddar and chives
  • Red velvet cake batter with coconut syrup
  • Hashbrown waffles with fried egg, salsa and guacamole
  • Biscuit dough with mozzarella, pepperoni and pizza sauce
  • Sugar cookie waffles, sprinkled with powdered sugar

5. Let your guests decide

The best waffle toppings are the ones that are made just for you. Get inspired by New York’s waffle food trucks: Set up a waffle bar and let brunch guests go wild with their waffle creations. Place a platter of ready-made waffles surrounded by bowls of fun toppings at your next brunch party. With these topping ideas, you’ve pretty much got endless combos for fun.

  • Drizzles: Maple syrup, honey, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce and fruit syrups like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and more.
  • Spreads: Whipped butter, peanut butter, Nutella, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream and yogurt.
  • Sprinkler: Powdered sugar, granola, rainbow sprinkles, bacon crumbles and chopped nuts like macadamias, pecans, walnuts and pistachios.
  • Fruit: Sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, sliced peaches, sliced kiwi and diced apples.

Drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a pat of butter, waffles are hard to resist. And with homemade, from a mix and frozen options, you can enjoy this satisfying breakfast on lazy weekend mornings as well as when you’re rushing out the door for work or school. But as much as the butter and syrup combo is a good one, it’s really just one way to top your waffles.

These 11 recipes for waffle toppings will get you excited for breakfast again. Each one is quick and easy and they all work equally well with homemade, from a mix or frozen waffles. Whole wheat or whole grain versions will make for an especially hearty and healthy breakfast. Of course, with toppings this enticing, you may want to enjoy waffles for lunch, dinner or even dessert.

Waffles with strawberries, yogurt and chia seedsLauren Salkeld

The recipes here are designed to serve four people with each person getting two waffles, but feel free to scale the quantities up or down as needed. If you’re making waffles from scratch or with a mix, you may find it easier to prepare them first and keep them warm in a 200 degree F oven while you work on your toppings. All that’s left is to waffle over which recipe to make first!

1. Strawberries, yogurt and chia seeds: Cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Top each serving with thinly sliced strawberries and a large dollop of low-fat Greek yogurt. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and sprinkle with chia seeds.

2. Cinnamon roll: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, 4 teaspoons vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until smooth and syrup-like. Add 2 tablespoons raisins and the zest of 1 lemon (optional) and stir for another 30 seconds. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Drizzle the cinnamon roll syrup over the waffles.

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3. Ricotta, mascarpone and berries: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta, 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese and 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar. Cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the ricotta mixture among the waffles, top with fresh berries and drizzle with honey or maple syrup.

4. Chili: On the stove or in the microwave, heat 1 (14.7-ounce) can or 2 cups homemade meat or vegetarian chili. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions and assemble your favorite chili toppings, such as chopped scallions, grated cheese and sour cream. Divide the hot chili among the waffles and serve with the toppings alongside.

Elvis waffles with peanut butter, banana and baconLauren Salkeld

5. The Elvis (peanut butter, banana and bacon):Peel 2 bananas and cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cook 4 slices of bacon until crispy then let cool and cut each slice in half crosswise. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each waffle then top with bacon and bananas.

6. Spinach, egg and cheese: In a medium skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add 5 large handfuls of baby spinach and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, poach 4 large eggs and cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the spinach among the waffles, top each serving with 1 poached egg and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Waffles with apples and pecansLauren Salkeld

7. Apple and pecan: Peel, core and thinly slice 2 apples. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the apples and 2 tablespoons brown sugar and sauté until the apples are soft but not falling apart, 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the apple slices and any liquid from the pan among the waffles and sprinkle each serving with chopped, toasted pecans.

8. Sausage and pepper: In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, sauté 4 chopped breakfast sausage links (or your favorite precooked sausage) for 5 minutes. Add 1 sliced bell pepper and sauté until softened, 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Season the sausage mixture with salt and pepper, divide among the waffles and drizzle with maple syrup.

Waffles with broccoli and cheeseLauren Salkeld

9. Broccoli and cheese: In a foil-lined baking dish, toss 4 cups of small broccoli florets with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree F oven until starting to brown, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the broccoli with about 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese and return to the oven to melt the cheese for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the broccoli and cheese among the waffles.

10. Avocado and egg: Halve and pit 2 ripe avocados then spoon the flesh into a small bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and crushed red pepper to taste, and gently mash everything together. Fry 4 large eggs and cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the avocado mixture among the waffles, top each serving with 1 fried egg and season to taste with salt and pepper.

11. Nutella and mango: Peel 2 mangoes then cut them into long, thin wedges. Cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Spread about 1 tablespoon Nutella on each waffle then top with mango slices.

This article was originally published Mar. 2, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. ET.

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4.8 from 12 reviews

Super easy healthy homemade waffles with whole wheat flour your kids will love! Double the batch, toast frozen for healthy breakfasts and snacks.

Are Waffles Healthy?

I stopped buying waffles since we started eating primarily real food because Eggo belongs to a chemistry lab and not my freezer.

There is even colour in those waffles but they are “a source of 9 essential vitamins and minerals”. Wow, really?! Thank you! Kellogg’s also suggests to pair them with a glass of GMO milk to provide “a complete and balanced breakfast”. Double thanks!

Then I found organic waffles but the cost prevented me from buying them. My boys LOVE waffles (what kids don’t?!) and will eat that $5 box for breakfast. I always kept thinking “Not a necessity, next time. I’d rather buy a bag of organic apples with saved money”.

One day, I got so tired of boys begging for waffles, I wiped years worth of dust off my over decade old waffle maker, cleaned out the pantry ingredients and made these applesauce waffles. Then I made them again and stocked my freezer.

Whoa, this is cheap and easy! Since then, me and my waffle maker have regular dates. My latest creation is this amazing healthy waffle recipe, followed by protein waffles. Thick, crunchy on the outside and a bit chewy, healthy waffles keep me sane on many mornings.

How to Make Healthy Waffles

  1. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add milk, maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla, baking powder and salt; whisk until well combined. Add whole wheat flour, mix well.
  2. Preheat waffle maker and make waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Amount of batter depends on the size of your waffle maker. I have similar to this non-stick one and used about 1/3 cup batter per waffle. If your waffle maker is cast iron you might have to spray it with cooking spray to prevent waffles from sticking but maybe not since batter has enough oil. Try one and see how it comes out.
  3. To freeze, let waffles cool for 10 – 15 minutes, then place in a resealable Ziploc bag, let as much air out as possible, seal and freeze. Call me crazy but I also wash, dry and reuse not heavily soiled bags. I wouldn’t save a bag from meat or fish but from waffles why not?!

Healthy Waffle Toppings:

  • Maple syrup. Again, Aunt Jemima belongs to a chemical lab – ingredient #1 “glucose”. Spend a few more $s and buy full of vitamins and nutrients maple syrup. Your kids will not notice the difference. Just tell them not to pour like cheap pancake syrup.:)
  • Yogurt. When I have time I make yogurt in Instant Pot (if you make Greek yogurt, leftover whey makes amazing healthy pancakes) or buy plain whole milk yogurt. I shoot for local, organic or grass-fed, no added sugar. Maple syrup on top and it’s a creamy heaven!
  • Frozen fruit. Costco is amazing for affordable organic berries and fruit. Thaw it a bit and its juices will blend beautifully with yogurt and maple syrup “streams”.

Healthy Waffle Recipe

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4.8 from 12 reviews

Super easy healthy homemade waffles with whole wheat flour your kids will love! Double the batch, toast frozen for healthy breakfasts and snacks.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Maker
  • Cuisine: North American

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1 1/2 cups any milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, (butter is OK)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add milk, maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla, baking powder and salt; whisk until well combined. Add whole wheat flour, mix well.
  2. Preheat waffle maker and make waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Amount of batter depends on the size of your waffle maker. I have similar to this non-stick one and used about 1/3 cup batter per waffle. If your waffle maker is cast iron you might have to spray it with cooking spray to prevent waffles from sticking but maybe not since batter has enough oil. Try one and see how it comes out.

Store: Refrigerate in air circulating container for up to a week.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely, and freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Reheat in a toaster.

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9 Healthier Waffles That Will Put ‘Em Back on Your Breakfast Radar

Of all the breakfast foods we love (dang, there are so many), waffles tend to get forgotten on the #healthyish eating spectrum. Sure, protein pancakes are awesome, and you can never go wrong with eggs. But waffles are just as tasty, and with a few key toppings and swaps (that aren’t just leaving out Aunt Jemima), they don’t even have to be loaded with sugar. We’ve rounded up recipes that prove waffles can be a part of any healthy lifestyle, whether you’re a chocolate fan, a fruit fanatic, or more of a savory eater. Mix up the batter, pour it in a waffle maker, and breakfast can be ready in 20 minutes. Fancy (looking) breakfast + minimal work involved = our fave.

1. Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles

These light and fluffy waffles look gorgeous (thanks, blueberries) and are packed with better-for-you ingredients, from Greek yogurt to whole-wheat flour and flaxseed meal. Protein, whole grains, and no toppings needed (except maybe some more berries) make for a nutritious and easy breakfast.

2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles

Oatmeal is a hearty and healthy breakfast staple, so it’s no surprise it rocks in waffle form too. Blend oats to make oat flour, then mix with the rest of the dry and wet ingredients, including coconut oil, banana, and egg. Mini chocolate chips make them sweet enough to eat on their own, but feel free to top with a tablespoon of maple syrup or nut butter.

3. Apple Cinnamon Whole-Wheat Waffles

Minimal cleanup is a blessing, especially on mornings when you’re cutting it a tad close to running-out-the-door level speed. These blender waffles leave you with just one dish to clean. Pour the batter directly into the waffle maker after blending, and you’re done.

4. Vanilla Protein Waffles

Vanilla protein powder takes the place of flour in this simple recipe; mix with egg whites, baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, then top with your favorite fruit, nut butter, or maple syrup. Blueberries and strawberries are classic choices, but any kind of berries, peaches, or even sliced apple would work too.

5. Sweet Potato Waffles With Avocado and Egg

Wondering what to do with those leftover mashed sweet potatoes you made for dinner a few nights ago? Turn them into breakfast! Sweet potato waffles make a perfect savory base for a runny fried egg, a scoop of mashed avocado (a.k.a. the lazy person’s guacamole), and sliced red onions. So long, boring toast; we’ve got waffles now.

6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles

Between the months of August and October, pumpkins are basically rock stars. Pumpkin-flavored lattes, pancakes, cereal, and on and on show up everywhere. Satisfy that sweet craving any time of year with these easy pumpkin waffles made with pumpkin purée, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, pumpkin spice, and gluten-free flour.

7. Peanut Butter Waffles

It wouldn’t be a breakfast roundup without some sort of peanut butter dish. This one has just five ingredients: egg whites, PB, oatmeal flour, coconut milk, and baking powder. When you have a little more time than it takes to slap together some peanut butter toast, whip these sweet waffles up instead.

8. Zucchini Cheddar Whole-Wheat Waffles

Savory, cheesy, and loaded with veggies… these are definitely not your mama’s waffles. Make ’em ahead of time, pop them in the microwave or toaster in the a.m., and top with a crispy, crumbled slice of bacon.

9. Double-Chocolate Banana Waffles

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips are all you need to make these waffles look extra decadent. Add ripe bananas for even more sweetness and flavor. Eggs, almond flour, and vanilla extract round things out.

Finally a delicious Healthy Blueberry Waffle with 100% whole grain flours and no refined sugar or butter. Don’t forget to make extra, so you can eat healthy waffles all week! This blueberry waffle recipe is about to become a staple in your house. Breakfast is served!

Best Day Ever

TBT to that one time I got two waffle makers for Christmas. That was the best day ever.

If you looked in my pantry you would think the amount of kitchen gadgets and gizmos I own is a bit absurd. From the spiralizers (yes, plural), to the waffle makers, to a high-speed blender and food processor, I’ve got myself a pretty hefty collection of small kitchen appliances. But one of my most used kitchen gadgets is definitely the waffle maker. If you don’t have one, now is the time! Because it means you’ll be whipping up a batch (or 4) of these delish blueberry waffles.

Blueberry Waffle Ingredients

Now, back to these waffles. The ingredient list is short, and you likely have most (if not all!) of the ingredients on hand in your kitchen right now:

  • White whole wheat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Mashed banana
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Unsweetened almond milk

How to Make Healthy Blueberry Waffles

There really isn’t anything better than blueberry waffles for breakfast…AMIRIGHT? I always like to make a triple batch and freeze a bunch so that I have some for later in the week. These waffles reheat perfectly in the toaster! Ok, let’s get into it:

Step 1: First, preheat your waffle iron to medium heat.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Then add wet ingredients, minus the coconut oil.

Step 3: Partially melt the coconut oil and add that to the batter. I microwave my coconut oil for about 20 seconds to partially melt it. Then, mix into the batter until smooth.

Step 4: Spray waffle iron with coconut oil cooking spray on both sides. Then, scoop in about 2/3 cup of batter. Close the waffle iron, flip, and let cool for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Step 5: Enjoy!

More Waffle Recipes

  • Protein Waffles
  • Healthy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Waffles
  • Simple Gluten Free Waffles

Recipe

Healthy Blueberry Waffle Recipe

Finally a delicious Healthy Blueberry Waffle with 100% whole grain flours and no refined sugar or butter. Don’t forget to make extra, so you can eat healthy waffles all week! This blueberry waffle recipe is about to become a staple in your house. Breakfast is served!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Author: Lee Hersh Yield: 4 waffles 1x Category: Breakfast Method: Waffle Iron Cuisine: American

Dry

  • 1.5 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Wet

  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk**
  1. First, preheat your waffle iron to medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Then add wet ingredients, minus the coconut oil.
  3. Partially melt the coconut oil and add that to the batter. I microwave my coconut oil for about 20 seconds. Mix until smooth.
  4. Spray waffle iron with coconut oil cooking spray on both sides. Then, scoop in about 2/3 cup of batter. Close the waffle iron, flip, and let cool for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Notes

**The batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter, but not too thick! Start with 3/4 cup of almond milk and add a tablespoon at a time if it’s too thick.
***To make pancakes: add about 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup more almond milk to thin the batter out a little bit. Cook over medium heat for about 1.5 minutes per side.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 353
  • Sugar: 23
  • Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 56
  • Fiber: 8
  • Protein: 11

Blender Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles cheer, “Weeeeeeeekend!!” Those lightly crisp outsides, tender, fluffy insides, and pockets so clearly intended for filling with melty butter and ripples of pure maple syrup make any morning instantly special. Waffles have the vibe of being more effort than pancakes, so they leave you feeling pampered, but as you’ll see, this particular healthy waffle recipe comes together in one bowl (your blender!). The batter is ready to go in 10 minutes, which is conveniently about how long your waffle maker will need to preheat.

In fact, go run over and plug your waffle maker in now. It’s probably hiding in the back of a cupboard, wedged behind the toaster oven and the single-serving smoothie maker you keep promising yourself you’ll use.

Smoothies can start Monday. Today it’s all about healthy Whole Wheat Waffles with applesauce!

Thanks to a lighter ingredient list, these yummy waffles are filling and wholesome. Feel great eating them this weekend, then stow a few in your freezer and toast them off on weekday mornings before you head to work. The healthiest freezer waffles are the ones you make yourself, and this recipe is an ideal place to start.

How to Make Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

Like all worthy waffle recipes, these are buttery without being greasy, delightfully airy on the inside, and lightly crispy on the outside. A few ingredients make this tasty feat possible:

  • White Whole Wheat Flour. It’s 100% whole grain and has all the same health benefits as regular whole wheat flour, but its flavor is far more mild. If you didn’t know you were eating the best white whole wheat waffles, you would assume that they had been made with regular all-purpose white flour (and your picky eaters will assume the same!).
  • Unsweetened Applesauce. One of the oldest healthy baking tricks in the book, and one of the best! Despite being low fat whole wheat waffles (a feat usually achieved via melted butter), these waffles are incredibly tender. I swapped more than half of the butter for applesauce with great results.
  • Butter. Yes, you do need some. Butter is what allows the waffles to crisp on the outside. If you prefer not to use butter, you can swap melted, cooled coconut oil instead.

Now, because homemade waffles are most often cooked on weekends, and because on the weekend, I prefer max laziness and minimal dishes, I decided to see if I could make the waffle batter using my blender.

I’d had wild blender success with other healthy breakfast recipes like these Banana Oatmeal Pancakes and these Banana Oatmeal Muffins, so I thought I’d see if the same approach could work for waffles too.

SCORE! I was worried the waffles would be tough or chewy, but they were remarkably airy. I loved that I could pour the batter directly from the blender’s spout into my waffle maker too. One fewer dish to wash.

Recipe Variations

  • If you’d like the whole wheat waffles vegan, I don’t have a specific suggestion since the recipe calls for eggs, *but* I think you could try swapping flax eggs. If you decide to play around with this, I’d love to hear how it goes!
  • For gluten free waffles, swap the white whole wheat flour for a gluten free 1:1 baking flour like this one. (SPOILER: I also have an *amazing* gluten free waffle recipe that will be in my upcoming cookbook that everyone regardless of their diet will love.)
  • Mix-ins. Chocolate chip whole wheat waffles, blueberry whole wheat waffles, pecan whole wheat waffles, you name it! Fold about 1/2 cup of any mix-ins you like into the batter after it is blended. (NOTE: If making chocolate chip waffles, let the batter cool before adding them—the machine’s blade may warm up the batter, causing the chocolate chips to melt.) You can also sprinkle the mix-ins onto individual waffles before closing your waffle maker.

How to Freeze Waffles

  • Arrange cooked waffles on a cooling rack and let cool completely. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. If you’d like smaller portions (or want to scale the waffles down so that they fit in your toaster), break them into sections first.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the waffles harden.
  • Transfer to a ziptop bag, squeezing out as much air as possible before you seal it.
  • Label the bag with the date (I always thank myself later when I do this), then freeze for up to 3 months.

To Reheat Frozen Waffles in the Oven

  • Preheat your oven or a toaster oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Arrange the frozen waffles on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until the waffles are crisp and warmed through.

To Reheat Frozen Waffles in a Regular Toaster

  • I find that unless you have a toaster with really wide slots and fancy temperature settings, the outsides tend to burn before the middles are hot.
  • As a workaround, to reheat the frozen waffles using your regular toaster, place the waffle on a plate and microwave it for a minute or two first to warm it through. From there, crisp up the outsides in your regular toaster.

Recommended Tools to Make Whole Wheat Waffles

  • For a standard waffle iron that’s easy to store, affordable, and cooks yummy waffles, I own and recommend this one.
  • Blender: I’ve been lusting after a high-powered blender like this one. I’ve also used and recommend this more affordable one and this one.

4.88 from 8 votes Leave a Review ” Yield: 4 large Belgian-style waffles Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 25 mins Healthy whole wheat waffles with applesauce. Easy blender recipe with quick clean up! Low fat, fluffy, and perfect for freezing in batches for later.

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup skim milk — or milk of choice
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour — or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder — I prefer aluminum free
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Preheat your waffle maker. If desired, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F to keep batches of waffles warm.
  2. Place the applesauce, milk, butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender. Sprinkle in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Blend just until combined, pausing the blender to scrape down the sides as needed.

  3. Cook the batter according to your waffle maker’s instructions. If desired, place the waffles on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Enjoy immediately with your favorite waffle toppings.

Recipe Notes

  • See blog post above for step-by-steps to freeze and reheat waffles.
  • You can also refrigerate the waffles for up to 1 day.

Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: whole wheat waffles All text and images © Erin Clarke / Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 waffle) — Calories: 422, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 170mg, Carbohydrates: 50g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 15g

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Ok, speak up. When’s the last time you had a truly phenomenal, omg-I’m-going-to-cry-these-are-so-good waffle?

Wait, don’t you talk like that?

But seriously. Name your last great waffle. I don’t even think I can remember it. Maybe last year when I made my recipe for buttermilk waffles again? But I honestly don’t think I’ve used my waffle maker in our new house. In fact, I had to search boxes in the basement for it to test this recipe.

WAFFLES ARE UNDERRATED! Why don’t we make them more often??

Face it– they’re better than pancakes. Waffles have nooks and crannies for maximum melted butter and maple syrup storage. You don’t have to stand there and flip each individual one; the waffle maker does all the work for ya. When done right, waffles are a texture freak’s dream; they’re crisp on the edges, but soft in the centers. I don’t even want to dream about a “crispy” pancake. I think that just means burnt. A burnt pancake.

So yeah, waffles vs pancakes. There’s really no contest.

I suppose the reason I don’t make waffles often is because they aren’t the healthiest way to begin the day. And aren’t those the rules? Always start healthy? ish? And if I’m going to splurge before 12pm, it’s going to be a plate of overnight cinnamon rolls or frosted donuts with enough rainbow sprinkles to make a unicorn jealous.

But that all changed last month. I had a hankering for waffles one weekend. Didn’t feel like starting my day with a plate of empty calories, so I worked on a whole wheat version.

Turns out, it’s pretty difficult to produce a whole wheat waffle that’s not only crisp on the edges, but soft and airy in the centers. Not too dense, not too heavy. Light and fluffy like the white flour version. It’s a tall order, but the secret lies within the ratio of ingredients. You see, whole wheat flour is much heartier than all-purpose; it weighs down anything it touches. To keep things springy, I used enough baking powder for lift. Buttermilk prevents the waffles from drying out (as whole wheat flour does to everything!) and melted butter keeps it all so very… yum.

(Seriously, don’t leave out the butter. They’ll taste bland! They’ll taste dry! They’ll taste… blah! While these are definitely healthier waffles, we don’t want them to taste healthy. We want them to taste like an indulgence.)

So all super basic ingredients, but like I said– it’s the ratio that matters. Make sure you add a dose of cinnamon for flavor and for a little necessary sweetness, a little brown sugar. If an unrefined sugar sounds better to you, I’ve tried these with coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup over the past several weeks (yes, baby’s been getting A LOT of whole wheat waffles in the 3rd trimester). All very good. Especially the maple syrup– you get extra extra maple flavor in your stack!

And now? It’s your turn to enjoy waffles for breakfast. Because we all know it’s been too long!

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Here’s how to make fluffy whole wheat waffles with easy healthy ingredients. Best way to start your morning!

  • 2 cups (260g) whole wheat flour (spoon & levelved)
  • 3 teaspoons (1 Tbsp) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar*
  • 1 and 3/4 cup (420ml) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat waffle maker on medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until combined and no large lumps remain.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into each well of the waffle maker (or less if your waffle maker is on the smaller side) and close the lid. Cook the waffles util golden brown and crisp, 5-6 minutes. (You can keep waffles warm in a 200°F (93°C) preheated oven until all are finished!)
  4. Serve warm waffles with your favorite toppings!
  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Waffles are best enjoyed the same day. Refrigerate any extras for a couple days. Waffles can be frozen up to 3 months, then warmed in the toaster.
  2. Sugar:You can also try coconut sugar, granulated sugar, or honey.

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We have had a waffle iron for over a year, but to date, I haven’t used it a lot. Mainly because I didn’t have a great recipe. A healthy waffle recipe, a waffle recipe that my family will enjoy but will also fill them up and keep them energised for a while!

My kids love pancakes and waffles, I find though that if we make traditional pancake or waffle recipes based on plain wheat flour, that although delicious my kids almost want a second breakfast an hour later. That totally DOES MY HEAD IN!

As far as pancakes go, I’m across that now, I have lots of filling pancake recipes on my site that keep my kids fueled for at least a few hours. But until now and these Banana Oat Blueberry Waffles I didn’t have a successful waffle recipe that I would also deem to be a ‘Healthy Waffle Recipe’.

Healthy Pancake, Pikelet & Waffle Recipes

  • Apple Oat Pancakes
  • Wheat Free Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Banana Oat Pikelets
  • Carrot Cake Oat Cakes
  • Mini Pea Pancakes

What makes a Healthy Waffle Recipe?

Everyone is going to have a different measure for what they consider ‘healthy’. For me and my family when it comes to something like waffles or a breakfast I’m looking for something with sustained energy, high fibre and low added/refined sugar. This healthy waffle recipe made with banana, oats and blueberries ticks all these boxes. Different people will have different boxes though, so my ‘healthy’ could be different to your ‘healthy’.

Healthy Waffle Recipe – Banana Oat & Blueberry

Prep 5 mins

Cook 3 mins

Total 8 mins

Author Stacey Kemeys

Yield 8 waffles

An easy healthy waffle recipe, made with whole wheat and oats, flavoured with banana and blueberries, a delicious high protein and fibre breakfast, snack or for lunchboxes

  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 bananas (approx 220g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  1. Place the dry ingredients (flour, oats cinnamon and baking powder) into a large mixing bowl
  2. Mix the dry ingredients so they are evenly distributed
  3. Place the bananas, milk, and eggs in a blender or smoothie maker (I use a nutribullet)
  4. Blend
  5. Add the smoothie mix to the dry ingredients, mix with a wooden spoon
  6. Stir the blueberries into the waffle batter
  7. Prepare your waffle iron as per it’s instructions. I find a medium heat best for this recipe
  8. I use spray oil on the waffle before adding the waffle batter
  9. Cook as per your waffle iron instructions
  • You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries
  • I serve these with yoghurt fruit and a little maple syrup for a fancy breakfast, or just plain as a snack or lunchbox filler for the kids

Courses Breakfast

Cuisine Modern

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 waffle

Amount Per Serving

Calories 154

% Daily Value

Total Fat 2.4 g

4%

Saturated Fat 1 g

5%

Sodium 47 mg

2%

Total Carbohydrates 30.4 g

10%

Dietary Fiber 4 g

16%

Sugars 8.4 g

Protein 7.3 g

15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Greek Yogurt Waffles add some protein and greek yogurt goodness to your morning waffle routine. Give your waffles a healthy touch with this easy breakfast recipe.

Do you guys ever have breakfast for dinner? Because we have breakfast for dinner all the time. I like to keep things interesting and I’m always switching things up. This recipe is the product of my kitchen experimentation. Back in 2013 I decided to do something a little different by making waffles. And thus my greek yogurt waffles were born. It makes me feel better when I lather my waffle with syrup to know that there is a redeeming quality in there somewhere.

I already know what one of your questions will be. And, yes, you can make these with whole wheat flour. They won’t be as fluffy, but it definitely works. It’s a good way to get your whole grains in.

My Other Recipes

Now I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I have the most amazing syrup recipe your tastebuds have ever experienced. I call it Liquid Cinnamon Roll Syrup and it is unbelievably delicious. My family can’t get enough of it and we prefer it over any other syrup you could possibly offer us. It is unreal. And dangerous, very dangerous. Syrup will never be the same for you ever again should you choose to try it. Serve it up alongside some candied bacon and I may be banging down your door for a place at your table.

Wonder how you can enjoy this goodness every morning without any hassle? This batter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week, making breakfast a snap! Just stir a bit before using.

Watch the video where I walk you through every step of the recipe. Did you know I have my own cooking show? I mean, I gave it to myself on YouTube, but there it is, free for the whole world to enjoy. You should check it out and subscribe!

Greek Yogurt Waffles

Greek Yogurt Waffles add some protein and greek yogurt goodness to your morning waffle routine. Give your waffles a healthy touch with this easy breakfast recipe. Prep Time5 mins Cook Time5 mins Total Time10 mins Pin Servings: 6 Waffles

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, yogurt and honey. Whisk for at least a couple of minutes until it is well combined and bubbly.
  • Add in the baking powder, salt and flour and stir until well combined.
  • Cook on a heated waffle iron until golden brown.

***Leftover batter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2.2mg

This recipe first appeared on The Stay At Home Chef on April 18, 2013

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This is the most delectable, Best Healthy Waffles recipe I’ve ever had! It is SO good, that my family actually prefers it over regular waffle recipes (miracle). Whole wheat flour, flax seed, honey and applesauce are used in place of more unhealthy ingredients. A banana and chia seed topping add even more energy and flavor to your morning.

I thought I was living in an alternate universe when my husband actually told me that this was his favorite waffle recipe and he consumed a banana. What the heck…this man’s daily fruit allowance is usually a bite of my daughter’s apple. Needless to say, the surprises continued when both of my picky daughters engulfed their waffles in record time. I even made a variation of this recipe to make them pancakes for breakfast the next morning.

I’ve really been struggling to balance everything going on in my world right now. My oldest daughter started kindergarten last week, which of course was a bit overwhelming. Where do I park to pick her up? What color shoes does she have to wear? Can she wear a pink bow in her hair? The struggle is real with all of the uniform policies and a thick handbook with 4 different maps of varying parking zones. I’ve never been so anxious about parking in a parking lot in my life! We seemed to get through it okay (with a little help from my cocktail friends).

It felt great to start the weekend off right with a healthier version of waffles followed by a Peach Pie Bellini. Its all about balance with your diet folks. Eat a healthier breakfast, so you can balance things out with a couple cocktails. Am I right?

I’m all about the upcoming fall season and the arrival of fall flavors (hello pumpkin)! I’m SO over the humidity in the Midwest, but enjoyed the awesome view of the eclipse this afternoon. Did anyone else celebrate it with Sun Chips, Moon Pies and a Tequila Sunrise? Honestly, maybe the Tequila will be on the menu for later anyway.

Keep up the brunch greatness with a few of my other go-to recipes: Easy Fruit Pizza, Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Mimosas and Apple French Toast Casserole!

Easy Fruit Pizza Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Mimosas Baked Apple French Toast
Print Best Healthy Waffles A few easy substitutions make these waffles a lot healthier than the average recipe. Course: Breakfast Servings: 6 Author: Holly- 3 Yummy Tummies Ingredients

  • 2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 C. 2% Milk could also use skim
  • 1/3 C. Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter; melted could substitute with canola oil
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 Tsp. Almond Extract
  • 3 Tbsp. Flax Seed
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • Toppings:
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Chia Seeds

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl; whisk lemon juice into milk and set aside for several minutes.
  2. In a large bowl; combine flour, flax seed, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Create a well in the center of the flower mixture to make room for the eggs.
  4. Crack eggs and add into the center of the well; lightly whisk the eggs.
  5. Add the milk mixture, applesauce, honey, vanilla, almond extract and melted butter; mix into the mixture until combined.
  6. Lightly grease waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Once heated; add around 1/2 C. of batter to waffle iron.
  8. Cook until heated through and lightly browned.
  9. Top with fresh banana slices and sprinkle with chia seeds.
  10. Serve topped with pure maple syrup.

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