Hearty Whole Grain Waffles

Need more fiber and heart-healthy nutrients in your diet? Try these Hearty Whole Grain Waffles for a great start to your morning. They are low in fat and sugar. Make up a big batch, freeze them and pull them out when you need a quick breakfast!

I am a definite Saturday morning pancakes type of person, and so is the rest of my family. My brother and I always fight over who will get to make the pancakes, but no matter who wins, we always end up with a plate of warm pancakes sitting on our kitchen table.

Once in a while, though, we need some waffles.

two whole grain waffles on a plate with fresh berries

We got this Hearty Whole Grain Waffles recipe from allrecipes.com, and it has been our go-to recipe when the waffle craving hits.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Full of flax seed, whole wheat flour, and wheat germ. Wheat germ and flax seed are full of nutrients and vitamins that your body will thank you for.  
  • Full of fiber and will keep you satisfied long throughout the morning.
  • They are soft and fluffy, yet hearty and comforting.

Are whole grain waffles healthy?

If you’re craving waffles, then yes, this is the healthy way to go. Although there is still oil and sugar in the recipe, we lower the amounts by adding unsweetened applesauce instead. Skim milk keeps the waffles lighter. Flax seed, wheat germ and whole wheat flour add lots of fiber, omega 3’s, Vitamin E and many other nutrients.

As with any food, you’ll want to keep your portion sizes in check.

How to Make Whole Grain Waffles

  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
  • Beat in the flours, flax seed, wheat germ, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix just until the batter is smooth. Do not overmix.
  • Preheat a waffle iron and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Pour the appropriate amount of batter into waffle iron and cook until crisp and golden brown, according to waffle iron directions.

Can you use this waffle batter to make pancakes?

Yes, you can use this batter to make pancakes. They will have a slightly different texture than traditional pancake recipes. Scroll down under the recipe box to see some of our favorite pancake recipes, even healthy ones!

a stack of 4 whole grain waffles with berries and syrup

Waffle Toppings

Maple syrup or honey is always a great choice for topping waffles. And if you’re trying to stay healthy, fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are the way to go.

a piece of waffle and berries on a fork

How do you freeze waffles?

This recipe is a great freezer breakfast recipe. Make the waffles as described in the recipe.

  • Make sure they are cooked through, but don’t cook them until they are crispy.
  • Freeze the waffles individually on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • After the waffles have frozen, package them in Ziploc storage bags and freeze. Freezing them first individually will help the waffles not stick together.
  • When you are ready to serve the waffles on a lazy weekend morning or busy school morning, pop the frozen waffles into the toaster and let them cook until they are warmed through and lightly crisped.
closeup of waffles with berries
closeup of waffles with berries

Hearty Whole Grain Waffles

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Need more fiber and heart-healthy nutrients in your diet? Try these Hearty Whole Grain Waffles for a great start to your morning. They are low in fat and sugar. Make up a big batch, freeze them and pull them out when you need them!
Servings 20 waffles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 3-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milled flax seed
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
  • Beat in the flours, flax seed, wheat germ, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix just until the batter is smooth. Do not overmix.
  • Preheat a waffle iron and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Pour the appropriate amount of batter into waffle iron and cook until crisp and golden brown, according to waffle iron directions.
  • Serve with fresh fruit, or your favorite maple syrup.
  • These pancakes freeze well in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks. Reheat them in the toaster or air fryer to make them a little crispy.

Notes

This recipe made 20 4-inch square waffles.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 20 small waffles, with 1 serving being 1 waffle. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Serving: 87g | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 198
Keyword breakfast recipe, brunch recipe, healthy recipe

This recipe was first published on June 11, 2013.

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