My kids love waffles. It is, by far, their favorite breakfast food. In fact, when we go on vacation they spend most of the morning standing in front of the waffle station. So, I came up with this recipe to satisfy their insatiable craving, while at the same time allowing me to feel good about what they were eating for breakfast.
There are a few ways I've tweaked the traditional waffle recipe to be healthier. The most important is the flour.
I use a mix of white whole wheat and oat flours in the recipe.
Both are whole grain flours and contain a lot more fiber and nutrients than regular all-purpose flour which is processed. More fiber means more control over blood sugar levels.
Speaking of sugar, I use very little sugar and salt in this recipe, much less than store bought pancake and waffle mix. So you won't feel (as bad) when they pour on the syrup and layer on the chocolate chips and powdered sugar!
I remove dairy by substituting plant-based coconut oil as the fat and using oat milk as the liquid base.
I personally prefer using as little animal products as possible. My husband and I try our best to educate our kids on the importance of how dietary choices impact their health, animal welfare, as well as the environment. That is why non-dairy milks, especially oat milk, have become a family favorite. Sometimes, we seriously can't get over how creamy and delicious it tastes! We use it in place of regular milk for almost everything, even in coffee! From a nutritional standpoint, I love it because oat milk is one of the few milks that contain fiber and also has a considerable amount of B vitamins.
I've found this recipe to be pretty versatile and that is good news, because I know it can be difficult getting certain types of flour during this quarantine. If you can't find oat flour, you can use all whole wheat or a combination of whole wheat and all purpose. You can even make the oat flour yourself from oats if your feeling a little sassy.
Last but not least, no respectable waffle can stand alone without pure maple syrup. It's worth the monetary splurge!
Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Feel Good Oat Waffles
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or cane sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups low fat oat milk **milk should be room temperature not cold
- ¼ cup liquid coconut oil
- Preheat waffle iron.
- In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and gently whisk to combine.
- In a separate bowl beat the egg and sugar (or maple syrup) together.
- To the egg and sugar add the oil, vanilla and milk and whisk together until well combined.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold until all ingredients combined. Do not overmix. There will be some lumps.
- Let the batter sit for about 5 min.
- Cook the waffles according to waffle iron instructions.
- *The batter will yield about 8-10 pieces of waffle, depending on the size of your waffle iron.
- **Waffles can be frozen.