Sunday, September 27, 2009

Whole-Grain Waffles

I made this recipe up a few years ago, taking my then-fave waffle recipes and changing a bunch of the ingredients to healthier ones. Since then, I've found that subbing oat flour, or whole wheat white flour, for the (small amount of) all-purpose, works well, and makes it a 100% whole grain recipe. The oat flour, especially, acts just like white flour and these waffles are suprisingly light, fluffy and crispy.

You may need to spray your waffle iron with cooking spray between each waffle when making these. Also, when you first mix up the batter, it will be quite runny. Set it aside for about 2 minutes (while your waffle heater heats up!) It should thicken up. If not, mix in small amounts of whole wheat pastry flour until you get your desired thickness.

Try to use whole wheat pastry flour- it really makes these waffles. Regular whole wheat flour will work, but keep in mind that the waffles will be a lot heavier.

Whole Grain Waffles

2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 cups skim milk (I only use 1 1/2 cups now because of my humid climate)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or oat flour, or white whole wheat flour)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Add rest of ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Preheat a waffle iron, and coat with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron in batches, and cook until crisp and golden brown. Serve with real maple syrup, or fruit syrup, jam, or yogurt.
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LadyJayPee said...

These are my fave waffles. I'm looking forward to trying them with oat flour!

Linda said...

I agree with LadyJP--they are our favorite waffles too--they are the best I've ever eaten, in fact!

Volstatechick said...

I would love to see a version of this where you can mix all of the dry ingrediants into a jar to make it easy for rushed mornings....I am so not a cook or good at math so this would be so helpful!

What A Dish! said...

Vol- I'm not sure about making it into a mix, other than just combining the dry ingredients ahead of time and then adding the wet when you're ready to make them. Another thing you could do is make a batch or a half batch of these, cook them, freeze them, and then in the mornings you could put one or two in the toaster to warm up and then eat.