Many of the recipes I found for healthy whole wheat waffles yield 3 1/2 waffles. I found this rather silly, so here's a recipe that makes 2 light and fluffy whole wheat waffles.
You will need a waffle maker to make waffles. If you don't have a waffle maker, you can buy one for $30 - this is the waffle maker I have. If you don't want to buy a waffle maker, you can always make pancakes.
Two Whole Wheat Waffles
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- optional: 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the waffle iron.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
- In a separate medium bowl, melt the butter. Whisk in the egg. Add the milk and vanilla, and stir to combine.
- Pour the medium bowl with the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Do not over-mix - lumps in the batter are okay.
- Pour in half of the batter into the waffle maker. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove the waffle, and cook the remainder of the batter. Serve waffles immediately.
Whole wheat banana pancakes have a similar discussion.
- White whole wheat flour: Provides structure in waffles. Substituting all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or oat flour would be okay.
- Baking powder: Makes waffles fluffy and light. Different from baking soda. Substituting 1 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for the 2 teaspoons baking powder would be okay. You should be careful when measuring baking powder because adding too much makes waffles soapy and inedible.
- Milk: Makes batter more liquid. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but substituting any other type of milk (soy, skim, 1%, 2%, whole) would be okay. If you use water, the texture will be okay, but the waffles will be more bland.
- Egg: Helps stabilize and add fluffiness. Substituting 2 egg whites would be okay. Vegan waffles tend to omit the egg, so if you're vegan, I suggest finding a different waffle recipe.
- Butter: Add buttery richness and prevents waffles from sticking. Substituting oil would be okay. If you cut down the amount of butter, you should use nonstick spray on the waffle iron so that the waffles will not stick.
- Vanilla: Provides flavor.
- Cinnamon: Provides flavor. Can omit if you do not like cinnamon.
- Chocolate chips: Adds melty chocolate sweetness. The only sweetness in the recipe comes from the chocolate chips. If you prefer sweeter waffles, add 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener.
Step by Step Photos
Here are all of the necessary ingredients for whole wheat waffles. Be careful about the temperature of the egg and almond milk. If these ingredients are too cold, they will cause the melted butter to solidify in chunks.
Before you start measuring out the ingredients, preheat the waffle iron. Plug in the waffle iron now. This way, you can cook the waffles right after you make the batter.
I use a 2 cup measuring cup for all of my wet ingredients. I measured 2 tablespoons of butter and microwave the cup for 30-40 seconds to melt the butter. Do not microwave the butter for too long or else the heat of the butter will curdle the egg.
Into a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup of white whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. I usually measure baking powder and cinnamon because it is easy to accidentally add too much. If you want chocolate chip waffles, add in 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips. You can probably add up to 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, but that does not seem very healthy.
Since the waffle iron has been heating for a while, you can now cook waffles. Add in half of the waffle batter. If you used 2 tablespoons of butter, the waffle batter has enough fat not to stick to the waffle iron. If you used less butter, you should spray both halves of the waffle iron with non-stick spray.
When the second waffle is done, unplug the waffle maker. Serve waffles
immediately. You can refrigerate leftover waffles for a few days. To resurrect soggy waffles, you can toast waffle quarters in the toaster.