Well, I was going to wait to post this recipe until we got close to the weekend when everyone would be excited about having waffles for breakfast on a leisurely Saturday morning, but you may have to buy a few ingredients first which would lead to a NOT leisurely Saturday morning at the grocery store or a leisurely Saturday morning without waffles!! Neither option is very acceptable. The other reason for posting now is that these waffles are sooo easy and fast that you can throw them together on a weekday for the kids' breakfast! It is CSAP week for many of our kids and their teachers get on us about starting their day right with a nutritious breakfast! So, here's a new menu item for a power-packed, perform-at-your-peak breakfast.
I have been asked for my waffle recipe numerous times, not from anyone who has actually tasted them, but simply bc I talk them up as though they have been dropped from heaven by little waffle angels. These waffles are the perfect texture of light and crunchy with a tender soft crumb in the middle.
They are made with whole wheat and, if so desired, some almond meal, which I think gives these waffles staying power! Yes, it adds a bit more fat, but it's a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat which helps to lower cholesterol and control belly fat. Almonds also add a high dose of antioxidants to clean up any free radicals floating around in your body, they are packed with protein to keep you full and promote muscle growth (when you actively use your muscles), and they decrease the GI (glycemic index) of the foods you are eating which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. And for an extra boost, I add a scoop of whey protein, flax seed, oats and occasionally sunflower seeds.
So, am I saying that these waffles are the nutritional miracle and everyone should eat them? No, I'm saying that if you are going to eat waffles, eat these. They are far more nutritious than the white flour kind but they are still a sugar fest b/c they are eaten with syrup! And PLEASE don't insult me and eat them with imitation maple syrup. Simply put, anything but the REAL DEAL tapped-out-of-the-maple syrup is...gross! Ugh! Don't get me started!!
BTW - these waffles taste fabulous!!!
CrAZy Good (4 u) Waffles
Heat up a waffle iron.
In a large bowl, put in the following:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal (if you do not have, increase flour by 1/3 cup)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup flax seed
1 scoop whey protein, vanilla flavored(about 1/4 cup)
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 TBS sunflower seeds (optional)
Mix until thoroughly combined.
In a small bowl, put in the following:
1 3/4 cup almond milk (original or unsweetened, or cow's milk)
1 TBS sunflower or canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
Whisk until well blended.
Pout the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk with a fork until all the dry ingredients are wet. It is ok to have lumps. Do not over mix. Pour batter into waffle iron making sure you don't over fill it! Mine makes two square waffles and I use about 3/4 cup to make them. Cook them until they are golden brown with just the right amount of crunch to please you!