Start the New Year Right with Whole Wheat Waffles

After my last post, I got a comment from fellow blogger Tammy (a.k.a. Agrigirl) that made me chuckle.  She said that while she liked my blog and recipes, she wouldn’t be making my Chocolate Dipped Oreos

In truth, after a month of toffee and salted caramels and pies and cookies, I already knew that my treat-making days were numbered!  So I started the New Year with a breakfast of Whole Grain Waffles topped with strawberries from the freezer.  

Eating whole wheat waffles and berries for breakfast

Eating whole wheat waffles and berries for breakfast

And guess what?   I didn’t even feel deprived!

The recipe came from here and I modified it to reduce the fat a bit.  Then I substituted whole wheat flour for the all purpose.  If you are nervous about such a bold move, go ahead and make it with all purpose flour–or better yet, go halfsies and use half whole wheat.  It’s a great transitional step when starting to eat healthier. 

Whole wheat waffle in industrial waffle iron

Whole wheat waffle in industrial waffle iron (we like our waffles)!

I topped my whole wheat waffles with strawberries and a homemade strawberry syrup made from CSA strawberries last summer (some of which I canned for winter).  Daughter #1 followed suit while my husband and the other two kids went with maple syrup, harvested and bottled  just a few miles away.  Hey, we’re eating local in Wisconsin in January.  And it rocks! 

Strawberries on whole wheat waffles

Strawberries on whole wheat waffles

Now all of this thinking about healthier food–combined with the January 1 date of course– has me struggling with New Year’s Resolutions.  And so I have to ask–is there a difference between a New Year’s Resolution and a goal?  I am pretty sure taking off that pesky 10 extra lbs (that I try to deal with every year) counts as a resolution.  But if I decide that I want to create a Garden Plan (thanks, Claire!), am I making a Resolution or setting a goal?   

Of course this meant a quick internet search which at least turned up some advice….  If you want to jump start your goals, take a look at this from Forbes.

And Happy New Year’s everyone!

Whole Wheat Waffle with strawberry from above...

Whole Wheat Waffle with strawberry from above…

Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour, or all purpose or combination
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk, or a bit more if batter is too thick
  • 4 T butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
  3. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you are a little nervous about using 100% whole wheat flour, but still want to eat healthier, go halfsies and use half whole wheat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 612mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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20 thoughts on “Start the New Year Right with Whole Wheat Waffles

    1. Inger Post author

      2014 is getting off to a tough start. New session of ballet starts tomorrow and right away class is called off for a “cold day” But my oldest taught me the elementary backstroke over vacation!

  1. Claire

    I think I should make your waffles my goal Inger 🙂 Mind you I’ve never made waffles before, can you make them without a waffle pan, or is that a daft question!
    And thanks for the shout out – (it seems the link is broken for some reason, but I looked at the title of the page you were referencing and realised you were thinking of garden plans 🙂 http://promenadeplantings.com/2013/10/16/a-garden-in-the-making
    Happy New Year Inger!

    1. Inger Post author

      I was so lucky to get the one I have. My brother worked in a restaurant in college and passed along their commercial waffle iron when the restaurant was sold to new owners. It gives a crisper exterior than so many of the modern teflon irons.

  2. Needful Things

    I’m making these today and freezing for a week of easy breakfasts! I hate separating eggs & beating the whites etc (that all waffle recipes seem to require) so I like the fact that this recipe doesn’t ask for it.

    1. Inger Post author

      Have fun with your make and freeze project. I periodically do that too (or with pancakes) and the kids love it!

  3. Irenaeus

    I give it 5 stars with a few adjustments. Lower the baking powder by 1tsp, cut the butter back to 3 tbsp, and cut back 1 egg. It comes out perfect. If done exactly like the original it will come out thin and greasy and gooey but with these adjustments it will be perfect not to mention the calories cut back….149 calories per waffle(8 serving) vs 201 

    1. Inger Post author

      Though these came out just fine for me, I am also a frequent fat (and sugar) reducer in recipes I try! You might want to double check your calorie savings–dropping 1 egg (80 cals) & 1 T butter (100 cals) over 8 servings would reduce the calories by 22 each (baking powder is negligible). I hope you got to top these with something wonderful like fresh strawberries!

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