As a kid, it was a special day when Mom made breakfast for dinner! I remember receiving a plate loaded with a huge waffle. (It was a normal-sized waffle, but it sure looked giant to my childhood eyes.) I would drizzle on the warm syrup and sprinkle fruit on top. Then I would consume the entire plate-sized waffle.
As a grown up, I still believe that breakfast-for-dinner days are special. I try to arrange them once per month, and we go all out! Plain waffles, some with chocolate chips, a few with blueberries, and sometimes we even add in cocoa powder to make them chocolate waffles. On the side we serve bacon, authentic syrup, fruit smoothies, eggs, or fruit salad. It’s a feast!
Rather than use a boxed mix or baking mix (with added ingredients that are unnecessary), I whip up a quick bowl of waffle batter. Throughout the years, I’ve played with a few different mixes until I discovered this perfect blend. It incorporates whole wheat flour and honey, which I always prefer to white flour or sugar.
Fear that your kids will find these waffles dry or bland? No way! They are fluffy and flavorful, thanks to the large amount baking powder and dash of cinnamon.
Worried that your family won’t enjoy them as plain waffles? That’s okay. With waffles, it’s easy to cater each waffle to someone’s preferences. I know that’s not an everyday occasion in most family kitchens! You can toss in chocolate chips, berries, or cocoa powder. Place bacon on top for added flavor too.
Helpful hint: make a double batch. Once to eat today, another to freeze for later. These make a great breakfast and thaw easily by popping in the toaster.
Whole Wheat Waffles That Your Whole Family Will Love
The healthy waffles are anything but bland! They’re made with whole wheat flour, honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Top with whatever your family likes: chocolate chips, berries, chicken, or bacon.
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¾ cups milk (any kind (almond, skim, whole, etc.))
- ¼ cup butter (melted)
- 1 Tbs honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon (ground)
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips or berries
- Optional: 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- maple syrup (for serving)
- fruit (for serving)
- Preheat your waffle iron.
- In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk, butter, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda together.
- Gradually add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. (If using cocoa powder to make chocolate waffles, add in here.) Whisk together until there are no remaining lumps.
- Using a kitchen brush, brush the butter onto your waffle iron to prevent sticking. Pour the batter into your waffle iron and follow the manufacturers instructions for cooking (typically 2-4 minutes).
- Optional: sprinkle chocolate chips or berries on top before closing the waffle iron.
- Top with maple syrup, fruit, chicken or bacon. Enjoy!