These whole wheat waffles – accented with citrus and blueberry – will have you singing the praises of “whole wheat” baked goods. I think you can agree with this statement: “weekend mornings are better with waffles.” There is something relaxing and cozy about rising early on a Saturday or Sunday morning to prep a big batch of waffles - or pancakes, or muffins even. But today, we’re sticking with waffles. Because those square-cut crevices are perfect for gathering puddles of rich thick maple syrup. Brew some fresh coffee, stir some cocoa (plop those marshmallows) or drop a fresh tea bag, chop up some fresh fruit and toss it in a big bowl and your perfect weekend morning is halfway done. Now all you have to do is wake the rest of the family. Get my recipe..
Some people hear the word “whole wheat” and give a crinkled look on their face like they just licked a lemon. This is especially true if you mention the words whole wheat in the same sentence as classic baked goods and treats. Whole wheat cookie, whole wheat muffins, whole wheat cupcakes, whole wheat doughnuts ..whole wheat waffles. Buckwheat? Fine. But whole wheat? Yuck.
Now I’m sure some of you are in the same whole wheat pancake fan club as me – but for all you lemon-lickers, I invite you to give whole wheat a try and realize that it can be quite yummy. Many of the whole wheat flours today are incredibly velvety and bake up smoothly (some are even called ‘white’ whole wheat flour – for their color and smooth texture). So give whole wheat a try – I promise – adding fiber to your baked goods doesn’t have to be like eating one of those cardboard 1980’s bran muffin.
There are also other exotic grains perfect for morning waffles like kamut, the famous buckwheat and spelt. Each carries their own health benefits, but the main one being that they are less refined than white flour and often carry more nutrients and most always more fiber.
And you also may notice that my waffle recipe below does not contain eggs or dairy. And all the waffles in the photos are egg/dairy free – and tasted delicious. But if you’d like to sub in milk and eggs (for the applesauce) go for it.
Citrus Berry Whole Wheat Waffles
vegan, makes 7 small square waffles
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup apple sauce (cinnamon flavor, unsweetened)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup citrus (orange or similar), peeled/diced
1/2 tsp citrus zest
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 dashes cinnamon
2 Tbsp roasted/unsalted sunflower seeds or your choice nuts
1 cup fresh blueberries (frozen berries will also work)
1. Mix all ingredients except berries and seeds in a mixing bowl. Whip with spoon.
2. Fold in the berries and seeds.
3. Heat up your waffle grill.
4. Spoon the batter onto your waffle grill (the size of your waffle grill will determine how much batter you apply).
5. Cook until slightly browned and cooked through tot he center.
6. Serve! Drizzle with maple syrup – may favorite is grade B for its rich caramel-vanilla flavor.