Our family loves to have pancakes or waffles every few weeks, so I’ve been looking for a way to make them healthier. Fairly healthy pancakes are easy, but healthy belgian waffles that are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle have seemed a bigger challenge. So, I was excited to find a recipe for Flawless Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles on The Informed Healthnut blog. I was still worried they would not be as good as she said they were, but I was very happily surprised when I made them today! They are pretty easy to make, really nutritious, and absolutely delicious. I actually like them a bit better than the yeasted waffles I used to make, which weren’t even vaguely good for us. I had mine with nonfat plain Greek yogurt and blueberries. The kids and my husband had an assortment of butter, maple syrup, whipped cream and blueberries.
I use a Cuisinart Griddler with waffle plates for our belgian waffles, usually I cook waffles for about 3 1/2 minutes, these I cooked for 4 minutes and they could still have been a little crisper, so next time I’ll try 4 1/2 minutes. The batter was very loose when pouring the first few waffles, so be careful not to overfill. After sitting while making the first waffles the baking powder started reacting, so the batter got a bit thicker towards the end and I had to use a rubber spatula to spread it out. It filled the Griddler 4 times, which makes 16 little waffle rectangles. I had 2 waffles for my serving, so I recalculated the nutrition information using MyFitnessPal, based on 8 servings instead of 5. I used regular sugar, 2% milk, and the optional wheat bran, as well. An additional note, it was my first time using coconut oil, I got the Trader Joe’s brand and had to melt it for 30 seconds in the microwave before adding it to the batter.
- Calories: 210
- Carbs: 27g
- Fiber: 5g
- Sugar: 4g
- Protein: 8g
- Fat: 9g
For our family of 4, we each ate 2 waffles and had 8 leftover to put in the freezer. I’m guessing we can just pop them in the toaster to have yummy waffles for breakfast throughout the week. Thanks to The Informed Healthnut for a wonderful new recipe!