That's a big call, I know.
But they're waffles. And they're HEALTHY. And they taste great. So great that the bunch of 8 year olds I fed them to didn't realise they were healthy and wolfed them down like there's no tomorrow. Another win for sneaky parenting!
I've been meaning to perfect a healthy waffle recipe since I got my waffle maker and after a few false starts I believe I've hit the jackpot. They're still light and fluffy, crispy on the outside, barely sweet but full of nutrients. When topped with fresh fruit, yoghurt and maple syrup they become that sort of healthy indulgence you can smugly enjoy every weekend. Since nailing this recipe I've already made an additional two batches, just because "I needed to re-photopragh them". Yeah, I didn't really. I just wanted more waffles without my husband's judgmental eyes questioning my never-ending waffle ingestion. Another win for sneaky wife-hood!
I use spelt and oats but if you are gluten-intolerant they would work well with buckwheat flour and quinoa flakes. They can also be made with dairy-free milk if that's your thing. I think they would also lend themselves to being savoury waffles by removing the coconut sugar but I haven't tested that theory (another excuse to make waffles - booyah!). You can halve the batch if necessary (although I can't see how less waffles would ever be necessary...) and they reheat well. The world's beat healthy waffle.
The Best Healthy Waffles
Makes 8 waffles
2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup oats
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1& 1/4 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1) Preheat waffle iron.
2) Combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
3) Whisk eggs and milk lightly, then stir in vanilla.
4) Slowly add the milk mixture to dry ingredients, whisking constantly. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
5) Once smooth stir in coconut oil.
6) Pour batter into waffle iron, approximately 1/3 cup of batter per waffle. Cook until lightly browned.
Enjoy with fruit, yoghurt, maple syrup and anything else your waffle-loving heart desires!
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