A complete guide to waffles.

It’s no secret that I love waffles. If you have been keeping up with my blog lately you will know that waffles of all flavours and forms have been in my breakfast rotation without fail. I have tried quite a few different combinations of flavours and ingredients and in most cases I just start adding to a mixing bowl and don’t tend to take note of the recipe. I have developed a bit of a go-to basic waffle recipe though and I thought I would share that, along with a bunch of variations, so you too can be a waffle master!

Basic Waffles

(recipe makes 2 waffles; serves one hungry runner)

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp maple syrup

1.5 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup milk

Mix all ingredients and pour in two batches onto the waffle iron. Increase maple syrup if you like a sweeter breakfast. Milk can be soy, almond, or cow’s milk!

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Banana Oatmeal Waffles

1 basic waffle recipe

*replace whole wheat flour with oat flour

1 tbsp quick-cooking oats

1 mashed banana

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Sweet Potato and Chocolate Chunk Waffles

1 basic waffle recipe

*reduce milk to 1/3 cup; increase maple syrup to 2 tsp

1/2 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato

2 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

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Apple Cinnamon Waffles

1 basic waffle recipe

*add 1/3 cup apple sauce; reduce milk to 1/4 cup

1/8 cup quick cooking oats

1/4 chopped apple

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Chocolate Banana Waffles

1 basic waffle recipe

*replace whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour for fluffier waffles

2 tsp honey

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 mashed banana

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Apple Pecan Waffles

1 basic waffle recipe

*reduce milk to 1/3 cup

1/4 cup apple sauce

1/4 cup chopped apple

1/8 cup chopped pecans

1 tbsp brown sugar

*best served with roasted pecans and apple slices

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It is hard to go wrong with waffle recipes and I love to experiment. A few things:

  • I have noticed that oat flour definitely makes the waffles slightly tougher and less fluffy while white flour (which I never use) would make they lighter and fluffier in most cases. I tend to stick with whole wheat flour for waffles.
  • Go easy on the chocolate and nuts in the batter. A tablespoon might not look like a lot but once it’s in your waffle you don’t want it to overpower the other tastes. You can also add toppings to the cooked waffles if you feel you didn’t add enough in the batter!
  • Buy REAL maple syrup. It’s expensive, but you seriously only need a tiny bit to sweeten your waffles and even to drizzle over top of them. A little goes a long way and it tastes wayyyyyyy better than the sugar-free or other processed nonsense.
  • I have a waffle iron with settings 1-6 and I always cook mine on 6. I like them crisp!
  • Adding sweet potato or apple sauce or mashed banana will make the waffles less crispy but give them a ton of flavour. I have toasted my waffles after they come out of the waffle iron before and that totally works!

Have fun with it and happy waffle wednesday!

Which flavour should I make next?!

Are you a weekend waffler or do you make fancy weekday breakfasts too?

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