Picture a waffle and the first thing that comes to mind may be a thick, crispy stack of buttermilk waffles topped with a dollop of butter and a slathering of maple syrup. Not the ideal healthy breakfast is it? Although a little indulgence does have its place, it would be nice to enjoy a waffle here or there without feeling the aftermath of guilt once you’ve finished your meal.
Are waffles healthy?
While nothing can completely replace the decadence of the traditional but not so healthy waffle, there are some healthy alternative contenders that come incredibly close. Yes, it is possible to enjoy slightly more nutritious waffle versions and still feel like you’ve indulged just a little, too.
Take one look around the web and you’ll find loads of healthy waffle recipes; some good, some bad, and many in between. After trying out a few for ourselves, we found a quick favorite that is both healthy and delicious!
Healthy Waffle Recipe
A great waffle is as much about the waffle maker as it is about the recipe. This recipe for Easy Gluten-Free Oat Waffles by Cookie + Kate is meant for those who love a deeply pitted waffle, fluffy on the inside, and crispy on the outside.
As the name indicates, the waffle is gluten-free, but if that’s a turn-off for some, please keep reading! According to Kate, these oat-flour waffles are just as good frozen and heated up later, so make them in double and triple batches and enjoy them as a quick breakfast whenever you like! We love these waffles because they are so simple to make. They still have some ingredients that are musts for waffles, while replacing others with healthier alternatives.
Oat flour waffles are packed full of nutrients you’ll need to keep going through the morning. And, the touch of spices is sweetly balanced by coconut oil and milk to give the waffles depth. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get the waffles cooking. Of course, don’t forget the waffle maker, too. For directions on how to make these delicious waffles, visit the Cookie + Kate site.
- 1 ½ cups (128 grams) oat flour*, certified gluten-free if necessary
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Pinch of cinnamon, optional
- ¾ cup room temperature milk of choice (light coconut milk, nut milk, cow’s milk)
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract