I’m a sucker for a good Belgian waffle with oodles of berries and syrup on top – hold the whip cream, please. My world of waffles forever changed, though, when my friend Nyna gave me a recipe for oat waffles that she found in a newspaper. Oats in a waffle? I wondered if that was blasphemy. But then I made my first batch of these new-age waffles. Each bite was a tasty treat of flavor and serious consistency. The fluffy, light-weight nature of traditional Belgian waffles paled in comparison to these hardy treats. I laughed between bites, delighted at the irony of the situation: I was eating a delectable, sweet breakfast item but benefiting my health while doing so. What a perfect world these waffles create.
The below recipe is modified from the original version. I altered the ingredients to make the waffles more moist, less gritty (from the cornmeal), and more flavorful.
½ c. cornmeal
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp salt
3 tsp. vanilla
1 ¼ milk
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
Dash of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until moistened through. Plug in your waffle iron to let it warm-up while the batter stands for a few minutes. When the iron is ready, stir the batter, adding additional milk as needed to reach the desired consistency – it is intended to be a thick batter. Pour ½ of the batter onto the iron, spreading it out before closing the lid. Let it cook for 3 – 5 minutes.
These waffles are thick and hardy so they take longer to cook than traditional Belgians. Check the waffle after three minutes to see if it is firm – it likely won’t turn brown. Remove the waffle to a plate when done cooking. Add seasonal fruit. I enjoy combining two or three of the following fruits: strawberries, peaches, nectarines, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears. Sprinkle the fruit with some cinnamon. Serve with syrup. This recipe makes two waffles. They’re exceptionally filling, so I can only eat ½ of one waffle.
What healthy recipe have you made recently?
Unsure of the benefits of making oatmeal based waffles over traditional Belgian waffles? Read about the cholesterol reducing advantages here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/CL00002
Also, oatmeal is listed as a diabetes “superfood” by the American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/diabetes-superfoods.html