In my continuing quest to integrate more whole grains into my family’s diet (remember those oatmeal pancakes?) and finding that ideal healthy waffle recipe, we have been enjoying these yummy whole wheat and oatmeal waffles at our house for breakfast and dinner.
They freeze really well so be sure and put any leftover waffles into the freezer for a quick and easy, last minute breakfast or snack. Just pop them into the toaster and you are good to go!
We enjoyed them with maple syrup and strawberries but they would be yummy with jam or just plain butter. There are more toppings to try out listed below.
So what makes this a healthy waffle recipe? These waffles are made exclusively with whole wheat flour and old fashioned oatmeal. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Dang…those gotta be some dense waffles!’ You would expect a heavy and dense waffle but they aren’t – they make a nice crisp, light waffle. This healthy waffle recipe has been tested, tweaked, tested some more, tweaked some more to the point where I got just the right BALANCE ingredients to make it light, fluffy, and flavorful. Those three elements just speak to the level of healthiness of these waffles.
Another fun trick we like to use with our waffles is to fry up some bacon and break into pieces and then add that to the waffler batter – so good!
Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Waffles - Healthy Waffle recipe
1 C whole wheat flour
1 C old fashioned oats
1 Tbsp and 1 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp sugar or honey
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 1/4 C buttermilk
1/2 C water
1. Combine dry ingredients.
2. Whisk together wet ingredients.
3. Pour wet into dry and stir until combined.
4. Heat waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray.
5. Pour in about 1/2 cup batter.
6. Cook until brown and crisp.
Enjoy these healthy waffles!
What are the best toppings for whole wheat oatmeal waffles?
All by themselves, waffles are boring. They just are. Not afraid to admit it. That’s why they’re going to need some kind of a topping to elevate the waffle experience. Toppings make the waffle. You can quote me on that too. I love to break down my waffle experience into three categories: Healthy, Indulgent, and Savory. Depending on how I feel, the time of the day and who I’m serving will dictate what option. Below are some topping options in each of those categories.
· Blueberries – the antioxidant properties of this miracle berry are amazing.
· Healthy Peanut Butter and jelly – sneak some extra nutrition for your picky eaters with this trick!
· Bananas – loaded with potassium and healthy natural sugars
· Honey – bees are wonderful. Support the bees.
· Honey Granola – this might sound weird, but this healthy topping for waffles stacks multiple layers of nutrition on top of multiple layers of flavor!
· Very Berry Brain Booster Smoothie – be open for a moment. Adding a drizzle of your favorite smoothie as a waffle topping is an instant nutrition boost.
· Ice cream – adding ice cream to just about anything makes it better
· Brownie crumble + ice cream – this option ups the ante on indulgence
· Whipped cream – standard whip cream all by itself is wonderful. Adding your favorite berries doesn’t make eating the waffle healthier, but it feels like it…so do it 😉
· Frozen Custard – this is kinda like ice cream, but custard has a different texture than ice cream so it tends to pair really well with waffles.
· Chicken and Bacon with maple syrup – it’s always been popular in some pockets of the country. I immediately know if someone has ever tried it by their first reaction to hearing it. But seriously…this combo of food and flavors just screams America.
· Fried Egg, Pico de Gallo, and an avocado – this option is not only savory, but it could also be categorized as healthy as well
· Steak and Sautéed mushrooms – if you want you can caramelize onions with this savory option as well. Up it up a notch and add the pan drippings from cooking the steak and mushrooms
Is whole wheat flour healthy?
Whole wheat flour vs white flour. Is there a difference? Yes! Whole wheat flour is processed from grains that HAVE NOT gone under intense, heavy processing. On the other hand, white flour is HEAVILY processed and HEAVILY refined wheat grains.
Another component and factor of which is healthier is the fiber content. Because of the heavy processing and heavy refining of white flour, all that nutritious fiber-rich elements separates from the product. Whole wheat flour has almost 6 times the fiber content! Fiber is incredible healthy for you! There are also health benefits in terms of how whole wheat flour effects your blood sugar and the vitamin content versus its white counter-part. Make no mistake…whole wheat is HEALTHIER than white flour in almost every measurable criteria.
5 Benefits of Eating Oatmeal
When it comes to grains, oats are one of the HEALTHIEST grains on this planet. For starters, oats are gluten-free and pack a punch of essential vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. If think you aren’t getting enough oats in your diet, chances are…you aren’t. The health benefits of oats have been repeated and repeated by hundreds of studies. Weight loss, reduced risk of heart disease, and lower blood sugar levels are just a few examples of oats’ benefits. Any time you can get oats into your diet, you want to. One of the most popular methods of getting oats into your diet is through oatmeal. Below are 5 health-focused benefits of eating oatmeal:
· Lower Cholesterol levels
· Improves blood sugar levels
· Helps with skin care
· Improves digestion
Is Oatmeal good for losing weight?
This is a topic up for debate. And there’s really no “one size fits all” answer. The health benefits of oatmeal have clearly been published by many reputable organizations. Oatmeal will help you lose weight but it also depends on what else you are EATING and DOING throughout the day which contributes to weight loss. A lot of oatmeal diets require a low calorie and low fat intake of food choices. You have to be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. Oatmeal does have weight loss attributes, among those are…
· Oatmeal will make you feel full after you eat it and that feeling can last a long time; think of it as a cravings buster
· Since it’s high in fiber content, you get increased and improved digestion which is another factor in weight loss
· Because of its nutritious make up (packed with a lot vitamins), you are going to get more vitamins absorbed into your body which can increase weight loss