Belgian Waffles

Finally! I have a new Belgian waffle iron… and I’m thrilled! It seemed like it took far too long, from the research to the selection to the actual purchase. Whew. Now… I get to play. Words cannot describe how much I love, love, love getting a new kitchen ‘toy’.

The next step, after the purchase of course was finding a suitable first recipe. By that I mean one that was not made entirely of white flour. I know, I know… I’m always trying to sneak healthy things in wherever I can…. (did you read my last post on Rocky Road Candy, where I resisted the urge… lol)

Anyway, the logical side of me insists on it. It really is not that hard to tweak recipes, to make them more healthful, even when it comes to baking, treats, and yes, things like waffles. There are so many types of flours out there, from multi grain, whole wheat, oat, rye to name a few, as well as oils like extra virgin olive and canola –  all you have to do is try. Me…? I use only extra virgin – yes, even in baking. Granola. Waffles. You get the idea.

Not heard of oat flour? If you have oats in your cupboard, just whirl them up in your blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of flour. Done. Substitute 1:1 for white flour.

Of all the recipes I found online…. the most interesting being one made with Pumpkin and topped with Trail Mix (YUM!) I went with one from the recipe book that came with my waffle iron. I did make some substitutions… instead of all white flour, I used half oat flour (next time will use oat & whole wheat) and used extra virgin olive oil, in place of melted butter.

One of the best things about waffles…? There are so many delicious ways to top them. Maple syrup. Sliced fruit. Yogurt. Whipped Cream. Fresh Berries. Berry Compote. Peanut Butter. Nutella…. or any combo thereof!!


Belgian Waffles

When making any kind of waffle, the most important thing is to not put too much batter in the waffle iron! When you’re making the first one, take note of how much batter is needed and use the same amount for the rest; a dry measure cup will work as a fantastic scoop! Waffles are a great make ahead to stash in your freezer – just pop in the toaster to heat and enjoy, any time.

3/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup white or whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or canola)
2 eggs, lightly beaten

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
In separate bowl or large measuring cup, lightly beat eggs and stir in buttermilk and oil.
Combine the wet into the dry, stirring until thoroughly mixed (batter will be thick).
Pour 2/3 to 3/4 cup batter into the middle of your prepared waffle iron.
Close lid and cook for 4 – 6 minutes or until steaming has stopped.

Makes 4 – 6 massive, gorgeous, tasty Belgian waffles.