For as food-oriented (or obsessed) as our household is, weekday breakfasts are not much to speak of. We basically just eat it so as to fuel ourselves until it's time for the next meal. So maybe that is why weekend breakfasts are such a pleasure. We so look forward to Saturday and Sunday mornings when we can sleep in and leisurely enjoy and indulge in a delicious morning meal.
And when it comes to morning meals, one of our hands-down favorites are waffles. Who doesn't love waffles? Everyone loves waffles (seriously, can you name one person who doesn't?). But they certainly are not the healthiest thing we can eat, so I have set about to come up with a healthy version that still taste delicious and indulgent. I have experimented with lots of whole wheat waffle recipes and, for the most part, they turn out fairly tasty but overly dense and heavy. But, after many trials and tweaking, I am happy to share this recipe for wholewheat, flax and oatmeal waffles that turn out crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy in the inside. I use a combo of whole wheat flour with whole flax seeds and oats that I grind in my spice grinder (a coffee grinder would work too). Adding applesauce helps keep them moist and honey adds just a touch of sweetness. Top with fresh, local strawberries, which are so gorgeous and so sweet right now, and some real maple syrup and you have a perfect weekend breakfast.
Whole Wheat, Flax & Oatmeal Waffles
Makes about 6 waffles
2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. applesauce
1/4 c. canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. ground flax seeds or flax seed meal
1/2 c. ground old-fashioned oats
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Whisk together eggs, milk, applesauce, oil, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine whole wheat flour, ground flax seeds and oatmeal, baking powder and salt. Gradually beat flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined (do not over mix). Pour batter in batches into a preheated, lightly oiled waffle iron and cook until crispy and golden.