I have a hunch if you ask most children how to make waffles there is a good chance they will tell you to take them out of the freezer, unwrap the plastic wrap and pop them in the toaster. I find this to be very sad….
Real Healthy Frozen Waffles Don’t Exist (To Date, Anyway)
Even the healthiest frozen waffles on the market are still not exactly very healthy. Waffle-making brands like Vans and Nature’s Path are definitely better than Eggo, but they are also made with a number of additional less-than-optimal ingredients. For example, Vans Power Grains Waffles do have whole grains as the first ingredient but they are also made with refined flour as well a number of other highly processed ingredients (such as canola oil, evaporated cane syrup, wheat protein isolate, dried eggs and nonfat dried milk.) I would definitely not call Vans Power Grains Waffles a clean breakfast option! So that’s the bad news.
The good news is, healthy and delicious waffles DO exist! But until someone comes up with a truly healthy ready-made frozen waffle, you have to make them yourself…
If the idea of learning how to make waffles from scratch makes you want to crawl right back into bed, don’t fret! Making waffles is one of the absolute easiest things on earth to cook. Seriously.
How To Make Waffles (Healthy Ones!) From Scratch
Making homemade waffles is so incredibly easy that I decided to ask my girlfriend’s two daughters, Mia and Emery (who are both under the age of six) to show you how it’s done.
This quick waffle-making tutorial video below will help you make perfect, delicious and super healthy waffles in less than 10 minutes. And I promise nobody will be able to tell they are 100% whole grain, wheat free, dairy free and have no added sugar. Made and taste-tested by kids, this is very likely to become a breakfast favorite staple for your family. Thank you Mia and Emery!
And here is the full recipe…
A clean waffle recipe! How to make waffles without wheat, dairy or sugar.
- 2 organic (pasture-raised eggs (such as Vital Farms))
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut “cream” skimmed from the top of a can of coconut milk (see notes below)
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 3/4 cup spelt flour (I like sprouted spelt flour by One Degree Organics)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Add the eggs, water, vanilla extract, coconut cream and dates to a high-speed blender (I like Vitamix) and process on high for 1 full minute. Add the spelt flour, baking powder and baking soda and process for another 30 seconds or so, or until all ingredients are well blended.
- Transfer the waffle batter to a mason jar and refrigerate until you are ready to make the waffles (note: waffle batter will keep nicely for up to 3 days if stored in the refrigerator).
- To make the waffles: Carefully pour the batter into your waffle iron in batches and cook according to manufacturers directions (lean toward the waffles being a little deep golden and crisp!). Serve immediately.
Coconut “Cream” is the thick, rich and non-watery part of canned coconut milk. To get the “cream” you need to refrigerate your coconut milk for 5 or 6 hours or pop it in the freezer for at least an hour. Once the coconut milk is cold, carefully remove the top with a can opener and use a spoon to scoop out the hardened coconut “cream” off the top. The “cream” is what you will be using for the waffle recipe. You can reserve the liquid water for other smoothies.
Waffle-Making Tips & Toppings
Since nobody in our house is an early riser, we all scramble and clamber to get out the door on time each and every morning. Over the years, I have found make-ahead breakfasts to be one of the very best ways to reduce morning household stress. The whole grain waffle batter in the recipe above is actually a super make-ahead breakfast because the batter can be made up to 3 days in advance and then stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator. If you have the batter prepared, all you have to do in the morning is heat the waffle iron and pour in the waffle batter. It takes 3-minutes.
As for how to make waffles outrageously delicious? Fresh strawberry sauce is the secret! To me, strawberry sauce is the ultimate waffle topping. And it’s actually a lot easier to make than you might think. My fresh strawberry sauce recipe is organic with no refined sugar. It freezes beautifully too. If you are making the waffles on a less hectic weekend morning, whipped cream made with coconut milk is another personal favorite. And of course you can’t go wrong sprinkling on a few chopped walnuts.
Finally, if you want to jazz up the waffle recipe itself, you can always add one of the following ingredients after you pour the batter into the waffle iron (note: do not stir the ingredients into the batter):
- Thin slices of banana + a dash of cinnamon
- Cacao nibs
- Dairy-free chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand)
- Frozen wild blueberries, thawed and patted dry with paper towels (Note: wild blueberries are smaller than the more typical cultivated blueberries and their small size is ideal for waffle-making)
- Chia seeds
P.S. Looking for More Healthy Breakfast Ideas?
If you like the whole grain waffle recipe, I hope you will check out more Clean Cuisine healthy breakfast ideas HERE!