Healthy Breakfasts: Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer

As we seek to improve our health in different areas this month, we all know an important aspect of that is starting each day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is an important meal, and an opportunity to start off the day right by feeding our families fruits, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats (and even veggies!), and avoiding overly processed and high sugar conventional breakfast foods. Eating a well rounded and healthy breakfast is often easier said than done though, especially on busy mornings.

It’s also really easy to fall into a rut when it comes to breakfast.  I know there are times that I feed my kids oatmeal and blueberries everyone morning for a week (or more!) because it’s easy and convenient.  This year, I’ve decided to start start planning our breakfasts, the same way that I meal plan for our dinners each week, so that I can plan variety into our breakfasts, while still being quick and easy.

Some of my family’s favorite breakfasts:

  • Homemade yogurt with fruit and raw honey
  • Omelets or scrambled eggs with veggies
  • Green Smoothies (this is another great way to sneak veggies into breakfast)
  • Oatmeal with blueberries
  • Homemade Granola
  • Hard-boiled eggs with fruit

Waffles are also one of my family’s favorite meals. We love them for breakfast, brunch and even dinner.  My mom makes the BEST waffles ever (partially thanks to an amazing vintage waffle iron), and she passed down the recipe from my grandmother she uses, to me.  I made a few changes to make it a little healthier (the original called for shortening), and also adapted it for soaking, and I still think that these are exceptionally good waffles.

Photo by Emily McClements

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder (rounded)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp slightly softened coconut oil (if you use unrefined coconot oil it adds a nice bit of sweetness)

Method:

Beat eggs well, then add buttermilk to eggs and beat.  In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Stir into egg mixture.  Add butter and coconut oil and beat just until smooth.  Use a hot waffle iron.  Makes about 12 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron.

Soaked Version:

Combine the 2 cups of whole wheat flour with the 2 cups of buttermilk in a mixing bowl, cover with a cloth, and let sit overnight.  In the morning, add the eggs to the flour mixture and beat, and then add the rest of the inredients and beat just until smooth.  These take a little more time to cook, because the batter is a bit heavier, or kind of spongy, so be sure to leave them on the iron a bit longer than usual.

Like my mom, I love to serve these waffles with just a drizzle of maple syrup and peaches that were frozen in season. Scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon make this a complete and filling meal.

The great thing about these waffles too is that they freeze beautifully for quick and easy breakfasts later.  You can make an double batch, or just use whatever batter you may have left over, cook them until they are light brown (not too dark), and then line them up on a cookie sheet to freeze.  Store them in a freezer bag and then just pull out as many as you need for a quick breakfast and pop them in the toaster.

Also, if you’re like my hubby and don’t like maple syrup (which isn’t a terrible of a problem because it is a little pricey), instead of using store bought imitation syrup, try making your own syrup at home.

Honey Butter Syrup

  • 1/2 stick (4Tbsp) of butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, turn the burner off and add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined and smooth.  Serve warm.

We can serve our families a variety of healthy, yummy and quick breakfasts with a little planning ahead and by using wholesome ingredients.  For more inspiration, also check out Anne’s post for great real food breakfast ideas!

What your family favorite breakfast?  What do you do to make getting breakfast on the table quick and easy?

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About Emily McClements

Emily is a blessed wife and mama to three little ones. She is passionate about caring for God’s creation and people by being a good steward of the resources He has provided. As part of her journey towards living more “frugally green” she blogs about the things she is learning and the changes she is making at Live Renewed.

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Comments

  1. Wow! Loved these waffles. I used the America’s Test Kitchen technique for mixing the waffles. It is a foolproof method for preventing the melted butter from separating from the batter. It’s super easy. Just seperate the egg whites and yolks. Melt the butter and coconut oil and then let them cool a bit. Stir together the yolks and the fats. This forms an emulsion and it helps the butter to stay mixed uniformly in the batter. Stir the whites into the buttermilk. Now combine the egg mixtures together. Proceed with the recipe. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white whole wheat because that’s all I had. Perfect waffles! Thanks so much for this terrific recipe!

  2. Hello again. I just made these waffles and they are amazing. So light and tasty. However I substituted the coconut oil with melted butter. It’s a great recipe.

  3. It would be nice to have the nutritional content per waffle for this recipe although I can figure it out myself. I notice you don’t have it for any of your recipes.

  4. courtney says:

    Hey! I soaked my flour in buttermilk on Thursday night hoping to make them Friday morning. But I woke up in the middle of the night with the flu. It is now Monday and I still havent made them. Would it be okay if I still made them? I think I am going to give it a try anyway, just wanted to see what your thoughts were. If not, I can just throw it away and try again soon : )
    Thanks!
    Courtney

  5. I just made these. Only difference is I used 6 Tablespoons coconut oil, no butter and added 1/3 cup agave syrup. They turned out AMAZING! This is now my go to whole wheat waffle recipe! Thank you so much! Oh, I have a newer waffle iron made by “Waffletone” and it worked great! DELICIOUS!

  6. Wow, that breakfast looks truly delicious, although I’ve always been very skeptical about mixing sweet and savoury. I’m a traditional fry-up man; lots of sausage, lots of hash browns, and lots of baked beans. Unfortunately it can be very tricky to keep it healthy :(

  7. These were amazing! Got a new waffle iron for Christmas and have been looking for a good, healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing. The syrup was great too. Will definitely be making often!

  8. Well, I thought I would look up and then link my waffle iron. It is cast iron, but it looks like now it is made with nonstick! Drives me nuts how they try to “improve” the good old product. So, if you see a chrome Black and Decker waffle iron at Goodwill, check it out. It might just be cast iron like mine is. (Mine is about 10 years old.) It works beautifully!

    I also agree about sourdough waffles. They are so quick and easy. Also, they are the fluffiest and most crisp waffles I have ever had. Yum! Gotta look how good, old-fashioned, nutritious foods are better!

  9. Thank you for this recipe! I am always on the look-out for soaked grain recipes…I think my family will like this one. :)

    Many blessings,
    Camille

  10. Can’t wait to make these! Our family loves pancakes…. But, I’m still looking for that perfect healthy but still “fluffy” pancake recipe :).

  11. I agree about the sourdough waffles. Much more moist and chewy and fluffy than regular ones.

  12. I regularly serve fruist crisp for breakfast. Lots of fruit (apples and frozen berries in winter) and then I cut together oats, coconut oil, and a wee amount of brown sugar. I put it together the night before and bake in the morning. I serve it with plain, full fat yogurt. It’s everyone’s (Incl. mine) favourite breakfast.

  13. You HAVE to try waffles made from sourdough starter. Amazing! I’ve done soaked, but the sourdough is so light!

  14. I’ve been wanting to get a waffle iron, but all I seem to find are those with nonstick coatings. Are there any good ones out there that don’t have a Teflon or similar coating? I love the idea of making a big batch of waffles to keep in the freezer!

  15. Mmm….. that first picture looks amazing! :D

    I am about to make breakfast so that is pretty inspiring right now!

  16. This sounds great! Just got my first waffle maker for Christmas.

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