Friday, March 16, 2012

Three-Grain Waffles

A smirk, because he ate almost all of the raspberries.
For Christmas this year, my in-laws got me a waffle maker.

I jumped up and down on the couch.

And squealed.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was.

We've had waffles for breakfast every Sunday morning since.

I've used a handful of different recipes and finally smushed them all together to come up with a healthy and crispy waffle. For you!

And for my nephews, because they love food waffles. 

These waffles are still a little calorie-dense, so don't go bananas. Instead of refined flours and mounts of butter, these are packed with three different grains and milk. The corn meal adds to the crispy texture so we don't have to rely on butter for the same result.

They'll definitely keep you full all morning so you won't bother your pew neighbors with a growling tummy.

The hubby & I like to split our waffles when they come out so we can both enjoy them hot.

Shake, shake shake!
I like to quadruple the dry ingredients and store the mix in an air-tight container. It makes the process even easier and leaves you with more time to enjoy your coffee. Just scoop out two scant cups of the mix and add the wet ingredients.

You might even be able to get your super cute nephew to help with the mixing! 

He would have done backflips for a waffle. 

A few tips before you get going:

  • Plug in your waffle maker early while you make coffee and whip up the batter. A hot-hot-hot waffle maker will give you a crispier waffle.
  • Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes to activate the baking powder and soda. This gives the waffle a light, fluffy texture.
  • Swap out the cinnamon for any other flavor -- use vanilla, nutmeg, lemon or orange juice, or add frozen blueberries or chocolate chips.
  • Even if your waffle maker says it is non-stick, it helps to use a little non-stick spray. That will keep you from scratching your waffle maker with a fork while prying out your waffles.
  • Ease up on the whopping syrup calories by swapping it for a quick berry syrup you can make while your waffles are cooking.
  • Your waffle maker is probably different from mine, so have a peek at the manual to see what works best.

Three-Grain Waffles
Makes about 4 8-inch round waffles

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk, I use skim milk
1 cup buttermilk (or additional milk)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled

Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor for a few seconds. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, breaking up the eggs. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until just combined. 
Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes, then add 1/4 of the batter into your waffle maker, about 3/4 - 1 cup. Allow the waffle to cook according to the directions from your waffle maker.
Enjoy your waffles hot with warm maple syrup. Want to add some fruit to your breakfast? 
Toss a handful of berries and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup into a microwave-safe container. Microwave the berries 30 seconds at a time until the berries have burst and turned into a delicious syrup, 3-4 times. Pour over your waffles and enjoy!

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