Even just the mention of waffles makes my kids break out in song and dance so we started the tradition of Waffle Wednesdays. I started out just using a waffle mix and putting sliced berries on the top but became more and more convinced I could make a tasty healthier waffle. First I started experimenting with using whole wheat flour. Eventually I started adding in ground flax. After my friend Jackie advised me that chia seeds were good for more than just growing a beard on Uncle Si, they became part of the mix. Then one day I didn’t have any fresh berries in the house, so I just sautéed up some apples for a topping and Apple Pie Waffles made their début on our breakfast plates. They have since become a favorite dish and often requested. The sautéed apples are perfect with the nutty flavor of the flax. Add a little maple syrup on top and you’ll be in waffle heaven.
Homemade Whole Wheat, Flax and Chia Pet Waffles
Easy, delicious homemade waffles!
Yield: 6 large Belgium Waffles
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup ground flax
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar (I've been using organic coconut palm sugar, but any kind will work)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons veggie oil
1 1/2 cups milk
1 recipe of Sauteed Apples
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. I use a whisk to mix well.
Add oil, beaten egg and milk. Mix until batter is smooth.
Lightly brush heated waffle iron with oil. Pour mix into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
If making several batches of waffles, you can keep waffles warm on a cookie sheet ( don't stack them keep them in a single layer) in a 250 degree oven.
Top with warm apples, and add a dollop of vanilla yogurt and maple syrup if desired.