This Healthy Waffles recipe is the easiest waffle recipe ever - Just add few wholesome ingredients into a blender, blend and make waffles. With just 5 minutes of prep, these are made without any flour, butter, oil or sugar!
Can a waffle be healthy? Worthy waffle recipes typically contain more fat, in the form of butter or oil, than pancake recipes, and they often have more sugar too! Fats tenderizes the waffles by weakening the gluten bonds, enable browning and the natural sugars will aid in caramelization.
The process to achieve all this in a healthy waffles recipe without any added fat was tricky, especially when there was no melted butter, oil, beaten egg whites or club soda to rely on!
I took my popular oat waffles, gave it a healthier twist, like in apple waffles, by leaving out the coconut oil, relying on the natural sugars in banana, almonds, milk and oats to add sweetness and help give a golden brown, crusty exterior. Almond butter adds much needed fat and density to the healthy waffles, that is missed due to the absence of gluten.
Why you'll love this recipe?
- Blender waffles is the same process as making smoothies for breakfast. Just add a bunch of ingredients into a blender, let it do its thing and then waffle away. Easy clean up is an added bonus!
- Made using wholesome nutritious ingredients, these healthy waffles are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (refer more information here), and they keep you full until lunch time.
- Although not as light and fluffy like our Begian waffles or blueberry waffles, these have a more hearty and nutty texture that is perfect to soak up all the maple syrup.
- Make a double batch of these healthy waffles and freeze for up to 2 months. They are perfect heated in a bread toaster for a super quick, healthy breakfast before school.
Featured comment "Made these this morning for 2 toddlers and they loved them. My husband and I loved them too, thank you!" - Laura
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- Oats – Use old fashioned or rolled oats and not quick cooking or instant variety.
- Almond butter - Gives a nutty and hearty texture. Use peanut butter instead.
- Banana - Use a very ripe banana with a few brown spots to add natural sweetness. If using frozen banana, make sure to thaw completely before adding into the blender.
- Eggs – Provides the necessary structure and improves crumb in the healthy waffles.
- Milk – Gluten free waffles tend to absorb more liquid than regular ones, because of the fine starches, so theres a whole cup used in this recipe. I like to use whole milk - the extra fat helps with the texture and keeps it moist.
- Baking powder - It creates carbon dioxide bubbles upon contact with milk, and then creates a lift when the batter hits the hot iron.
Substitutions & Variations
- Add flavorings like vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg or pumpkin spice.
- Use gluten free oats to make it gluten free.
- Use about 1 ¼ cup of applesauce instead of banana.
- Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup to the batter.
- Use plant based milks such as almond or oat milk instead of regular milk.
- Stir in semi sweet chocolate chips or blueberries, after blending.
- Swirl in creamy peanut or almond butter into the batter just before making waffles.
- Use peanut butter or sun butter instead of almond butter.
How to make?
You can find full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
1 & 2. Add rolled oats, eggs, ripe banana, baking powder, cinnamon, almond butter and milk into any high powered blender.
3. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until the batter is very smooth. If the batter looks too thick, then mix in an additional 2 to 4 tablespoons milk.
4. Preheat your waffle according to manufacture's instructions. Grease your iron with cooking spray. Add about ⅓ cup batter and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until your healthy waffles develop a deep golden brown in color.
Tip: The key to extra crisp healthy waffles is to cook them a little longer! Crispness is a result of the setting of proteins and dehydration, which is accomplished through heat and time.
How to serve?
For the most indulgent breakfast idea, serve healthy waffles with a dab of softened salted butter, warm maple syrup and fresh berries. The squares were built for catching pools of maple syrup! You can also pair them with coconut chia pudding, fried eggs and a smoothie to make a satisfying meal.
I like to set up a healthy waffles bar for the kids and their friends, especially after a sleep over and like to make a lavish spread of tasty topping ideas like sliced fresh fruits, Nutella, toasted nuts, sweetened whipped cream, greek yogurt or salted caramel sauce.
I usually make a double batch of this healthy waffles recipe, place cooled ones in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
To reheat: My favorite way to re heat them is to pop one or two (from frozen) in a bread toaster, until hot and crisp. Great for weekday mornings!
- Select very ripe banana for natural sweetness.
- Use only old fashioned oats and not quick cooking or steel cuts.
- The batter tends to thicken as it sits, so your last batch might be not so light as the first batch. You could stir in couple of tablespoons water for the last batch, if the batter looks too thick.
- Cook until they get a deep golden brown for guaranteed crispness. It took 5 to 6 minutes in my waffle iron.
- Waffle iron - Not all appliances work the same way. Make sure to check the instructions that come with your waffle iron for the manufacturer recommendations on cooking time.
- Blender - You don't need a professional $$$ blender. Add all ingredients into any blender and blend until smooth (I have tried blending half the recipe in my Nutri Bullet and Vitamix with great success).
Using a silicone brush, brush a very thin layer of vegetable oil, coconut oil or melted butter on the iron.
If you’re not going to enjoy the healthy waffles straight off the iron, then place them in a single layer on a wire cooling rack.
Turn your oven to 200 degrees or warm setting and store the rack of fresh waffles in the oven until ready to enjoy.
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- Pre heat waffle iron according to manufactures instructions.
- In the mean time, add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth (it took about 2 minutes in my blender).
- Pour about ⅓ cup batter into each waffle plate and cook according to manufactures instructions until deep golden brown. (I cooked for 5 minutes in my waffle iron - cooking it shorter than that will yield a more beautiful golden color but does not crisp up)
- Remove waffles onto a plate and repeat with remaining batter. (The batter tends to thicken as it sits, so your last batch of waffles might be not so light as the first batch. You could stir in 2 to 4 tablespoons water or milk for the last batch, if the batter looks too thick).
- Serve hot with maple syrup.
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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