I often make waffles, and pancakes for that matter, with spelt flour. Spelt is an ancient whole grain wheat that has a slightly nutty taste and a light, airy consistency when used in baked goods. I find that it’s nice to mix things up a bit and not always cook with the same flours.
Making your own waffles does take a little more time than heating up frozen waffles. But the benefit of making them yourself is that you control the ingredients—you can reduce the sugar, use healthful fat, add extra protein, make sure they are whole grain, and, of course, omit any preservatives. Not to mention it’s much more satisfying to serve and eat homemade waffles!
- 2 cups plain, low-fat kefir or buttermilk
- ¼ cup organic canola or grapeseed oil
- 2 cups spelt flour (or use ½ spelt, ½ white wheat flour)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar or honey
- 3 eggs
- Cooking spray, such as coconut oil
- Preheat waffle iron.
- In a large bowl, mix together flours through sugar. (If using honey add to liquid ingredients).
- Measure out kefir or buttermilk and pour into another bowl. Add eggs and oil to kefir/buttermilk and whisk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Ladle amount into waffle maker and cook until golden brown. Serve immediately or transfer to a cookie rack so they don’t get soggy on the bottom.
Serve your waffles with any delicious toppings you may have on hand. Get creative. Pure maple syrup is always wonderful, but your waffle will be even prettier, not to mention healthier, with a little fresh fruit. Nuts, seeds, and shredded coconut are also fun. And occasionally, you may want to add a dollop of unsweetened or very lightly sweetened whipped cream too. Delicious!
Be sure to freeze leftover waffles to have on hand for a quick breakfast or snack. Simply place them in resealable plastic bags, label, and freeze. Then heat them in the microwave or toaster. I can’t tell you how many mornings these have saved me when I am in a rush but the kids want waffles. I do the same for pancakes.