These oat waffles are so delicious your kids will never know they are healthy! Made with wholesome ingredients such as oats and Greek yogurt, they will help get everyone’s day off to a great start.
Mornings. How they go can really set the tone for the rest of the day.
Breakfast = an important part of mornings. While my kids usually have cereal a few mornings a week, I like to mix it up with homemade breakfasts such as French toast, pancakes, mini egg frittatas, and waffles.
My whole family loves waffles.
And I actually find waffles easier to make than pancakes since there is minimal monitoring, no gas flames, and no flipping required. My new waffle maker even beeps to let me know when they are ready.
Nordic Waffle Love
I have wanted a heart-shaped waffle maker for years and am so glad I finally got it! It’s very common in Scandinavia, but here we most often see Belgian waffle makers.
The heart shape of these waffles, along with their thinness, is one of the reasons I deemed them “nordic-style.” The addition of whipped cream and jam or fresh berries makes them truly nordic. (Of course, I feel I must tell you that in Scandinavia, waffles and pancakes are traditionally eaten as a dessert or sweet treat–not breakfast! But these days, with healthier versions of these foods popping up everywhere, that may be changing!)
Weekday Morning Waffle Tips
Now, if you are thinking, there is no way I am getting up early to make waffles from scratch on a weekday morning for my family, I get it, so why not try one of the following:
- Stir together the dry ingredients the night before. Put out your waffle maker next to the bowl so you are ready to go in the morning. (Maybe program that coffee maker too!)
- Batch cook waffles on the weekend and freeze. (I always freeze extra waffles, they store super well in resealable plastic bags and are goof for everything from quick breakfasts to after school snacks. You can even make them savory and top with ham or smoked salmon!)
- Have a tween or teen? Enlist them to be the waffle maker! (I loved making waffles as a child, though it was probably usually a weekend activity!)
These oat waffles are great because they are packed with nutrition and taste. They only have 1 tablespoon of sugar, but you could even skip that.
- oat flour => whole grains + soluble fiber
- coconut flour => fiber + fat + protein
- flax meal => omega-3 fatty acids
- eggs => protein, vitamins & minerals
- butter or coconut oil => fat for staying power and to balance out any sugary toppings
- Skyr or Greek yogurt => protein + calcium
- ¾ cup plain Skyr or Greek yogurt
- 1 cup coconut milk beverage (or milk of choice) (add more if batter is too thick)
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 cup oat flour (make sure certified gluten-free if needed)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat waffle maker. (For this recipe I use a European-style, thin waffle maker; I have not tested it on a Belgian waffle maker).
- In a medium bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, milk, eggs, and melted butter or oil.
- In another bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: oat flour, coconut flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until blended.
- Ladle into waffle maker according to waffle maker instructions. (Mine takes ⅓ cup at a time).
- When a waffle is ready, transfer it to a wire cookie rack before serving. Enjoy!
Get Creative with Toppings
Top with your favorite toppings, be creative. If your kids love maple syrup (mine do!), remember that it’s very calorie dense and little goes a long way. Pour a tablespoon into a dipping bowl for them. We try to mix it up, with other toppings such as:
- Vanilla yogurt
- Unsweetened whipped cream
- Whipped coconut cream
- Cashew cream
- Powdered sugar
- Chia jam or other jam
- Frozen, heated berries
- Fresh berries or sliced fruit
- Smoked salmon or thinly sliced ham
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- Almond slivers