These spelt waffles are sure to become a go-to in your home. You can vary the flour and make them with part white whole wheat or oat flour too.
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Waffles are a fun way to brighten your weekend or any day. These spelt waffles are always a hit with my family and friends.
Spelt Waffles – Adding Back an Ancient Grain
I often make waffles, pancakes, muffins, and banana bread 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. My favorite type of spelt is this sprouted spelt from One Degree Organics.
While I like to keep frozen, store-bought waffles on hand for a quick breakfast or snack for the kids, they don’t compare to homemade. 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 omit any preservatives. Not to mention it’s much more satisfying to serve and eat homemade waffles!
Our Other Favorite Waffle Recipes
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 some powdered sugar or a dollop of unsweetened or whipped cream too. Delicious!
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.
(Update: I first wrote this post when my kids were 6 and 8 years old. Now 12 and 14, we rarely have leftover waffles or pancakes…so if I want extra I have to make a double batch!)
Post text and pictures updated in December 2020.
- waffle maker
- 1 cup plain kefir or buttermilk full fat or low-fat
- 1 cup unsweetened oat milk (or use all kefir as indicated in my original recipe)
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/4 cup avocado or grapeseed oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups sprouted spelt flour (or use 1 cup spelt and 1 cup oat or white whole wheat)
- 2 tablespoons sugar or use honey or maple syrup (and combine with liquid ingredients)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat waffle iron.
- In a medium bowl, combine kefir/buttermilk, oat milk, and apple cider vinegar. Then mix in the oil and the eggs.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Pour in the liquid ingredients and stir to combine.
- Spray waffle maker with nonstick spray and ladle out the batter per waffle maker instructions. (If not sure, start with 1/4 or 1/3 cup of batter.) Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until waffle maker indicates waffle is done. Waffle should be golden brown.
- Use a fork to remove the waffle. Serve immediately or transfer to a wire cookie rack so that they don't get soggy on the bottom. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!