It’s mentioned quite a lot and mentioned a bit too much if you ask me, how a breakfast which includes the likes of waffles is seen as somewhat of an indulgence to those of us who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising. Waffles are only as unhealthy as the ingredients which go into making them though, otherwise there are some surprisingly healthy waffle recipes you can try.
Spiced Pumpkin Waffles
Oat flour – 2 to 2 1/4 cups
Salt – 3/4 teaspoon
Baking powder – 1 tablespoon
Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg – 1/4 teaspoon
Eggs – 3 large
Cloves or allspice – 1/4 teaspoon
Almond milk (unsweetened) – 2/3 cup
Pumpkin puree (packed) – 1/2 cup
Melted coconut oil – 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tablespoon
Maple syrup – 3 tablespoons
This recipe will serve three to four, with nutritional value that puts it right up there with the healthiest of any waffle recipes in existence as the calorie count amounts to a cool 547 per serving. Protein content is at 12 grams while the carbohydrates contained amount to 49 grams, with 34 grams of fat making up this recipe’s nutritional makeup.
Sweet Potato Whole Wheat Waffles
Oat flour – 1/2 cup
Whole wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups
Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
Baking powder – 1 tablespoon
Salt – 1/2 tablespoon
Pumpkin pie spice – 1 teaspoon
Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
Skim milk – 1 1/2 cups
Plain Greet yoghurt (fat free) – 1/2 cup
Canola oil – 4 tablespoons
Beaten eggs – 2 large
Fresh/canned sweet potato puree – 1 cup
Pure maple syrup – 2 tablespoons
This recipe serves 6-8 and will go down very well with anyone who loves sweet potato pie. This particular recipe is great for breakfast because of the slow-digesting whole grains and the nutritional composition will make any health nut grin from ear to ear in the knowledge that their total calorie intake here is only 261. As far as the nutrients go, protein content comes up to only 8 grams, carbohydrates – 37 grams and fat totals 9 grams.
Now, as far as preparation goes, it’s as easy as making waffles the “conventional way,” which means first mixing together the dry ingredients, then adding in and mixing the wet ingredients, and then finally baking the waffles with a waffle maker, many of which high-quality ones are available at www.expondo.co.uk.
As with any other recipe and preparation method, your discretion is always required, but otherwise waffle preparation generally takes the form of using a medium-to-large sized bowl, adding in the dry ingredients such as your baking powder, the type of flour required to make the specific waffle variety you’re baking and all the other dry ingredients. Mix with a balloon whisk until the consistency of the dry mix is smooth – you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you feel the mix with your fingers.
Next, pour in the wet ingredients, preferably starting with the binding agent such as the egg (if that forms part of the recipe) and then beating until the whole mixture only begins to get a bit harder, but not too hard since you don’t want the waffles to come out too heavy.
The mix is then good to bake to your liking!