I know I know I know- you can just buy a frozen waffle and put it in the toaster, but Nutty Multigrain Waffles are SO MUCH BETTER!
Spending way too many weekends traveling to swim meets and staying in hotels that offer free breakfast lead my son to become obsessed with waffles. For his 9th birthday, one of his presents was a waffle iron. We made them so often that the waffle maker died. This January for his 14th birthday, I gave him a new waffle iron. This one is fancy. It flips just like the ones in the hotel. He was honestly excited when he unwrapped it.
For a kid that burns about a million calories a day, eating a white, fluffy, and buttery waffle covered in chocolate chips and syrup is harmless. He actually eats 2 or 3 without pause. For his 40 year old parents, a waffle like that is simply off limits.
Using a recipe from my mom’s collection, which she says was my grandma’s recipe, I altered some ingredients to create a filling and hearty multigrain waffle. With more protein and whole grains that take time to digest, a waffle like this gets my husband to lunch without his “I’m going to faint I’m so hungry” text being sent to me around 10:30am.
These truly are delicious on their own. However, a little peanut butter or Balsamic Strawberry Sauce goes well too. Breakfast made in the kitchen is SO much better than breakfast from the freezer aisle at the grocery store.
- 1 cup oats - ground in mini-prep or Ninja to coarse meal
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup spelt flour (or regular all purpose flour)
- 1/3 cup flaxmeal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 4 Tbsp oil ( I used combo of canola and coconut)
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts/seeds (I used combo of pecans, cashews, and sunflower seeds) Run through the mini prep a few times to chop up, but not too fine
- Cooking spray for waffle iron.
- Preheat waffle iron.
- In a large bowl, whisk together ground oats, cornmeal, spelt, flax meal, salt, and baking powder.
- Beat 3 egg yolks with brown sugar and vanilla. Add oil and buttermilk, and combine thoroughly.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients.
- Beat 3 egg whites to stiff peaks. Gently fold into batter.
- Let batter rest 10 minutes.
- Gently stir in chopped nuts.
- Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Add about 1 1/2 ladle of batter, spreading to the edges.
- Cook according to waffle maker's instructions. Mine has a green light when it's "ready"which takes about 5-7 minutes.
- Serve warm.
- Can be frozen and reheated in toaster oven.