You'll love this Healthy Waffle Recipe with Flax Seed! These buttermilk waffles include whole wheat flour, wheat germ and almond extract. They're crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!
I'm so excited to share my healthy waffle recipe! It took two years to get this right.
They're the nutritious cousin of these waffles without milk, which also are delicious!
First, I need to tell you these aren't just delicious "for healthy waffles." They're delicious, period.
They're crispy on the outside, tender and fluffy on the inside, and not the least bit dense or heavy (unlike other versions I've tried). Best of all, you can really taste the almond flavor, along with a slight buttermilk tang.
My biggest pet peeve with homemade waffles and pancakes is they're often bland. The best way to fix that is to increase the salt and extract until some bold flavor pops. (Speaking of which, don't miss this collection of flavored pancake recipes!)
While developing this recipe, I tried using lots of vanilla, but it wasn't providing any oomph. So, I switched to my beloved almond extract, plus homemade buttermilk I got by adding lemon juice to my low-fat milk.
Buh-bye, bland. Hello, somethin', somethin'.
Finally, the ingredients list here contains white whole wheat flour, which I stock regularly, plus a tiny amount of white flour, just for texture.
There's also some flax seed meal and wheat germ. I've started buying these to add to my smoothies, breads, and whatever else needs to be healthified and fiberfied. (I'm just making up words now.)
But if you don't feel like purchasing the flax and wheat germ, you'll have to substitute something for them, such as oats. I haven't tried it, but I use oats in my Cinnamon Almond Multigrain Pancakes with good results.
Healthy Waffles with Flax Seed
- 1 ¾ cups low-fat buttermilk (or use low-fat milk + 1 ¾ tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- ½ cup flax seed meal
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar (or use 1 ½ packets Stevia)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- butter for serving
- maple syrup for serving
- berries for serving (optional)
- Heat your waffle iron and set it to medium (or whichever level you prefer).
- If making your own buttermilk, add the milk to a measuring cup and stir in the lemon juice or vinegar. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk your eggs. Add your oil, applesauce, and almond extract to the bowl. Add the buttermilk and whisk to mix it in.
- Add all of your dry ingredients (white whole wheat flour, flax seed, wheat germ, all-purpose flour, sugar or Stevia, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well to mix.
- Follow the directions for your waffle iron regarding how much batter to scoop onto the iron. (My waffle iron takes two cups of batter at a time, which is half of the batter made in this recipe.) Scoop the appropriate amount of batter into the center of your waffle iron and spread the batter evenly with the back of a spoon. Close the iron and let the waffles cook until the waffle iron beeps, gives a green light, or whatever yours does to indicate the waffles are done.
- Carefully remove the cooked waffles with two forks and set them on a dish or platter. Continue cooking the next batch of waffles using the rest of the batter (according to your waffle iron's instructions). I get two batches of waffles (four each time) for a total of eight, square, Belgian waffles.
- Serve with butter, maple syrup and berries, if you wish. Freeze any extra waffles in freezer bags. To reheat, toast them in the toaster and then pop them into the microwave for another 10 seconds or so if needed. (Or, you can store extra batter in the refrigerator for three days.)