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Healthy Waffle Recipe

This Healthy Waffle Recipe is the absolute BEST! They're flavorful, perfectly sweetened, and have soft, chewy interiors with slightly crisp exteriors. These waffles are made with good-for-you, natural ingredients without any refined sugars, flour, or butter. But don't worry-- you won't need a trip to a health food store -- all the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy waffle recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 -8 waffles (depending on your waffle iron)
Calories 162kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $4.52

Equipment

  • Waffle Iron

Ingredients

Waffle Recipe Healthy

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted and lightly salted cashews (Note 1)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (Note 2)
  • 3/4 cup milk (Note 3)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, optional
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • For topping: pure maple syrup, coconut whipped cream, fresh fruit, chia seeds, etc.

Optional: Raspberry Smash Topping

  • 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) fresh, ripe raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the waffle iron. If you won't be eating waffles right away and want to keep waffles warm, see Note 5.
  • BLEND: Add everything in the order listed to a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth, about 90-120 seconds. Scrape down sides and blend longer if needed. The batter is ready when there aren't any chunks of oats or cashews.
  • COOK: If your waffle iron or pan has a nonstick surface, don't use cooking spray. (Cooking spray builds up on nonstick surfaces and eventually becomes tacky, ruining that non-stick coating.) If it doesn't have a nonstick surface, grease with cooking spray. Add a measured 1/3 cup of batter from the blender into each cavity. Use all the batter in the blender -- scraping it out with a spatula if needed.
    Most waffle irons will signal to let you know the waffle is done. If your waffle maker doesn't have that feature, watch for the steam to stop seeping out the sides. Never open your iron until the steam has stopped! Right out of the waffle iron, place each waffle on a wire cooling rack.
  • ENJOY: Serve waffles enjoying as is or with a drizzle of syrup, a dollop of whipped cream, and/or fresh fruit (like bananas or strawberries).
    OPTIONAL RASPBERRY SMASH: Prepare while waffles are cooking. In a small bowl, mash the raspberries with a fork. Add in the flaxseeds and mix through. Serve atop waffles with a drizzle of syrup.
  • FREEZE LEFTOVER WAFFLES: To freeze: Allow waffles to cool completely at room temperature. Place the cooled waffles on a parchment-paper-lined tray. Place that tray in the freezer until the waffles are fully frozen, about 1-2 hours. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. To thaw: Use the microwave, toaster, or oven to reheat. We like popping them in our toaster. Frozen waffles can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Notes

Note 1: Cashews: We love roasted and lightly salted cashews best — more flavor without any extra effort on your part. Raw cashews won't deliver the right flavor.
Note 2: Coconut oil: Measure in the melted state. Butter or ghee (melted) can also be used. 
Note 3: Milk: Any plant-based milk will work in these waffles; we like unsweetened vanilla almond milk best. And if you prefer, regular dairy milk can be used as well.
Note 4: Pure maple syrup: Not to be confused with corn syrup or pancake syrup, pure maple syrup is the sap from a maple tree that has been boiled down to a thicker consistency. It’s just one ingredient -- a sugar naturally derived from nature! We tested honey and while it worked, the flavor was a bit overpowering.
Note 5: Keeping waffles warm:
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Place a cooling rack on a large sheet pan. As soon as you pull the waffle from the waffle iron, place it on the cooling rack in a single layer.
  • Place that sheet pan in the oven until ready to eat.
  • If you'll be eating the waffles right away, just set them on a wire cooling rack right out of the waffle iron and serve from there.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.5g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 16.2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 32.7mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 6.5g