Monday, December 22, 2014

Crispy {Healthier} Waffles

Those darned liege wafels make me want to eat Nutella on my waffles. All the time. It's irresistible. Especially now that I was able to go back to NY for a bit and have another taste of my beloved Wafels and Dinges. *Le sigh* I really need to redouble my efforts to recreate their waffles (maaaaybe after the wedding, though.)
Hey-you remember those "leggo my Eggo" commercials (heck...they may still have them on. Perhaps just on children's channels?) Anyway...toaster waffles. They're a thing but they've never really done it for me. However I have a hard time finding the time or energy to make myself a legit. breakfast in the morning. Usually I just grab something small and easy that is sitting around. If there's nothing healthy...then cookies happen.

Which I know is bad.
But-good news! I've learned that if I break waffles into fourths and freeze them I can then re-heat them in the toaster and eat them up in the morning time with very little fuss! And if you make your waffles fairly healthyish...it's a pretty good breakfast. (Yes...I realize...nutella does not a healthy breakfast make. Pretend I used almond butter.)
These waffles are great because they use whole wheat flour and coconut oil to make them a bit healthier plus they have rice cereal in them! Which is a unique and fun little spin that adds a bit of extra crispness.

(But...pssst....these waffles are still my favoritest.)

I love this new breakfast hack so much that I am much more motivated to occasionally make a bunch of waffles because I know that I'm going to be having some gooood breakfasts for a few days, at least! And I know little cheats like this will make my life easier when I-eventually-start having kiddos. 

Now I'm trying to thick of really healthy waffles I could try to make to feed my theoretical, down the road, children....yepp. Par for the course with my brain.


Crispy {Healthier} Waffles

Adapted, slightly, from Simple Bites

Makes 4-5 Belgian waffles or 8-12 other waffles.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup canola or coconut oil
Preparation:
  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, cereal, cornstarcg, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl or large measuring cup whisk together the egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract, and oil.
  • Using a wire whisk or electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form (or soft peaks are also fine in this recipe).
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Gently fold in the egg whites. Don't over mix!
  • Cook according to waffle maker directions.
  • Serve!
  • After completely cooled, store leftovers in a freezer bag and reheat in the toaster as needed.
These are some of the prettiest waffles I have evah seen.
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