There’s nothing like fluffy, golden waffles to start your day. But let’s be honest: waffles aren’t always the most nutritious breakfast.
But this doesn’t mean that you have to do away with waffles! There are plenty of ways to make waffles healthier and more fulfilling — one way is to use whole wheat waffle mix.
Whether you’re using a premade mix or starting from scratch with whole wheat flour, the addition will add key minerals and vitamins to your breakfast. And that is only one of the benefits of whole wheat waffles.
If you’re interested in making homemade whole wheat waffles, keep reading!
How to Make Whole Wheat Waffles
To make whole wheat waffles, you’ll need your waffle iron and cooking spray on hand, as well as your ingredients. Many people use whole wheat waffles if they’re looking for a nutritious breakfast.
In our recipe for homemade whole wheat waffles, we use a tiny bit of brown sugar. You can also substitute this for coconut sugar or maple syrup (or you can leave it out entirely).
We also used buttermilk in our recipe, which means you're free to swap it out with any milk of your choice. As for toppings, adding strawberries or blueberries gives a boost of antioxidants and fruity flavor.
Whole Wheat Waffles vs Regular Waffles
Making whole wheat waffles doesn't have to be that different than making your average waffle. Some people might be afraid to use whole wheat flour because it could make your dish dense and flat, but that's simply not true!
The process of creating whole wheat flour involves crushing the entire wheat kernel; though it makes for a bulkier flour, it doesn’t mean that it’ll create a bulkier waffle.
All-purpose flour contains both hard and soft wheat, which means it's the best flour for all-around baking needs. That means it's the best flour to use in regular waffle recipes. Homemade waffle recipes usually use granulated sugar to help balance out the texture; this adds the necessary moisture to your mixture when you're using all-purpose flour in your waffle mix.
But if you don’t want white flour and sugar in your breakfast, you should make whole wheat waffles. Chances are that if you’re using a premade whole wheat waffle mix (like ours), the company already took precautions in making sure your waffles remain fluffy (which we did).
If you’re wondering where to get whole wheat waffle mix, we've got you covered! Our whole wheat waffle mix is delicious and fully and a great breakfast idea for you and your family. We also have tons of waffle recipe ideas for you to test out with your order of whole wheat waffle mix.
If you’re using a premade mix, your job is easy; our mix is literally a "just add water" mix (it doesn't get easier than that). But if you’d like to make your own waffle mixture, you’ll need a few extra ingredients. Here’s the list of ingredients for our homemade whole wheat waffles:
- Whole wheat flour – make sure to purchase a good-quality whole wheat flour.
- Baking powder – do not substitute with baking soda!
- Salt – you only need a small amount.
- Eggs – you’ll need two for this recipe (usually at room temperature).
- Butter – we use unsalted butter that's been softened.
- Brown sugar – you can also substitute with coconut sugar or maple syrup.
- Buttermilk – substitute with whole milk or any milk of your choice.
- Vanilla extract – make sure to buy a good-quality vanilla extract, it makes such a difference!
- Ground cinnamon – optional, but adds a great spice to your waffles.
We promise, the cinnamon compliments the whole wheat flour and brown sugar in this recipe. It will taste even better if you use a high-quality maple syrup!
Before we get to the baking, we've got a few baking tips to share with you to help you out before you make your homemade whole wheat waffles.
First, make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature. This allows them to combine with each other better and cook evenly.
Second, let your butter cool slightly after melting. Just as before, you want your ingredients to incorporate as easily as possible. You don’t want chunks of dry ingredients throughout your mix. You can also use softened butter to avoid having different consistencies throughout your batter.
Fourth, do not overmix your batter. When you overmix, you’re destroying the gluten within the flour that gives your waffles a light and fluffy effect.
Fifth, after combining your mixture, let it rest for about 20 minutes. This allows the chemical reactions between ingredients to take place. It’s important to give time for this to happen so that your waffle mix stays as consistent as possible.
Sixth, the best way to ensure that your waffles don’t burn or get stuck on your iron is to use cooking spray. This will create a nonstick surface so you don’t have to ruin the beautiful shape of your waffles to get them on your plate.
Finally, allow your waffles to cool slightly on a cooling rack! This will allow the steam to be released from the waffle without making them soggy — like what often happens on a plate.
Whole Wheat Waffles Recipe
With these tips in mind, you can cook your whole-wheat waffles. Here’s the full recipe for the best whole wheat waffles:
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar*
- 1 and 3/4 cups of buttermilk*
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- (Optional) 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients and let them come to room temperature, it’s time to make your waffles. Here’s how to make whole wheat waffles:
- Preheat your waffle maker to medium-high heat
- In a bowl, mix your flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt
- Whisk your remaining wet ingredients in a separate bowl
- Pour your wet ingredient mixture into your dry ingredients and mix until combined
- Pour about 1/3 cup of your batter into your greased waffle maker
- Cook your waffles until they’re golden brown, about 5-6 minutes
- Serve your waffles!
If you want to make your waffles even healthier, add some berries and honey to top your dish.
Whole Wheat Waffle Mix
Whole wheat waffles are a great option for those seeking a more fulfilling and heartier breakfast. Simple sugars and carbohydrates don’t keep you satiated for long, especially if you have a busy day ahead.
If you wish to use premade whole wheat waffle mix, do your research and choose a good-quality mix. We only use high quality flour in our mixes, because we know quality makes a difference. You can check out all of our waffle and pancake mixes to use in whatever future recipes you create!