Thursday, November 17, 2011

Whole-grain Waffles with Berry Syrup

Saturday mornings is a time our family looks forward to every week, because we wake up and make breakfast together. The kids help mix, stir, pour, and beat some kind of concoction (pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, omelets, etc.). My husband brews the coffee (that's about all he is good for since he's not quite awake yet!), and I help with the cooking and clean-up. 

Last Saturday we made these whole-grain waffles that have omega rich flax seeds, fiber filled oats, and whole-wheat flour topped with a berry infused maple syrup. So delicious! 

**This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light. See the original recipe here .

Waffles Recipe
Serves: 2 Prep: 10  minutes  Cooking Time: 5 minutes

2 TB flaxseed meal (I use whole flaxseeds and pulverize them in a coffee grinder)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 TB olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 TB agave syrup or honey

Syrup Recipe

 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups frozen cherries  
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1 orange or lemon, zested (optional)  
3 TB cornstarch
1/4 cup water

1. In a medium sized bowl combine the flaxseed meal, flours, oatmeal, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.
2. Combine milk, eggs, oil, vanilla and agave in a small bowl.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir till just moist. 
4. Spray your hot waffle iron with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup of batter to the waffle iron. Spreading batter to the edges. Let waffle cook (if your waffle iron doesn't tell you when the waffle is done, they should cook 5-6 minutes or until the steaming stops). 
5. Meanwhile in a medium sized saucepan, combine blueberries through zest. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup cold water and the cornstarch. Whisk well together and add to the saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Take off heat and serve over hot waffles.
Who likes to change it up?

~~Instead of flaxseed or oatmeal use wheat germ or oat bran. 
~Add 1/4 tsp nutmeg and/or 1/4 tsp ginger to waffle batter for more spice.
~Use soy, coconut or almond milk instead of cow's milk. 
~Try other frozen fruit like blackberries, raspberries, etc. 


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