Something revolutionary happened over Christmas. Something life-changing. Something along the lines of getting a new waffle maker. After moving this past summer, I quickly realized that the sketchy waffle maker I previously owned hadn’t quite made its way to the new place. I can’t tell you the amount of times in the last 6 months that I’ve tried to make waffles, only to realize that I didn’t quite own a waffle maker. It even once went as far as mixing the batter before I realized my ownership of a waffle maker was non-existent. Talk about the struggles of having to make pancakes out of waffles.
As these photos show, you can imagine how overboard my first waffle-making experience got. We have a little bit of everything happening here today. A little sweet, a little fruity, and a whole lot delicious. One of the little perks to food blogging is getting to occasionally taste-test new & exciting products in the grocery world. I work in grocery advertising at my 9-5, so concepting & executing different ways to show “simple” products is what I do daily. But when I’m able do it with total creative freedom for the blog, it’s always guaranteed to be a fun time.
I decided to experiment with ways to make the waffle base a little healthier, while spicing things up with lots of options for simple toppings (many of which, you probably already have in your cupboard). For the waffle batter, I used a mix of whole wheat, all-purpose, and oat flour to add in a little extra fiber. Heck, if I’m going to top them with chocolate chips, I better add some kind of nutritional value wherever I can, right? What’s also nice is that the new Deliciously Simple spread has a creamy, buttery taste that is made with simple ingredients like non-fat yogurt and vegetable oil. Which makes it a perfect topper buddy for your favorite sweet or savory breakfast dish. I prefer sweet, but hey, that’s just me.
Other than the 30 Days of Cookies butter throw-down, I really don’t work much butter into my day-to-day diet. Mainly because I’m usually too exhausted after work to actually make something other than cereal, but also because I’ve just been trying to go the more clean route these past few months. I was happy to hear that the Deliciously Simple spread was made with natural, simple ingredients. And what I loved even more was how they illustrated this on their website. No, this isn’t some trick to get you to their website, but I seriously scrolled up and down that page like 10 times just because it was so fun to see how it interacted. Maybe it’s the designer in me, but this kind of stuff fascinates me. Who knew a creamy spread could look so fun.
Try and tell me you don’t just want to gobble this right up. The waffles, the berries, the chocolate, the whole nine-yards. If I could have an waffle bar embedded in my kitchen, I’d do it.
|Whole Wheat Oat Waffles|| |
- ¾ cup oat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ tablespoons butter
- 1¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs, separated
- Preheat your waffle maker according to manufacturers instructions.
- In a large bowl, mix together oat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat flour, sugar, and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, oil, and vanilla.
- In a third bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks are formed (1½-2 minutes).
- Add milk and egg yolk mixture to the flour mixture and slowly mix until combined. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, trying to keep as much volume as possible. Set batter aside & let stand for 3-5 minutes until it slightly thickens.
- Pour ¼-1/2 cup of batter into preheated waffle maker and cook according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Top & enjoy!
I’ve heard of some crazy waffle toppers in my days, but now I want to hear what YOU top your waffles with. Strawberries, sugar, honey? The craziest one wins a prize. The prize being the satisfaction of knowing your waffle-topping-risk-taking abilities are so much more daring than mine.