Build your own waffle bar by implementing these fun topping ideas. Includes a recipe for whole wheat oat waffles for a guilt-free breakfast treat, as well as ideas for waffle toppings!
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 to make this delectable waffle bar.
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.
Ideas for Waffle Toppings
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?
Waffle Bar Toppings
For the waffle bar toppings, I did a mix of fruity, crunchy, and sweet. Here’s a waffle toppings list to help you shop and prepare:
- Sliced Strawberries
- Sliced Bananas
- Peanut Butter or Chopped Peanuts
- Chopped Chocolate or Mini Chocolate Chips
- Raspberries or Blueberries
- Whipped Cream
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. Waffle toppings really do make everything better.
Waffle Bar Ideas For Crowds
- To keep waffles warm, heat over to 200 degrees then place a metal cooling rack on a baking sheet and place in oven. After making each waffle, place them on the wire baking sheet until the remaining waffles finish then serve all at once. This will allow the waffles to stay crisp without getting soggy.
- Use a variety of bowl sizes to place the waffle bar toppings in. Fresh fruits are typically the most coveted topping, so it’s usually best to set out larger bowls of those. Whereas peanut butter and granola can go a long way.
- Fresh whipped cream is my favorite thing to put with homemade waffles. You can also use tubbed or canned whipped cream for easy prep.
Whole Wheat Oat Waffles
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs separated
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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 (1 1/2-2 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 1/4-1/2 cup of batter into preheated waffle maker and cook according to the manufacturers instructions.
Top & enjoy!
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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.
I love waffle bars! You can also just toast some frozen waffles.
Debra Andrews says
Butter, peanut butter, jelly and syrup on a waffle is not overkill. It’s delicious. We did it as kids. We also did it on pancakes. You can leave the syrup off like my mom did.
awsome! i am going to use this for a slummber party! i put butter and sugar-cinnomin on mine
Melinda Pollard says
Love this idea- so cute!
this such a fun idea for a relaxed brunch! Simple but brilliant.
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
This post is simply awesome, Melissa! I love the combination of flours you used, but I’m even more impressed by the idea of a waffle bar in and of itself. The possibilities are endless!
Irene - One O says
Hi Melissa! I just discovered your blog thanks to Craftgawker and I must say I really love it! Your projects, your pictures, the colors you choose <3
Thanks so much, Irene!
Nadine Roper says
In college I was introduced to what I call heaven: top the waffle (or pancakes) with butter (or I can’t believe it’s not butter, as the case may be), then some super chunk peanut butter (creamy is also tasty), then some jelly or jam (flavor is up to you…I prefer blackberry or strawberry) and then….the coup de gras…cover with butter flavor maple syrup. Yes, absolutely overkill….beyond a days calories, evil…and heaven.
That sounds like overkill, but delicious nonetheless! I have yet to put peanut butter & jelly on a waffle, but I’ve heard a few other people say they liked that combo. So, I may have to try that one of these days…
Jill J. says
My mother in law does this every Christmas morning and I love it. She mostly has different berries, whipped cream, butter and syrup out but I am going to encourage chocolate chips next year! The weirdest thing I put on waffles is peanut butter but I guess that’s not too weird. :)
Classy with a Kick
That sounds like such a fun tradition! Now I want to do that every Christmas morning, too! Or every morning of the year for that matter. Haha