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. I work in grocery advertising at my 9-5, so conceptualizing & 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.
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)
- 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!
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.