Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

How to make FLUFFY whole wheat waffles! You can't even tell they are made with whole wheat flour. Great flavor, easy healthy waffles! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Ok, speak up. When’s the last time you had a truly phenomenal, omg-I’m-going-to-cry-these-are-so-good waffle?

Wait, don’t you talk like that?

But seriously. Name your last great waffle. I don’t even think I can remember it. Maybe last year when I made my recipe for buttermilk waffles again? But I honestly don’t think I’ve used my waffle maker in our new house. In fact, I had to search boxes in the basement for it to test this recipe.

WAFFLES ARE UNDERRATED! Why don’t we make them more often??

How to make FLUFFY whole wheat waffles! You can't even tell they are made with whole wheat flour. Great flavor, easy healthy waffles! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Face it– they’re better than pancakes. Waffles have nooks and crannies for maximum melted butter and maple syrup storage. You don’t have to stand there and flip each individual one; the waffle maker does all the work for ya. When done right, waffles are a texture freak’s dream; they’re crisp on the edges, but soft in the centers. I don’t even want to dream about a “crispy” pancake. I think that just means burnt. A burnt pancake.

So yeah, waffles vs pancakes. There’s really no contest.

I suppose the reason I don’t make waffles often is because they aren’t the healthiest way to begin the day. And aren’t those the rules? Always start healthy? ish? And if I’m going to splurge before 12pm, it’s going to be a plate of big giant cinnamon rolls or frosted donuts with enough rainbow sprinkles to make a unicorn jealous.

But that all changed last month. I had a hankering for waffles one weekend. Didn’t feel like starting my day with a plate of empty calories, so I worked on a whole wheat version.

How to make fluffy whole wheat waffles on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Turns out, it’s pretty difficult to produce a whole wheat waffle that’s not only crisp on the edges, but soft and airy in the centers. Not too dense, not too heavy. Light and fluffy like the white flour version. It’s a tall order, but the secret lies within the ratio of ingredients. You see, whole wheat flour is much heartier than all-purpose; it weighs down anything it touches. To keep things springy, I used enough baking powder for lift. Buttermilk prevents the waffles from drying out (as whole wheat flour does to everything!) and melted butter keeps it all so very… yum.

(Seriously, don’t leave out the butter. They’ll taste bland! They’ll taste dry! They’ll taste… blah! While these are definitely healthier waffles, we don’t want them to taste healthy. We want them to taste like you’re indulging.)

How to make fluffy whole wheat waffles on sallysbakingaddiction.com

So all super basic ingredients, but like I said– it’s the ratio that matters. Make sure you add a dose of cinnamon for flavor and for a little necessary sweetness, a little brown sugar. If an unrefined sugar sounds better to you, I’ve tried these with coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup over the past several weeks (yes, baby’s been getting A LOT of whole wheat waffles in the 3rd trimester). All verrrrrry good. Especially the maple syrup– you get extra extra maple flavor in your stack!

How to make FLUFFY whole wheat waffles! You can't even tell they are made with whole wheat flour. Great flavor, easy healthy waffles! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

And now? It’s your turn to enjoy waffles for breakfast. Because we all know it’s been too long!

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Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-9 waffles
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Here’s how to make fluffy whole wheat waffles with easy healthy ingredients. Best way to start your morning!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260g) whole wheat flour (spoon & levelved)
  • 3 teaspoons (1 Tbsp) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar*
  • 1 and 3/4 cup (420ml) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle maker on medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until combined and no large lumps remain.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into each well of the waffle maker (or less if your waffle maker is on the smaller side) and close the lid. Cook the waffles util golden brown and crisp, 5-6 minutes. (You can keep waffles warm in a 200°F (93°C) preheated oven until all are finished!)
  4. Serve warm waffles with your favorite toppings!


Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Waffles are best enjoyed the same day. Refrigerate any extras for a couple days. Waffles can be frozen up to 3 months, then warmed in the toaster.
  2. Sugar:You can also try coconut sugar, granulated sugar, or honey.

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How to make FLUFFY whole wheat waffles! You can't even tell they are made with whole wheat flour. Great flavor, easy healthy waffles! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

93 Comments

  1. Waffles are my favorite! Pancakes are just soggy, blegh. I can’t wait to make these! I love the taste of whole-wheat flour better than white anyway 🙂

  2. I’m a huge fan of pancakes/waffles in the morning, but also hate eating something first thing (even on the weekend) that I know has no nutritional value. These waffles are the PERFECT compromise (side sausage + maple syrup + fruit? yes please), and it i reaaaaally hard to find a good ww waffle.

    Can’t wait to try!

    1. Maybe breakfast for dinner? I feel better eating the whole indulgent breakfast shebang at dinnertime. It’s so weird 😉 Anyway, let me know if you try them!

  3. I’m so glad you came out with a whole wheat waffle recipe! I’ve tried so many recipes out there that totally flop on the whole wheat game for waffles. Can’t wait to try yours as I’ve never had one of your recipes do me wrong! 🙂

  4. I luvvvvvvvv waffles; my favorite being coconut pandan, but haven’t been able to make any more since my waffle maker broke down. However, with these, I’ll gladly contemplate the idea of running to the store. Can’t wait to make these!!

  5. Waffles and I have a very strong relationship. My mom has a recipe which is quite frankly, my favourite. I have tried others, but her’s is whole wheat and oat and none on the white flour ones feel like breakfast to me. Your recipe is almost exactly like her’s – minus the oats. She is coming up next week and I will definitely give this a try! I’m super excited! 

  6. What kind of waffle maker do you have? I just purchased a Belgium Waffle Maker and feel like I need to get another more traditional one.

  7. It really has been AGES since I’ve had waffles, let alone dragged out my waffle maker and made them myself! I too am firmly on team waffles vs pancakes – they’re classier and easier to make. Plus, who’s ever heard of a “pancake bar?” If I don’t try these out this weekend, I am FOR SURE making them next weekend. Maybe not for breakfast. Breakfast for dinner maybe? 🙂

  8. I actually dug out the waffle iron a few weeks ago for leftover mashed potatoes. Added ingredients like a loaded potatoe and put them in the waffle maker delish !! Now I’ll use it for what it’s really made for these yummy looking waffles can’t wait for Saturday morning to get here !

  9. Sally, is there any reason you dont whip the egg whites separately in this version as you do in the classic? Just curious! thanks!

  10. I made waffles last weekend for breakfast to go with our freshly picked blueberries, topped with whipped cream and maple syrup. I’ve been getting creative with waffles and last year tried a carrot cake waffle (with raisins, of course). The possibilities are endless. I’ve been mixing whole wheat pastry flour with AP flour with good success. Can’t wait to try out your version, especially since it doesn’t require separation of eggs. I always undercook (just until light brown) any leftovers so they toast up perfectly in the toaster/toaster oven or back into the waffle iron to crisp up. Soggy waffles=ugh.

  11. Team Waffle here too! I have a great recipe for pumpkin waffles I got from Smitten Kitchen that are a regular in our fall breakfast-for-dinner rotation. I’ve also made carrot waffles, cornbread, apple cider waffles, and ham-and-cheddar waffles that are delicious. Can’t wait to try these!

  12. Sally, how did you know? I was on your site last week searching for a waffle recipe and was a bit disappointed to find that there was only one! Thank you for responding to my call for more waffle recipes. I’ve recently bought a waffle maker (for $3 at a garage sale, woot!), and I can’t wait to use it to make these.

  13. Yummmm! I’ll have to try these and compare to your awesome whole wheat pancake recipe! (I would personally choose pancakes but let’s see if this changes my mind!). Oh wait. First I need a waffle maker! Lol

  14. Oh yum! I too favour waffles, and knowing they’re healthier but still tasty sounds great to me! My Mom gave me her waffle iron last month since she never uses it so now I finally have an excuse to use it myself 😉 

  15. I tried these this morning with whole wheat pastry flour! Other than that I followed the recipe. They were delicious- not too wheat-y as my daughter put it.

  16. I made these waffles yesterday, and I cannot believe how good they are! I used honey instead of brown sugar, and I was able to make exactly seven waffles in my Belgian waffle maker. These are the best waffles I have ever tasted, and I highly recommend any waffle lover to try these. Thank you for posting the great recipe, Sally!

  17. Looking forward to trying this recipe soon! The older I get the more I realize how important it is to have a simple go-to homemade pancake or waffle recipe.
    I found that with my pancakes, if I separate the egg and add the beaten egg white AFTER I’ve mixed everything together, it adds another level of fluffiness to the pancake. Curious if this would also have the same effect with these waffles. Worth a shot! I’ll let you know how it goes 😉

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