Today, I had planned to write an ooey, gooey, heartfelt, overly emotional post about love, life and money. However, despite the urgings of some close Twitter followers, I am going to hold off on that post (maybe I’ll post it after I’ve consumed more liquid courage?) and instead, I’m going with a recipe.
BUT guys, don’t worry. It’s a really good recipe. Need some visual assurance?
I know, it’s just a waffle. I get that. BUT, it’s a very special waffle. (No, it doesn’t contain any hallucinogens or “special” herbs). However, this lovely, golden brown, soft and fluffy waffle also doesn’t contain any added sugar. No heaping cups of the crystal white stuff or gobs of packed brown sugar.
I know what you’re thinking, how on earth could something so decadent looking NOT have sugar? Well, it’s simple. Instead of sugar (or oil, for that matter) I used tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce. The natural sugars in the applesauce give the waffle all the sweetness it needs. Paired with freshly whipped cream and strawberries, these waffles taste just like the kind Mom would make on Saturday mornings.
And now, you can make them any ol day you want. Plus, you can eat them for lunch or dinner too! Oh the perks of being an adult.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
Whole Grain Waffles
Yields: About 4 1/2 waffles
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: About 5 minutes (2.5 on each side)
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs, separated
- 2 cups of skim milk
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat your waffle maker. Spray with cooking spray.
- Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. In another small bowl, combine egg YOLKS, milk and applesauce, stir until mixed. Pour into the flour mixture and stir well.
- In a small bowl, whip egg whites until a peak forms. Fold into the batter. Pour about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of batter into the waffle maker and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh fruit and whipped cream and enjoy!
Now, aren’t you glad I skipped feelings to talk waffles instead?
Nutritional information per waffle: 250 calories, 7 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein and 5 Weight Watchers points.