Whole Wheat Applesauce Waffles with Gluten-Free Option

Whole Wheat Applesauce Waffles with Gluten-Free Option

These whole wheat applesauce waffles make for a healthy breakfast—even when served with real maple syrup! They are dairy-free and can be made with a gluten-free flour mix instead of whole wheat for a gluten-free option.

Waffles on a cooling rack with a side of cantaloupe and strawberries

I didn’t realize how much I loved to eat waffles until I actually started making them—and devouring them. Or how delicious REAL maple syrup tastes!

I admit, for many years I fell into the blissfully ignorant trap that is sugar-free syrup. I pretty much ate sugar-free anything. Not only are the artificial sweeteners questionable for their health risks, they play trickery with your brain and actually cause you to over eat.

In my case, it wasn’t biochemical trickery. It was more psychological. Since I’d eat fewer calories with the sugar-free syrup, I’d just eat ALL the pancakes, waffles and French toast—and rationalize that it was okay.

Waffles on a grey plate with a side of cantaloupe and strawberries

Now I’ll serve real maple syrup and real butter or ghee alongside breakfast, like these delicious whole wheat applesauce waffles, on a regular basis. This trio keeps me satiated all morning long—and I don’t feel guilty about my food choices.

Even though I have no cut out dairy, I’ll never forget how difficult it was to be comfortable eating butter again. No matter how ridiculous that might sound, the aftermath of a fat- and calorie-fearing mentality paves a long road to recovery. It took me nearly 10 years to discover the delightful world where butter or healthy fats are blended with coffee and generously slathered on whole wheat carbohydrates. I giggle and wince as I reminisce the misguided eating habits of the past.

Luckily we don’t live in the past. We live in the present. And today I happily present you with this recipe—a gift of mouthwatering whole wheat applesauce waffles.

Waffles on a grey plate with a side of cantaloupe and strawberries

Whole Wheat Applesauce Waffles Grocery List

Here is what you need to grab at the store. Be sure to check your pantry first!

  • eggs
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • whole wheat flour (or use a gluten-free flour mix, I use a variety by Namaste)
  • baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • unsweetened applesauce

Of course, you could make these waffles with a homemade crockpot applesauce. It’s extremely simple, cost effective and gives you better control of what’s in your food.

But recently, I have been buying a store bought applesauce from Costco (also sold on Amazon)! They carry an organic brand with no added sugar. My daughter eats applesauce like it’s her job, so buying it in bulk rather than making it in bulk is way easier for me in this stage of life.

Now that the applesauce discussion out of the way… Go whip out your whisk and waffle maker and get to work!

Waffles on a grey plate with a side of cantaloupe and strawberries

Waffles on a grey plate with a side of cantaloupe and strawberries

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Whole Wheat Applesauce Waffles

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 7 waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or use a gluten-free flour mix, this one works well)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup crockpot applesauce, or use an unsweetened, store-bought applesauce works as well

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  4. Heat the waffle iron. Once ready, grease the iron with non-stick spray then scoop 1/2 cup of batter into the iron. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes, depending on the waffle maker and heat setting.
  5. Remove and let cool on a wire rack, or serve immediately with maple syrup, ghee and your favorite fruit toppings.

Courses Breakfast

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 waffle

Amount Per Serving

Calories 266

% Daily Value

Total Fat 13 g

20%

Saturated Fat 10 g

50%

Unsaturated Fat 1 g

Cholesterol 60 mg

20%

Sodium 250 mg

10%

Total Carbohydrates 33 g

11%

Dietary Fiber 5 g

20%

Sugars 12 g

Protein 5 g

10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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