Did you know that this past week was National Waffle Week? It runs through Saturday, September 8th! Now is the perfect time to celebrate this week with the start of September, start of school and work getting back to normal. Although we missed the beginning of the celebration, it’s not too late to talk about this delicious breakfast!
When you think of waffles, do the waffles from diners come to mind? I know I think of the ones with chocolate syrup, maple syrup, raspberry syrup and whatever other topping you can think of.
Did you know that you some simple tips can help you make your traditional waffle a more balanced breakfast? Luckily, I’m here to let you know how you can take your waffle to the next level!
6 Tips to Spice Up Your Waffle
- Make your own homemade waffle batter with whole-wheat flour! Not only will this provide some fiber in your meal, but it adds a little extra protein as well! If you are not a fan of whole wheat flour, try making a batter with half whole wheat flour and half white flour.
- There are other types of flours that you can try out for a flavor/texture twist. You can try almond, coconut and even oat flour! Check out my blog here that talks about 5 different types of flours you can try.
- Chop up your choice of fruits such as strawberries, bananas, blueberries, peaches and apples for a fruity kick. You can mix them in the batter or add on top after they’re done. Not only will they sweeten your waffles, but they are also a good source of antioxidants and vitamins!
- Sprinkle with peanuts, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts or any nuts that you prefer for an added crunch. You can even spread some peanut butter on top!
- Top off your waffles with a spread of low-fat Greek yogurt or drizzle with honey! The Greek yogurt will add more protein and the honey adds bit of sweetness.
- Try adding some healthy fats such as flaxseed, chia seeds or dark chocolate chips into the batter for added nutrients and antioxidants!
Easy Waffle Prep
Don’t have time in the morning to make waffles? Make your waffles the night before. Keep refrigerated overnight and have your toppings already prepared. In the morning – Viola! – heat and enjoy within minutes!
You can also prepare waffles in bulk at the beginning of the week and keep them frozen. The night before you want to have a waffle for breakfast, take out of freezer and place in fridge to defrost. It’ll be ready to enjoy by morning, just pop it in the toaster oven!
Whatever way you choose to make your waffles – the day of, night before, or the week before – setting aside your choice of toppings the night before will always keep you prepared!
Whether you whip up some waffles for breakfast or just want a quick dessert, there are various ways you can get creative and enjoy this sweet treat!
Your turn to take action: How creative will you get with your waffles? Let me know in the comments below.