Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles

If you're a waffle fan, please give these a try. Everyone needs a solid waffle recipe in their back pocket, and I'm quite sure these are the end of the waffle conversation for me. You're looking at the waffles I make for every family brunch. They're the waffles requested by my seven-year old nephew when he spends the night - the ones he like from breakfast and dinner ;) And they're the ones included in Near & Far.

I've made them dozens of times, in both Belgian and standard waffle irons. The batter is a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flours along with rolled oats. This combination conspires with lots of buttermilk to give each waffle a nice, moist interior, and a crisp, and beautifully golden crust. A bit of rice flour (or organic cornstarch) keeps the batter from cooking up damp and heavy. You can also play around with the batter. I tend to keep the ratio of whole wheat to all-purpose flour constant, but sometimes trade in wheat germ for the oats. Or add a bunch of chopped chives and herbs, or a few tablespoons of cacao powder for a chocolate version and chocolate chips when I really want to score points with the kids.

Whole Wheat Waffle Recipe
Whole Wheat Waffle Recipe

A couple pro tips: mix up the dry ingredients and keep in a mason jar(s) for easy morning-of assembly. I sometimes do a double or triple batch of the dry ingredients, divide into jars, and keep them on hand for a last-minute cabin, or brunch adventure. Once you combine the dry ingredients, the batter comes together in a flash with just buttermilk, eggs, and butter.

You can also see them on Tara's site (Seven Spoons), and Madeline's too (Madeline Marie). Enjoy! -h

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Whole Wheat Waffles

1 cup | 4.5 oz | 120 g whole wheat flour
2 cups | 9 oz | 225 g all-purpose flour

1/2 cup | 1.75 oz | 50 g rolled oats or 1/2 cup | 1.5 oz | 40 g wheat germ

4 oz | 110 g organic cornstarch or rice flour
2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups | 1 L buttermilk
1/2 cup | 4 oz | 115 g butter, melted and cooled
4 eggs, separated

Preheat the oven to 225°F | 110°C. Combine the flours, oats, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, and egg yolks. In a third bowl, using an egg beater or an electric mixer, beat the egg whites into stiff peaks.

Heat the waffle maker, and when it is ready, add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture just starts to come together. Dollop the egg whites across the top of the batter and fold until uniform, using a few strokes as possible.

Use a scoop to ladle the batter into your waffle iron and cook until deeply golden and crisp. Transfer to the warm oven while you make the remaining waffles--the dry heat of the oven helps them set a bit. Any leftover batter will keep for a day or so, refrigerated.

Makes 16 Belgian-style waffles.

From Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home & Travel.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 15 min

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Do you have a favorite waffle iron to recommend? I haven't had much luck with my last two.

HS: Hi Amy - I do! I bought my dad an All-Clad Four-Square Belgian waffle maker - he didn't end up using it much, so I adopted it with the promise to make waffles at family breakfast and brunch. It's great.

May 26, 2016


Just want to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU for these waffles. They are so so so so so insanely good. Got me through the first 20 weeks of a very nauseous pregnancy, and I still get so excited to make them for whomever is lucky enough to be coming over for brunch :-)

HS: Love hearing this Sam :)

May 26, 2016

It's a great idea to add whole wheat flour and oats!
The first time I had a real Belgian gaufre, at a Belgaufre stand near the Brussels opera house, I almost fell over from joy. It was that good. The Liège style, which are the ones most people think of, are made with yeast.

May 27, 2016

I love how the addition of oats gives these a boost of nutrition in a recipe where traditionally there isn't much. I'd love to try these in a savory version! My usual waffles are these guys from the Buvette Cookbook :) http://thenewbaguette.com/2014/09/29/buvette-cookbook-whole-wheat-waffles/

May 27, 2016


I started making these waffles every week after I got my copy of Near & Far. Absolutely delicious and my favorite recipe for waffles! Thank you for sharing this and all of your other wonderful creations.

May 27, 2016


We love the whole grain (ww/rye/oat) waffle/pancake recipe with poppy seeds from SuperNatural Everyday and this blog's early days. How are these better? Maybe a family taste test is in order.

HS: This are even lighter with (I'll argue) a better crust and color. You could do a rye version of these, or sometimes I do a corn flour version (in place of the rice flour)....Taste test! :)

May 27, 2016


Make all your recipes, Heidi.....love them ! Do you think that these would work with homemade kefir in place of the buttermilk.....I have so much and am always looking for new ways to use it up.

HS: Hi Lizzie - should work fine! :)

May 30, 2016


Thank you for the feature Heidi! I love your waffle recipe and make them often (maybe too often, haha!).

May 30, 2016


These look great! My girlfriend and I have been looking for a new way of making whole wheat waffles. Going to give this a shot.

May 31, 2016


Just curious, you don't seem to have any sourdough recipes on your site - any particular reason? Or is it just me who's obsessed?

May 31, 2016

I love these. I modified a little, used 1/4 cup sugar (my child eats hers plain, no syrup), added 2 tsp of vanilla, and 1 tsp of cinnamon. First time I made them I used regular whole wheat, don't do it as they'll be too dense and dry. but i love it. thanks you for sharing

June 2, 2016


Are the rolled oats the quick cooking, or the thicker 5 minute type?

HS: Hi Lee - you can use either :)

June 4, 2016


Made these this morning for the first time and they were amazing! I halved the recipe and decreased the salt a little, but me and my young girls devoured them. My oldest (5 years old) loved them so much she said, "Mommy, I wish I could live inside this waffle!" Now that's a compliment. :) We will be making these again and again! Thanks for such a great recipe, as always...

HS: Love hearing this Debra! :)

February 21, 2017

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