Blender Waffles

By happy coincidence I am sharing another waffle recipe on a Wednesday!

I have a friend who started doing Waffle Wednesdays with her kids in 2016 and I love seeing her posts on Facebook. It’s such a fun idea and I really think I might “steal” it and start doing the same thing once we get settled in California.

Waffles are always a hit in our house and I just love how versatile they are! And the batter usually lasts us two days which makes mornings that much easier.

I’ve had this recipe for blender waffles saved on my Pinterest account for a very long time, but I never have cottage cheese. Confession time: I’ve never actually tried cottage cheese. Still haven’t! I bought some to try it in a smoothie and it worked really well as an alternative to Greek yogurt, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what cottage cheese itself really tastes like. And I used it in these waffles. A great way to “hide” some bonus protein!

Blender Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 C cottage cheese
  • 2/3 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and process until combined. Scrape the sides of the blender, if needed.
  2. Pour batter into a hot waffle iron and cook until golden.

*This recipe is adapted from Becca at http://www.itsyummi.com/whole-wheat-blender-waffles-recipe/*

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Classic Waffles

One of my first cookbooks was given to me by one of my best friends as a wedding gift. We went to Anthropolgie together and she let me pick out my presents! She got me a beautiful spoon rest, some ice cream bowls, and The Illustrated Kitchen Bible. Every time I use any of these items I always think back to that day. Shopping with a best friend is always good therapy.

These are also the only things I own from that fabulous store! It’s one of my favorite places to go in and window shop as I can never justify the spending that kind of money. But let me tell you, if I ever won the lottery my kitchen collection would be transformed! And probably my closet, too!

The Illustrated Kitchen Bible is an incredible collection of over 1000 recipes! As you can imagine based on the title of the cookbook, every recipe has an accompanying photograph. I think my favorite thing about the book is that the back and inside covers contain crucial bits of culinary information such as measurement conversions, meat internal temperatures, and how to store things in the freezer.

I found it most surprising that there’s only one waffle recipe in the entire book! Though it does provide notes on how to alter it for buttermilk and adding some spice. (A fair number of recipes include variations to the base recipe.)

Classic Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 C plus 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks and whisk in the milk, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter.
  5. Pour batter into a hot waffle iron and cook until golden.

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Chocoholic Waffles

Valentine’s Day is this weekend (Sunday to be exact) and I have the perfect brunch to share with your loved ones – unless they don’t like chocolate. Every component of this recipe involves chocolate! There’s chocolate waffles, which are quite good on their own but it’s Valentine’s Day people, step it up. Then there’s a white chocolate custard, and to top that off there’s a mocha whipped cream! All three components compliment each other beautifully.

I am an admittedly lazy cook and seriously thought about not making the custard. But I couldn’t. Because, Bobby Flay. Yep, surprise! Yet another brunch recipe from one of our favorite celebrity chefs! This particular recipe is one we watched on Cooking Channel last year. It comes from the Brunch at Bobby’s episode titled Chocoholic Brunch.

Chocolate Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 C buttermilk
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks with the brown sugar until smooth. Add in the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Combine wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix in the butter and the chocolate.
  4. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the waffles batter.
  5. Into a hot greased waffle iron, drop 1/3 C of batter and cook until browned.
  6. Assemble waffles with custard, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries.

White Chocolate Custard

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 vanilla bean, halved
  • 1 1/2 C half-and-half
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 oz white chocolate, chopped

Steps:

  1. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean. Put the seeds and the pod in a small saucepan with the half-and-half. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, remove from the heat, and let cool.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow. Slowly add some of the half-and-half until smooth. Whisking, add to the pot of remaining half-and-half and return to the stove. Cook over medium heat without allowing it to boil, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spoon.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the white chocolate until melted.
  4. Strain and refrigerate.

Mocha Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate covered cacao nibs (I used Pacari)
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder

Steps:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream and cacao nibs to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. Strain the cold cream and discard the nibs.
  3. Using a hand mixer, beat the cream until thickened. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and espresso powder. Beat until firm peaks form.

*These recipes are adapted from Bobby Flay at http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/bobby-flay/dark-chocolate-waffles-with-white-chocolate-custard-sauce-and-chocolate-espresso-whipped-cream.html*

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Applesauce Waffles

Another waffle recipe? Yep! Can you believe how many batter recipes there are that get poured into that wonderful checkered iron!? While I’d be content eating regular waffles every week there’s something intriguing about trying something new. Thank you Pinterest for opening my eyes to the wonder that is waffle creativity.

Today’s waffles are made with whole wheat and applesauce, but they still have a lot of butter to make them that much better! And a decent amount of delicious cinnamon.

Applesauce Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 C milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. In large microwave safe measuring cup microwave the milk and butter until the butter is melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. In another bowl beat the applesauce, eggs, syrup and vanilla. Stir in the warm milk.
  4. Combine wet ingredients into dry.
  5. Into a hot greased waffle iron, drop 1/3 C of batter and cook until golden.

*This recipe is adapted from Jennifer at http://www.mykitchenaddiction.com/2012/10/cinnamon-scented-whole-wheat-waffles/*

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Apple Pie Waffles

It seems there’s been an influx of apple recipes on the blog lately. But what can I say, that happens when you go apple picking! Do you know how many apples fit in a half bushel!? (And I only kept half of them!)

On the first day of Fall my mom and I took the little man to a local orchard to do some apple picking. We picked some Fuji, Winesap, and Johnathan apples and had a great time doing so. My little guy who only likes apple in sauce form even took some bites of a freshly plucked apple. I guess it’s true what they say, “Allowing kids to be involved in the food encourages them to eat it.” (The same rang true for raspberries we picked at the end of summer.)

Two of those apples, 1 Winesap and 1 Fuji, were shredded and added to waffle batter for some Apple Pie Waffles. With my son being in an “I only eat bread” phase, waffles have become a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition. (Half of a baked sweet potato that he wouldn’t even touch was turned into sweet potato waffles.) These apple pie waffles are packed with apple and Greek yogurt for that extra bit of protein and dairy.

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There’s a good chance this is my new favorite waffle recipe! It probably doesn’t hurt that I ate them with vanilla ice cream… only the two I photographed, I promise. Actually, the rest of them were enjoyed solo – no butter, no syrup needed. I tried a little bit with honey and cinnamon sugar and that was quite delightful, but not necessary. My husband still ate them with maple syrup.

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Apple Pie Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1 C shredded peeled apple (1 large or 2 small)

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  2. In another bowl beat eggs with milk, oil, and yogurt.
  3. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Fold in the shredded apple.
  4. Into a hot greased waffle iron, drop 1/3 C of batter and cook until golden.

*This recipe is adapted from David at http://spicedblog.com/apple-pie-waffles.html*

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Disclaimer: I was reached out to by Chobani to create a post for their #MadewithChobani series. Check out Chobani’s recipe page and search the hashtag (#MadewithChobani) on social media for other great fall recipes made healthier with Greek yogurt. 

#WaffleWeek2015: Hummus Waffles with Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

#WaffleWeek2015 Hosted by Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour

Waffles are in my top five favorite foods, so when I found out there was a blogging event completely surrounding waffles I just had to join in! Thank you to Kim of Feed Me, Seymour for allowing me to barge in!

I have six different waffle recipes on this blog, all of which appeal to the first meal of the day (not that that stops us from having waffles for dinner once a month!). I thought it would be fun to take this festive occasion to share a waffle intended for dinner (or lunch).

These hummus waffles are studded with Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. I was tempted to rename these waffles “pizza waffles” because that’s exactly what the flavor profile reminded us of! I did feel that that title would be slightly misleading as there isn’t any cheese in these waffles. I do think adding in some shredded mozzarella would be welcome to really take the pizza concept to the next level – and provide marinara for dipping!

I wasn’t really sure how to eat these waffles, but we still topped this savory creation with maple syrup (no butter, though). We loved the savory sweet combination, so give it a try!

IMG_5329 (2)I was skeptical on how my son would handle these waffles. He, like his mother, loves all breakfast foods, but I wasn’t sure if the texture of the add-ins would throw him off. The answer was not even a little bit! He ate an entire waffle on his own.

Hummus Waffles with Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C hummus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sausage link, casings removed and fully cooked
  • 1/4 C chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (I used Gourmet Garden lightly dried basil)

Steps:

  1. Preheat waffle iron and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in the eggs and milk. Add in the hummus and olive oil, mixing until combined (it will be thick). Fold in the cooked sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil.
  3. Drop 1/3 – 1/2 C of waffle batter onto the prepared waffle iron and cook until golden.

*This recipe is modified from Gina at http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/savory-hummus-waffles/*

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And keep that waffle iron hot for these other great recipes:

Appet-affles

Breakf-affles

Waffl-ides

Dessert Dish-affles

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffles

I have been eyeing one of Tara‘s recipes ever since she posted it; I actually almost made them for #SundaySupper last week. When she posted this recipe for Strawberry Waffles I had JUST polished off a container of strawberries. But honestly, it’s very rare that we get through the entire carton before the strawberries start to go bad (unless I clean, chop, and put them in a container in the fridge when I get home from the grocery store… which is a rare occurrence). So I knew that next time I had strawberries that were starting to go I’d puree them up and make Tara’s waffles.

Turns out the next strawberries I had in my fridge were those from my Mother’s Day Edible Arrangement! So, instead of strawberry waffles, I had chocolate covered strawberry waffles! (I almost sat on this recipe until Valentine’s Day but I just couldn’t wait!)

imageI’ve always wanted an Edible Arrangement, I just thought they were so fun! It’s been over 5 years of me wanting one and in those 5 years I developed an allergy to melon. I thought my chances of getting an Edible Arrangement were history. But – they had one with pineapple, strawberries, and grapes. Perfect! These arrangements are HUGE though! Or at least this one was. I knew we couldn’t make it through all of that fruit before it went bad, so some of those strawberries were transformed into waffles. Win-win.

I halved the recipe because I wasn’t anywhere close to 2 C of pureed strawberries. As is I had to supplement some of the puree for milk. This amount of batter was perfect for just me – it made 5 waffles, which I enjoyed over the course of two days.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 very large chocolate covered strawberries
  • 1/4 C milk (if needed)
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Steps:

  1. Place strawberries in a blender and puree. If you have less than 1 C of puree use milk to reach 1 C of total liquid.
  2. In a bowl whisk eggs. Add the strawberry/milk mixture and the agave.
  3. In another bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Pour batter into a hot waffle iron and cook until golden. Serve with whipped cream.

*This recipe is adapted from Tara at http://www.tarasmulticulturaltable.com/strawberry-waffles/*

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