Last weekend I had a craving for waffles. And not just any waffles – the light, fluffy waffles that my dad used to make every other Sunday (the other Sundays were French Toast, and Saturdays were pancakes). I started looking at recipes, and was disapointed to see that they all relied and oil and egg yolks for richness and flavor. I know that my dad always mixed in whipped egg whites for light and airy waffles, so I decided to run with that. I added my signature applesauce in place of the oil, and this is the result – healthy, hearty, fluffy waffles! I made waffles once before for the blog, but with oatmeal (and they’re vegan) – here’s a LINK.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup applesauce
2 egg whites
1. Preheat your waffle iron.
2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk and applesauce. Pour this into the center of the flour mixture and mix well.
4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they have soft peaks. Gently fold this into the batter. Do not overmix! This is what makes the waffles so fluffy!
5. Spray your waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in the appropriate amount of batter (mine takes slightly less than 1 cup for each set of 2 waffles). Cook for 3-5 minutes, depending on your iron.
6. Serve with maple syrup, honey, applesauce, cinnamon, whipped cream, fresh strawberries, blueberries, chocolate, etc… If you want to mix things up, add some chocolate chips to the batter before cooking.