MamaBlogger365 – GravityBread’s Becca presents 30-Minute Whole Wheat Waffles

Have some wheat germ and whole wheat flour on hand? Have an extra 30 minutes in the morning?

30-minute-waffleI found an interesting recipe on foodnetwork.com that got very good reviews and wanted to try it myself. I tend to stick with whole wheat flour so decided to give this waffle a healthy makeover by substituting the white flour with whole wheat flour, adding wheat germ, and substituting canola oil instead of vegetable oil. The waffles were crunchy, sweet, and moist. The moistness had to do mostly with letting the batter sit for a good thirty minutes on the counter before adding them to the waffle iron. My kitchen was cool because it’s winter but if you live in a warmer climate you might consider sticking it in the fridge to let soak. I also added some of my own spices which gave it even more depth. Waffles are a tricky thing to achieve the moistness without all of the fat. Try this waffle recipe for a weekday or weekend breakfast. Yum!

Kid-Friendly Tips: Get your child involved by helping them with measuring and combining the ingredients. Have them add their own spices that they like. You can try some nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or ginger for a different type of flavor. Set timer and work on numbers with timer.

Top with maple syrup or for extra sweetness, spread some biscoff or cookie spread. Yum!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of whole wheat flour

1/4 cup of cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon of table salt

3 tablespoons of toasted wheat germ

3 tablespoons of light brown sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of low fat buttermilk

dash of ground all spice

1 egg

1/3 cup of canola oil

1/2 teaspoon of maple extract (can substitute with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and reduce sugar)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preparation:

1. Mix whole wheat flour, cornstarch, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in one bowl. Whisk.

4. In another bowl mix buttermilk, oil, extracts, and egg.

3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Let sit on countertop for 30 minutes. If your room is exceptionally hot you may consider putting it in the fridge for food safety reasons.

4. Get waffle maker ready. Add batter to waffle maker. Makes about 4 waffles.

Enjoy!

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About Becca and Gravity Bread:

Having my own personal struggles during mealtime with my two young children, I decided to venture on a new project to help my children and myself make mealtime more fun and educational. As a speech language pathologist, I felt the need to help other parents struggling with the same issues. As a working mom, I found it very challenging to cook, watch my children, keep them focused on their food and have a relaxing meal. Growing up, I had dinner every night with my family. Today’s busy families don’t often eat together. The inherent design of Gravitybread helps create more valuable mealtimes for families. Research indicates that children who eat together with their families perform better in school, tend to be thinner, are healthier and have better communication skills. It gives families the opportunities to talk and have longer conversations. It also gives the opportunity to explore new foods and model appropriate behaviors, such as how to eat specific foods and how to sit during mealtime.

I found that cooking and learning about food can be such a useful, functional and language-enhancing experience. Being a “foodie” myself, I wanted to pass on this knowledge to my children so that they can enjoy, respect and love food the way that I do.

This piece originally appeared on GravityBread.com; reprinted with Becca’s kind permission.

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