The Best Homemade Waffle Recipe (Delicious Waffles 3 Ways!)

 

Written by: Spencer Higgs - Apr. 2, 2020

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Get this. In 1560, Charles IX was forced to pass the first ever waffle legislation, following ongoing fights between “oublieurs,” or waffle sellers, in the 16th century. [1] Which begs the question… Do waffles sell like hotcakes, or do hotcakes sell like waffles?

Don’t worry, I’ll spare you the long (yet surprisingly interesting) history of waffles, and instead dive right into my absolute favorite waffle recipe and the 3 scrumptious variations I turn to whenever I need to reconnect—myself as well as my tastebuds—with my Belgian-Dutch heritage.

I promise these recipes will satisfy your syrup tooth and your diet. But be warned… This waffle recipe is so delicious that the entire breakfast table might fight over every last bite as though it were the 1500s!

Okay, here’s everything we’re going to cover:

  • How to make waffles: 5 tips to make the perfect waffles every time
  • A secret health-boosting ingredient
  • My easy waffle recipe with 3 delectable variations: blueberry, matcha, and chocolate
Blueberry, chocolate, and matcha waffles from our easy waffle recipe.


How To Make Waffles


To kick things off, I’ll show you how to make waffles that you can eat every bite of without having to change into sweatpants afterward. That’s right, it’s possible to whip up delicious, fancy-brunch-quality waffles that don’t make you feel bloated and won’t buck you off your diet. 

But first, here’s another random waffle fact: You may have waffles to thank for the shoes on your feet right now. The breakfast staple actually inspired Nike’s first pair of sneakers. Hence, the waffle sole!

Moving on… 

We’ll dive into the details further down, but here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be getting into with this super easy waffle recipe:

After tracking down all the ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, eggs, butter, milk and a teaspoon of vanilla… plus, a secret healthy ingredient), you’ll gently mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until everything is evenly blended together. To get a consistency that would win a born-and-bred Belgian’s approval, you’ll want to be careful not to over mix your matter. 

Oh, and for this recipe, you’ll definitely want to avoid using pancake batter. It just won’t come out the same.


5 Tips For Making Perfect Waffles Every Time

  1. Preheat your waffle iron. Just like a grill or cast iron skillet, preheating your waffle iron allows you to cook waffles to the right texture: golden and crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside.
  2. Use non-stick cooking spray sparingly. Most waffle irons have non-stick surfaces, so it’s superfluous to use non-stick spray. Also, many non-stick sprays use non-natural ingredients.
  3. Mix the batter evenly, not excessively. Over mixing the batter will cause your waffles to become chewy instead of fluffy with a subtle crunch.
  4. Don’t overfill the waffle iron. Simply put, overfilling the waffle iron is a mess waiting to happen. I speak from (lots of) experience.
  5. Don’t peek! Yes, I know you really don’t want to overcook your waffles, but almost all waffle makers come with a signal to let you know when your waffles are done. Use your instincts. Trust your Jedi waffle skills. If you really must be sure, poke them with a fork when you take them off the iron.



Best Secret Ingredient For Waffles


I’m always looking for ways to bump up the healthiness of my recipes. Sometimes this means swapping or omitting ingredients to reduce calories. Just as often, it means adding ingredients to elevate nutritional value.

One of my favorite additions to waffles is SkinnyFit Multi-Collagen Peptides. I’ve found it to be the perfect addition to any waffle recipe, and an excellent way to replenish collagen sources without negatively affecting the taste or texture of this breakfast favorite.

I seriously can’t recommend SkinnyFit collagen enough! Among their selection of tasty blends, SkinnyFit comes in unflavored and chocolate cake. Depending on the waffle recipe you’re following, there’s no better choice out there for mixing into your batter.

How does collagen improve waffles?


Collagen doesn’t improve waffles—with SkinnyFit’s easily dissoluble collagen peptide powder, you can’t even tell it’s in your batter. It improves your body! 

Collagen is needed to grow and repair the connective tissue in our skin, hair, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, joints, and more.

Unfortunately, our bodies’ collagen production declines rapidly with age and exposure to factors such as UV radiation (sunlight). See some wrinkles? You can thank a drop-off in collagen.

Collagen decline is, of course, a natural factor in aging. But studies show that failure to replace or synthesize collagen also contributes significantly to the aging process. By replacing and restoring collagen in our bodies, we can actually slow down the physiological signs of aging! [2

That’s good news! And, all the more reason to get collagen in the convenience of your favorite meals. Even (or especially) your guilty pleasures.

SkinnyFit Super Youth Unflavored collagen and some of the ingredients needed for your waffle recipe


Benefits of Collagen

  • It smoothes wrinkles, and tightens & brightens skin
  • It helps hair & nails grow faster and stronger
  • It strengthens tendons, joints & bones as we age
  • Collagen reduces joint pains
  • Collagen builds lean, strong muscle (it’s a protein)
  • It gives metabolisms a boost and accelerates weight loss

Because omitting ingredients from waffles is considered a crime in some cultures (not true, probably), we’re going to add collagen to this easy waffle recipe to make it even healthier (very true).

Random waffle fact: Did you know that in Belgium, where the waffle originated, there are over a dozen regional varieties. Eggo isn’t one of them.


Blueberry Waffle Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving: 6 large waffles (or 8-10 small waffles)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour 
  • 4 scoops Super Youth Unflavored Collagen
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp baking powder 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 4 oz blueberries (to fold in)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 ½ cups milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Maple syrup for topping

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, sift and mix the flour, Super Youth collagen, salt, baking powder, sugar, and blueberries. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and add to the dry mix. Mix together until the wet and dry ingredients are blended together (do not over mix!)
  2. Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour a small amount of waffle mix onto a pre-heated waffle maker. Don’t overfill the waffle iron! The battle will spread and fill out the waffle iron once you close it.
  3. Cook until golden brown (about 5 minutes or so) But, don’t peek! 
  4. Serve hot with maple syrup.
Closeup of chocolate waffle with chocolate syrup and fruit from this easy waffle recipe.

Chocolate Waffles Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving: 6 large waffles (or 8-10 small waffles)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour 
  • 4 scoops Super Youth Chocolate Cake collagen
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp baking powder 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 ½ cups milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Fresh strawberries for toppings

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, sift and mix the flour, Super Youth Chocolate Cake collagen, salt, baking powder, sugar, and cocoa powder. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and add to the dry mix. Mix together until the wet and dry ingredients are blended together (do not over mix!)
  2. Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour a small amount of waffle mix onto a pre-heated waffle maker. Don’t overfill the waffle iron! The battle will spread and fill out the waffle iron once you close it.
  3. Cook until dark brown (about 5 minutes or so) But, don’t peek! 
  4. Top with fresh berries

Matcha Waffles Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving: 6 large waffles (or 8-10 small waffles)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour 
  • 4 scoops Super Youth unflavored collagen
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp baking powder 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 2 tbsp matcha 
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 ½ cup milk 
  • ½ tbsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, sift and mix the flour, Super Youth collagen, salt, baking powder, sugar, and matcha. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and add to the dry mix. Mix together until the wet and dry ingredients are blended together (do not over mix!)
  2. Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour a small amount of waffle mix onto a pre-heated waffle maker. Don’t overfill the waffle iron! The battle will spread and fill out the waffle iron once you close it.
  3. Cook until golden brown (about 5 minutes or so) But, don’t peek! 
  4. Serve hot and add desired toppings.


One last random waffle fact: After selling out of cups, an ice cream vendor at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair turned to waffles to satisfy customers. He folded them into the first ever ice cream cones—perhaps the first World’s-Fair-worthy invention actually invented at the World’s Fair! Thanks waffles!

 

[1] https://archive.org/details/dictionnairehis00chergoog/page/n21/mode/2up
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1606623/

 

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