Friday, February 4, 2011

Oat Waffles

When my husband was a little boy, his dad would wake up early every Sunday morning to make waffles for the family. My husband loved this tradition, so when he requested we put a waffle maker on our wedding registry, I happily went along with the idea, thinking that we'd maybe eat waffles a couple times a year. Little did I know that when he said he liked waffles he really meant that he wanted to make them almost every Sunday. And even better (for me!) it meant he'd make them while I was still sound asleep. Can anyone see where I'm going with this? Almost every Sunday I get breakfast in bed! Have I mentioned we're still newlyweds?!

Anyway, back to the waffles. He started out making waffles *gasp* from "the box," but once he saw this recipe, "the box" hasn't made it back out of the pantry to see the light of day. He likes making the batter the night before so he can sleep walk to the kitchen Sunday morning and not have to worry about measuring and whipping up the mix. I highly suggest following in his footsteps.

And since we're also all about watching our figures over here, he makes several substitutions to the recipe below. We've had both versions several times, and I can honestly tell you that I can't taste a difference between the real and the better-for-you waffles. His substitutions will be in parenthesis.

If you own a waffle iron, take it out of your cabinet, dust it off, and take a few extra minutes to make these. They taste better than a box or the frozen variety any day! 

Oat Waffles
adapted from Alton Brown
makes about 8


  • 5 1/2 ounces old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs, beaten (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (2 ounces Brummel and Brown)
  • 16 ounces buttermilk at room temperature (or powdered buttermilk)


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread oats on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Cool oats in pan for 2 to 3 minutes. Grind toasted oats in a food processor until their the consistency of whole-wheat flour, about 3 minutes.

Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.

Whisk together the toasted oat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, melted butter together, and vanilla in another bowl, then add buttermilk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; stir until combined. Rest the batter for 5 minutes (or cover and leave in fridge overnight).

Coat waffle iron with cooking spray before each use. Ladle waffle batter into the hot iron (amount will differ per waffle iron—we use about 1/2 cup). Close the iron top and cook until the waffle is golden on both sides and is easily removed from the iron. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately or keep warm in a preheated 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.


  1. Your husband is so sweet, Jess. :) These look yummy -- I'm going to have to try them!

  2. I love the story behind this too! My boyfriend is a huge waffle fan. I'll be trying this recipe for him :)

  3. EVERY Sunday?? Nick will be hearing about this. ;)

  4. I am in LOVE with waffles and pancakes. And I am really exciting about this "better for your waistline" recipe. Can't wait to try it out, thanks Jess!!

  5. Natty LOVES waffles and asks for them all the time! I am sooo excited to try this one with her (the EXTREMELY picky eater!!!)

  6. Yum! I'm jealous! I've never gotten breakfast in bed...not even when we were newlyweds. These sound fabulous! I may have to make them this weekend.


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