Whole Wheat Waffles

150 Reviews / 4.6 Average
These homemade whole wheat waffles are beyond easy to make for breakfast. I usually make a double batch to freeze for busy mornings knowing my kids love them.
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What’s for breakfast this weekend? How about some yummy, healthy, easy-to-make, homemade whole wheat waffles!

You do need a waffle iron for this recipe, but I definitely think it is worth the $25-30 investment for a low priced model. I’m still using my parents’ old waffle iron, which has to be at least 20 years old. It is incredibly basic and always does the trick whenever we are in the mood for some homemade waffles.

I made this exact recipe the other morning and lost count at how many my kids ate. I love that they can eat something so wholesome and still enjoy it. I did make sure they ate plenty of fruit before giving them their second and third helpings though.

If you aren’t sure what your kids will think of this for breakfast try adding a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream on top! And don’t forget to freeze the leftovers.

What goes into this recipe for whole wheat waffles?

If you haven’t already noticed from my other posts, I love making real food swaps in recipes to make them healthier. That’s why this waffle recipe uses whole wheat flour, honey (instead of sugar), and real butter!

What I really love is how easy this waffle recipe is, especially since you can use any kind of milk you have on hand. The rest of the ingredients: eggs, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder, are all things you probably have on hand as well!  

What’s the best whole wheat flour for this homemade waffle recipe?

I especially love this recipe with whole wheat pastry flour, but you can substitute regular whole wheat flour (or white whole wheat flour) if that’s all you have. We often use King Arthur brand, but any whole wheat flour will work fine in this recipe.

How to make fluffier waffles

There’s an easy trick to getting extra fluffy waffles. Instead of adding the eggs whole, separate the whites from the yolks. Add just the egg yolks with the other liquids and leave the whites aside.

Whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, then gently fold the whites into your whole wheat waffle batter. The whipped egg whites add air into the recipe, which means extra fluffy waffles!

Waffle cooking tips

I’ve had plenty of time to perfect waffle making after making countless batches of this recipe for the kids, so here are my best tips:

  • Let the batter rest for a few minutes before cooking.
  • Make sure your waffle iron is hot at the start and between batches.
  • Instead of a ladle, you can also use a measuring cup to scoop the batter. You may need to experiment with different sizes, depending on the size of your waffle iron.
  • Don’t overfill the waffle iron. Remember your batter will expand!
  • You may need to spread the batter out in your waffle iron, especially if it’s one of those novelty shaped waffle makers.
  • Keep your waffle iron well greased, adding more butter between waffles as needed.
  • If you have kids, consider grabbing a second waffle iron or one that cooks more than one waffle at a time.
  • Waffles can be removed with something made of wood or silicone (wooden chopsticks work!). Metal tools can scratch your waffle maker. If I use metal silverware, I make sure it only touches the waffle and not the machine.

Healthy topping ideas for whole wheat waffles

We always top our waffles (and pancakes) with real food. For classic waffles, real maple syrup tastes delicious! Other yummy, sweet toppings that we’ve enjoyed are berries, peaches, homemade jam, and no-sugar-added whipped cream.

For savory whole wheat waffle toppings, try Greek yogurt, butter, or natural peanut butter. Another idea is to fry an egg over easy and place it on top. (Bonus protein for a more filling breakfast!)

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  1. 5 stars
    These waffles were awesome. Thank you for the recipe. Instead of using all wheat flour, I substituted 1/2 cup for 1/4 almond flour, and 1/4 flax meal.

  2. I have made these waffles a few times and they are good, but they come out floppy, like pancakes. Any suggestions for making them crisper? I did leave one batch in the waffle iron for a bit longer but they came out a little burned. :(

  3. 4 stars
    Hello, first of all I really enjoy these ww waffles. I already made them a couple of times now and they go well into my diet. However, 9 out of 10 the waffles stick to the waffle iron and mostly split in half. I’m following the instructions of my waffle maker and using the ingredients as shown, except I use olive oil. I also oil the irons when they’re heated up and then pour the waffle mix. The waffle iron I use is Tefal King Size WM753D and it has a non-sticking surface.
    Do you have any tips to prevent the sticking and falling apart?

  4. Well, I tried this today and it was a kitchen fail. I subbed almond flour since I only had whole wheat pastry flour. I suspect this was my culprit. My batter was extremely wet and basically evaporated in my waffle maker, leaving a burning crust stuck to the grates…anyone else had a similar problem? Is it my flour that was the guilty party? It smelled so good before it started burning, so I really want to try it again.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. We’ve no experience making this recipe with almond flour but I do imagine that was the issue. :)

  5. 5 stars
    These are great waffles! I have found it difficult to transition to whole wheat because my picky 11 y/o does not like the texture, she loved these waffles. I did not have honey so I used pure maple syrup instead, it worked perfectly.

  6. 3 stars
    Good, nutty taste, but it didn’t rise very much. The batter was initially too liquidy, so I added another 1/2 cup flour. If I make this recipe again, I’ll use half all-purpose flour and maybe increase the baking powder. I’ll probably go back to my old recipe, though, or some combination of the two.

  7. I’ve tri d this recipes twice they are soo good. I freeze the leftovers and put them in the toaster each morning for breakfast. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  8. Hi for the Whole Wheat Waffles or pancakes. Says for Waffles to cook in Waffle Iron. You would just do the Pancakes how each person makes there own pancakes?

  9. 5 stars
    After my toddler became obsessed with Van’s waffles for breakfast I decided I better start making my own. I do a batch of these every week or so and freeze the quarters. He loves them! I use regular whole milk and butter. I did try using vegetable oil once, but found it made the batter much denser, taking longer to cook and then almost impossible to pry out of the waffle iron.

  10. 5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe, they expand so much in the waffle maker that even making half the recipe I get like 4-5 waffles. I halved the recipe because I usually just make these for myself.

    I made the mistake of using 1 tsp of baking SODA one time and they came out as you would expect, I still ate them though. I use 1 eggs worth of Kirkland liquid egg whites (so 3tsp) and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I’m a blasphemous woman and use sugar-free “maple syrup” because I’m already eating 463 calories worth of waffles!! Sometimes when I can spare the calories and am having a late breakfast (think 12pm breakfast) I also cook some egg whites so I can hold myself over until dinner :)

    You don’t even need fancy white whole wheat flour, I use regular ol’ $1,50 bag of whole wheat flour and they always come out amazing!

  11. I have this recipe printed out from a while back. I added vanilla extract, flax meal and chia seeds to the recipe and my kids gobble it up. The older recipe states you use coconut oil, not butter. Have your thoughts on coconut oil changed?

  12. 3 stars
    I’ve tried this recipe multiple times in the past and it always turned out great. Tonight I made it with white flour because I was out of whole-wheat and it was waaay too runny. I had to add an additional cup of flour. Did the recipe change recently or would it really matter if I used whole wheat rather than white flour?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. Nope, the recipe has not changed. The consistency would be different with white flour because whole wheat absorbs more liquid.

  13. 5 stars
    The best whole wheat waffles ever! Makes a perfect batter! I have tried it with whole white wheat and whole wheat pastry flours! I have uses buttermilk and whole milk, works beautifuly either way!

  14. I made these waffles following the recipe to a T and the batter was so runny! I had to thicken it up with more flour!

  15. I made these for my daughters playdate and they were delicious. I used extra Virgin olive oil, a little extra honey and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. I also made the batter about 1 hour in advance.
    Highly recommend, yummie and didn’t feel to naughty – till ice cream and maple syrup was put on top (luckily they also loved the blueberries and strawberries :-))

  16. 5 stars
    I made the recipe exactly and they were perfect. The batter did seem thin but once I put it in the maker they turned out great. It made 6 waffles (3 rounds of 2 each). I have one of those square, no-flip, waffle makers. We had these with Maple syrup. The kids loved them. Thanks for the great recipes!!!!

  17. Brenda Bryan-Wood

    4 stars
    I made these, and I was skeptical as I used Hodgson Mill 100% stone ground whole wheat flour, and the batter seemed very thin. So I added about 1/2 cup of oats to fill it in a bit. They turned out very good. A hearty waffle. Would have been really good with blueberries.

  18. We love these! Takes about 4 min each set in my waffle maker. And I only have the $10 Walmart waffle maker. It is best if you make the batter the night before or let it set for a while in the morning. And the kids love the leftovers in their lunches w cream cheese on them.

    1. 5 stars
      Good to know they can be frozen. I use waffles for egg sandwiches, apple peanut butter sandwiches, just about any kind of breakfast sandwich imaginable. It makes mornings fast and easy.

  19. 5 stars
    Loved them! A super easy recipe and the waffles are delicious. They are light and very tasty especially with warm maple syrup. They took about 5 minutes on my waffle iron. Can’t wait to try them with blueberries in batter!