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. Stephanie Morse

    I was worried at first about the thinner batter but just went with it and the recipe turned out great! Super light and fluffy waffles.

  2. 4 stars
    Great recipe! I added about 1.5 tbsp milled flax. The longer the batter sat, the thicker it got. I think in the future I will wait 5-10 min before pouring into the waffle iron.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made these waffles. They taste great! And I have a teenage son who is very picky. He doesn’t like healthy food. But he loved these waffles. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I was a bit worried because the batter was much thinner than my usual waffle batter but they turned out perfectly. These were a hit! The entire family loved the cinnamon. Thanks for another winner!

  5. 5 stars
    These waffles were delicious! I added a handful of walnuts. The size of my waffle maker yielded four waffles. They were so yummy that I made them two days in a row based on family’s requests. Lisa, thanks for posting such a simple yet perfect recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This looks like a yummy recipe, and way healthier tha my frozen toaster waffles ! Do Know the calories and serving size ? Thanks !

    1. Just under the recipe is ‘nutritional facts’ and if you click to expand you get the information. Very disappointing as it is 63% saturated fat!, 41% cholesterol! and 322 mg sodium. Only 162 calories per serving though. Won’t work on our guidelines for ‘heart healthy’ diet.

  7. 5 stars
    These are fantastic! I made them once with whole wheat (great!) and a second time with a gluten-free flour mix for my GF friend. The only difference was it needed a bit more liquid to get to the right consistency. This was also very, very tasty! Yum! 5 stars. Make sure your waffle iron is super hot so they don’t stick.

  8. 5 stars
    Hi 100 DORF gang! Just a quick typo in the directions. You mention add oil but it should read melted butter – a small nuance but wanted to let you know!

    BUT these are so delicious and twin toddler approved

  9. 4 stars
    So on the instructions it says to wisk together the eggs, milk, “oil” honey cinnamon and baking soda, but on the ingredients list there’s no call for oil, I used the melted butter it calls for on the list instead of the oil. They came up good and my kids loved them, I was just a bit confusedwhen following the instructions.

  10. 5 stars
    Just made these. We all enjoyed the taste. Our newly picky 2 year old ate these without maple syrup! But they seemed a little “packy” but I’m sure it had to do with my slight variations. Definitely trying again soon! Thanks

  11. 5 stars
    Hi, would this work with coconut flour?
    I have a whole jar and have been experimenting (not this recipe), though batter comes out like a mousse with coconut flour.
    any thoughts?

    thank you

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      We have not adapted this recipe for coconut flour. Let us know if you give it a try. Coconut flour absorbs a lot more liquid.

      1. 4 stars
        I used shredded zucchini and chopped blueberries in mine. I’m thinking it might be better with the coconut flour because it got a little watery and I had to add a lot more flour.

  12. Just made these for my granddaughter. They are very light and fluffy. I did add Mexican vanilla. Gives a good flavor. Other than that, didn’t change a thing.

  13. 4 stars
    The waffle mix did not get crispy no matter how long it was cooked… (forgot a waffle in the maker for 30 mins while on high heat… the waffle was still soggy when I opened it to clean out the waffle maker)

    But other than that the waffles did taste great!

  14. 4 stars
    I found batter to be to watery. I warmed up eggs and milk so melted butter wouldn’t clump. My family enjoyed it so it was a win.

  15. 2 stars
    in this recipe it says to add oil but there’s no oil present in the ingredients. so i added the 1/4 cup of butter, and it turned out lumpy. is that supposed to be the oil ? very confused .

    1. Stella Caverly

      4 stars
      I’m not certain, but I think the butter is meant to be the oil. Did you melt it? It shouldn’t be lumpy if the butter is liquid, maybe try mixing some more? Good luck!

      1. 4 stars
        I was confused about the oil too but they meant melted butter. I avoided the butter clumping by warming up eggs and milk to room temperature.

  16. 5 stars
    These turned out AWESOME! I did tweak a bit to make vegan for myself (chia seed instead of egg, almond milk, & coconut oil) & added a teaspoon of vanilla. Holy crap were these amazing!! Definitely making again thank you :)

      1. 5 stars
        I do 1 tbls chia seeds or flax seed mixed with 3 tbls water – let it sit for 10 min. That replaces one egg.

  17. 5 stars
    Our family, including a two year old, loves this recipe so we make it every Sunday! I have been tweaking the recipe over time and here is my favorite variation: add 1/4 ground flaxseed, 1/8 cup chia seed, substitute 1/4 cup whole wheat flour with almond flour, substitute honey with 1 smashed banana, substitute milk with unsweetened almond milk, double cinnamon, remove salt, and add 1 tsp vanilla.

    We then top the waffles with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, almond butter, or peanut butter.

    For chocolate lovers, we occasionally do another variation of the above and add 1/4 cup cocoa powder.

  18. I really liked trying out the recipe it worked perfectly even if I didn’t use honey. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  19. I must be too new at this! The ingredients doesn’t have oil, but the directions say and oil….I missed something didn’t I!!!!

    1. I took the 1/4 cup of melted butter in the recipe ingredients as the “oil” it asked for since it is listed in the instructions to mix in the order it was written on the ingredient list.

  20. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe better than the “old fashion” ones I used to make. I make these almost every weekend now! Delicious!

  21. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly except for I also added a couple of tablespoons of milled flaxseed and about a tablespoon of chia seeds. They came out of my waffle maker perfectly and easily. I just added a tiny bit of butter between each waffle and it worked just fine. My two year old who is generally very picky approved them and said, “mmmm, yummy triangles!” That is a huge win in my book.

  22. Hi there, I noticed that unlike some other recipes I’ve seen, you don’t add sugar to the mix (which is great; I eat too much sugar in a typical day!). Do they still come out tasty without adding syrup? Also, what happens if you make these without the baking soda?