It’s a funny thing about making homemade waffles—they’re actually quicker than homemade pancakes! So long as you have a decent waffle iron, they cook themselves with less effort than standing at a griddle waiting and flipping flapjacks. I make several batches and freeze them in zip-top plastic bags, then presto, toaster waffles any weekday morning!
Makes 4 waffles
3 tablespoons liquid egg white or 1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup applesauce
1⁄2 cup Sneaky Chef Orange Puree (sweet potato/carrot)
1 cup packaged whole-grain pancake mix
3⁄4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, optional
Low-fat milk, as needed
Preheat a waffle iron to medium high and spray with oil.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt, applesauce and Puree. Mix in the blueberries, if using, and pancake mix, adding milk, as needed, to make a fairly thick batter.
Spoon 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup batter onto the center of the prepared waffle iron (the amount of batter needed will vary according to the size and type of the waffle iron you’re using). Close the top and cook until the waffle is lightly browned, crisp, and lifts easily off the grids, about 3 minutes (or until the indicator light shows ready). Repeat with the remaining batter, spraying the waffle iron with more oil if needed.
Serve immediately as the waffles come off the iron, or keep them warm on a plate, covered with aluminum foil. Serve drizzled with maple syrup.
CARROTS & SWEET POTATOES IN HERE!
Why bother? Here's why!
Top reasons to eat sweet potatoes
- These bright veggies contain twice as much fiber as white potatoes, causing it to rank lower on the glycemic index.
- They stabilize blood sugar.
- Sweet potatoes’ vivid orange color indicates significant amount of the plant pigment beta-carotene, which reduces the risk of lung cancer by protecting against secondhand smoke and pollution and also converts to
- vitamin A in the body in order to help skin stay clear and smooth.
- They’re one of the best sources of “feel-better,” mood-lifting complex carbs
Top reasons to eat carrots
- They’re a rich source of beta-carotene and carotenoids, which protect vision, especially night blindness.
- Studies suggest that as little as one carrot per day could cut your risk of lung cancer in half, especially for children who are around second-hand smoke.
- Carrots are a good source of fiber, which helps with digestion and lowering cholesterol.
- They’re also a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are important for healthy skin, eyes, hair, growth, and resisting infections.
- Tip: Cook them with a little fat to help absorption of their carotenoids.
INSTANT SUBSTITUTES FOR ORANGE PUREE: Carrot and/or sweet potato baby food, stage 1 or 2