Crispy Whole Grain Vegan Belgian Waffles

These crispy whole grain vegan Belgian waffles are sure to satisfy all of your weekend breakfast dreams. 

We've been on somewhat of a waffle kick around here lately. And it all started with these waffles.

Not only have they become part of our weekend routine, they have been making appearances for dessert and for midweek breakfast.

I've always viewed weekend brunch as a splurge meal. The kind of meal that gives you an excuse to park yourself on the couch for the majority of the day and watch HGTV marathons. As relaxing as that sounds, 99% of the time I can't stand to waste an entire day doing that. These waffles are packed with good nutrition that will actually kickstart your day and help you accomplish your weekend to-do list. Lucky for you, they taste good enough to fool your spouse into thinking otherwise and you can still have your HGTV marathon - you choose ;)

The reason these waffles won't leave you lacking energy is because they contain whole wheat flour instead of regular refined white flour. Whole wheat flour contains the entire part of the grain. White flour is stripped of the outer layers of the grain which is where all the nutrition is. Whole wheat flour contains fiber to help stabilize your blood sugar rather than causing the spike and crash. Fiber is also essential for maintaining a healthy digestive tract. Whole wheat flour also contains B vitamins which helps your body metabolize food. Since these waffles are sweetened with a minimal amount of sugar and contain just a small amount of oil they are almost void of non-nutritional ingredients. I did test them using all applesauce and no oil. The product was still acceptable to me, but didn't quite pass the "husband test". We have a saying in our house that recipes need to be "dietitian tested, husband approved". I also found that the waffles made with no oil stuck to the waffle iron despite spraying it with cooking spray. Feel free to use all applesauce at your own risk ;) 

If you top these waffles with peanut butter and berries, you've got yourself a top notch healthy breakfast that doesn't need to count as a splurge meal. 

Crispy Whole Grain Vegan Belgian Waffles

Makes 12-14 waffles

*Note: If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour, you can use 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 all purpose flour. Using all regular whole wheat flour resulted in a dense waffle with a strong wheat flavor. 

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour 

2 tablespoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you could sub other plant milk here)

1/3 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed or use 100% fruit juice)

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat waffle iron. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. 

2. Add almond milk, orange juice, applesauce, vegetable oil, and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined. 

3. Follow directions for your waffle maker. I sprayed mine with cooking spray, poured batter in and allowed to cook for approximately 5 minutes until lightly golden brown. 

4. Remove waffles and place on cooling rack in an individual layer and keep warm in oven until ready to serve. If you stack the waffles, they will lose their crispness and turn soggy. And just as when you were learning the compass in elementary school Never Eat Soggy Waffles :)