Mom’s Best Whole Wheat Waffles

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Vegetarian  

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I get it.

You are absolutely wondering why on earth there is a waffle recipe here when Mother’s Day is this weekend. Shouldn’t I be offering directions to relax and put your feet up? It’s what you’re thinking …

I know.

But just hear me out.

There’s a handy dandy print button on the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Print out the recipe. Go ahead … I’ll wait.

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Ok, now … strategically place that recipe where your kiddos will see it.

‘Cause what do moms really want for Mother’s Day?

Waffles, of course! (Well, and handmade cards, jewelry, spa gift certificates …) And also not to have to wake up early and make an awesome breakfast for the family. That’s right … this day is all about YOU! So sleep in!

Make a note on the recipe card that you’ll need a double batch. (Go ahead … I’ll wait again.)

Because seriously now, friends, these waffles are the gift that keeps on giving. Breakfast is ready for the week! They refrigerate (and freeze!) beautifully and can be enjoyed for days! Just pop ’em in the toaster and enjoy! Crispy outside, chewy inside … perfection!

Easy peasy.

You may remember my Mother’s Day Muffins from last year – peaches and a praline topping, all wrapped up in a muffin liner (yeah – just go ahead and print that recipe, too).

You may also remember that I talked about the recipe books I have, filled with my mom’s recipes. These books are among the most favorite things I own. There are so many recipes that I clearly remember my mom making for dinner or family parties. And the fact that I literally have all of my mom’s cherished recipes … I honestly sometimes get emotional just thinking about it. Yes, I’m a total sap. I cry all.the.time. I can’t help it. When I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I laugh too much. Waterworks.

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Where were we? Oh right … waffles! This recipe … mmmmm … I just had to share it with all of my closest friends (that’s you!).

I remember it so vividly! Because my parents were both teachers, we didn’t have super elaborate breakfasts (we had to be out the door by 6:30 a.m. – at the latest!), but we used to have breakfast for dinner every once in a while. Not too often, but when we did, I would get SO excited.

And most of all, I loved waffles. Loved them. Loved them for dinner. Or maybe it was just the fact that we were having breakfast … right before bed! It was so much fun!

Why is that? Why do kids get SO excited for breakfast foods at dinner? Is it the fact that it seems like opposite day? Breakfast at dinnertime?? Oh … the irony!!! My kiddos get extremely giddy when I announce we’re having ‘brinner’ (you know … BReakfast and dINNER!) that night!

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I just remember loving my mom’s waffles so much when I was little, and I was thrilled when I came across her recipe in one of the books she had made. I couldn’t wait to share these with my kids … they would love them, too! I remember them being very yummy … but as I reread her recipe, I realized this was an opportunity for me to amp up the nutrition!

So I swapped in some whole wheat flour, heart-healthy canola oil, and unsweetened applesauce. And you know what? You.can’t.tell. Simply delicious.

In fact, when I dropped off some samples at Shelley’s, her son said these waffles tasted like they came from IHOP! I’ve never been to an IHOP, but I have to assume they know how to make a mean waffle (and pancakes, too!). So, I’ll take that as a compliment!

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These waffles are delightful with a dusting of powdered sugar (my favorite way!) or with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. They’re delicious with fruit, and for a super-special occasion (ahem … like Mother’s Day) maybe even a few mini chocolate chips! Chocolate as part of the meal? Sure … you deserve it!

This is my go-to waffle recipe, and I’m pretty sure that after you make them once it’ll be yours, too!

Happiest of Mother’s Days to you! Hope you get a lovely handmade card, some jewelry, or a spa gift certificate.

And waffles. I hope you get waffles!

And breakfast in bed! (Whether you eat these waffles at breakfast or at dinnertime is up to you!)

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Now … go put your feet up and relax!

THK by Gretchen

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Mom's Best Whole Wheat Waffles

Preparation 7 min. 2017-08-17T00:07:00+00:00 Cook Time varies 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 4-5 Belgian waffles, depending on size     adjust servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (see note)
  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional toppings: mini chocolate chips, fresh fruit, pure maple syrup, powdered sugar


  1. Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. Lightly grease if necessary (see note).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients (except toppings) with a large spoon until thoroughly combined. Do not overmix (a few lumps may remain).
  3. Pour batter into waffle iron (exact amounts vary – follow manufacturer's recommendations). Close lid and bake until steaming stops (or until your waffle iron's indicator signals doneness). Remove waffle.
  4. Repeat with remaining batter.
  5. Serve with toppings as desired.


Recipe Notes

Flour: We also tested this recipe extensively using 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour, instead of 1 cup of regular whole wheat flour and 1 cup of unbleached, all-purpose flour. If using 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour instead, we recommend decreasing the milk to 1¼ cups.

Prepping Waffle Iron: Most waffle iron manufacturers do not recommend using cooking spray on their waffle irons. Our own waffle irons generally do not require any nonstick spray, and in fact, when we tested this recipe on our irons and did use spray, our waffles did not climb properly or fully rise. If you do need to grease your waffle iron, we recommend a very light spray or a minimal brushing with canola oil. However, you know your iron best, and should prep it in whatever way you typically find works well for you.

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Our Mom’s Best Whole Wheat Waffles recipe has been mentioned or featured in:
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Mom’s Best Whole Wheat Waffles — 42 Comments

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  2. It’s another recipe with applesauce! Somehow your recipes with applesauce always turn out so good, it must be a secret ingredient.. I wonder why I haven’t started inventing anything myself yet. But yay!! I’m so lucky I came here right before I need to make waffles per my sisters request 😉
    (You know, sometimes I think I should sign up as, like, a testpanel for your recipes!)

    • Yay! Siv … come on out and be a taste-tester for us! We’d love your opinion!!

      Glad you found this recipe before you need to make them! Hope you sister loves them … let us know how they turn out! (And how sweet of you to cook for her!) 🙂 ~G&S

    • Oh, Trish … if you have a waffle weakness, than this is for sure the recipe for you! They are crazy-delicious … so crispy outside yet light and airy inside. And the best part is that they achieve all that deliciousness while being so, so healthy! Yep – you can just embrace that waffle weakness with no guilt whatsoever! Yay! (We’re here for you, friend! 😀 ) ~G&S

  3. My guys love breakfast for dinner. They think that is the most amazing thing in the world! These waffles sound delicious! I love making and freezing waffles for those quick, gotta rush out the door, breakfast. It’s quick but you still get something healthy 😀 Hope you both had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    • Doesn’t breakfast for dinner somehow just seem like a sneaky, guilty pleasure!?!? Why is that? I mean, it seems that way even if you’re eating totally healthy things! It’s just so fun! I think Gretchen’s right – it’s because it’s just so wonderfully ironic … super-fun opposite day! Hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day, too, Cindy! 😀 ~Shelley

  4. I was totally committed to drooling over these waffles the rest of the afternoon, until I read you’ve never been to an IHOP! Gretchen, how is that even possible?! Definitely the furthest from healthiest foods, but it was a late night (and lazy, why-did-I-stay-out-so-late? mornings) staple when I was in college. These waffles look way better than IHOPS, so I guess you’re really not missing anything!

    • Lol!! Kelly you crack me up! True … never been to an IHOP! I know, I know … but in my own defense, we don’t have one around here. And my sleepy little college town certainly didn’t have one! There was a Denny’s that I went to once (on a why-did-I-stay-out-so-late-last-night morning), but I was totally grossed out by the sticky table that I didn’t want to go back! And I’ve got enough waffles stashed away in the fridge and freezer … I don’t think I’ll need to go back! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • I hope your Mother’s Day was just that! Sounds amazing … putting your feet up and being pampered … eating waffles … I mean, that’s a perfect day for me (but sadly doesn’t really ever happen!) and I hope that’s exactly what you got to do! You deserve it! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Thank you, Christina! We love these waffles for breakfast … and for dinner! There is always just a little more time in the evening to put a meal together. You could make a double batch and then eat these for breakfast all week! That’s a jazzy breakfast for you – not so boring! 🙂 ~G&S

    • No worries … just print this out and put it in the box with the waffle iron! There ya go – problem solved! You can make waffles in your new home when you get there! 😉

      Good luck with the move! It’s always exciting to get into a new place … hope everything goes smoothly! ~Gretchen

    • Oh my goodness, Dearna! I cannot imagine never having eaten a waffle! I sure wish Ohio was closer to Australia … I would bring you lots and lots of waffles! These are light and fluffy, yet crisp on the outside … mmmmm … these really are yummy! Hopefully you’ll get to have a waffle soon! 😀 Thank you for your sweet words – hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well! ~Gretchen

  5. The waffle recipe I used (up to when I read your recipe!) has me beating an egg white, beating in a bit of sugar, then folding in the dry ingredients. After baking a waffle, I place the “done” ones right on the shelf of an oven preheated to 200 degrees. This keeps them warm and crispy until the other waffles are baked. It also allows the whole family to eat together, rather than to sit, salivating and watching as one family member eats while other waffles bake! Aunt K.

    • Great tip on keeping them warm in the oven! Especially love that you place them right on the oven rack – no need to break out an extra baking sheet that’ll need to be washed later! We’ll be excited to hear you like this recipe compared to your old stand-by – you’ll be surprised how light and fluffy these are, even though they’re loaded with whole grain and don’t require laborious extra steps of beating the eggs! Mmmmmm …. enjoy!!! 😀 ~G&S

    • Lol, Cathleen! Don’t worry – it’s a snap to wipe down a waffle iron! And after enjoying these amazing waffles, you’ll be so darn happy, you won’t mind one bit! They’re seriously THAT delicious! 😀 ~G&S

  6. OMG! The waffle looks fabulous…I love the texture…although I just ate breakfast, I am ready for this waffles…the only problem is that I do not own a waffle machine…sniff, sniff…
    I hope you both have a wonderful Mother’s Day 😀

    • Hi, Juliana! You’re totally right – the texture of these is amazing! You might think that with all the whole grains and healthy applesauce, they’d be dense and heavy … but they’re actually fantastically light and airy inside, and perfectly crisp on the outside! You’d never guess how much healthier they are! (Pssssst … go get a waffle iron, or borrow one, or sneak into an IHOP and use theirs … 😀 ) Happy Mother’s Day to you, too! ~G&S

  7. We love brinner at our house! We call it Waffle Bar and I have an assortment of toppings. I will make a batch of your version next time waffle bar is put on the dinner menu line-up.

    • Hi Karen! Mmmm … a waffle bar sounds like a ton of fun! I bet the kiddos love that! 🙂

      Please let me know what you think of this recipe when you try – I hope you like it! And thanks for reminding me … I really need to plan my menus better! It always slips my mind and then I am rushing around at the last minute to figure it out!

      Have a wonderfully Happy Mother’s Day!! ~Gretchen

  8. Happy Mother’s Day you two!! These waffles look fabulous!! I love that they are sweetened and lightened up with applesauce 😀 My mom would absolutely adore these – I will make them for her when I am home this summer (she’s in love with making waffles in her waffle maker! Enjoy a lovely weekend with your families! 😀 Pinned!

    • Hi Ceara! Thank you for the sweet comment! I hope your mom likes these waffles – how nice of you to cook for her when you visit! 🙂 I bet that’s the part that she loves best – having you around to visit and to cook for her! Your recipes are so yummy – how will you decide what to make?? 🙂 ~Gretchen

  9. I like the fact that these seem pretty healthy with not that much added sugar – and the applesauce is a nice addition, too. I don’t have a waffle iron (yet) but this seems like a great staple recipe to pin for the future when I do have one. 🙂

    • Helen, come on over! I’ve got waffles for the masses! I made probably 10 batches while finalizing this recipe … and each batch makes about 5 waffles … so you can do the math! I’m happy to share until you get your waffle iron! And yes … do get one! 🙂
      I love this recipe. It is quick, easy, healthy … and so yummy! Have a great weekend! ~Gretchen

  10. These waffles look so good! And who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner?! Waffles are my go-to when we’re having breakfast for another meal. I’ll have to give this healthy version a try!
    My parents were both teachers, too! We didn’t have to be out the door by 6:30, but by 7:00 was pretty standard. Breakfasts were mandatory, but definitely not elaborate! Waffles were an evening meal growing up, too…which is probably where I got that from.

    • Yay! Another teacher’s kid!! What did your parents teach? My parents both taught at the high school I went to (and I had both of them for classes – and I called them Mom and Dad in class, as did many of my classmates!!). My mom taught home-ec and my dad taught math. 🙂
      Sometimes my kiddos ask for pancakes when we have breakfast for dinner, but typically it’s waffles! And I just love having leftovers for breakfasts later in the week! So for me … it’s a total win! 🙂 ~Gretchen

  11. These look great! Dan has a theory about brinner. He believes that everyone (EVERYONE!) really just wants to wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, and go back to bed. So, brinner gives you that opportunity! hee hee
    These waffles look awesome! Happy Mother’s Day to you both! 🙂

    • Well, Debi … your husband might just be onto something! I know I would really love to eat breakfast and just go back to bed … so maybe that’s why I love eating brinner so much! 🙂
      Hope you get to try these waffles soon … like maybe on Sunday … when your hubby makes them!! Happy Mother’s Day to you! 😀 ~Gretchen

  12. An IHOP! That’s funny and true. The last time I went to an IHOP was when my kids were like 4. It was outside of Disneyland and I remember the tables were so sticky we couldn’t put our elbows on them. Of course now they are 23 and my daughter loves waffles. I make Belgian Liege waffles but I know I won’t get them this year unless I make them. The kids are gone-so enjoy these years. They go way too fast! Happy mother’s Day, girls!

    • Haha Abbe, you’ve got one more IHOP experience than I do! I suppose the tables would be a little sticky from all that syrup!

      I hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day! (I have a refrigerator filled with waffles – I’d love to send you some! Then you wouldn’t need to make your own!) 🙂 ~Gretchen

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