Mom's Best Whole Wheat Waffles

Prep Time 7 min.
Cook Time varies
Total Time 7 minutes
Yields 4-5 Belgian waffles, depending on size


  • 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 1ΒΌ 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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