It is not very often that I can actually claim a recipe as my own. One of my very favorite things to do is gather recipes that are tried and true from my mom, my mother in law, my sisters, the pioneer woman, my BYU cooking instructor, my friend Margo, Giada, my favorite blogs, and put that person's name at the end of the recipe. It makes me happy to imagine that person making that recipe in their own kitchen. I always try to give credit where it is due. I have many "adapted from" recipes, where I've changed or added something according to our tastes or what I have in my pantry.
But this recipe is different. This comes straight from my kitchen. I decided what ingredients I wanted in the waffle batter, and then experiment after experiment, I finally came up with all the right quantities. I love the food science behind it all-- and it took me forever to settle on 2 1/2 TB of baking powder (not baking soda)!
I've been making these for a few years. We have them every Monday morning, and use the leftover batter for pancakes on Tuesday! It makes a huge batch. I keep the extra batter in the fridge, with a piece of plastic wrap secured right on the surface of the batter. I've also tried cooking then freezing them which works well too. These are really healthy (no sugar, minimal oil, applesauce, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, flax seed, etc), but with the help of one cup of white flour, they aren't too dense. And they are really filling; I'm usually not hungry until dinner time after having these for breakfast!
Rachel's Healthy and Delicious Waffles
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 TB honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white flour
1 cup white flour
3 cups whole wheat flour (I like to grind my own with my Wondermill)
1 cup oats
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup flax seed flour
2 1/2 TB baking powder
1 tsp salt
Heat waffle iron. Whisk eggs. Then add all wet ingredients. Stir. Dump all dry ingredients on top of wet ingredients. Mix lightly before incorporating the dry ingredients from underneath. Don't overmix! Spray waffle iron between each use, and cook until golden brown.
Top with butter, real maple syrup, jam, fruit, whipped cream, peanut butter, nutella, or whatever else you like!