Whole-Wheat Waffles with Spiced Fall Fruit

Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Kevin Crafts

You can use a wide range of whole-wheat flours for these tender waffles, from milder and softer to heartier. We adapted a recipe created for Community Grains, in Oakland, and added a topping that's fruit and syrup all in one.

Yield: Makes 4 1/2 (8-in. square) waffles
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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 574
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Protein: 16g
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrate: 93g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sodium: 844mg
  • Cholesterol: 117mg


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 firm-ripe pears or apples, peeled and sliced 1/3 in. thick
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 to 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. olive oil


  1. 1. Make compote: Heat butter, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a 12-in. frying pan over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until melted. Add pears and cook, stirring gently a few times, until slightly soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pomegranate seeds.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, make waffles: Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk eggs to blend, then whisk in 2 cups buttermilk, the applesauce, and 2 tbsp. oil. Whisk in flour mixture until smooth.
  3. 3. Cook a small test waffle, coating grids with cooking oil spray if suggested by manufacturer. If it's drier than you like, whisk another 1 tbsp. oil and 1/4 cup buttermilk into batter. Cook remaining waffles.
  4. 4. Reheat compote over medium-high heat and serve with waffles.
  5. *Choose milder and softer whole-wheat flour (such as pastry or Sonora) to heartier (such as hard white or hard red).
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per waffle.
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