I've remade the typical syrup-doused waffle breakfast into a lower-sugar, fruit-forward, gluten-free, whole-grain plate with 273 fewer calories. In place of refined all-purpose flour, I go with gluten-free buckwheat flour, which adds 2.4g filling fiber per serving; strawberries add another 2.4g. Barely sweetened berries and yogurt replace maple syrup, slashing 18g added sugar per serving.
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We did a taste test and loved the just-fried tenders from the Publix grocery store deli.
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Recipe After you "Neapolitan" your waffles, use the leftover icings for dipping store-bought baked goods like brownies or doughnuts.
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Power Waffle Recipe For a healthy breakfast go-to, try a Power Waffle. Spread with almond butter, top with sliced strawberries and banana, and drizzle with agave nectar for a satisfying treat packed with protein and carbs to keep you going.
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Berry-Bacon Waffle Minis
Berry-Bacon Waffle Minis
Recipe Breakfast may never be the same again! This concoction of berries, bacon and waffles will have everyone at the table asking for more.
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Ham and Gruyère Belgian Waffles with Sautéed Pears
While traditional Belgian waffles are made with yeast, we use beaten egg whites to give these salty-sweet waffles their light, airy texture and crispy exterior. For freezing and heating instructions, see below.
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Buckwheat Belgian Waffles
Buckwheat Belgian Waffles
Recipe The buckwheat flour adds an earthy, nutty flavor to these waffles, but it's also a flour that's heavy and dense. Here, it's blended with lighter tapioca flour and white rice flour to balance it. Beating the egg whites and folding them into the batter is also key to keeping the texture light. Top the waffles with slightly warm maple syrup and fresh fruit. They're so dreamy you could serve them for breakfast or dessert.
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A sweet berry mixture tops these ricotta cheese-flavored waffles.
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Yeasty Waffles Recipe Jeff Potter offers a waffle recipe made with yeast instead of baking powder. A yeast enzyme called zymase helps make the waffles rich and sweet.
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Maple-Bacon Waffles Recipe You're going to love these fluffy, golden waffles loaded with bacon bits and drizzled with sweet maple syrup.
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Poached Fruit over Waffles
Poached Fruit over Waffles Recipe Feel free to substitute 2-3 pounds of any fruit you like. Instead of waffles, you can serve with angel food cake or anything that captures the tasty juice--you'll want every drop.
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Coffee Waffles Recipe These waffles are packed with coffee flavor! Serve with syrup for breakfast, or add a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce for a fun dessert.
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Berry and Browned Butter Waffle
Berry and Browned Butter Waffle Recipe The freezer aisle of your grocery store is stocked with a hearty selection of whole-grain toaster waffles that have less than 100 calories per serving. That's a low-calorie, grain-rich base for tasty combos that go way beyond butter and syrup. The fruity options are great, but we love savory ones, too.
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Chocolate Chip Waffles
Chocolate Chip Waffles Recipe Chocolate Chip Waffles are kid-friendly and quick to make. Sarah Roe's sweet waffles will have everyone at the breakfast table asking for more!
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Lemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles with Blackberry Maple Syrup
Waffles Benedict Recipe Top Parmesan-infused waffles with eggs, prosciutto, and a luscious hollandaise drizzle. This waffle is more savory than sweet, giving your taste buds a break from the traditional sweet-style waffle breakfast.
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Strawberry Waffle Sundaes
Strawberry Waffle Sundaes Recipe Perfect for a brunch dessert, this sundae recipe calls for frozen strawberries and frozen waffles. It comes together in minutes and offers a fun end-of-meal flourish for your final course.
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Yogurt and Berries with Whole-Grain Waffles
Yogurt and Berries with Whole-Grain Waffles Recipe This top-rated breakfast dish has the added bonus of being packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C from the berries and protein and calcium, from the yogurt topping. Online reviewers rave, waffles are a must make!
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French Toast Waffles
French Toast Waffles Recipe Cook milk-and-sugar coated French bread slices on a waffle iron to add a crispy bite to the traditionally smooth French toast breakfast. Serve with fresh berries, powdered sugar, or maple syrup.
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Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries
Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries Recipe Perfect as an end to a festive brunch or a new twist on an old classic, these waffles get their color and flavor from cocoa powder. The poached cherry drizzle, featuring lemon juice, orange juice, and vanilla bean, brings out the richness of the cocoa.
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Blue Corn Waffles with Lavender Cream and Fresh Blueberries
Corn and Cheddar Waffles Recipe Enjoy these waffles with maple syrup, or go Southwestern and try them with tomato salsa. Melon or another fresh fruit rounds out the meal.
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Bacon Maple Waffles
Bacon Maple Waffles Recipe Combine salty and sweet flavors for an over-the-top breakfast. Crumbled bacon cooks into the syrup-infused batter to create a delicious, salty-sweet morning meal.
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Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote
Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote Recipe This compote uses frozen fruit, which is as nutritious as fresh and readily available in winter. The honeyed yogurt offers a sweet balance for the tangy compote, which can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to one week. While Greek yogurt offers a thicker base for the topping, plain low-fat yogurt can be substituted, if desired.
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Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles with Apples
Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles with Apples Recipe Enjoy these waffles during harvest time when the autumn flavors are at their best. Fresh apples, canned pumpkin, and a host of fragrant spices make this dish a guaranteed family favorite.
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Whole-Wheat Waffles with Spiced Fall Fruit
Whole-Wheat Waffles with Spiced Fall Fruit Recipe 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.