Whole wheat blueberry waffles are studded with plenty of blueberries and a dash of fresh orange zest then drizzled with an orange maple syrup for a delicious breakfast!
My waffle maker was a long time coming and a rather hard road to get here.
When we were engaged, my husband and I did the usual "wander aimlessly around Crate & Barrel and stare at all the pretty things" routine before settling in to hash out our registry there and a few other places.
One of the appliances he suggested was a waffle maker. At the time, I hardly ate waffles, didn’t care much about them and certainly didn’t see myself making waffles very often.
“We’ll just go out to brunch when you want waffles,” I said. And so a waffle maker never made it on our registry.
(Quick side note: Neither did a stand mixer. He begged me to register for one, as much as I cook and bake, but I was adamantly against it, saying I’d never needed one thus far in my life. I could mix by hand or by hand mixer like my grandmother before me. I can be stubborn, if you couldn’t tell.)
I have since caved on the waffle maker. (Up next, stand mixer, I am sure. 😬)
So I ate crow and asked my husband to buy me a waffle maker for Christmas last year. You can bet he gladly did, knowing the delicious breakfasts that would be coming his way.
He bought me THIS Breville waffle maker and I’m completely in love! Highly recommend.
If it’s a bit too steep in price for you, this one is similar and gets good reviews and is more economical. And this one is the #1 best seller and also more affordable.
And now we are waffle obsessed! I make a batch at least once a weekend and have loved experimenting with new flavors and combinations. So many options!
We have been loving on these whole wheat blueberry waffles especially.
I add some orange zest to the batter and then warm some maple syrup and fresh orange juice in a pan over the stove to drizzle all over these when they are ready.
The blueberries just burst in your mouth with big fruit flavor — enhanced by that orange zest — and the warm maple syrup smells sinful as it oozes into every nook and cranny.
And they are completely whole wheat and use Greek yogurt instead of butter or oil, so they’re a much healthier version of waffles.
And yet still so indulgent…
Something about the sticky sweet syrup running all over your plate, cutting into a thick, perfectly cooked waffle that’s a bit browned and crisp on the outside while being fluffy and tender on the inside…
Well, it’s a good way to start your weekend.
Notes on whole wheat blueberry waffles:
- I use white whole wheat flour, but regular all purpose flour is fine too. Or you could use a mixture of whole wheat and all-purpose flour if you prefer.
- The recipe calls for sugar, but it's a small amount and you can certainly substitute maple syrup if you want these to be naturally sweetened.
- Make sure to incorporate the Greek yogurt in well with the other wet ingredients, so you don't have a clump that leaves a sour spot in your waffles. (You can definitely mix the wet ingredients separately and then add them in.)
We usually go through these in a single morning. But sometimes I make a double batch and that's always a good idea because they are very freezer-friendly.
How to store leftover whole wheat blueberry waffles:
- Leftover waffles will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store covered, such as wrapped in plastic wrap.
- These waffles also freeze great! I store them in a freezer ziptop bag -- be sure to label and date it -- for up to 6 months.
- Let them thaw overnight in the fridge overnight.
- Pop them in the toaster in the morning to help them warm up and get crispy again. So delicious!
- You can also use them directly from the freezer. Either toast them 1-2 times until warmed through and crispy, or microwave them for 20 seconds and then toast then.
I’ve taken a few successful jaunts into savory waffles as well - so stay tuned!
And next up, I can’t wait to try making other foods in the waffle maker. Like falafel waffles, or hash browns, or pizza or brownies. The possibilities are endless.
How did I live without a waffle maker for so long?!
Happy waffle making. Enjoy!
Whole wheat blueberry waffles
Whole wheat waffles are studded with blueberries and orange zest and drizzled with an orange maple syrup for a delicious breakfast!
For the waffles:
- 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ cups lukewarm milk
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt (I use nonfat)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
For the orange maple syrup:
- ½ pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- To make the waffles, preheat your waffle iron.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- Make a well in the center and add the egg, milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla and orange zest. Stir the wet ingredients together in the middle and then mix into the dry ingredients until combined. You may have a few lumps, which is fine. Be careful not to over mix.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. (See notes.)
- Cook according to the directions in your waffle maker. (Mine uses ½ cup of batter for each waffle and cooks it automatically on the “Classic” setting.)
- Meanwhile, to make the syrup, bring the maple syrup and orange juice to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Serve warm. (I also recommend transferring it to a small pitcher or bowl so it doesn’t stick to the pot as it cools.)
I get 6 very large waffles using my waffle iron. You may have more if yours makes smaller waffles.
I have a non-stick waffle iron and when making regular plain waffles, I don’t need to spray it. I do with these, however, as the blueberries can stick a bit.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 388mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 9g
Kate @ Framed Cooks
OK, I think you may have convinced me that I need a waffle maker, because these are making me SO hungry!
GET ONE ASAP! You will not be sorry, Kate. I just wish I'd done it sooner... but we are making up for lost time with ALL the waffles we're eating these days 🙂
Nancy | Plus Ate Six
There I was getting all excited with your blueberry waffles and you go and taunt me with falafel waffles! Bring it on I say 🙂
Haha, stay tuned! I'm gonna waffle ALL the foods 🙂
This is beautiful recipe Kathryn 🙂
My daughters love waffles (and pancakes) and this is a wonderful idea! Your Blueberry waffles are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing ❤
Thank you! My little ones love these -- and so do we!
My little boy goes crazy for waffles!! I will need to try this out on him #PeaceLoveLinkup
Yay! My little ones love these waffles (and so do we!) - hope you give them a try!
My family loves waffles. Your orange syrup sounds delish. You should link up at Family Joy Blog Link Up party this week. Check it out http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2407
Thanks Charlene! I'll check it out!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Well your husband sounds pretty fabulous, Kathryn! My husband never "suggests" I get any kitchen appliances... probably because I have WAY too many and because I just buy things. 🙂 But I'd love for him to suggest something every once in a while. lol. Anyways, Waffles! Yaaaahhhss! These look delicious, dear! Loving that they are whole wheat and blueberry flavor is one of my favorites! That orange maple syrup sounds seriously scrumptious paired with these! Who needs to go out for waffles when they can have THESE at home??! Winning! Cheers, friend!
It may have been slightly selfish in intention, but hey, I'm happy with whatever the reason was for bringing me waffles 🙂 XO
Yay for waffles, Kathryn! Hubby and I got a waffle maker a few years back after we had tried chicken-n-waffles for the first time while on vacay in Vegas. We've been making them at home ever since. Every once in a while we'll feel like going to brunch, but then think about it and know we can make a better meal at home. Such a handy little appliance, isn't it? Love your recipe. It's healthier than a traditional waffle, but still so many great flavours on the go. That orange maple syrup sounds divine!
Thanks Dawn! Chicken and waffles is a favorite here too - so Southern and so good! And yes, it's always better when you make it at home - and easier. Plus, free refills on the mimosas 😉
I love waffles, and these look divine! Wouldn't have thought of an orange maple syrup but it sounds like the perfect accompaniment and now I can't wait to try it out!
Thanks Amy! The orange-blueberry flavors are such a great combo here 🙂
Ashlyn // Dollop Of Yum
Whole wheat waffles are my favorite because they're healthier and have more flavor to me! These look amazing. 🙂
Thanks Ashlyn! I completely agree that they are more flavorful - and bonus, healthier too 🙂
Thanks for sharing this post on Peace, Love, Link-up! Be sure to check in tomorrow the 22nd for the next party and share whatever you might be working on : )
Thanks Ashleigh 🙂
Rachel @ Bakerita
I don't use my waffle maker nearly enough, but these look so so good! I need to whip up a batch soon for sure 🙂 and SAVORY waffles?! That sounds sooo good.
Break it out this weekend Rachel - you won't be sorry! (And yes, savory waffles are amazing!!)
Waffles are my favorite weekend breakfast and these look like the perfect way to wake up. I haven't made waffles with Greek yogurt yet, but it sounds likes something I need to try asap. Pinning the recipe!
Thanks Amanda! We have been waffle obsessed recently! And I love the Greek yogurt swap - healthy and every bit as tasty!
These look lovely! I may give them a try this weekend, Pinned 🙂 Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up!
Thanks Angela! Hope you do give them a try - we are smitten!
I love waffles. Thanks for sharing on the "What's for Dinner" link up!
Me too! Thanks Helen 🙂
Your waffles look amazing, stopping by "What's For Diner" and I have to say I love breakfast for dinner!
- Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )
The best kind of meal, right Nancy?! Thanks so much 🙂
These waffles look fantastic and I love that you added Greek yoghurt ! I should get myself a waffle maker asap 🙂
The Greek yogurt is perfect! Lightens it up and gives it great moisture. And yes, you definitely have to buy a waffle maker Oana - you won't regret it!!
Christine at Must Love Home
Love it! This looks so delicious! I love the colors in your photography! I tweeted it out and pinned also:) Thank you for sharing with us at Friday Favorites. If you get a moment, I would love for you to share this at Wonderful Wednesday at Must Love Home. Right now we have a $40 PayPal cash giveaway going on thru 4/30. Please stop by and enter! Have a great week and Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home
Thanks so much Christine! And I will definitely check it out 🙂
Looks delicious Kathryn! Sometimes a good homemade waffle is just the thing for an early Saturday morning breakfast! I too have a waffle maker but have yet to break down and buy a stand mixer! I'm getting close though 🙂
Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday!
Thanks Linda! It's definitely a lovely way to start the weekend 🙂 I'm sure a stand mixer is next for us both!
I am a waffle fanatic and these look scrumptious! Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday!
Me too!! Thanks Mollie!