Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whole Grain Waffle Mix

If there is anything I didn't do well in school, it was math. Terrible at math. I excelled in English, but math was a joke. Just ask poor Mr. Danner. Didn't even get past geometry. And with most of my sisters, except for Haley, we were all big math failures. Wait, Megan, were you a math failure too? I can't remember if you are a genius like Mallory, Caitlyn, Lauren and me.

So having told you that, I am sure you feel so confident in this recipe that required me to do a lot of math! For some, figuring out the correct measurements times 8 would have been a breeze, but it honestly took me 45 minutes. I am just that stupid. But I did make it and tested it and it worked so no worries. Due to my 45 minutes and plenty of talking out loud to myself, we enjoyed delicious, healthy waffles and we will get to over and over again. This mix makes 14 batches of waffles. And the entire mix can fit into a gallon jug like the one pictured below.

I wanted to do a waffle mix particularly for Jack. He is my first born and because he came first, he has enjoyed laid back, extravagant breakfasts since he was a baby. I have had the time to make whatever his heart desires. Now, that is not quite the case. I just can seem to get my act together to make waffles quickly. So I wanted a mix that was already put together so I could make him his requested waffles with ease. Success! I took my regular whole grain waffle recipe and made a big batch and now, I can make my son happy.

This mix is 100% whole grain. No all purpose flour in here. There is whole wheat flour, oat flour and ground flax seed. To keep with the healthy theme, I did not add sugar to this. You can if you would like. I would add about 2 cups of sugar to the mix. Also, there is melted butter in this. If you are weary of butter, you could add any kind of oil you want instead. Because there is no sugar in these, they aren't sweet. They have a nutty flavor from all of the whole grains. But sweetness is lent from whatever you put on top, be it syrup, powdered sugar, Nutella. Definitely Nutella.

For the mix:
8 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups oat flour
1 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup baking powder
3 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in the biggest bowl you have. With a large whisk, mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Store mix in an airtight container in the freezer.

When it comes time to make a batch of waffles:
1 3/4 cup waffle mix
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Heat waffle iron.

In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Stir gently until smooth. Lightly spray hot waffle iron with non-stick spray. Add about 1/2 cup waffle batter. Cook until crisp on the edges. Serve with pure maple syrup, powdered sugar and butter.

Yields 6 waffles.

Rookie's Notes: Why store the mix in the freezer? Wheat flour should be stored in the freezer. It has a very short shelf life because of it's oil content. It can go rancid quickly. Same with ground flax seed. So store this mix in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Click here for a link to information about shelf life for different kinds of flours.

OAT FLOUR. All you have to do is put some oats in your food processor and give it a whirl. Wah-lah! Oat flour.

And I have dreams of owning this waffle iron.



keely steger said...

Yum. Making this pronto. And thanks for doing the math for me. Now will you come clean up all the flour that I will inevitably dump everywhere as I measure it all out?

Whitney B said...

OH Yummy these look good! I have not had waffles in forever.. Math oh we were truely foes I was the same as you struggled and despised everything math it always leaves me with a migraine and the feeling of uncertainty. So thank you for doing it for me hehe.

Sparks said...

A complete math moron. Haley's the only genius.

I did get through high school Algebra after Geometry, but I remember exactly none of it and walked away with a C. I only had to take one Algebra class in college, and without a tutor and a math-gifted boyfriend, I'd still be retaking it--10 years later.

I'm sort of glad that I suck at math. It keeps me humble, seeing as I'm, well, basically amazing at everything else.

Ryan and Tammy said...

Definitely need to try this. Breakfast is just to hard to make while I feel continually ill, and i'm sure it won't get easier when baby number two gets here.
Oh and btw you and haley both make beautiful baby girls.

MH. lovely by m said...

add me to the list, i was a math failure too!

Kalli Ko said...

So the other day, or more like a few weeks ago, I made some WW waffles with yogurt courtesy of my friend google. I used vanilla yogurt and they were seriously delicious and the yogurt did much for the grainy texture that WW mixes often have.

Hen Pecks said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you run oats through the food processor until they are ground to flour?

And I completely claim the defective math gene I contributed to the Peterson gene pool. That and the cankles. All me.

You're welcome.

Maria Beatrix said...

Yum, loved it! I'll definitely try this. I was thinking what to do with a flax seed flour leftover. Now I know! Thanks

Fowie said...

Hmm, I'm a little disappointed that you STILL don't say to whip the egg whites into semi-stiff peaks before folding them in. Really. Scandinavian waffle makers everywhere are rolling over in their northern Utah graves! (If you haven't tried it, you should, really makes them waffles fluffy!)

heather said...

ryan & i love to have (what he calls) "B for D!" aka breakfast for dinner. i'm totally going to try this one!

ps. your little girl is so stinkin cute with her little grin! i can't wait to meet her and i hope she's still a baby when i do!

Janeen said...

THey look so yummy! Chad, Briggs and I would be the only ones to eat them at our house. The girls have a major wheat allergy.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Made these this AM, but used all WW flour. HOME RUN Whitney. I am going to post this on my blog. Too good.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

What a great time-saver! I love that idea. As for the Nutella, I so hear you. Last time I made waffles, I topped them with Nutella, bananas, and strawberries. Then I gained three pounds.