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.
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