Our kids LOVE waffles.
In an effort to make eating waffles at least somewhat healthier, we have stopped buying waffles at Costco and I have started making them.
To assist me in the process of making waffles for 4 kids, I purchased this awesome 6-slice waffle maker by Cuisinart. LOVE it! So, I mix up a big batch of waffles (don't worry, recipe's coming!) fresh one day and then I freeze the rest of them - homemade healthy Eggo waffles just waiting for the toaster! Makes for a super quick breakfast too. Now, if there was only a way to make syrup healthier....
Best Waffle Recipe Ever
3 cups flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce (I use one container of the Motts applesauce we always have on hand)
5 1/4 cups milk
3 tbsp white sugar
4 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp cinnamon (secret ingredient!!)
Preheat waffle iron.
Beat eggs in KitchenAid food mixer (LOVE it!) until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients, just until smooth.
Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. (For my waffle maker) Pour 1 1/4 cup of batter evenly onto hot waffle iron, going close to the edges). Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.
Freeze leftovers in a single layer on a baking sheet (I use tinfoil in between layers so I only need to find room for one baking sheet in the freezer), then transfer to ziplock bag (or other container) for a super easy breakfast option (simply pop in the toaster, just like Eggo waffles).
*Feel free to play around with the flours and the oil/applesauce to make it healthier. I made it today with 2 cups white flour, 3 cups ww, 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup applesauce and couldn't notice a taste difference - but there's definitely a health difference!
Edited to add: Here's the recipe for the white waffle sauce mentioned in the comments - my personal favourite waffle topping (combined with fresh strawberries of course - hmmmmmmm!)