These healthier Apple Waffles are fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside and full of soft, juicy apple pieces and sweet cinnamon.
At the weekends, when there is no mad hurry to get ready and out of the house, I like to cook pancakes or waffles for breakfast (or brunch if I’ve struggled to get out of bed at a decent hour!). It’s such a treat to be able to take my time in the kitchen then have a long, leisurely breakfast with my husband and son.
My Gingerbread Waffles are my favourite, but my husbands favourite dessert is apple pie and this is what gave me the inspiration for these new Apple Waffles.
These Apple Waffles are:
- Soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside
- Full of juicy soft apple pieces
- Flavoured with sweet, woody cinnamon
- And are reminiscent of apple pie.
If you do not have a waffle maker then this batter works for pancakes too.
Although they sound pretty indulgent, they are actually full of good healthy ingredients like apple, nutty spelt flour and ground flax. I do not include any sugar in the recipe as generally waffles are topped with something sweet so I do not think it is necessary. If however you prefer sweeter waffles then add a tablespoon or two of sugar to the batter.
What turns a good waffle bad are the toppings!
I like them served simply with maple syrup.
Your waffles, your choice though. Some suggestions other than maple syrup are date caramel, stewed apple, blueberry sauce (try my Blueberry Sauce With Lavender), chocolate sauce or easy vegan caramel sauce…
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 3 tablespoons luke warm water
- 125g | 1 very slightly heaping cup spelt flour
- 240mls | 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (in liquid form) + a little extra for greasing the waffle iron
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium apple , peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
- Mix the flax seed with the water and set aside to gel.
- Grease and preheat your waffle iron (my Cuisinart Waffle Maker was set to temperature setting 4)
- Put the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a mixing bowl.
- Pour your milk into another bowl or jug. Add the vinegar to the milk and leave for a few minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract, liquid coconut oil and flax mixture to the milk and stir well.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and stir together. You do not want to over mix it and a few little lumps here and there are fine.
- Once you can no longer see any bits of flour, add the diced apple and stir through so it is evenly dispersed.
- As soon as your waffle iron has reached temperature pour in your batter (enough to fill each section) and close.
- They take a few minutes to cook. Do not peek before your waffle maker signals it is ready.
- Remove your waffles and preheat again before adding more batter.
- Serve immediately.