It’s time for another post for The Kids Cook Monday, and this time our boys chose one of their favorite breakfasts, waffles. Around our house breakfast can also be dinner and the boys enjoy waffles any time of the day. Serve healthy whole wheat waffles with fruit and a vegetable omelet or frittata or and you’ve got a great meal.
This is a whole wheat waffles recipe that I adapted from King Arthur Flour using honey instead of sugar, buttermilk instead of milk, and adding some cinnamon for a bit of spice. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by combining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice plus enough milk to make 1-1/2 cups, then let it rest on the counter for about 10 minutes. It will start to curdle and give you some tangy milk. You can also substitute plain yogurt. This is an easy recipe for the kids to help with, just mix and let the waffle iron do the cooking. All three of our boys get to help and each has a task, and they get excited about wearing their chef aprons and hats.
Here’s how you make the waffles:
Whisk the dry ingredients.
Whisk the wet ingredients.
Stir it all together. (I love this picture of Michael and Monkey Boy.)
How Adults Can Help the Kids
- Demonstrate and assist with any tasks that might be new: measuring, stirring, pouring.
- Demonstrate how to pour the waffle batter on the hot iron, remove the cooked waffle, then assist the kids as necessary. Young children should not handle the hot waffle iron.
- Make sure an adult is present at all times.
- An adult should be in charge of plugging in and turning on the waffle iron.
- Use wooden tongs or a heat proof spatula to lift the cooked waffle off the hot iron.
Honey Cinnamon Whole Wheat Waffles
- medium bowl
- small bowl
- Belgian waffle iron, or other type as desired
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1½ cups whole wheat flour (white or traditional (We recommend King Arthur flours.))
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- 1½ cups buttermilk (or lowfat yogurt)
- 2 tablespoons honey (warmed)
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- In the medium bowl whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In the small bowl stir together the egg, buttermilk, honey, and melted butter.
- Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
- Cook according to your waffle iron manufacturer’s directions. You can keep cooked waffles warm in a 250° F/120° C oven while making the rest, just lay them directly on the oven rack, and they will even crisp a little.