My mother-in-law bought me a waffle maker as a Christmas gift somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen years ago. While I love food, I’m not really a waffle fan, and I feel the same way about pancakes for breakfast. Meh. On the Take It or Leave It Scale, these both fall way down on the Leave It side. I’m much more interested in something like this incredible Healthy Breakfast Hash recipe. My twelve-year-old twins, however, feel differently. As a result, sometime in the last year, we dug out Grandma’s trusty waffle maker and started using the heck out of it. That’s why this morning I decided to mess around with creating a new waffle recipe, and that’s where the No-Fuss Belgian Waffle Batter +Strawberries for the WOW Factor was borne.
The No-Fuss Belgian Waffle Batter
The No-Fuss Belgian Waffle Batter is a breeze, which is what you want when you’re trying to get this stuff done so that you can drink your coffee in peace. This basic recipe has been my go-to for a while. No messing with separating out egg whites, tons of easy ways you can substitute ingredients to make a variation that you’re interested on any particular morning, and just the right amount of fluffiness in the finished waffles. Here’s all you need:
Ingredients for No-Fuss Belgian Waffle Batter (makes 4 to 6 waffles)
1 2/3 cups milk (you can substitute evaporated milk if you don’t have any milk on hand)
1/3 cup avocado oil (you can use coconut oil, vegetable oil or any substitute you prefer)
2 cups flour (substitute gluten-free flour, almond flour, coconut flour, etc. here)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs coconut sugar (you can use regular refined sugar if you prefer)
1 Tbs baking powder
Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients. I said “no-fuss” and I wasn’t lying. As I mentioned in the ingredient list above, you can make this gluten free by using gluten free flour, you can use whole wheat flour, you can mix a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseed in there, you can substitute something like wheat germ for ¼ cup of the flour. There are a ton of easy ways to modify this basic no-fuss Belgian waffle batter, or you can roll with it as is. And of course if you want to add the Strawberry WOW Factor, there’s always that option.
Adding the Strawberry WOW Factor to the No-Fuss Belgian Waffle Batter
Once I got to this point, I already knew I was going to add strawberries to the no-fuss Belgian waffle batter, and I had them prepped and ready to go.
But I thought the batter looked boring, and freak that I am, boring just won’t do. Here is the poor, sad, boring batter.
So, I decided to jazz it up with some strawberry puree in the batter itself. I grabbed the mini-Cuisinart and tossed some strawberries in there, and voilá, it was so much better. WOW factor added. Oh, and I forgot to add that in my daughters’ world, no breakfast meal that includes Belgian waffles or pancakes is complete without the addition of chocolate chips, which you’ll see present here. I am sure these No-Fuss Belgian Waffles would be just as tasty without them, but my children don’t seem to be very interested in my opinions on this front.
Adding Strawberry WOW Factor?
Handful of strawberries, small dice
4-5 large strawberries, pureed
Handful of chocolate chips
There you have it. The whole shebang will take you about six minutes to throw together and they are pretty doggone delicious. If you like Belgian waffles, that is. You can also make a double batch, let them cool completely so they don’t squash, and pop in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them again, reheat for about 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven and they taste like you just made them that day!
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The original recipe for No-Fuss Belgian Waffle Batter Plus Strawberry WOW Factor first appeared on the Middle Chicks blog.