Clean Eating Belgian Waffles Recipe (2024)

ByTiffany McCauley

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This Belgian Waffles recipe is the perfect addition to your morning breakfast table. Whole grain, delicious and filling, you’ll make these again and again!

I never had Belgian waffles before this. Call me crazy, but I just never understood the difference between a regular waffle and a Belgian waffle. And frankly, I never wanted to pay extra for something that was essentially the same.

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Well, I’m here to tell you that I am not only humbled by the difference now that I’ve had one but over-the-top crazy about them! I may never make the regular kind again!

These come out much lighter and crispier. Perfect for just about any topping you want to add.

I had to play tug-of-war with Mini Chef just to get one last bite before he finished scarfing the majority of them down. Growing boys sure can eat!

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Belgian Waffles Recipe

Delicious waffles that are great for breakfast or brunch!

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Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Belgian

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 waffles

Calories: 94kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 large egg whites
  • cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast

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Instructions

  • Warm the milk in a pot until it reaches between 105-115 degrees F. This happens pretty quickly, so keep an eye on it.

  • Add the yeast to the milk and allow to stand until it has a small amount of foam on top. It won't foam a lot because there is no sugar to feed the yeast. But there will be a small, thin layer as the yeast dissolves.

  • Combine everything together in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until you have no lumps left.

  • Let the batter rest for about 20 minutes. (I used this time to start heating the waffle iron and slicing fruit for toppings, setting the table, etc…)

  • When your batter has rested and your waffle iron is hot, pour the batter in and cook as usual. The waffles are done when they are crispy.

  • Top with fruit or whatever toppings you prefer and enjoy!

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. WIsh I had a waffle maker 🙁

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    1. They aren’t that pricey. I think Walmart has some cheap ones.

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  2. Used regular whole wheat flour and these came out great. Thanks!!

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    1. Awesome! 🙂

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  3. Ok, I just made these and they aren’t quite right. The batter was incredibly runny so added 1/2 more flour and they still wouldn’t puff up enough to cook on top. Any suggestions? My yeast is new and it didn’t foam.

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    1. One of three things:
      1) It sat on the shelf at the store for too long
      2) Your water wasn’t warm enough for it to foam (between 105 – 115 F.)
      3) You didn’t let it sit long enough in the warm water.

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  4. Is it okay to use cows milk?

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    1. Sure! But you might want to use just a smidge less. Play it by ear. You can always add more, but you can’t take out. So add a little at a time till you have a good consistency.

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  5. Thank you for all your wonderful CLEAN recipes!! I tried these and followed the recipe exactly (used Silk unsweetened almond milk) but they stuck to my belgium waffle maker. 🙁 I have never had any other waffle batter stick (not even Clean Eating Gingerbread waffles) but I am hoping I can remedy that by using pan spray on the machine next time (I’ve never had to use it before). This was the first time I ever tried a yeast waffle though. Also, I feel like they need a bit of salt – maybe 1/4 tsp?

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    1. Amy – You can certainly use salt if you wish. I always air on the side of caution with salt, but add it if it tastes better. As for sticking, that is odd. Mine didn’t stick. But I usually use oil on my waffle maker, so maybe that is the difference? Hmmm…. I’m going to have to try them again… Thanks for letting me know!

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  6. Just wondering about the calorie count. Is the 91 calories for all four squares or just 1 out of the four squares on the waffle.

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    1. Tammi – Belgian waffles are round. So it would be one round waffle. Is that what you meant?

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  7. Any suggestions for what to use the egg yolk for? I hate wasting food 🙂

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    1. Cara – I just save them and toss 1 or 2 extra in with my eggs in the morning.

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  8. Kayla – Here’s where I figured the data: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2384403/2
    The only difference is that I entered 2 tsp. of vanilla instead of 1 of vanilla and one of the nut extract. It wasn’t in their system so I had to work with it. As I say below all my recipes, this data is not 100% accurate and is solely dependent on the accuracy of the calculator used. Even then, it’s probably not exact. These are ballpark figures only.

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  9. Did anyone else get a wicked headache for the first few days of clean eating? I still drank coffee so it wasn’t a caffeine headache but owwwwwie!

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    1. Jo – Yes. It’s called detox and it can be awful. But it should subside after the first few days. If it doesn’t, there may be something else going on. Call your doctor if you have concerns. But yes, detox is really tough.

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  10. Oh sorry and I love this site! Thank You for all your hard work!

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    1. Jo – My pleasure! 🙂

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  11. Tiffany, these sound so good! I have really got to try these, this weekend

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    1. Trude – They are yummy! I hope you like them! 😀

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  12. Any suggestions for replacing the egg? I’m assuming you’re using egg whites to give it some lift, not sure if flax eggs will do the sane. Thanks!

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    1. Cheri – With these, I’m really not sure to be honest. I’ve never tried. Worth a shot though!

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  13. How long should the yeast stand?

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    1. Erin – Until you get that foam on top that I mentioned. It should only take a couple minutes. certainly no more than 5 minutes, but some of that depends on the age of the yeast as well.

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Clean Eating Belgian Waffles Recipe (2024)

FAQs

Are Belgian waffles healthy? ›

Learn more. Let's be honest: Waffles may be delicious, but they aren't exactly good for you. They're usually made with ingredients that nutritionists say to limit, such as white flour, butter, and lots of sugar. A Belgian waffle from IHOP, for example, has 590 calories, 29 grams of fat, and 17 grams of sugars.

What makes Belgian waffles different? ›

Belgian waffles are usually thicker than their American counterparts. These Belgian beauties are made with a recipe that includes yeasted batter and crunchy pearl sugar. Belgian waffles have extra-deep pockets—the better for filling with butter, jam, maple syrup, or whipped cream.

Are waffles healthy for weight loss? ›

Unfortunately, many traditional breakfast foods—think pancakes, waffles, and cereal—are loaded with carbs and lacking in satiating nutrients like protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Eating these foods regularly may be filling you up with additional calories that aren't doing your body any favors.

What is a healthy substitute for oil in waffles? ›

Applesauce: A Sweet and Healthy Substitute

Applesauce not only adds natural sweetness to your waffles but also acts as a fantastic substitute for vegetable oil. It adds moisture and helps create a soft, tender texture. But what makes applesauce truly remarkable is its nutritional profile.

What is the healthiest waffle mix? ›

Bob's Red Mill Organic 7-Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix

The company produces several pancake mixes, but we especially love the 7 Grain Mix for its versatility and nutrition. The ingredients are 100% organic and contain a blend of whole wheat, rye, spelt, corn, oat, Kamut wheat, quinoa and brown rice flours.

Are pancakes or Belgian waffles healthier? ›

So while a basic waffle might have more protein, a pancake has better macros and has 20 percent fewer calories than a waffle. Waffles also tend to have more refined sugar in them than pancakes. Amy Goodson, who worked for the Dallas Cowboys, said that “pancakes are easier to turn healthy”.

Why do Belgian waffles taste so good? ›

Why Are Belgian Waffles So Good? Ahh, good question! While regular old waffles are made from a typical pancake-like batter, Belgian waffles are made from a brioche dough. The secret ingredient in Belgian waffles is the pearl sugar, which gives the waffles a unique texture and slight, satisfying crunch.

Why are Belgian waffles so crispy? ›

The pearl sugar is key to their slight crunch, while the yeast and egg whites contribute to their wonderfully fluffy texture (noticeably less dense than their American counterparts). The term “Belgian waffle” also encompasses several different varieties of this European treat.

What is a substitute for eggs in Belgian waffles? ›

Mashed fruit as an egg substitute works best in moist and dense recipes such as brownies, muffins, quick breads, pancakes, and waffles.
  • Banana: 1/4 to 1/2 cup mashed or pureed.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: 1/4 cup.
  • Avocado: 1/4 cup.
  • Pumpkin puree: 1/4 cup.
  • Rehydrated and pureed prunes, raisins, soaked dates: 1/4 cup.
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What's healthier, waffle or bagel? ›

Winner: Bagel!

Order the occasional bagel and pile it with good-for-you toppings: Scrambled eggs, veggies, and a little part-skim cheese will keep you full for hours.

Why do bodybuilders eat waffles? ›

Faster absorption of carbs provides more fuel for the athlete during a workout, helps increase exercise performance, and is easier on the stomach than glucose or fructose on their own. Carbohydrate consumption during exercise can help to maintain intensity and support high-level performance.

What is a healthy substitute for butter in waffles? ›

Vegetable and Canola Oils: These are some of the most common butter substitutes. These budget-friendly options usually don't taste like much, so you don't have to worry about them affecting the flavor of your finished product. Olive Oil: Olive oil produces light baked goods with subtle notes of fruit.

Is extra virgin olive oil good for waffles? ›

Not only is extra virgin olive oil good for you, but it also adds a wonderful flavor to your waffles. Its fruity and slightly peppery taste can enhance the overall taste of your waffles and make them more enjoyable.

Is waffles healthy or unhealthy? ›

We hate to break it to you, but pancakes and waffles are not a nutritious way to fuel your mornings. Despite their tasty profile, these comfort foods are often made with refined white flour and topped with butter and syrup, which is essentially pure sugar.

Are bird's eye waffles healthy? ›

Our waffle recipe is low in saturated fat; made using real potatoes and is gluten free as well as vegan friendly. Plus, our frozen potato waffles have been a staple of family meals since 1981, making them as rich in history as they are in goodness.

Can waffles be part of a healthy diet? ›

In a nutshell, waffles aren't the healthiest food, especially if you're on a low carb/keto diet, but there are ways to up their nutritional value. Eating whole wheat waffles or waffles made of other whole grains is one way to do this.

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