If you’ve been searching for a simple way to begin your morning on a sunshiny note, look no further than my Strawberry Waffles! These whole-grain, refined sugar-free waffles taste like spring on a plate and nourish you from the inside out. Best of all, they’re made with just 10 simple ingredients!
Imagine waking up to the intoxicating aroma of freshly made waffles, but not just any waffles — fluffy strawberry Belgian waffles that promise a burst of fruity goodness in every bite.
And, unlike their frozen Eggo counterparts, these beauties are crafted with just 10 easy-to-find, easy-to-pronounce whole-food ingredients and ZERO refined sugars. Instead, they bask in the natural sweetness of fresh strawberry purée and are kissed by the delicate touch of maple syrup.
Dive deeper, and you’ll find they’re also brimming with whole grains, thanks to the whole wheat pastry flour that gives them a slightly nutty flavor. But the whole grains aren’t just for taste; they also add a serious dose of fiber that’ll keep you fueled till lunchtime.
So why wait? Let’s dive into an easy, make ahead-friendly breakfast recipe that promises to start your day on the perfect note of wholesome indulgence. Homemade berry waffles FTW!
- What are strawberry waffles?
- What do they taste like?
- Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Waffles Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How To Make Homemade Strawberry Waffles
- Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Success Tips
- Storage Directions
- Strawberry Waffle Nutrition
- Pricing Info
- Other Healthy Breakfast Recipes
What are strawberry waffles?
Strawberry waffles are like classic waffles, but with a delicious twist! They’re fluffy, golden-brown breakfast treats that are infused with a triple whammy of fresh fruit.
First we take juicy strawberries, blend them into a purée, and then mix them into our waffle batter. To take things further, we’ll also fold in some diced strawberries.
Then, since I just can’t get enough of the cheerful red fruit, we’ll add even MORE strawberries to the top, alongside your favorite waffle toppings like maple syrup and whipped cream. YUM.
Having a plate of these waffles with strawberries is like having a little piece of summer, no matter the season.
What do they taste like?
When you first sink your teeth in, you’re met with that familiar, comforting waffle texture, but then – surprise! – there’s a playful dance of sweetness, where the gentle tang of fresh strawberries twirls with the earthy notes of maple.
And just when you think the magic’s done, there’s a whisper of whole-grain goodness that gives it a rustic, heartwarming finish. If breakfast was a fairy tale, these strawberry waffles would be the happily ever after! 🍓☁️🏰
Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Waffles Recipe
It’s hard not to fall in love with this delightful strawberry waffle recipe. Here’s why it’s bound to become your new breakfast favorite:
- Simply Made With 10 Ingredients: Who said scrumptiousness requires a lengthy ingredients list? With just 10 simple components, these waffles are proof that less truly can be more. Less fuss, more flavor!
- Packed With Whole-Grain Goodness: Wave goodbye to empty breakfast calories! These healthy waffles are made with whole wheat pastry flour, ensuring your breakfast is packed with nutrients and fiber that’ll keep you fueled through your morning.
- Free From Refined Sugar: Bid adieu to the unnecessary sweetness of refined sugars. In this recipe, the sweetness comes from the natural goodness of fresh strawberry purée and a gentle drizzle of maple syrup. It’s sweetness as nature intended, giving you a delightful taste without the sugar crash!
- They’re Berry-licious!: My homemade strawberry Eggo waffles are bursting with berry goodness, making every mouthful a delightful, fruity escapade. It’s a berry lover’s dream on a plate!
As promised, you don’t need a ton of ingredients to make a strawberry Belgian waffle worth writing home about. Here’s what to grab:
- Almond Milk – Opt for an unsweetened plain or vanilla-flavored version to keep the refined sugars at bay.
- Fresh Strawberries – We’ll add both puréed and diced berries to the batter for maximum flavor.
- Avocado Oil – For a touch of richness and a dose of heart-healthy fat.
- Maple Syrup – For that classic breakfast-y sweetness I crave, plus acts as all the sugar this recipe needs!
- Vanilla Extract – For rich, aromatic warmth.
- Eggs – For binding the batter and adding some protein.
- Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – Using whole wheat pastry flour gives you the tenderness of AP flour, but the fiber and nutrients you can expect from whole grains.
- Baking Powder – This is what gives these waffles their springy, fluffy texture. If you haven’t used your jar in awhile, give it a quick test: add a small spoonful to a bowl and add a splash of boiling water. If it bubbles and fizzes, it’s still good. If not, time to replace it with a new jar.
- Cinnamon – This warming spice magically makes things taste sweeter without any added sugar.
- Salt – A touch of seasoning is all you need to enliven all the yummy flavors in these waffles.
Need to make some adjustments? Not to worry. Here are some good ingredient substitutes to try:
- Almond Milk – Feel free to swap in the unsweetened plant-based milk or dairy milk of your choice.
- Fresh Strawberries – In a pinch, you can use frozen strawberries, though they’re more likely to leave streaks of red through the batter — not that I mind though! You’re also welcome to swap in any other variety of berries (e.g. blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, or boysenberries) you prefer.
- Avocado Oil – Any heart-healthy, neutral-flavored oil (e.g. canola) can be used instead.
- Maple Syrup – While maple feels like a no-brainer for waffles, feel free to swap in honey or agave nectar instead.
- Vanilla Extract – Feel free to use an equal amount of vanilla paste or vanilla powder, or swap in another flavor extract like maple, almond, or even strawberry!
- Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – Make a blend of half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour for a simple substitute.
- Cinnamon – You can try using other warming spices like ginger or cardamom for a slightly different flavor profile. Otherwise, omit it!
How To Make Homemade Strawberry Waffles
Step 1: Wet Ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the milk, pureed strawberries, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
Step 2: Whisk in the 2 eggs.
Step 3: Dry Ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until just combined, a few lumps are okay!
Step 4: Fold in the diced strawberries, then set the batter aside to rest for about 5 minutes.
Step 5: Prep the Iron. Meanwhile, preheat your waffle iron. Once preheated, spray with nonstick cooking spray and pour the batter onto the waffle iron.
Step 6: Cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions. (Mine was about ½ cup of batter per waffle well and set to 5 minutes of cook time). Serve warm with your favorite waffle toppings. Enjoy!
Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
While I love this recipe for strawberry waffles just the way it is written, you may need to tweak it to fit your needs. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Nut-Free – Can’t do almonds? Swap in dairy, soy, or oat milk instead.
- Gluten-Free – While I haven’t tried it, this recipe *should* work with a cup-for-cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (just make sure it has xanthan gum). Let the batter rest a full 30 minutes before cooking to prevent a grainy texture.
- Different Fruit – If you can’t find/don’t like/are allergic to strawberries, try other fruits like raspberries, boysenberries, or peaches.
There’s no wrong way to serve these berry good waffles, but here are a few ideas to get you started. P.S. Don’t forget the coffee!
- Strawberry Shortcake Waffles – Serve your fluffy breakfast treats with a hefty dollop of whipped cream and some macerated strawberries to evoke the flavors of strawberry shortcake.
- Top With Strawberry Waffle Syrup – Lean into the summery flavors by whipping up a quick strawberry syrup. Place about 2 cups of strawberries in a saucepan with about ½ cup of water and ½ cup of maple. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the berries are soft. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for brightness, then enjoy!
- Strawberry Cheesecake Waffles – Give your breakfast a decadent boost by serving with some tangy cream cheese frosting and extra fresh berries.
Recipe Success Tips
Making the perfect strawberry waffles is both an art and a science, but with these success tips, you’re sure to nail it:
- Choose Ripe Strawberries: The riper the berries, the sweeter and more flavorful your waffles will be. Look for bright red strawberries with a fragrant aroma.
- Don’t Overmix the Batter: Mixing until just combined ensures fluffy waffles. Overmixing can lead to tough and dense waffles due to overworked gluten — nobody wants that!
- Preheat the Waffle Iron: A properly heated waffle iron ensures a crisp exterior and fluffy interior. Wait for the indicator light or sound before pouring in the batter.
- Grease the Waffle Iron: Even if it’s non-stick, a light spray or brushing of oil or butter prevents sticking and helps give the waffles a gorgeous golden exterior.
- Consistent Scoops: Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour the batter onto the waffle iron. This ensures evenly sized waffles that cook at the same rate.
- Test the First Waffle: The first waffle is your chance to adjust. If it’s too soft, crispy, or otherwise “off,” you can tweak the batter or cooking time accordingly.
- Keep Waffles Warm: If you’re making a batch for a crowd, keep finished waffles in a warm oven (around 200°F or 95°C) on a wire rack to keep them crispy until serving.
- Refrigeration – Allow the waffles to cool on a wire rack, then separate them with pieces of parchment paper before stacking in an airtight container or zip-top bag. They should keep well for about 5 days.
- Freezing – To extend the shelf-life of your waffles, consider freezing them! Make sure to keep them separated with parchment or individually wrap them to prevent them from sticking together. They should keep well for about 4-6 weeks.
- Reheating – Place your refrigerated or frozen waffle in an oven or toaster oven preheated to 350F, then let them bake for about 10 minutes, or till heated through. Depending on your waffle’s thickness, you may also be able to pop them into a traditional toaster like you would an Eggo. Whatever you do, avoid using the microwave to reheat them, or you’ll end up with soggy waffles.
Strawberry Waffle Nutrition
These waffles aren’t just a treat for your tastebuds; they’re pretty good for you, too! Here’s the low-down:
Each serving is pretty balanced and clocks in at 254 calories. You’re getting 11 grams of total fat, which helps keep you satisfied and full.
Protein-wise, there’s 5 grams in there, giving you a nice little energy boost. The sodium is 297 mg, just a smidge to enhance all those lovely flavors.
We’ve got 34 grams per serving, but here’s the kicker – 6 grams of that is fiber! That’s a pretty nice dose of fiber to keep things moving and grooving in your digestive system.
Enjoy every bite, guilt-free! 🍓🥞🎉
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 254 calories
- Total Fat: 11 grams
- Protein: 5 grams
- Sodium: 297 mg
- Carbohydrates: 34 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
This is what I personally paid to make this recipe:
- 1 cup almond milk: $0.92
- ½ cup pureed fresh strawberries: $0.49
- ⅓ cup avocado oil: $1.19
- ¼ cup maple syrup: $0.81
- 1 tsp vanilla extract: $0.04
- 2 large eggs: $0.90
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour: $0.53
- 1 tbsp baking powder: $0.17
- ½ tsp cinnamon: $0.01
- ¼ tsp salt: $0.01
- 1 cup diced strawberries: $1.10
The total comes out to be around $6.17 or about $0.78 per waffle!
At the time of publishing this post, Eggo strawberry waffles are still on the market. That said, they’re made with a laundry list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, have less than 1 gram of fiber per serving and have 5 grams of added sugar per serving.
MY strawberry waffles, on the other hand, are loaded with 6 grams of fiber and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Plus, they’re a snap to make and can even be frozen for grab-and-go breakfasts. To me, the homemade route is the way to go.
That all depends on the strawberry waffle. For this homemade recipe, you can rest assured that you’re feeding your family nothing but real, whole foods.
Waffles are versatile wonders. In the U.S., they’re typically seen as a breakfast treat, but they can easily moonlight as a dessert when topped with things like ice cream, chocolate, or whipped cream. They can also be enjoyed as a post-workout or after-school snack. At the end of the day, they can be whatever your heart (and tummy) desires in the moment! 🥞❤️
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Fresh Strawberry Waffles
- 1 waffle maker
- 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- ½ cup pureed fresh strawberries
- ⅓ cup avocado oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the milk, pureed strawberries, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Whisk in the 2 eggs.
- Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until just combined, a few lumps are okay!
- Fold in the diced strawberries, then set the batter aside to rest for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat your waffle iron. Once preheated, spray with nonstick cooking spray and pour the batter onto the waffle iron. Cook according to your waffle iron's instructions. (Mine was about ½ cup of batter per waffle well and set to 5 minutes of cook time).
- Serve with your favorite waffle toppings!
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