One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles

One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles | www.kiwiandbean.com

I’ve recently re-discovered the early morning run.

It’s something I did regularly—every day, even—before the kids came along. Before interrupted sleep, breakfast-making and all those pesky child-rearing responsibilities made it nearly impossible to sneak out the door for a 6 a.m. sweat session.

Don’t get me wrong; I do love the early morning cuddles and slobbery kisses, and the bright eyes staring into my bleary ones. I’ve been warned not to wish these years away, and so I relish them while I drink my cappuccino and secretly dream about the day my kids can pour themselves a bowl of cereal and turn on the cartoons.

But I’ve missed the running—that morning dose of endorphins that lifted my mood and kick-started my day.

So this spring I brought it back. Just a half hour, maybe once or twice a week, when the kids are still sleeping and Kiwi is readying himself for the day.

I had forgotten what the city was like at 6 a.m.—dogs out for their morning run-about, older couples holding hands, and gaggles of speed-walking women sharing neighbourhood gossip (or so I imagine; I promise I don’t listen in, even though I want to). The air is fresh and cool, and the grass is damp and dewy where I stop to do a few push ups or planks.

When I get home from the run, the kids are usually upstairs with Kiwi, apparently sitting on our bed watching him button his dress-shirt and pull on his socks. I can hear him telling them jokes, talking to them in that voice he never uses when I’m around (why is that?). I can hear my eldest blowing raspberries to make my little guy laugh. And now and again, I will hear the little one announce “BUM!”, followed by thunder of little feet into the next room, and the opening and closing of drawers, as Kiwi figures out how to maneuver him into a clean diaper.

And in those moments I make breakfast. Uninterrupted by cries of “I’m hungry” or “Cheerios, puh-leeease,” I tiptoe through the kitchen, quietly pulling ingredients off of the shelves: a scoop of flour, some milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon. If the kids didn’t get their morning cuddles, I ought to make it up with waffles. Seems reasonable, right?

One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles | www.kiwiandbean.com

I am lucky—or unlucky, depending on how you look at it—that I could probably make waffles in my sleep. There is an ingredient formula, I realized awhile back, and as long as you roughly follow it, you can just “freestyle” it and end up with passable waffles pretty much every single time.

Now and again, though, a particular recipe will stick, and this is one of them. I’ve repeated it so many times, that I finally wrote it down and vowed to share it here. And once you make it a few times yourself—which you must!—I’m guessing you will also find yourself doing the dump-and-stir kind of freestyle thing. A little of this, a lot of that, etc. It makes waffles just as much a Monday thing as a Saturday or Sunday thing.

One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles | www.kiwiandbean.com

These waffles use oatmeal flour, which I love for its versatility, nutty flavour and nutrition. I keep a big bag of it in the fridge, but if you don’t you can make it yourself by grinding dry oats (whether rolled or steel cut) to a powder using a blender or food processor.

The beauty of using oatmeal flour is that you can whisk everything up in one bowl—stirring the heck out if it if you like, or letting a kid do that—without over-developing the gluten (there isn’t any gluten!) and rubberizing your waffles. Just dump everything into the mixing bowl and stir. So simple.

One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles | www.kiwiandbean.com

I will add, as a final point, that a waffle maker is an essential part of any family kitchen, and a necessary part of this recipe of course. So if you find yourself without one, march right on over to the store (or to your computer, credit card in hand) and pick one up. I have this massive four-waffle iron, and it kills an entire bowl of this waffle batter in about 3 or 4 short rounds. Which leaves more time for morning cuddles. And running.

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One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles
 
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This waffle recipe is so simple that it comes together almost as quickly as a bowl of cereal. (Ok, not quite that quickly, but close!). If you don't have oatmeal flour, you can make your own by grinding up oats to a fine powder using a blender or food processor. Be sure to generously grease your waffle iron before adding the batter (even if has a non-stick surface), as this helps to make the waffles light and crispy.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups oat flour (if you have gluten issues, look for a certified gluten free product)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 heaping tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 single-size container (or ½ cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (2% or higher)
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or melted coconut oil
  • Butter or coconut oil for the waffle iron
Instructions
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, flax seed, cinnamon and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the apple sauce, maple syrup, vanilla, yogurt and milk and whisk until everything is well combined, then whisk in the oil.
  3. Let the batter stand for several minutes while you heat up your waffle iron. If the batter is too thick (you want it to be a pourable consistency similar to a cake batter), thin it out with a little extra milk.
  4. Bake the waffles in your waffle iron, following the manufacturer's directions, until they are dark brown, greasing the iron generously with butter or coconut oil between each batch.
  5. Serve the hot waffles immediately with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

 

 

14 Responses to One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles

  1. Lucy January 29, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Could NOT get this recipe to solidify into something edible. The waffles were gooey and fell apart. When I tried making pancakes instead they held their shape a little bit better but were extremely soft/mushy. If you have lots of time on your hands to try and figure out how to tweak it and make it work, go for it! I will not be making these again.

  2. Anna Wright January 17, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    I really liked this recipe. Added my twist and tweaked just a little. I will be revisiting this one often. Thanks for sharing. By the way your instructions are real simple, stand out and easy to follow. Thanks for such an effort.

  3. Dana May 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    Pinterest fail, but did taste good! Completely stuck to the greased waffle iron… used the remaining batter to make pancakes.

  4. Kathleen | HapaNomNom July 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    I love the flavor combination in these waffles! And how fantastic is it that I can make them, freeze them, and pull them out as needed for breakfast!

  5. Anna (Hidden Ponies) June 30, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    I’ll definitely be trying these – they look perfect and I’m tired of my careful waffle- measuring ways! Love the sound of the early morning run (although I’m an early morning walker ;)) – nothing beats the early quiet!

  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche June 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    Definitely craving waffles right now. These look awesome!

  7. Jenna Em June 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Great recipe, and sounds like it has some good nutrition to it. My kids love waffles, but they make themselves the toaster kind. Lucky kids to have a great mom like you.

  8. Amanda June 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    Those look delicious! My son loves waffles, I’ll have to try these for him.

  9. Monica June 17, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Oh wow, these look so delicious, will definitely be giving these waffles a try! Thanks so much.

  10. Tammy B June 17, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I love waffles more than pancakes but I need to invest in a waffle maker. Oh the possibilities. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

  11. Jo June 17, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    can i use greek yogurt instead of plain

    • Sarah June 17, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Yes, Jo I think that should work. You might need to add a bit more milk to thin out the batter if it ends up being too thick.

  12. Suzanne Rudge June 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    I love how great these look and how easy they are to make. I have to invest in a waffle maker..

    • Sarah June 17, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Definitely do invest in one, Suzanne. So much easier than making pancakes 🙂

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