I love waffles. They are definitely my favourite breakfast food. And how easy is it to pop some frozen waffles into the toaster and voila!
And yet I know how terrible those things are for me. And honestly, they never taste as great as homemade waffles. But there are just so many ingredients and it takes so much more time and effort to make them from scratch.
So I came up with a compromise that actually works pretty well for us. We do make pancakes/waffles every week or two. We have a recipe that makes batter you can use for either pancakes or waffles, so it's just as easy to pour the batter in a pan or in the waffle maker (which you can buy for less than $20 these days). We make a double batch and freeze the leftovers.
Just like that - frozen waffles with the goodness of whole ingredients and without the padded junk from the store-bought variety. Love it!
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp oil/melted butter
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add wet mixture. Stir with wooden spoon until combined (may still have lumps).
Drop by 1/4 cup (or so) into a frying pan (med heat) for pancakes, or into a waffle iron for waffles.
This basic recipe allows for much free play - add chocolate chips, cinnamon, or any other favourite ingredient to change things up.