Low-Calorie Waffles With Blueberries

Low-Calorie Waffles With Blueberries

The Spruce / Crystal Hughes

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 6 waffles
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 132mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Waffles are great comfort food. Whether eaten at breakfast, brunch, or even dinner, the crispy crust of a waffle covered in your favorite toppings is close to unbeatable on the deliciousness scale. But with all the comfort also comes all the saturated fat and unnecessary calories that store-bought or restaurant waffles come with. Thankfully, our recipe for low-calorie waffles with blueberries is the perfect treat for a weekend morning and a great side to your brunch. Make ahead and freeze to have these tasty waffles at hand whenever you're in need of a healthy and filling breakfast.

We use ingredients that are typically stocked in most kitchens—you may have all that's needed right now in your pantry. Easy to put together, our waffles beat any regular waffle recipes when it comes to nutrition because the recipe uses high-fiber whole-wheat flour and contains only small amounts of sugar and oil, as opposed to the excessive butter and sugar content of other recipes. Use a Belgian waffle maker for added crispiness or the traditional waffle maker—both results are simply great.

The addition of the all-powerful blueberry, a fruit that is super high in nutrients and antioxidants, closes the deal. Just 1 cup of these berries, about 140 grams, has barely 70 calories and 4 grams of fiber. Eating a cup of blueberries will get you 79 milligrams of potassium and 3.6 milligrams of vitamin C—a great addition to your daily dietary intake.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray, for waffle iron

  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup skim milk

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish

  • 1/4 cup blueberry syrup, optional for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Low-Calorie Waffles With Blueberries ingredients

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  2. Heat waffle iron. Spray iron with a bit of cooking spray. This also helps to make cleaning up easier.

    Greased waffle iron

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  3. Whisk together whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Make a well in the center of mixture.

    Whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl

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  4. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together milk, egg, and oil. Stir with a whisk until mixture is well combined.

    Milk, egg, and oil in a bowl

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  5. Pour milk mixture into middle of well in flour mixture and gently stir all of the ingredients together.

    Waffle batter in a bowl

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  6. Using a spatula, fold blueberries into batter.

    Blueberry and batter in a bowl

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  7. Depending on size of your waffle iron, add 1/4 cup of the batter, or more if needed, into each compartment of the waffle iron.

    Waffle batter in a waffle iron

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  8. Cook until waffles are lightly browned and crisp, timing them according to your specific waffle iron's directions. Repeat the process until you've used all the batter. Serve warm with blueberry syrup, if using. 

    Low-Calorie Waffles With Blueberries

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What other low-cal toppings can I use?

Low-calorie doesn't need to be low flavor. Here are a few nutritious ideas you can try:

  • Use 1/2 cup of cottage cheese per waffle and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a protein-packed breakfast.
  • Mix 1 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon of stevia and some fresh blueberries to top your waffles with a creamy concoction. If you're not fond of stevia, use 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup or agave syrup to sweeten your yogurt.
  • Serve your low-cal waffles with a 4 egg-white omelet stuffed with spinach.
  • Use organic applesauce instead of jelly. A few slices of fresh apple and a tablespoon of chopped nuts make for a tasty breakfast.
  • Use nut butter but keep it at 1 tablespoon per waffle. These are highly caloric, although they do add important fats and nutrients into your day. Alternatively, use powdered peanut butter, which is high in protein and low in calories.
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  1. Blueberries. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.