|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*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.|
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.
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
Gather the ingredients.
Heat waffle iron. Spray iron with a bit of cooking spray. This also helps to make cleaning up easier.
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.
In a separate smaller bowl, mix together milk, egg, and oil. Stir with a whisk until mixture is well combined.
Pour milk mixture into middle of well in flour mixture and gently stir all of the ingredients together.
Using a spatula, fold blueberries into batter.
Depending on the size of your waffle iron, add 1/4 cup of the batter, or more if needed, into each compartment of the waffle iron.
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.
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.
Blueberries. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.