These are the healthiest waffles you’ve ever eaten! And they are delicious and filling to boot. Here is our new Saturday morning waffle recipe tradition!
These aren’t your typical waffles – they are loaded with fiber, nutrition and protein! They are filling and delicious, so you can feel really good about your kids (and yourself) eating something healthy for breakfast. I even make these for dinner, and add cut up fruit and organic sausage so they are getting something fresh and even more protein.
Baking from Scratch is So Satisfying
There’s something so special about making things from scratch. It stirs up this primal, mothering instinct for me. Nothing better than seeing your kids eat healthy, hearty foods, knowing you’re helping them to grow strong! I could buy a simple Bisquick mix, but this is soooo much healthier! So I typically make them on a Saturday morning when I have a little more time to prepare them.
Why Are So Many People Eating Gluten Free?
Ever wonder why so many people are eating gluten free? I know it can seem like a fad or even that some are making itup, but I know for my family, wheat was making me and three of my four kids break out in eczema and cause constipation.
Wheat is sprayed with massive amounts of pesticides so we are literally getting small amounts of those pesticides with every bite we eat. It has also been hybridized and the hull and bran, the most nutritious part of the wheat berry, are removed to create fluffier bread that has a longer shelf life.
Another reason is that wheat from 100 years ago only contained 14 chromosomes of gluten. Today, most commercially grown wheat contains 44 chromosomes of gluten to make fluffier bread – this is what causes so many people digestive problems and lead them to eat gluten free, and I was one of them!
For the past 6 years I’ve been eating strictly gluten free…until recently! I decided to try to make bread from scratch to see if Einkorn flour and freshly prepared bread would make my eczema return. I am happy to report that it hasn’t at all!
What’s Special About Einkorn Wheat?
Einkorn wheat is considered the world’s oldest wheat, and the only wheat that’s never been hybridized. Einkorn is a delicious, healthy alternative to modern, mass market wheat and can be an excellent solution for those with gluten sensitivity. It contains 30% more protein and 15% less starch than commercial wheat, and it is abundant in B vitamins and trace minerals like iron.
Health Benefits of Flax Seeds
I added flax seeds to this recipe because they are so healthy! They have been consumed for more than 6,000 years and they:
- Contain anti-inflammatory properties from omega-3 fatty acids
- Contain lignans which are antioxidant substances that help promote hormonal balance
- Help improve digestion, cardiovascular health
- Balance hormones
- High in fiber and which help you fight sugar cravings and support digestive health
- Can naturally lower cholesterol (study)
- Low in carbohydrates
According to Dr. Axe, it’s very important to grind your flaxseeds as whole flaxseeds pass right through your system and aren’t digested. Eating just two tablespoons of flaxseeds per day provides about 20 to 25 percent of your fiber needs!
See my other recipe using flax seeds and Einkorn flour in this Flax, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe!
Then mix together the butter and eggs, and add to the dry ingredients. Slowly add the buttermilk until it gets to the right consistency.
A Note about the Sugar
As far as the sugar goes, 2 tbsp. is slightly sweet. If you’re going to be pouring maple syrup or spreading jam over the waffles, you won’t need the waffles to be as sweet. If you want them to be able to stand alone, use 3-4 tbsp. of sugar.
How to Make Your Own Buttermilk
I know I never have buttermilk on-hand, so to make it, I combine 1 tbsp. of lemon juice or vinegar (I prefer lemon juice as it leaves a bright flavor in baking) and one cup of whole milk. Let sit 15 minutes until it starts to form bubbles on top. That’s it! It’s super easy. The point is to create carbon dioxide, as that makes the waffles lighter and fluffier.