There is a new coffee/waffle house that opened up near us that we wanted to try out. Not a “Waffle House” restaurant, but a cute little home that was converted into a little breakfast place. It is so super-cute but so super-expensive! If you have been around long on the Savor and Savvy blog, you know we just can’t stand spending an excessive amount of money on eating out like that! So that started a new quest to make our own homemade healthy oatmeal waffles at home.
Creating a healthy waffle recipe required a few rounds of trials to make sure it tasted “yummy” and wasn’t just “ok, this is healthy.” You know what I mean.
Although the taste of the banana is pronounced in this recipe, it isn’t meant to be the star. We tried it with a very yellow banana and a more ripe one and each time, the flavor stayed the same.
Everything about these waffles is impressive! The flavor, the small number of ingredients needed, and the effortless way they are prepared are perfection. Let’s talk about the main ingredients:
Old Fashioned Oatmeal: You shouldn’t try to swap the old fashioned oats for minute oats because they won’t turn out too well. Using old fashioned oats gives you a wonderful texture and will taste great also.
Banana: Adding a banana means you are adding natural sweetness without adding refined sugars. That is a massive win because so many of us add sugar to everything. The natural sweetness in bananas is terrific too.
Greek Yogurt: When you add Greek yogurt, you will get a boost of protein as well as probiotics and calcium too. Plus, it’s a complimentary flavor to the other ingredients also.
Combine the 2 cups oatmeal, ⅓ cup greek yogurt, 1 banana, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, baking powder, and mix. Add milk until you get to the consistency you would like. This took me about 1 cup but add a little in at a time. The yogurt makes this much thicker and so I would pour in about ¼ cup at first and add the remaining if needed, and mix to get the right consistency. This is enough batter to make four waffles.
🍴 Can you Make These in a Food Processor or a Blender?
I made it in my food processor, but a blender like the Vitamix will work well! I love that it came out the same both ways. The oats create a flour type texture when pulsed and it really changes the texture nicely.
🥛 Can I Substitute Milk or Cream for the Greek Yogurt?
You can, but you will need to use a smaller amount. You want to keep the consistency similar to pancake batter. If it gets too runny, it will be a complete mess!
❄️ Freezing & Meal Prepping
Absolutely! Just like it is done in the How to Freeze Pancakes post, fully cook the waffles and place them on a cookie sheet/sheet pan in the freezer for several hours. Individually wrap them in Saran, Press and Seal, or foil and place in a freezer safe Ziploc bag. Take one out the night before you want to have one for breakfast and zap it in the microwave in the morning for 1-2 minutes. I recommend doing one minute first and check it. If it needs longer, flip it over and do 15-second intervals. It’s always better to keep checking when you are reheating.
These are great when you are in a rush in the morning with breakfast. They are also perfect for busy summer mornings as kids love them! Serve one up as they are getting ready for their activities. The kids won’t even realize that they are eating healthy and you’ve got yourself a “mom-win!”
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Healthy Oatmeal Waffle Recipe
- 2 cup oatmeal old fashioned
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt vanilla flavored
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk separated, use ¼ cup at a time
- Combine the oatmeal and baking powder. Pulse to make a flour.
- Add eggs, yogurt, banana and pulse until creamy.
- Add milk ¼ cup at a time to get the consistency you like up to 1 cup. Don’t use all of the one cup at a time.
- Pour ¼ of the batter into a pre-heated waffle iron and close the lid. Follow the direction of your personal waffle iron for when you need to turn off, open or turn. There are too many variations out there to give specifics on this.
- Serve with fresh fruit.