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Oats, it’s what’s for breakfast! Is there any other healthy breakfast option that keeps you full and satisfies your taste buds as much as oats do? Whether it’s creamy overnight oats, your classic bowl of oatmeal with fruit, or your favorite granola bar; oats are arguably the best breakfast food worldwide. Not to mention most oat-based meals can be made in a snap. We’re talking under 5 minutes to a piping hot breakfast of deliciousness! So essentially, oats make healthy eating both easier and tastier, who wouldn’t want that?
These perfect weekend waffles are no different and only take about 15 minutes to make from start to finish. The only equipment needed is a blender (or food processor) and a waffle iron. Blender recipes are a real treat on the weekends, just blend and pour and get back to your day. While most standard waffle recipes are made with flour, we opted for our favorite grain and made them with oats. Shockingly, I did not notice a difference compared to a standard waffle recipe! The texture is light and slightly crunchy, the flavor is subtle and perfect for any combination of toppings. Using oats in the place of wheat flour is a great hack for anyone who eats a gluten free diet since oats are a naturally gluten free food.
Oats come in many varieties; if you ever ate those instant oatmeal packets growing up then you’re familiar with quick oats, home chefs often reach for thick oats, and then there’s the chewier steel cut oats. There’s even milk made of oats! These different varieties offer a different texture and serve a different purpose in recipes but don’t vary much in nutritional content. For this recipe we used thick oats and would recommend them for the best results. If you try it with quick oats let us know how they turn out!
There’s way more to oats than creating delicious and filling meals. Did you know that oats are a prebiotic food? You may have heard about how beneficial probiotics can be for your gut health, but prebiotics are an important part of a healthy gut too! Prebiotics are a type of fiber present in foods like fruit, vegetables and grains like oats.1 This fiber is what feeds the probiotics in your gut and can help aid in healthy digestion. Oats also deliver a hearty dose of vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy body. From manganese and phosphorus to vitamin B1 and iron it's easy to see why oats are seen as a perfect breakfast option all over the world.
When making these waffles you’ll see that the first step is to blend the egg whites by themselves. This step is not necessary but does result in a lighter, crispier waffle. If you don’t eat eggs, or if you follow a vegan diet you can make a few small adjustments to the recipe:
These will turn out lighter and crispier than the version with dairy and eggs because there will be less fat in the waffles. You can still add your Homestyle Granola on top because Vanilla Almond Quinoa Homestyle Granola is vegan friendly. Granola on top of waffles is a game changer!
Makes: 4 waffles
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