It wasn't until I was in my late 20's, after I met my husband (some 20 years ago...), that I discovered I have a love of blueberries. Growing up, I don't remember eating a blueberry other than in a sweet, cupcake-like muffin, and I certainly don't recall ever eating a fresh blueberry right out of the basket. Fruit salads also remained blueberry-less.
My husband, however, lists blueberries as his favorite fruit and has indeed passed the blue gene down to Liv. As a baby she she would gobble exorbitant amounts of the little blue orbs costing me a small fortune in out of season organic berries. Today she still loves blue berries and will snack on a handful them right from the freezer as she whips them into some sort of smoothie.
Also loving all things breakfast, the Blueberry Waffle is a frequent Liv request, especially on leisurely weekends. While she prefers to place her berries by hand into pancakes, creating an individual smilie face on each one, I prefer to dump a handful or two into my waffle batter for more of an I-don't-have-time-for-that scattered look.
With our new Cuisinart Waffle Maker, waffles have been making more of a frequent appearance on our breakfast table. This particular version is filled with plump fresh berries in addition to protein-rich eggs and whole grains for a healthier start to her day. Topped with additional fresh berries as well as Pure Maple Syrup, we have a keeper.
Light and crispy, these waffles will be the hit of your weekend! Substitute diced banana, strawberries or whole raspberries for the blueberries for a change of pace.
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
3 Tbs ground flax meal
1 Tbs baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 2/3 cup skim milk (we use rice milk)
2 Tbs sugar, brown sugar or honey
3 Tbs vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
Additional blueberries in addition to maple syrup for topping
In a large bowl add the flours (may use all all-purpose if desired), flax meal, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
In a medium bowl measure the milk, sugar (or honey), and oil. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl and then add to the milk mixture. Whisk to combine.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until mostly incorporated. Add the blueberries and stir gently until batter and blueberries are combined - being careful not to over mix.
Follow the directions of your waffle maker to proceed.
Serve and top with additional fresh berries (any type of berries make a wonderful topping) and pure maple syrup.
Liv Life Note: We make the waffles often, but occasionally we need to add a bit more flour or a touch more water to achieve proper batter consistency, adjust as necessary.