Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Haaaaaapppppppppyyyy Friday!

In celebration of being on the verge of one of these glorious things called the weekend, I bring you waffles. Whole wheat and oat cinnamon rhubarb waffles to be exact. I can’t lie. I’ve become a bit waffle-obsessed. I can’t stop thinking about all of the waffle possibilities. Of course we have sweet waffles. We also have savoury waffles. But then we have waffle sandwiches. Waffle donuts. And I bet waffle nachos could totally be a thing.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Today we’re keeping it pretty simple. We’ve got whole wheat flour and oats for some hearty oomph. The rhubarb adds a little tartness (PS. You could totally sub in apples for the rhubarb). And there’s cinnamon and brown sugar for flavour. Think: rhubarb crisp in waffle form. And if you want to go all out, you can top the waffles with butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Boom. If that doesn’t start your day off right, I don’t know what will.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

It’s the weekend, friends! Enjoy, relax, live it up, treat yo’ self, and eat some waffles. In that order.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles (adapted from Taste of Home)

These hearty waffles taste delicious with butter and cinnamon sugar (simply combine 1/4 cup sugar with 2 tsp. cinnamon), or fruit and syrup. If you can’t get your hands on any rhubarb or if it’s not your thing, feel free to use apples instead. Makes 6 waffles. 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

3 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups milk

4 TBSP. butter, melted

2 TBSP. brown sugar

1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, melted butter, and brown sugar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, along with the chopped rhubarb. Mix until just combined. Cook according to the instructions of your waffle maker. Refrigerate or freeze leftover waffles, and reheat either in the toaster or the oven.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Friends, I am reeeeeeeally struggling to write this post. I mean, look at that pile of breakfast heaven right up there. It has everything. Carbs, cheese, meat, an egg. I am currently finishing up day 1 of a 3-day juice cleanse. The almond milk beverage that is my last “meal” of the day tastes much less like a milkshake than I’d worked it up to be in my mind. Yes, that’s right, give me a day of drinking vegetables and fruit and to my ears almond milk sounds like a straight-up milkshake. (Sadly, it doesn’t taste like one, not even after a day of juice).

And thus, editing these photos was a test in restraint and willpower.

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

These waffles are of the savory variety. And they are freaking delicious. Don’t run away, allow me to explain!

These waffles are packed with whole wheat flour and spinach. But I promise they don’t taste healthy! They crisp up all nice on the outside, but have such a tender interior. And that tender interior is made even more delicious by little pockets of cheese, some of which hit the waffle iron directly and get all crispy too. The first time I made these waffles, I enjoyed them straight off the iron, while still hot and crisp. I burnt my fingers and my mouth, and the pain was completely worth it.

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

But the second time around, I topped the waffles with a couple slices of black forest ham and a fried egg. Now we’re talking! Eating the waffles this way also forced me to use cutlery, which was perhaps a blessing in itself. I’m a lady, I swear.

Do not fear this savory waffle concept! Breakfast, brunch, brinner, a snack – whatever tickles your fancy. Get into it!

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles (slightly adapted from The Mrs. Writes)

This recipe will yield about 6 large waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron. If you’re serving the waffles with toppings, one waffle is probably an adequate serving for the average person. However, if you’re serving them on their own, plan for two waffles per person (for hungry eaters). The recipe can easily be doubled, if needed. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses too, depending on what you have on hand. 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 TBSP. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated
4 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Toppings (optional): black forest ham, a fried egg, avocado, salsa, hot sauce

Preheat your waffle iron. Again, the appropriate heat setting will vary for each different waffle iron (I used heat setting 4 out of 6).

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir gently until the mixture comes together. Fold in the cheese and the spinach. Spray the hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray (between each waffle) and cook waffles according to your waffle iron’s directions. Serve with your choice of toppings or straight off the iron. If you’re cooking for a larger group, keep waffles warm in the oven as you go. But they do taste best hot and fresh! Leftovers also reheat very well in the toaster or in the oven.

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Weekends are for making things a little extraordinary. Weekends are for sleeping in and lounging around. Weekends are for not getting dressed until you damn well feel like it. And if you don’t damn well feel like it until 4pm, that’s totally cool. Weekends are for slowly sipping hot coffee and enjoying that extra cup. Weekends are for reading a good book or catching up on your favorite TV shows. Weekends are for indulging a little. Weekends are for waffles.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Yesterday morning, I was craving something a little extraordinary for breakfast. Sadly, my fridge and cupboards were practically bare after a long and busy week. No milk. One egg. No fruit or vegetables aside from a few frozen raspberries. However, I did have a can of coconut milk gathering dust in the very back of my pantry. (At one time, it shared space with this dreamboat.) Whole wheat coconut waffles were born!

Simple to prepare, healthy, and most importantly, delicious – these waffles satisfied my extraordinary Saturday morning craving and fueled me up for a little Christmas shopping. I’m certain they made me more patient too. And trust me, at this time of year, we could all use a little extra patience.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

It’s a hectic time of year, I get it. But do consider taking a morning time out during the coming couple of weeks to enjoy an extraordinary breakfast!

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles

Despite the use of both coconut milk and coconut oil, the coconut flavor in these waffles isn’t overwhelming. They tasted delicious with a dusting of powdered sugar and some fruit. Makes about 4 large waffles. 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 TBSP. raw cane sugar

1 large egg

1 can light coconut milk

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat your waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the egg, coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix just until barely combined. The batter will be lumpy.

Fill the wells of your waffle maker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions (about 4 minutes in my waffle maker). Serve with your favorite toppings. Happy weekending!

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

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