Wake up and smell the citrus! Fall is right around the corner and so is the smell of baked goodies filling the home. Which is why I spent some time over the weekend coming up with healthier choices for the upcoming season. These orange waffles have been a regular in my home for some time now but I’ve found a simple way to transition them into a fall inspired breakfast. They leave the kitchen smelling amazing and everyone is incredibly surprised by their citrus taste. It’s a huge hit when family or guests come to visit and the best thing is, they don’t even mind that it’s whole wheat!
Whole Wheat Orange Waffles (lower sugar or sugar free)
(Makes 4 Belgian Waffles)
- 3 oranges (zested and juiced)
- 1 ½ c. whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powdered
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup 1% milk
- 1 tbsp. of light brown sugar
- ½ tbsp. of light brown sugar for egg whites
For AUTUMN inspired waffles toss in a teaspoon of cinnamon to the recipe.
For SUGAR FREE waffles you replace the light brown sugar with Stevia in the Raw.
Method: To start, make sure to zest then freshly squeeze the oranges (take any seeds out of the juice). You’ll need 3 bowls (one for the dry ingredients, one for the wet ingredients, and another to mix the egg whites.) Add flour, baking powder, and 1 tbsp. of light brown sugar to one bowl and mix thoroughly. Separate egg yolks into a new bowl and egg whites in another. Add the vegetable oil in with the egg yolk and mix with whisk until it is a paler yellow. Add orange zest and juice to the egg yolk mixture and stir. After this combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl, add milk, and stir until batter is smooth. Last step is to fluff up the egg whites! Add 1/2 tbsp. of light brown sugar to egg whites and mix with an electric mixer or the Cuisinart® 2-Speed Smart Stick Hand Blender like I have to create a fluffy thick meringue (it should triple in size). Softly fold the meringue into the batter until its white color disappears within the rest of the mixture.
Each waffle has about 4.6g of sugar (not including syrup) but if you have a smaller waffle maker the amount would be reduced significantly. I’ve learned that presenting smaller pieces and more fruits usually discourages overeating and helps with portion control. Best fruit to serve with are oranges of course, raspberries, and blueberries!
*Tip: if you have leftovers, place them inside Ziploc bags and insert in freezer. Pop them in the oven at 350oF for 6-7 minutes and you’d never know they were frozen in the first place. Happy and healthy eating!