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9 Healthier Waffles That Will Put 'Em Back on Your Meal-Planning Radar

Of all the breakfast foods we love (dang, there are so many), waffles tend to get forgotten on the #healthyish eating spectrum. Sure, protein pancakes are awesome, and you can never go wrong with eggs. But waffles are just as tasty, and with a few key toppings and swaps (that aren't just leaving out Aunt Jemima), they don't even have to be loaded with sugar. We’ve rounded up recipes that prove waffles can be a part of any healthy lifestyle, whether you’re a chocolate fan, a fruit fanatic, or more of a savory eater. Mix up the batter, pour it in a waffle maker, and breakfast can be ready in 20 minutes. Fancy (looking) breakfast + minimal work involved = our fave.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles

Photo: The Lemon Bowl

These light and fluffy waffles look gorgeous (thanks, blueberries) and are packed with better-for-you ingredients, from Greek yogurt to whole-wheat flour and flaxseed meal. Protein, whole grains, and no toppings needed (except maybe some more berries) make for a nutritious and easy breakfast.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles

Photo: The Healthy Maven

Oatmeal is a hearty and healthy breakfast staple, so it’s no surprise it rocks in waffle form too. Blend oats to make oat flour, then mix with the rest of the dry and wet ingredients, including coconut oil, banana, and egg. Mini chocolate chips make them sweet enough to eat on their own, but feel free to top with a tablespoon of maple syrup or nut butter.

Apple Cinnamon Whole-Wheat Waffles

Photo: Well Plated

Minimal cleanup is a blessing, especially on mornings when you’re cutting it a tad close to running-out-the-door level speed. These blender waffles leave you with just one dish to clean. Pour the batter directly into the waffle maker after blending, and you’re done.

Vanilla Protein Waffles

Photo: Kim's Cravings

Vanilla protein powder takes the place of flour in this simple recipe; mix with egg whites, baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, then top with your favorite fruit, nut butter, or maple syrup. Blueberries and strawberries are classic choices, but any kind of berries, peaches, or even sliced apple would work too.

Sweet Potato Waffles With Avocado and Egg

Photo: Katalyst Health

Wondering what to do with those leftover mashed sweet potatoes you made for dinner a few nights ago? Turn them into breakfast! Sweet potato waffles make a perfect savory base for a runny fried egg, a scoop of mashed avocado (a.k.a. the lazy person’s guacamole), and sliced red onions. So long, boring toast; we’ve got waffles now.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles

Photo: Fit Foodie Finds

Between the months of August and October, pumpkins are basically rock stars. Pumpkin-flavored lattes, pancakes, cereal, and on and on show up everywhere. Satisfy that sweet craving any time of year with these easy pumpkin waffles made with pumpkin purée, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, pumpkin spice, and gluten-free flour.

Peanut Butter Waffles

Photo: Primavera Kitchen

It wouldn’t be a breakfast roundup without some sort of peanut butter dish. This one has just five ingredients: egg whites, PB, oatmeal flour, coconut milk, and baking powder. When you have a little more time than it takes to slap together some peanut butter toast, whip these sweet waffles up instead.

Zucchini Cheddar Whole-Wheat Waffles

Photo: Family Food on the Table

Savory, cheesy, and loaded with veggies… these are definitely not your mama’s waffles. Make ’em ahead of time, pop them in the microwave or toaster in the a.m., and top with a crispy, crumbled slice of bacon.

Dark Chocolate Banana Waffles

Photo: Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips are all you need to make these waffles look extra decadent. Add ripe bananas for even more sweetness and flavor. Eggs, almond flour, and vanilla extract round things out.

Updated: January 19, 2017 — 5:30 pm

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