Most children will eat waffles if given the chance. Unfortunately, most waffles are not the healthiest of breakfasts, and reading the ingredient lists on most commercial waffles often requires a degree in organic chemistry. Luckily there is an easier way. With just some basic ingredients and a waffle maker, flaxseed, whole wheat waffles can be made and frozen as a quick alternative to the store bought choices.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk the milk, butter, and eggs into a medium bowl then gradually whisk into the dry ingredients. Let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes for the flour and seeds to hydrate and for the baking powder to start to react.
Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat per the iron’s directions. Following the instructions for the iron, pour the batter into the waffle iron, approximately one cup of batter, and cook.
The waffles are best fresh from the iron and piping hot with butter and honey, but a large batch can be made on the weekend and frozen for the week. Nestle a cooling rack in a cookie sheet and spread the waffles in a single layer on the racks. Freeze until frozen hard and then they can be stacked and placed in an airtight container or bag and can be stored for at least two months. The frozen waffles can then be reheated in a microwave or a toaster oven.
Flaxseeds are one of the richest non fish sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, are a very good source of fiber, and contain lignan, a potent antioxidant. They have also been shown to lower cholesterol levels and possibly help with breast and prostate cancer.
These flaxseed waffles are an excellent way to introduce this ingredient into the diet of even the most finicky child, and by cooking them ahead of time, you will both save money and time, while adding one more level of control of what your child ingests.
Amy, that's a good point about the waffle batch size. Although our sooltiun though is to make a full (or even a double) batch, cook up all the batter, and then freeze the cooked waffles for later. We put the frozen waffles in the toaster and they come out nearly as good as right off the griddle! Kind of like a non-preservative-laden version of Eggo waffles.Dan