Frozen toaster waffles. So easy. So universally loved by children. So full of white flour and sugar and preservatives and excess packaging. Sigh.
This recipe comes from Alton Brown, with a few small modifications. These waffles are fantastic. Crisp, flavorful, and substantial – the toasted oats add a wonderful flavor and nutritional heft.
These waffles are kind of a pain in the ass. But so are all homemade waffles. Make a bunch and freeze them for quick weekday breakfasts. The waffles go from freezer to toaster beautifully. They are good with butter and syrup, but I discovered that I like them better with a little bit of greek yogurt mixed with strawberry fruit spread. More protein, more calcium, and no need for silverware. They are also pretty good plain or with a scoop of peanut butter.
Yield: Depends on the waffle maker. For us, this makes 8 full waffles, which I cut in half before freezing. 16 servings.
- 7.75 oz old-fashioned oats
- 6 oz. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves (a tiny, tiny amount of cloves)
- A dash of freshly ground nutmeg
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 3 oz. unsalted butter, melted and then slightly cooled
- 3 cups of buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Toast the rolled oats in a pan over medium heat, stirring often. Cool a few minutes, then transfer to a food processor. Run the processor for a few minutes, until the oats reach the consistency of whole wheat flour.
- In a large bowl, mix oats, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, whisk butter and eggs. Add buttermilk and vanilla extract.
- Add wet mix to the dry mix and stir until blended. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Turn on the waffle maker while the batter is resting.
- Add batter to the waffle maker according to your model’s instructions.
- Once waffles are finished, allow to cool completely before cutting in half (or quarters, depending on the size of your waffle maker and toaster). Freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag with wax paper between waffles.