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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles

Tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles ~ tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, these wholesome waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

Can I just tell you what a delight it is to occasionally make something from flour during a time when I’m up to my ears in slow cooker recipes, all day/every day? And when you taste these Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles, I think you’ll be SO GLAD that I took a break from the ol’ crock pot to come up with this recipe. 😉

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles ~ tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, these wholesome waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

I’ve had a love affair with gingerbread pancakes ever since I first tasted one at Kerby Lane Cafe many moons ago. But gingerbread waffles? I’d never even thought to make the switch until last week, when we finished our current batch of Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Waffles and I still had some Pecan Praline Honey Butter left. I thought to myself, “This stuff would be darn good on gingerbread pancakes.” But pancakes take awhile to make…and I’m rather short on time these days…so it’s a lot faster to whip out a batch of homemade waffles than pancakes. And then ding, ding, ding…a blog recipe idea was born!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles ~ tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, these wholesome waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

I made this super easy for those of you who already keep a tub of my Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix in your pantry! I based these waffles around that mix, so in the recipe at the bottom of this post, I’ve included directions for making this recipe from scratch or starting with the mix. Also, it should be noted that you can totally make these waffles with standard all-purpose white flour if you like. But I love using whole wheat pastry flour in my baking — because not only is it healthier, but it also has a lighter taste and texture than regular whole wheat flour. Besides, with all of the molasses and spices in this recipe, the characteristics of the flour you use take a backseat anyway.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles ~ tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, these wholesome waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

Speaking of molasses, it’s what gives these waffles their dark brown, gingerbread-y color. There’s also a bit of coffee in the batter for depth of flavor (though it doesn’t make the waffles taste like coffee), but you can swap it out for additional buttermilk if that’s your preference (or if you don’t have any coffee made). And while I don’t add sugar to my regular whole wheat waffles, this gingerbread version needed some brown sugar to balance out the warm spices and make the waffles taste more akin to real gingerbread. Trust me…I made this recipe the first time with no sugar and it’s wasn’t nearly as good. As a compromise, adding brown sugar to the batter actually means that you can use less maple syrup at serving time and your waffles will still taste yummy…although apparently nobody informed my generous pouring hand of that fact when I took this photo. 😉

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles ~ tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, these wholesome waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

(P.S. It is a documented fact that syrup-pouring shots are the bane of food bloggers everywhere. Ever ended up with a table full of syrup because your hand wasn’t lined up as you attempted to pour while looking through the camera viewfinder? Thank you for your commiseration…)

Alternatively, you can enjoy these Gingerbread Waffles with plain butter or a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar. Or with that glorious praline butter that I mentioned a few paragraphs ago. However you decide to dress them up or dress them down, Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles need to go on your breakfast or brunch menu this holiday season! Or, as my husband said a few hours ago when he got home and saw me editing these photos, “I’ll take those for dinner tonight!” Seems I’m not the only one who’s been missing baked goods around here… 😉

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles ~ tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, these wholesome waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles

Yield: 5 large round waffles (slightly more or less, depending on the size/shape of your waffle maker)

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles

Tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix (*see Tips & Tricks below if not using mix)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup coffee (does not need to be hot)
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron. Measure Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix into a large bowl. Whisk in ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl or large measuring cup, combine buttermilk, molasses, coffee, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in brown sugar. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and stir until all ingredients are incorporated, but do not over-mix (a few lumps are fine).
  3. Cook the waffles according to your waffle iron's directions. Remove waffles to a cooling rack (in a single layer) and serve immediately, or keep warm by placing directly on the oven rack (again, in a single layer) in an oven that's been heated to 200°F and then turned off.

Notes

If not using Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix, use the following dry ingredients in its place: 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 2 tablespoons cornmeal, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

These waffles are prone to sticking, so I recommend lightly spraying your waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray. I've avoided cooking spray for a long time because I don't want the propellants ending up in my food, but there are now all-natural cooking sprays available without propellants. I typically use a coconut oil version when baking. Alternatively, you can always brush your waffle iron with melted butter.

These waffles are delicate when you first open the iron, but the exterior will firm up after they cool for a minute or two. Use a long, thin spatula to lift them up and carefully remove them from the waffle iron.

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  1. Well now I want waffles! Those look delicious!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Carlee! I hope you get to try them soon…and that you love them if you do. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. I bet these waffles are a nice change from slow cooker recipes! I am totally in love with the ginger flavor in pancakes and waffles. Unfortunately, we have yet to drag my youngest to my side. She still wants the classic flavor. I’m definitely printing out this simple mix and making up a batch regardless. She can have cereal! 😉

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      That’s what I say, Julie…if they don’t like homemade gingerbread waffles, let them eat cereal! 😉 Hope y’all have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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