We all know how much I love to fill my little tykes' bellies with whole grains first thing in the morning. There is just something about knowing that my kids have started the day with B-vitamins, fiber, iron, magnesium, etc., etc. I decided to try something new with my waffles today. Enter my old friend...nine grain cereal. Yes, it is true, I use this stuff as much as I use paper towel. I know I've plugged it many times, but truly, can you beat a cereal made of red wheat, white wheat, rye, barley, steel-cut oats, corn, millet, flaxseed and buckwheat. Plus...the place I get it, it costs 50 cents a pound!!! I LOVE THIS STUFF! Okay, enough rambling...this waffle recipe was snarfed up by my kids and I'm sure your family will love it, too.
3 C whole wheat flour
1 C nine-grain flour (nine-grain cereal ground into flour, see instructions below)
2 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C brown sugar
6 eggs, separated
2 1/2 C milk
1/4 C oil
Grind nine-grain cereal on the finest setting in a coffee grinder until you have 1 C of nine-grain cereal flour. You can't grind it in a wheat grinder because of the oil in the flaxseed. Stir together flour (both whole wheat and nine-grain cereal flour), baking powder, salt and sugar. Separate eggs. To the yolks, add milk and oil. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks when the beaters are lifted. Beat the yolk mixture until thoroughly combined. Add the yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and blend. Fold in the egg whites. Bake in a greased or non-stick waffle iron until golden brown. Serves 8-10, depending on the size of the waffle iron.
P.S. you can easily half this recipe, but I love to keep it big, feed my family, then store the leftover mix in the refrigerator for an easy breakfast all week long.