Friday, July 15, 2011

A Healthier "more multi-grain" Twist on an Old Favorite

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.

Look closely at the pictures. One common misconception about whole wheat is that it is dense...look those waffles look dense to you???

Multi-Grain Waffles

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.

P.P.S. I have to apologize again for my rudimentary blogging knowledge and my amateur photographs. What can I say...grains are my thing...

1 comment:

  1. Although technically not recommended by the manufacturer, everyone grinds 9-grain in their grinder! The ratio of flax seed to hard grains in the mix is really low, so there are no problems with the oiliness of the flax. You do, however, need to make sure you don't overburden your motor. Some manufacturers even sell small-grain inserts that control the flow of the grains to the grinding parts. But if I just pour in the 9-grain mix slowly, I'm fine. Hope this helps. Thanks for all the great recipes!