Whole Wheat Waffle Sandwiches
By May Eighty Five
This recipe and blog come from Christopher Rivest of May Eighty Five. Christopher is a self-taught home cook who has a real passion for food, entertaining and photography. Currently living in Calgary, Alberta, he is heavily inspired by his French-Canadian background. His recipes are simple but elevated, and focus on using fresh, local and accessible ingredients. On his website (MayEightyFive.com), you will find a collection of flavorful cocktails, delicious appetizers, tasty mains and some indulgent desserts. He also shares easy tablescape ideas, simple DIY projects as well as tips for creating a beautiful home. You can find Christopher on Instagram at @may.eighty.five.
If you’re looking for a fun twist for your next weekend brunch menu, this is it! It’s perfect for the whole family, and the best thing about this recipe is that you can customizable it with whatever fillings you want. Variations of these waffle sandwiches have become a Sunday brunch favourite with friends, and I love serving them because they are so simple to make and are kid-friendly. I am so excited to share this new recipe in partnership with Life’s Simple Ingredient. For this waffle sandwich recipe, they will be filled with goat cheese, raspberry jam, arugula and some prosciutto. As I mentioned, this recipe is super customizable, so I included a list of easy variations further down.
Let’s talk about wheat…
Did you know that most Canadians are not meeting recommended daily values of fibre? Did you also know that different flours (white, whole wheat, whole grain) provide different health benefits? I’ve learned so much reading through all the different resources available on Life’s Simple Ingredient. They also have some delicious recipes too!
I learned Canada is one of the top producers of wheat and most of it is sent abroad. It goes to our neighbours in the United States, but it also goes to Indonesia, Bangladesh and Peru. Most surprisingly, it gets sent to Italy! That’s right, the pasta capital of the world. 700,000 tons of wheat have been explored each year (for the past three years).
For this recipe, I chose to go with whole wheat flour…so let’s explore that for a minute. Whole wheat is a great source of protein and a variety of other vitamins and minerals (like zinc and potassium). In a world where we talk about gut health so frequently, it’s also important to know that wheat is a beneficial ingredient and it essential to our diets. Fibre keeps us regular, but it also keeps us feeling full longer and fuels us for our busy day-to-day lives. Not to mention wheat is such an affordable ingredient and is so versatile. You can incorporate whole grain flour or whole wheat flour in so many dishes from so many different cuisines. It is one of the most important pantry staples and a key ingredient in making good food.
How to make my favourite waffles…
There is just something about making a batch of waffles on a Saturday or Sunday morning that just takes me back to being a kid. Growing up, making waffles was one of my favourite food items to make. I have been using this same recipe for years, so I am so excited to share it. These waffles are light, fluffy, and are a perfect addition to a healthy breakfast.
Whole Wheat Waffles
PREP 10M | COOK 10M | ENJOY IN 20M
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk (non-dairy alternatives work great too)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Preheat your waffle maker. I like my waffles golden brown, so I usually turn it to medium heat or medium-high (depending on the settings).
- In a small bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, add the yogurt, sugar, vanilla, four beaten eggs, milk, melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Using a stand or handheld mixer, mix until all the wet ingredients are well incorporated.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients until your batter is smooth.
TIP: Before adding the batter to your waffle maker, add a little vegetable oil to a shallow bowl and use a basting brush to grease the waffle iron to prevent any sticking.
- Add 1/4 cup of batter into the centre of the waffle iron and close.
- Once the waffle is ready, set aside and repeat with the remaining waffle batter.
Ingredients for your sandwich
- goat cheese
- raspberry jam
How to assemble the waffle sandwich…
The best thing about making these sandwiches is that you can prepare all your waffles in advance. If you are hosting friends for brunch, it’s so much easier to just assemble when you are ready to serve instead of stressing to get all the waffles made.
When ready, pop your waffles into the toaster or toaster oven. You’ll want to toast them for a minute to a minute and a half… just enough to get them crispy.
Cut your waffles in half and spread some goat cheese on the bottom half. Then add a handful of arugula, a slice or two of prosciutto and a generous amount of raspberry jam. Add the top waffle and serve.
Easy recipes variations for waffle sandwiches…
- BBQ Chicken: BBQ Sauce, a few slices of cheddar cheese, some greens (like spring mix or romaine lettuce) and shredded chicken breast.
- Bacon & Eggs: mayonnaise, slices of bacon, fried egg
- Sausage Breakfast sandwich: sausage patty, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce, black pepper
- Cheese & Bacon: gouda cheese, bacon slices, pure maple syrup