These healthy waffles are super cheesy, make a great make-ahead breakfast or snack and are 21 Day Fix approved!
This recipe is brought to you by my little sister, who bought me a much desired waffle maker (this one) for Christmas 🙂 I hadn't used one in forever, so there was a bit of trial and error on my part. This particular one also has a temperature dial, which I love, but had to play with a bit with each different recipe to get it just right. Side note: if yours does too, you'll want it on the lower side for this recipe.
So prior to Christmas, while I was working on my 21 Day Fix Sausage Gravy recipe, I kept thinking that I needed to work out a great Fix-approved biscuit, or something to pile that wonderful gravy upon. I hadn't quite gotten around to it and let's face it, a biscuit with little to no butter is quite a task. It was definitely going to be something that would require more time from me than I could give this December, so it didn't happen. Anyway, since the sausage gravy recipe was like money burning a hole in my pocket, I just HAD to get it out to you, figuring that something to smother with it would wait. However, when I brought my new waffle maker home from Ohio, I couldn't wait to use it. But was I thinking about syrup, a fruit compote or some other wonderful sweet nothing that this machine could make? Nope. My first thought was the idea that a savory waffle would be an amazing stand-in for a biscuit with some 21DF SG, so I set to work. Several attempts later and OMG, it is. These cheesy waffles are crisp on the outside, soft and cheesy on the inside and just perfect to go with the gravy.
Now don't get me wrong, these waffles can most definitely stand alone with (or without) a little plain Greek yogurt. They're absolutely delicious and even make a great snack. I've really been enjoying just tearing them apart with my hands and delving into their perfect little pockets of ooey gooey cheese. The mild, oniony chives complement the sharp cheddar just right. No gravy needed.
That being said, you put some SG on top of these delicious waffles and, heaven help me, a runny egg, and I'm basically a puddle of euphoric contentment.
The other great thing about this recipe is that you can freeze them and then pop them straight into the toaster when you're ready to eat them. I love that! It would be nothing to double or triple the batch and then have these savory waffles ready to go for breakfast or a snack for quite some time. This sort of thing makes me happy. Just think about it: you could have these waffles on hand for weeks without any additional prep work at all. That's a beautiful thing.
And hey, if the idea of a savory waffle sounds weird to you, just think of them as a piece of toasted cheesy bread. A little mental gymnastics never hurt anyone 🙂
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
- 1 egg, white separated from yolk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 2 Tbs plain greek yogurt, 1% or fat-free
- ½ Tbs olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ Tbs baking powder
- 1 Tbs chopped chives
- ⅔ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- In a mixing bowl (I used a stand mixer), beat egg white until stiff, transfer to another bowl and set aside.
- In original mixing bowl, mix together the egg yolk, salt, almond milk, yogurt, oil, flour and baking powder until mostly smooth.
- Gently fold in the cheese, chives and the whipped egg white until combined (there will still be some small lumps of egg whites, that's ok).
- Cook in a waffle maker according to your waffle maker's instructions. As each waffle maker will hold a different amount of batter, you may need to do a little math here (if you have any questions feel free to contact me!), ½ cup of batter is one serving.
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving: 1 Yellow, ⅓ Blue
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 4
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: ½ cup of batter
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 6.8g
** this recipe adapted from Oster's "Light and Crisp Waffles"