PB&J Waffles

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might notice something missing from the end of this entry – the nutritional information. I’ll let you in on a little secret. There are sometimes even I don’t want to know how many calories are in what I’m eating. Those occasions included (though are certainly not limited to) birthdays. Mine, someone else’s, it doesn’t matter – when celebrating a birthday, limiting calories has no place in my mind!

No, it wasn’t my birthday, but it was my husband’s (Happy 30th, babe!) Deciding that this occasion warranted a special treat (besides the fabulous birthday cake from our favorite bakery – you don’t want to know how many slices I had), I felt it was time to break out the waffle iron. This is one of those things I use, oh, maybe once every other year. And I’ll tell you another secret – I’ve never even made a good waffle. My previous attempts have been of the trying-to-be-healthy variety, and have not been worth writing home (err, blogging) about.

My husband loves some good old fashioned PB&J, so I started imaging what a cross between waffles and PB&J would look and taste like. I thought about peanut butter waffles with a fruit compote, or cinnamon waffles with a peanut butter syrup and fresh berries. But the best idea came from my good friend Elly, and suddenly I was no longer making waffles. Instead, she suggested I make a stuffed french toast but cook it in the waffle iron. I’ve seen this somewhere before, but had never tried it (as I said, I rarely pull out this gadget.)

It turned out that this worked fantastically, turning out a deliciously fluffy french toast “waffle”. Stuffed with peanut butter and topped with a freshly made berry compote, this breakfast was just what I had hoped for. And the icing on the cake? Hubs loved it tremendously, of course!

PB&J Stuffed French Toast-Waffles with Mixed Berry Compote
Printable Recipe

4 slices challah
3 tbsp peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, your choice!)
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
dash of vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup each fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries
1 tbsp honey or agave syrup
dash of vanilla extract
powdered sugar, for dusting

Spread the peanut butter on two slices of the bread, and each with one of the other two slices. Place in a baking dish. Beat together the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla, and pour over the peanut butter sandwiches. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, heat the waffle iron and make the compote. Wash the fruit and with the water still clinging to it, add to a small saucepan along with the honey or agave and vanilla. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the stuffed french toast to the waffle iron and cook for about 5 minutes. Transfer to warm plates and top with the berry compote and sift powdered sugar over it all. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “PB&J Waffles”

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    Shauna — June 30, 2009 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I can only imagine how good those must have been. They look great!

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    Heidi — June 30, 2009 @ 12:21 pm Reply

    I think I just drooled on my computer…those look so good! I am definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing it!

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    ellysaysopa — June 30, 2009 @ 2:15 pm Reply

    These look really, really great! I'm so glad you liked the idea & so did Ben!

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    Melissa — June 30, 2009 @ 3:16 pm Reply

    That sounds delicious…anything with PB & J gets my thumbs up 🙂

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    Kerstin — June 30, 2009 @ 10:32 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday to your hubby! What a wonderful breakfast treat – yum!

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    Cate — July 2, 2009 @ 11:34 am Reply

    If I'm ever in the same city as my dad again on Father's Day, I am definitely going to make these for him. He's been eating PB & J for lunch every day for my entire life and I know he'd appreciate it in this form too!

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    Grace — July 9, 2009 @ 12:20 pm Reply

    i’m an ardent pbj fan myself, and as someone who always slather pb on pancakes and waffles, the addition of some form of fruit is just a natural move. how i’ve gone this long without doing it is embarrassing and baffling. 🙂

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    Melissa — April 5, 2011 @ 1:20 am Reply

    That sounds delicious…anything with PB & J gets my thumbs up 🙂

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