Pumpkin Flax ‘n Fiber Waffles

You know those appliances and gadgets lying around your kitchen in dark cabinet corners – the ones you decided you simply had to have? (You probably made these decisions around the time you were getting married, if you are married.) We all have them. Mine is my waffle maker. Everyone needs one of those, right? Well, I suppose you need one, if you can find waffle recipes that you want to make. I always seem to fail in that department. I’ll get myself on a waffle kick and find myself scouring the internet to find that one recipe that is low enough in fat and carbs that I won’t feel guilty eating it on a weekday. It must be out there, somewhere, buried deep in the internet. I haven’t yet managed to find it, so my waffle iron stays buried as well.

I finally decided to take matters into my own hand and create a waffle high in fiber and good fats, and low in sugar. (Actually, there’s none.) And of course if I’m going to eat a waffle, it better be a pumpkin one. I came up with a recipe using crushed Fiber One cereal and flaxmeal in place of some of the flour, and you know what? It’s pretty darn good – and good for you. These are not sweet waffles so they certainly benefit from a drizzle of syrup – in my case, sugar-free (one of the few exceptions to me ban-the-artificial-sweeteners kick.) Or, they’d be good with a smear of natural peanut butter for an extra dose of good fats. They make a great dinner too when paired with some apple chicken sausage, as we did on the night of this baking experiment. And the extras? They’re in the freezer, ready to pop out for a quick weekday power treat.

Pumpkin-Flax ‘n Fiber Waffles
Printable Recipe

1 cup (120gm) all purpose flour
1 cup (60gm) Fiber One Cereal
1/2 cup flax seed meal
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 tbsp powdered buttermilk
1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon & ginger
dash of ground cloves
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup egg substitute

Preheat waffle iron.

Place cereal in a food processor and process until fine crumbs are formed (alternatively you can put the cereal in a plastic bag and crush it with a rolling pin.) Add to a mixing bowl with the flour, flax seed meal, baking powder, salt, baking soda, powdered buttermilk, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Whisk to combine.

Make a well in the center, add remaining ingredients, and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and cook according to manufacturer’s directions to desired crispiness.

Waffles freeze well and may be reheated in a toaster oven.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 143.2
Total Fat: 4.6 g
Cholesterol: 0.8 mg
Sodium: 220.2 mg
Total Carbs: 24.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.7 g
Protein: 5.5 g
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