How the heck are you? Was your weekend filled with relaxation and good food? Yesterday I made a big bowl of vegetarian soup filled with chickpeas and spices. It was luxuriously cozy and felt like everything I needed on a Sunday night coupled with catching up on the latest episode of This is Us & watching one of my favorite Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus.
I skipped working out yesterday because I wanted to just sit and get organized while Tony watched football. For me, Sunday life is the best life. Baking, cooking, football, cleaning, cuddling, cozy sweats, lots of coffee & of course a very good brunch.
Mondays though? Not the best day of the week. I tend to get anxiety thinking about my to-do list for the week.
The best advice I have for those anxiety inducing Mondays though? Start your morning SLOW. Make your bed (it will make you feel accomplished) then cook or bake something that will bring your happiness for breakfast. Instead of cereal or your usual bowl of oatmeal, bring something exciting to your table like a kick ass fluffy pumpkin waffle with a drizzle of maple syrup and peanut butter (if you’re feeling fancy). I mean didn’t you know that waffles = happiness?
Ingredients in healthy pumpkin waffles
These deliciously fluffy pumpkin waffles are made with whole grains and naturally sweetened with a touch of pure maple syrup. Don’t forget those cozy pumpkin spices! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Whole wheat pastry flour: I like to use whole wheat pastry flour in this recipe fo a boost of whole grains and to make these pumpkin waffles nice and fluffy. You can also use white whole wheat flour.
- Baking powder & salt: remember to use baking powder, not baking soda. Baking powder is what allows the waffles to puff up when they cook.
- Pumpkin spices: all of the best pumpkin spices — cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger & ground cloves.
- Pumpkin puree: we’re using pure pumpkin puree for that true pumpkin flavor. Feel free to use canned pumpkin puree or make your own with this tutorial.
- Almond milk: you’ll need a bit of unsweetened almond milk for additional moisture. Feel free to use any milk you’d like.
- Egg: you’ll just need 1 egg in this recipe for the proper consistency. I haven’t tried making these vegan with a flax egg but let me know if you do!
- Vanilla extract: a little vanilla extract adds the perfect flavor boost.
- Maple syrup: we’re naturally sweetening these pumpkin waffles with pure maple syrup. Don’t forget that drizzle on top!
- Coconut oil: you’ll also need a little melted coconut oil for additional moisture.
How to make healthy pumpkin waffles
- Preheat waffle iron. Add your dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
- In a separate large bowl add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
- Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and cook according to waffle iron directions (about 3-4 minutes). Makes 2 large belgian waffles. Top with greek yogurt, nut butter & maple syrup, if desired.
Can you make them into pancakes?
I haven’t tried making these pumpkin waffles into pancakes, so instead be sure to try out my recipe for amazing Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes!
How to freeze pumpkin waffles
Place your healthy pumpkin waffles on wire racks until they are completely cool, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper, add waffles and place in freezer. This helps them stay straight and perfect for toasting. Freeze for 2 hours, then transfer waffles to ziploc bag, sealing tight.
These healthy pumpkin waffles were first made for my mom the last time she was last in town. We noshed on them at our kitchen table with a big glass of almond milk — smiles on our faces and bellies nourished. Of course no shame if you want to add a handful of chocolate chips to yours.
And because I’m here to bring you a little joy, I made you a cozy and sweet fall playlist that I love to wake up in the morning and listen to whenever I get a little anxious. Listen to the playlist here.
More pumpkin recipes to try
If you make these healthy pumpkin waffles, please take the time to leave a comment and rate how you liked the recipe! You can also snap a pic, upload to Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen!
Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles
Freezer friendly healthy pumpkin waffles made with whole grains, cozy pumpkin spices and naturally sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. These fluffy pumpkin waffles will be your go-to fall breakfast.
- For the dry ingredients
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat flour)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- For the wet ingredients
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat waffle iron. Add dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
In a separate large bowl add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and cook according to waffle iron directions (about 3-4 minutes). Makes 2 large belgian waffles. Top with greek yogurt, nut butter & maple syrup, if desired.
To freeze waffles: Place them on wire racks until they are completely cool, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper, add waffles and place in freezer. This helps them stay straight and perfect for toasting. Freeze for 2 hours, then transfer waffles to ziploc bag, sealing tight.