Monday, January 19, 2009

Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles

Yummy and healthy ... and only 2 points!

Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

1 tablespoons butter, melted
1-1/4 cups fat free milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 egg white
1-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar or 1-2 packets of Splenda
Chopped pecan, optional

Preheat the waffle iron.

Place the butter in a large microwave safe bowl and melt. Add the milk and applesauce to the melted butter, then whisk in the egg and egg white. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and Splenda; combine until batter is well blended.

Generously spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray – yes, even if it is non-stick - and using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the batter into each individual section of the waffle iron starting at the center and swirling around toward the outside. Use the measuring cup to sort of push the batter out toward the edges but it should mostly spread out pretty well on its own - take care to not overfill the sections! Not only will it overflow and create a huge mess on your countertop, but it can also make it more difficult to remove the waffles.

Sprinkle the top of the waffles with the chopped pecan, if desired. Close the waffle iron and let the batter cook for about 4 to 6 minutes, depending on your preferred level of crunch and your individual waffle iron. Open the iron at about 3-1/2 to 4 minutes to check it; you can also slightly lift the waffle edge with a fork to check the underside. If the waffles are done there will be little resistance from the iron when you try to open it. If you feel resistance when trying to open the iron, the waffle is not quite ready - don't open it! Just let it cook a little bit longer. When they have reached the desired doneness for you, use a fork if necessary, and gently work the waffle away from the iron. Remove and transfer to a plate, wait for iron to reheat, re-spray with cooking spray if needed, and continue until all batter is used.

Freezes great, so make a double batch! To freeze, spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and lay the waffles out in a single layer. Place into the freezer until well frozen, then transfer to a freezer bag. Goes straight from the freezer to the toaster!

Serving Ideas: Serve with butter, flavored butters, pancake syrup, sugar free syrups, berries, fresh fruit, whipped cream, a crunchy nut topping, or your favorites.

Makes 8 waffles.

2 Weight Watchers Points per waffle, not including the pecans, or optional toppings.

Adapted from a Weight Watchers Recipe