The Gracious Pantry Original Home-Style, Clean Eating Waffles Recipe

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I’ve been making these waffles since I was a kid. So I was very happy to find that when I started to eat clean, I only had to make a few small alterations to the recipe to “clean it up”.

You see, my grandmother always taught me to cook by instinct, not by recipes. I had to learn to measure my ingredients when I started publishing this blog. I made this waffles on the weekends for my grandmother and I while my mom was at work. Sometimes, I would use the batter to make pancakes, but most often, I would make waffles.

The Gracious Pantry Original Home-Style, Clean Eating Waffles Recipe

I would pull my grandmother’s big, yellow mixing bowl out of the cupboard, gather my ingredients and start mixing until I had the right consistency. I would imagine that I used slightly different measurements each time. You can’t help but do that when you don’t measure, I suppose. But eventually, I started measuring so that I could share the recipe here and it’s been a good solid recipe for me ever since.

These waffles have a heavier, more dense texture than the very light and fluffy ones you pop in a toaster these days. But they are tasty and very filling, and much higher in protein to boot.

Make a big batch for busy mornings and you’ll be out the door in no time with a delicious breakfast in your belly!


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The Gracious Pantry Original Home-Style, Clean Eating Waffles Recipe

The Gracious Pantry Original Home-Style, Clean Eating Waffles

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Servings: 11 waffles


  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups milk (non-dairy milk works fine too)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder


  • Preheat your waffle maker. It should be the non-stick variety, or you'll have nothing but frustration since this recipe uses no fat at all. That being said, if you don't have a non-stick iron, spray well with oil.
  • Whisk the flour in a large mixing bowl with the baking powder.
  • Add your milk to the flour, then the egg whites.
  • Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon, and blend vigorously with a whisk until you have a nice, smooth batter.
  • Using a ladle, pour your batter into your waffle maker, and cook until golden brown.
  • Top these waffles with nuts, fruit, honey, maple syrup or anything your diet allows. They're yummy and really filling.
  • Storage: If you end up with more than you can eat (and you probably will), just pop them in the freezer. They make a quick, make-ahead breakfast when you can just pop them in the toaster. Once these have cooled, place small pieces of parchment paper between each waffle and place a stack of them in a Tupperware container or large Ziplock bag. Keeps in the freezer for up to 4 months.

The Gracious Pantry Original Home-Style, Clean Eating Waffles Recipe

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  1. These look like great healthy waffles! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. You mean I can have homemade waffles while trying to eat healthy? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I know! Right? I love these waffles. And they are so much more filling than regular ones.

      Let me know how they turn out for you!


  3. Asperger Ninja says:

    Clean eating waffles that aren’t full of stuff?! That are good for me and for my son? Sign me up!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Let me know how they turn out for you! I love to get feedback!

  4. Cory Barton says:

    Yum! Made these this morning. I made a half-batch, left in the egg yolk, just so as not to waste it (one egg yolk divided by four waffles isn’t too bad). Due to my normal waffles recipe’s directions, I separated the egg white from the rest of the mix, whipped it up to soft peaks, then folded it into the rest of the mixture.

    Topped mine with nonfat yogurt, sliced banana, and a drizzle of locally-made honey from the last orchard left here in the urban-sprawl of San Jose. The honey (since his orchard is full of berries and rockfruit) has some delicious blackberry and peach undertones right now. Yum! Terrific breakfast, and these waffles taste just as good as my old (butter-filled, ack) recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cory – That’s fantastic! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I’ll have to try your trick (whipping the egg whites) next time I make them. Sounds like it might add some nice texture.

      Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are WONDERFUL!! My kids LOVE waffles and I have been wanting to find a healthy alternative to the frozen ones. I made these this morning and they were awesome! No more frozen boxed waffles in this house!! Thank you so much!

    I found your blog a couple weeks ago and can not peel myself away from it. There are so many recipes that I can’t wait to try! Converting my family to a clean eating lifestyle is a work in progress and your blog will be a HUGE help, thank you so much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erica – Thank you so much! I’m happy you’re enjoying my blog! I find that kids and husbands are the toughest critics. So if they like it, then it must be a winner! Ha ha!

  6. I made these but added kale, dehydrated onion, and mustard powder and left out the cinnamon and vanilla. This + oven “fried” chicken (coated in fiber one and spices) = clean eating chicken and waffles with sauteed kale and onion. DELICIOUS!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jaclyn – Holy moly!! That sounds amazing!! I’ll definitely give that a try. Thank you!

  7. Sensational!!!!!! I can’t wait to do these as they look like a personal indulgent (but it’s all supportive) and kids/hubby will think they’re in heaven with this special Sunday morning treat. XxDani

    BTW Tiff for those that may be on a gluten free diet ~ which I am a part timer 😉 do you think the GF would work or better still buckwheat? I’ll give it a go either way and let you know!! Thanks again!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dani – I’m sure these could be easily converted to gluten free. Let me know how they turn out!

  8. Linda @ Lemon Drop says:

    as i am now on Round 4 of the 2 wk sugar free challenge, these will fit in nicely topped with fresh berries ! thanks for the great recipe and so happy that I actually do have whole wheat pastry flour on hand!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – Great! I find that WWP Flour is absolutely indispensable in my kitchen. Enjoy!

  9. I made these, but added a little oat flour(1/2 cup), which cuts out the whole-wheaty taste, and makes them taste just like the real thing. I have to make them taste normal or certain family members won’t eat them! I also add 1/3 cup coconut oil, and it makes them nice and crispy! Waffles are by far my favorite breakfast food!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Court – Wow! What a great way to make them! Enjoy!

  10. Kerri Knezevich says:

    Love this recipe. Simple and easy to prepare and they were a hit with the kids:) What more could I ask for???

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kerri – That’s awesome!!! I’m so happy they liked it!

  11. Tiamaria75 says:

    Can I subsititute half of the flour for quick oats?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tiamaria – I don’t see why not. It’s worth a shot! Let me know how it turns out!

  12. Can I include the yolks? I’ve never made these before, but I’m really looking forwards to it!

  13. Alilgranola says:

    How about adding pumpkin to these somehow? What do you think? Or just the pumpkin pie spice would be better?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Alilgranola – I think just the spice would be better. The pumpkin itself would make the batter too wet and it wouldn’t cook correctly.

      1. Alilgranola says:

        Thanks! Apparently I made the batter too wet somehow anyways and I had a bit of a waffle mess on my hands….Attempt #2 is right around the corner!

        1. Anonymous says:

          Alilgranola – Oh dear. I’ve done that too. No fun to clean up!

    2. Julie Bogen says:

      Actually, if you take the eggs out and replace them with 1/2 cup of pumpkin, it should be fine. Worked okay for me 🙂

      1. Anonymous says:

        Julie – Fantastic! Thanks for the tip!

  14. Anonymous says:

    aandemom – Fantastic!! I’m glad the kiddos like them so much!

  15. Kmorris0603 says:

    Just made these, but they turned out super runny? Not sure what I did wrong?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kmorris – Did you change anything at all about the recipe?

  16. Anonymous says:

    That is strange. There shouldn’t be anything runny about them. But there could be a lot of things that could have gone wrong. Check to be sure your waffle iron is cooking hot, and be sure you didn’t forget to add anything. I hope you’ll try them again because they are yummy!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Littlered – It will work, but the waffles will be more dense and “bready”.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Kimberley – 1 waffle is one of those 4 waffles.

  19. graciouspantry says:

    MelissaK – Glad you all enjoyed them!

  20. graciouspantry says:

    Queen bee – yes, beating the egg whites would definitely help with density issues. Glad you liked them!

  21. Rebecca Riding says:

    Over from Pinterest–made these for our 4th of July waffles today and we all LOVED them. Thanks for the new family favorite! 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

  22. graciouspantry says:

    I think you’d be okay.

  23. Cassandra says:

    Made these the other day and they’re delicious! I loved the texture and while being healthy there was no flavor compromise.

  24. graciouspantry says:

    As far as I know, if you purchase organic soy, you are still getting GMO free soy. This could be changing very quickly, but for now, that’s what I know. However, you can use any milk you like.

  25. I make these waffles all the time for relatives who “don’t like healthy foods”. They LOVE them and have no idea that the waffles are actually nutritious! Mwahahahaha!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Haha!! Love it! 🙂

  26. Can i use regular whole wheat flour and still have them clean and healthy?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! As long as you use whole grain flour, it’s clean. 🙂

  27. Mmmm, i made one waffle with this recipe and it was floppy and not very appetizing. I added 3 more whole eggs and two tablespoons of local honey. Turned out great after the changes.

  28. I made these this morning and was so excited! When I went to take the first batch out they were gooey and stuck to the waffle maker. Just terrible but they tasted good! I went to look at the recipe again (because everything I’ve made of yours has been perfect & delicious!) and I realized I forgot the baking powder haha once I added that they came out like normal waffles! My 3 year old loved these and said “momma I want more brown waffles!” Hes a picky eater so Knowing he loves food that’s good for him is such a good feeling, thank you for these!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sam – My pleasure! So glad it all worked out! 🙂

  29. Candace Trent says:

    I started to make these and realized I have white whole wheat flour from Trader Joes and I need pastry flour. Assuming these are two different things and now I think that the white whole wheat flour is not clean. Your thoughts? Thanks!

  30. Your recipe called for baking powder but I didn’t see it in the directions. When do you add it? Thank You. Your site is amazing.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – All fixed! Thanks for pointing that out.

  31. Christina says:

    I just made them for a healthy saturday breakfast, added protein powder (about 60g) and more milk, which was hazelnut milk.

    They were so sweet that i only topped them with strawberries! Try it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christina – Sounds wonderful!

  32. Do you think it would be possible to make these with coconut flour instead?? I really have no idea if it works the same but I have it in my pantry – sincerely, an inexperienced chef 😉

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Felicia – Coconut flour is a very different animal from any other flour. It’s very “thirsty” flour. So a little bit goes a very long way. I haven’t attempted waffles yet, but I do have coconut flour pancakes. Maybe you could try that batter in a waffle maker? Not sure if it would work yet. I’ll have to go experiment.

  33. Do you think coconut oil could be added into these? Or would it become too liquidy?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachelle – You could try. But actually, the issue would be with the coconut oil solidifying in the cold batter. I’m not sure it would distribute very well. You could always use coconut oil on your waffle iron!

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