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How To Make Walnut Waffles

Updated on August 28, 2012

Easy Breakfast Recipe - Walnut Waffles

One of my favorite meals to collect recipes for is breakfast.  I love having options whenever we have company or we go on vacation somewhere.  I like being able to come up with something delicious with relatively little effort.

This recipe for walnut waffles falls into many categories - delicious, easy, perfect for company and unique for a special breakfast anytime!

I find that breakfast recipes are great for experimentation or in combination with other foods or recipes.  This recipe is no exception. I first tried it when my mother and my son came to visit, serving it with strawberries and whipped cream.  Then when my daughter and son-in-law came for a visit, I added more variations such as applesauce and fruit butters.

Whatever way you decide to make these waffles, even as a dinner waffle, I think you'll find them easy to make and fabulous so many ways. However, you'll also discover that they are very quick to make and wonderful to freeze!

On another hurried morning, just pop them out of the freezer and into the toaster and in minutes, you'll have homemade waffles! For that factor alone, I double the recipe and put part in the freezer for other days.  Bob claims that he feels like he 'almost' made them himself when he pops them out of the freezer and serves them up a few minutes later!

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Recipe for Walnut Waffles

Makes 8 waffles (though depends on size of waffle iron)


  • 1-3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Salt – up to 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
  • 2 large eggs, separated (or equivalent egg white substitute)
  • 1-1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup canola or corn oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Vegetable cooking spray


  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Combine egg yolks, milk and oil in a small bowl.
  4. Stir into the dry ingredients.
  5. In stand-up mixer or small bowl with hand mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold gently into the batter along with walnuts.
  7. Spray hot waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour in batter – use about 1/2 cup or more per waffle, depending on size of waffle iron surface. When closed, you want the batter to fill in almost all of the surface of waffle iron.
  8. Bake until waffles are crisp and browned.

Attribution: The original recipe is from the New Family Cookbook for People with Diabetes – alterations and suggestions by Audrey Kirchner

Suggestions and Additions

This recipe is the best yet for waffles! Over the years, I've tried several recipes for waffles that had beaten egg whites folded into the recipe. However, for some reason, this recipe holds up better than most and makes a deliciously light and crispy waffle, which is just how I like them.

I’m not sure why I thought adding walnuts to the batter would be a good idea but on one batch I tried it and now I’m sold! I loved the combination of the light and crispy waffle with a little bit of walnut crunch mixed in. It is yet another way to incorporate a bit of walnuts into your daily diet. Walnuts are one of the seven recommended foods we should eat every day.

Here are some great serving ideas:

  • Substitute pecans for the walnuts (thanks, BJ)
  • Real whipped cream and sliced strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries and whipped cream
  • Apple or other fruit butter or jam with fresh sliced peaches or other fruits
  • Homemade chunky style applesauce
  • Hint of pumpkin butter with some steamed fruit - like apples or pears
  • Use apple butter instead
  • For the kid at heart, add some tiny chocolate chips to the batter
  • Try other chopped nuts added to the batter
  • Add chopped bacon to the batter and make bacon waffles
  • Chopped apple added to the batter makes wonderful apple waffles
  • Soaked, drained dried fruit added to the batter such as blueberries or cranberries makes great waffles
  • You can substitute quick oats or different flours for part of the flour in the recipe for a different taste
  • Dust with a bit of powdered sugar and top with fruit
  • Serve waffles for dessert - they make a deliciously different dessert item!
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Add in to your heart's delight or try different toppings. There are endless possibilities to making delicious waffles!

Summing Up Walnut Waffles

If you're looking for a delicious recipe for waffles that is so absolutely simple, try this one. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.  It is a great one for a special breakfast such as at the holidays or when you have guests, but it is also a great recipe 'just because' you feel like waffles!

I also tried different waffle irons for this recipe. I have a Belgian waffle iron, a flip-over waffle maker and a George Foreman grill with waffle plates.

I have to say that the problem for me with waffles when you have company is that you never seem to have everyone’s waffles ready at the same time along with the rest of the breakfast and rest of your ingredients.  

My solution was to double my waffle recipe and then use at least 2 of my waffle makers to try and make more at a time.  However, the waffle iron I found the largest and thus better at getting more to the table at once was the George Foreman.  I could easily make several big waffles and then even have the 2 other waffle irons going at the same time.  I ended up with many more waffles in the same time as opposed to trying to make one at a time on the smaller irons.

As noted above, these waffles also freeze like a dream.  When you have finished cooking all the batter, let the waffles cool.  Simply pop them in freezer bags, label and keep in the freezer. When needed, pop the needed amount in the toaster.  They come out just as crisp and light as when you first made them - even if you've defrosted them in the fridge the night before.

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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping by, RedElf - hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

    • RedElf profile image


      10 years ago from Canada

      Breakfast is my favorite company meal to prepare. I love crispy waffles, too, but we have a single-waffle iron. My kids like them noon-crispy, though, so I just pop them in the oven to keep warm. Gotta try the walnut waffles SOON!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Seriously, Micky - I live, therefore I cook! I love to cook for everyone but especially my Bob. I figured 35+ years ago that since he loved my cooking, I owed it to him to continue perfecting it. I do try and go for the lower fat, lower calorie recipes though and this one is a keeper! Stay tuned for my chocolate chip one next!

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      Yes Ma'am! You can make a person hungry!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      BKC - I totally hear you on the better than store-bought and I love having these in the freezer for a cold and rainy morning when nothing sounds too good except waffles! The walnuts of course make them even healthier!!! Enjoy!

    • BkCreative profile image


      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Perfect and I am in the mood for some serious waffle - eating. And you just cannot go wrong with walnuts. Thanks for the recipe - it is so much tastier to make (and gobble down) your own. And I find if I make them myself I actually eat less than the (full of air) store-bought.

      It's walnut waffle time - yay! And chocolate chip waffles are wonderful!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for commenting, msannec - me, too!

    • msannec profile image


      10 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Mmmm, yummy! This sounds great. Thanks for sharing, I love waffles!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for giving me the heads up on another gadget!! Oh...I can hear Bob rolling his eyes right now but I could use a new waffle maker don't ya know? Thanks for commenting and hope you enjoy these - they are truly so easy and SOOOO good!

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Westerville

      Great recipe thanks! I have a Flip Nonstick Belgian Waffle Maker and it is priceless, everyone is ALWAYS so impressed with the great waffles this waffle maker puts out. Big hit anytime and everytime I look forward to using a new recipe!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Holle - Sure enough! They keep so well in the freezer, why not in the mail? I might wait until the temp drops though!!

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      YUMMY!! Could ya just mail me a couple??

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Springboard - Your wife would probably be delighted! I know I would be if Bob would make me waffles. His culinary expertise extends to the BBQ which is not a bad thing - and he is a great prep cook for me - but if he made me waffles, I might seriously have a fit of the vapors! But that would be a good thing! Thanks so much for reading!!

    • Springboard profile image


      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      Maybe I should consider giving this one a go. My wife loves waffles though I always only ever get the ones that come in a box—which really aren't that good. This would be a treat. Just need to get a waffle iron.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping in t.elia - hope you enjoy them as they truly are very easy - and very delish!

    • t.elia profile image


      10 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Those waffles look and smell delicious. I will definately be trying this receipe.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much for stopping in, ZB - and have a wonderful visit with your granddaughters!

      I know what you mean - someone has to be the taste tester, so routinely, I test out these recipes before I 'inflict' them on my guests or family! It's a very tough job and one of the dirtiest there is....but sigh....I just have to do it and I'm resigned to the fact that no recipe shall touch someone's plate until it has passed my lips. Why sometimes, I have to make the recipe multiple times - just to make SURE I got it right! Bob unfortunately is a very willing guinea pig so for that I'm most thankful!

      Again, have a great visit - life goes by too quickly doesn't it and good times are treasures for me, as I'm sure they are for seems to drone on and on but the fun times seem to go by in a flash!

      I am very well - and hope you are the same. Enjoy the recipe and hope your grandkids do as well.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Did I hear anyone say walnuts and waffles? I love walnuts and waffles. I have my granddaughters coming for a few days on the weekend. I will have to make up a batch ahead of time to make sure that they will like them... just for testing, you understand. I'm nothing but a conscientious granma

      thanks for sharing

      hope you're well

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      HH - Good ideas are great things! Of course I noticed that you needed something new and interesting - so here ya go! Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      You have got me thinking of a new idea. Your recipes are great and love nuts. You must have noticed hahaha

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for commenting AH - I didn't either and all of a sudden it just sounded like a good thing to try. As BJ said though, I'm thinking pecan waffles might be just the ticket sometimes too though I love walnuts better for the health benefits - or so I tell myself!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Audrey, I love Belgium waffles and walnuts too. Never thought about combining them.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the tip, BJ - I did not think to add pecans - those would be delicious as well! Wish I could eat the choc chip ones but alas, I cannot - but they smell so good cooking! I'm a crispy waffle girl myself.

      Thanks Paula for stopping in - again, I like mine only crispy and light!

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      Paula Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Austin. Texas

      Yum Audrey, sounds great!!! I like mine very crispy thank you!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Audrea.

      Walnut waffles - yummy. Until now my favorite was pecan waffles but I'm willing to give the walnut version a try.

      And you included chocolate chip waffles, too. My batter runneth over!

      I like 'em really brown and crispy, too. No half-baked waffles for me.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Cybersupe for stopping by! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

    • CYBERSUPE profile image


      10 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      I like you favor breakfast very much. Breakfast on weekends is an event. I just love the various waffle receips and now yours will be added to the list. Thanks so much for taking the time to introduce me to this wonderful waffle.


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