PUMPKIN SPICE WAFFLES WITH MAPLE YOGURT

Pumpkin puree and cozy spices are the secret ingredients in this remastered waffle recipe. A typical serving of waffles with maple syrup packs nearly 3 times your daily recommended limit in one serving. Instead, these Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Maple Yogurt from Half the Sugar, All the Love are sweetened with fiber-rich pumpkin. The creamy Greek yogurt with a touch of maple syrup and loads of cinnamon rounds out each bite. Together, it brings this breakfast down to just 1 ½ teaspoons per serving for a much healthier start to your day.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles | Half the Sugar All the Love | Jennifer Tyler Lee

PUMPKIN SPICE WAFFLES WITH MAPLE YOGURT

Serves 14

Pumpkin puree adds delicious flavor, natural sweetness, and a boost of vegetables to these classic waffles. A touch of brown sugar adds crispness. Loads of maple syrup is the real culprit with waffles and pancakes, so to slash the added sugar, serve up these waffles with Maple Yogurt (page 36) and fresh fruit. If you’d like to add some protein, sprinkle finely chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the batter after you pour it into the waffle maker. You can also serve these waffles with a dollop of Maple-Vanilla Whipped Cream (page 199), if you prefer. This recipe makes a big batch, but luckily these waffles freeze well, making them a quick breakfast on busy mornings.

Ours = 1 1/2 teaspoons
Theirs = 15 to 16 teaspoons

For the Waffles
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg or ground allspice
2 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (about 2 cups; see Note)
2 to 4 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, peaches, apricots, bananas, or other fresh fruit, for serving (optional)

For the Maple Yogurt
2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat a waffle maker to medium heat.

2. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl.

3. Whisk together the milk, oil, butter, vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin puree in a medium bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

4. Add about 1/2 cup batter (or the amount called for in your waffle maker instructions) to the waffle maker and spread out with a silicone spatula. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer than indicated on the machine because the pumpkin makes the batter denser so it takes longer to cook. You can check if the waffles are cooked through by tearing off a corner.

5. Whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a serving bowl.

6. Serve the waffles right away, with the Maple Yogurt, and fresh fruit on the side, if using.

Note: Be sure to use canned unsweetened pumpkin puree here, not pumpkin pie filling.

What Kids Can Do
Little chefs can whisk together the Maple Yogurt. Older kids can toast their own frozen waffles.

Make Ahead
To prep the batter the night before, mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients (except for the melted butter) in another bowl, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the wet mixture. Keep the wet ingredients separated from the dry ingredients so that the baking powder stays active; otherwise you’ll have flat, dense waffles. In the morning, combine the two and add the melted butter.

To make frozen waffles, cook the waffles in your waffle maker until they are lightly golden brown on the outside but still soft in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes for a large waffle or roughly three-fourths of the total cooking time on your machine. Set them on a wire rack to cool completely. The waffles will keep, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, in the freezer for up to a month. To reheat, unwrap the waffles, let them thaw, then place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 375°F oven until they are warmed through and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Or you can pop the thawed waffles into the toaster.

Nutrition Information (1 large waffle with 2 tablespoons Maple Yogurt):
Calories: 326 | Added sugar: 1 1/2 teaspoons or 6g | Carbohydrates: 34g | Sodium: 219mg | Saturated fat: 16% of calories or 6g | Fiber: 2g | Protein: 9g

Half the Sugar, All the Love by Jennifer Tyler Lee | Book CoverExcerpted from Half the Sugar, All the Love by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH. Photographs by Erin Scott. Workman Publishing ©2019.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Maple Yogurt
 
Pumpkin puree adds delicious fall flavor, natural sweetness, and a boost of vegetables to these classic waffles. A touch of brown sugar adds crispness. Loads of maple syrup is the real culprit with waffles and pancakes, so to slash the added sugar, serve up these waffles with Maple Yogurt (page 36) and fresh fruit. If you’d like to add some protein, sprinkle finely chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the batter after you pour it into the waffle maker. You can also serve these waffles with a dollop of Maple-Vanilla Whipped Cream (page 199), if you prefer. This recipe makes a big batch, but luckily these waffles freeze well, making them a quick breakfast on busy mornings.
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Serves: Serves 14
Ingredients
For the Waffles
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg or ground allspice
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (about 2 cups; see Note)
  • 2 to 4 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, peaches, apricots, bananas, or other fresh fruit, for serving (optional)
For the Maple Yogurt
  • 2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat a waffle maker to medium heat.
  2. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Whisk together the milk, oil, butter, vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin puree in a medium bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Add about ½ cup batter (or the amount called for in your waffle maker instructions) to the waffle maker and spread out with a silicone spatula. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer than indicated on the machine because the pumpkin makes the batter denser so it takes longer to cook. You can check if the waffles are cooked through by tearing off a corner.
  4. Whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a serving bowl.
  5. Serve the waffles right away, with the Maple Yogurt, and fresh fruit on the side, if using.
Notes
Note: Be sure to use canned unsweetened pumpkin puree here, not pumpkin pie filling.

What Kids Can Do
Little chefs can whisk together the Maple Yogurt. Older kids can toast their own frozen waffles.

Make Ahead
To prep the batter the night before, mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients (except for the melted butter) in another bowl, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the wet mixture. Keep the wet ingredients separated from the dry ingredients so that the baking powder stays active; otherwise you’ll have flat, dense waffles. In the morning, combine the two and add the melted butter.

To make frozen waffles, cook the waffles in your waffle maker until they are lightly golden brown on the outside but still soft in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes for a large waffle or roughly three-fourths of the total cooking time on your machine. Set them on a wire rack to cool completely. The waffles will keep, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, in the freezer for up to a month. To reheat, unwrap the waffles, let them thaw, then place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 375°F oven until they are warmed through and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Or you can pop the thawed waffles into
the toaster.

The yogurt will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Excerpted from Half the Sugar, All the Love by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH. Photographs by Erin Scott. Workman Publishing ©2019.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 waffle Calories: 326 Saturated fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 34g Sugar: 1½ tsp or 6g Sodium: 219mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 9g