These Waffles are Instagram Gold

Need a break from your standard breakfast? Make a batch of these easy walnut-flax waffles for the week.

by Sharon Liao

Sure, you know that oatmeal is a good-for-you breakfast. But so are these golden waffles. They’re made with flaxseed and walnuts, which are both high in heart-healthy omega-3 fats. In fact, research shows that eating one serving of walnuts a week lowers your risk of heart disease by 21 percent. For an even bigger nutrient boost, top them with fresh fruit.

Walnut-Flax Waffles

(Makes 8 waffles)

1½ cups almond milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1⁄8 teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup chopped toasted walnuts
Nonstick cooking spray for greasing

1. In a blender, combine the almond milk, vegetable oil, maple syrup, vanilla and vinegar. Add the flaxseeds. Blend until slightly frothy, about 1 minute.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the almond milk mixture and stir until just blended. Gently stir in the walnuts.

3. Spray a preheated waffle maker with cooking spray. For each waffle, use about 1/3 cup batter. Cook until golden brown.

Excerpted from 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2012 Available where books are sold. Image: Colin Erricson.

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