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Whole Wheat Overnight Waffles

I think I have admitted this before, but I will say it again. I am not good about fixing breakfast. I am not a morning person. I am also not a breakfast eater. I really don’t think I have ever been much of a breakfast eater. Even as a kid I don’t remember eating much for breakfast. I am just not very hungry until about 10:00. Most mornings I will grab a granola bar or yogurt and that is it. Many times I don’t get around to that until 10:00, sometimes I make it until close to 12:00 before I realize that I have had nothing to eat.

The problem with this though it that I have a husband and three kids who like breakfast and are hungry first thing in the morning. All to often they end up having cereal or yogurt and toast because I don’t want to fix them much. I know it is terrible isn’t it.

This really is an area that I am trying to work on. I know they need a healthy breakfast. Cold cereal and yogurt are just not the healthiest start to a day. I need to change this. I am slowly trying to.

I always make breakfasts on the weekends. My husband is home and we are all able to sit down and enjoy breakfast together. Plus my husband enjoys having a hot breakfast at least a few days a week. But the other days of the week I am not so good about fixing a hot breakfast. My goal though is to start making a hot breakfast at least one other day a week. I figure that if I give myself a small goal I might actually do it this time. 🙂

One of the things that I am finding that helps me fix breakfast is preparing things ahead the night before. I have a favorite waffle recipe that came from my sister. I really like it, but it takes time to make up. I recently found a recipe for overnight waffles. I tweaked the recipe a little making it healthier and added whole wheat. We loved this new recipe. These turned out really good. Not only are the healthier, but the batter can be made up ahead of time and I don’t have to do anything but cook them in the morning.

I hope you give these a try.
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. Yum…this sounds great. My youngest is a waffle/pancake fanatic. I don’t have a waffle maker at the moment but when I get one I’ll make these.

    thanks for stopping by yesterday. I’ll be praying for your family in Vernonia. That is not overly far from me actually, I don’t think it’s even an hour. I always feel so bad for them there because it seems to hit them so hard every year.

  2. Blue Castle says:

    I have to try this! I, too, am not a morning person. 🙂 But, I’m working on that and my boys are getting tired of oatmeal. This is perfect as you can make the batter the night before. Thank you.

  3. One thing I do so that we have a hot breakfast in the morning (only one of my kids likes cereal) is to mix up muffin batter the night before. I put it in the muffin tin and cover it with lightly-greased saran wrap. In the morning, all I have to do is pop it in the oven.
    I also have a scone recipe that I keep in the freezer. The morning I want to make them, I just add buttermilk and a little dried or fresh fruit. In the morning it only takes about 5 minutes to whip up since most of the ingredients have been put together before.

    Thanks for the waffle recipe. I’ll have to try it!

  4. Jodi @ Food Storage Made Easy says:

    Dang, I gave away the THREE waffle makers I got as wedding gifts because I never made them. Now I want them BACK!!! This sounds so easy and delicious.

  5. Jessica Wolf says:

    About how many waffles does this recipe make? Also, for the 1 stick of butter… should that be softened or melted? Thanks! I can’t wait to make these for my family!

    • @Jessica Wolf, I am not sure on the exact amount of waffles. I guess I have never counted, but I have 3 kids and this is about the perfect amount for my family. I usually melt the butter, I will edit the post to say that. I should have had that in the recipe, so thanks for asking. I hope you enjoy them.

  6. Lynn, I just made these today (well, last night!) and they were sooooo easy! It took me less than ten minutes to whip up everything and then just normal waffle-making time to make them this morning. I have been trying to find a yummy whole-wheat waffle that my kids actually liked and these were a hit (prior to that, lots of flops)! My daughter asked “So Mom, are these going to replace the ones you buy at the store? They’re really good!” Yay! BTW, they made eight 7-inch regular (not Belgian style) waffles. The extras are going into the freezer for even easier mornings. Thanks so much!

  7. Thanks so much for this recipe! I just made the batter last night, and they cooked up beautifully this morning. There were rave reviews from my husband and our three kids (ages 10, 8 and 5). 🙂 And I loved that they were made with whole wheat so we get an extra burst of healthy for breakfast!


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