Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles

Don’t use an electric mixer to make these healthy, crispy, whole grain waffles. Stir the batter together gently by hand. A non-stick waffle iron should not need greasing. The almonds add lots of protein and healthy fats but they are optional. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: Six 4-inch waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds (optional)


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, & baking soda in a bowl.
  2. In a measuring cup combine buttermilk, eggs, and oil.
  3. Gently fold buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Keep it lumpy.
  4. Place batter on preheated grids & quickly top each waffle with 1/4 cup of almonds.
  5. Bake for up to 5 minutes, depending on your waffle iron.

No whole wheat pastry flour? No buttermilk? See Substitutions in my blog.

Notes: For more on this recipe in my blog click here.

19 Comments on "Whole Wheat Waffles"

  1. Cathy

    I Jenny if I make the waffles with whole wheat flour will they still turn out OK. Cathy

  2. Jane

    The best waffles I’ve ever made! Light and fluffy with great flavor. I added almond extract and vanilla to the batter and they were delicious. Thank you for all your delicious and easy recipes.

  3. Granny Smith

    Tried this recipe because I wanted something better, and not as sweet, as “bisquick-recipe” waffles. I made a thick country gravy with chopped chicken, vegetables, and bacon bits, and served it over the waffles (instead of regular biscuits) for dinner. Came out great!

  4. Patricia Ferro

    Hello From Brasil Jenny!!!

    Love all your channels! Love your carisma and your sense of humor!

    Is there any way I can reduce this recipe for one person? My husband does´t eat sweets (good for him! LOL), but I love waffles!
    Thank you!!!

    • Jenny

      I have made half the recipe by simply reducing each ingredient by one half and it turned out well. Making any less than half would be tricky.

  5. Melinda

    How are you? I live in Hong Kong, but I go to the supermarket is difficult to find “low fat buttermilk” on Whole Wheat Waffles recipe

    Thank you

  6. Faster No Knead Bread

    Have a request for you Jenny. Would like to know how to make and bake Cronuts – appreciate your help.
    Many thanks,

  7. Marianna

    LOVE yur recipes!!!!! What is whole wheat pastry flour? What must I add to ordinary whole wheat flour to make it pastry flour?

  8. Radha

    Hi Jenny,

    Do you think I could use this recipe and make pancakes instead of Waffles?


    • Jenny

      I would suggest you use my buttermilk pancakes recipe instead (without the blueberries). It’s very similar but it’s also proven since I have used this recipe for years. You can use 100% whole wheat pastry flour and as for the almonds, I don’t know how that would work so I would try putting one pancake on the griddle first, top it with the sliced almonds and make sure it turns out after it’s flipped over with the almonds on it. If it looks good, then you can make the rest. Otherwise, you could add sliced almonds when serving. Let me know if you try. https://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/blueberry-buttermilk-pancakes/

      • Radha

        Hi Jenny,

        Thanks for your response. I used the waffle batter for making pancakes and they came out awesome. I also made 2 days ago the blueberry buttermilk pancakes without the blueberries and they were awesome too. My husband just loved them.

        Thanks for such awesome healthy recipes.


  9. Radha

    These waffles are truly light and airy. They taste like regular waffles even though they are made with whole wheat pastry flour(milled it fresh in my grain mill).

    Love it Jenny. Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes.

  10. Julie

    Jenny, I stumbled on your blog recently and love it. Who knew good ole Jenny Jones would have a food blog? Not me. I’ve been pleasantly surprised and impressed. Thanks for sharing your ideas! I made these waffles today for my fam and we LOVED them!!! The recipe was so simple and quick. I love the toasted nuts. It opened such a world of ideas to me. I added some almond extract to enhance the almondy-ness of the waffles and a few scoops of whey protein powder just to up the protein ante. (Couldn’t even taste it in there.) I think I can throw all my old waffle recipes away now. Can’t wait to see what else you have on this site that will revolutionize my eating!

  11. LaShunda

    Hello Jenny! Will I get the same results using almond milk?

    • Jenny

      You won’t get a good result with almond milk. The acid in the buttermilk is what makes these waffles light and airy.

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