After about two years of eating the same healthy pancakes, Andy finally tired of them.  Eager to find him a new healthy breakfast, I perused many books and eventually found these scrumptious waffles.  Filled with good things like flax-seed, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and ground walnuts (that you don’t even taste) – these keep Andy running and running and running.  What’s nice about these is they have really good flavor – the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg make it feel like a holiday treat – and the walnut and eggs add some good protein.  Andy is not a nut lover so I put the nuts in a processor and finely ground them – making them undetectable.  Of course if you have nut allergies – just leave them out.  The waffles are tender and tasty and with the addition of chocolate chips (always a must here) you don’t need any syrup on them – however a little drizzle of pure maple syrup happens to be delicious.

pumpkin waffles (slightly adapted from No Whine With Dinner by Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex):

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup walnuts (finely chopped – or like me in the food processor to almost a flour)
2 tablespoons flax seed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or slightly less)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (use 1/4 if using reg table salt)
3/4 cup low fat milk (I used 1 percent)
3/4 cup canned 100 percent pure pumpkin
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract chocolate chips (optional)
pure maple syrup (optional)
powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat the waffle iron.  Chop or grind the nuts.

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, whole wheat flour, ground nuts, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In a larger bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, brown sugar and vanilla extract.

Pour the dry into the wet and whisk gently until combined. Likely oil or coat the waffle iron and cook as your waffle iron directs.  As mentioned, we add a small handful of chocolate chips. Serve with added walnuts on top – banana and a dash of syrup or 10x if you like! Enjoy –

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