Feb 28

Whole Wheat Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup


Whole Wheat Waffle Recipe with Blueberry Maple Syrup

We made a decision last year to “leggo the Eggo”s. We always knew that they were not a healthy choice for our kids, but we fell into the convenience trap on mornings that they opted for something other than cereal. Now that we own a waffle maker, we are able to make whole wheat waffles that not only taste a heck of a lot better, but also provide the boys with a dose of fiber to sustain through the morning. Waffles, topped with fresh fruit and nuts, are now a staple on Sunday mornings and we always make a double batch, freezing the leftovers for convenient weekday breakfasts.

While we are often satisfied with warm maple syrup (the real stuff only please – I beg you) to drizzle over our waffles, I decided to change things up a bit with this fruit syrup. The blueberries and maple syrup are combined, brought to a boil, and reduced to a chunky sauce that soaks straight into the center of the tender waffles. It takes all of 12 minutes to make, and can be prepared in advance and reheated before serving.

Combine blueberries and maple syrup in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat.


Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook until reduced to a generous 1 cup, about 12 minutes. If making ahead of time, reheat the syrup before serving.


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and oil. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir just until smooth. Stir in blueberries.

Make waffles according to your waffle maker instructions.

Waffle Blueberry Syrup Collage

Other waffle recipes with fruit:

Recipe Girl’s Spiced Apple Buttermilk Waffles
Zesty Cook’s Super Simple Waffles with Raspberry Sauce
Fresh’s Belgian Waffles with Strawberries, Honey & Fresh Whipped Cream
Cafe Liz’s Banana Amaretto Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes six to eight 8-inch waffles and 1 cup syrup.
The syrup:
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup maple syrup
The waffles:
  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ cups skim milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
The syrup:
  1. Combine blueberries and maple syrup in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook until reduced to a generous 1 cup, about 12 minutes. If making ahead of time, reheat the syrup before serving.
The waffles:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and oil. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir just until smooth. Stir in blueberries.
  2. Make waffles according to your waffle maker instructions.
Syrup recipe from Gourmet Magazine.
Waffles adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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1 warmvanillasugar February 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Waffles are my all time favorite breakfast food! I love getting new recipes and this one looks awesome. Thanks!


2 RecipeGirl February 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I love discovering breakfast food on a Monday morning :) Whole Wheat waffles are a great idea. Gotta get that healthy stuff in where you can :)


3 Kulsum@JourneyKitchen February 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Dara this looks absolutely delicious. Waffles for breakfast means a good day and if its whole wheat- it just makes you feel better.


4 Maria February 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love that we both posted breakfast recipes with blueberry sauce today! I can't wait to try your waffles. They look superb!


5 Emily Malloy February 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm



6 Jenny February 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Wow, loving all of these breakfast posts! Mmmm!


7 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food February 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Just beautiful, Dara, and I love the touch of ginger and cinnamon you've added here. Sundays are whole wheat waffle breakfast days at my house, and I'm always looking for new ways to flavor them. Alas, it's not quite blueberry season where I live, but we're rolling in strawberries right now, and I might try subbing them for your yummy syrup recipe here.


8 A SPICY PERSPECTIVE February 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Yep, I freeze leftover waffles and pancakes all the time. They are so much better than those frozen little disks! This is a fabulous recipe–they look so crispy, and the blueberries speckled throughout are irresistible!


9 Belinda @zomppa February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Having your own waffle maker so helps. I haven't had a waffle at home in years (used to love Eggos as a kid)…maybe I need to get an iron!


10 ravienomnoms February 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Those are so gorgeous! I would happily eat 5 of those waffles…beautiful photos!


11 Pretend Chef February 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I love this healthier alternative and that blueberry syrup sounds so delicious. I need to invest in a waffle maker now and stop waiting to only order waffles out at restaurants. Yummy!


12 Barbara Bakes February 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

How great to have waffles in the freezer ready for a healthy weekday breakfasts!


13 Asiya February 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

These look amazing. I've been on the hunt for a good whole wheat waffle recipe for a long time. The ones I've tried have come out very dry. Can't wait to give these a try!


14 briarrose February 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I've fallen into the Eggo trap before myself. 😉 These look so good…they must taste amazing.


15 Lick My Spoon February 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Wholewheat waffles that also look good…bonus! I don't have a waffle maker (not enough counter space) but these look great! And I agree with you on only the real stuff when it comes to maple syrup!


16 Wilde in the Kitchen February 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I love the sounds of maple-blueberry syrup! Someday I will get a wafflemaker, until then I will pour it over pancakes!


17 Paula - bell'alimento February 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Love waffles and fruit. Your fotos are always stunning Dara!


18 Drick February 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

something 'bout that syrup that is so homey and good… ya know, maple is not big in our house, prefer cane syrup down here and this would be a perfect match…….


19 Tracy February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Love the whole wheat in these! They look delicious!


20 Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) February 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Me oh my, your waffles are mouthwatering! I must try these sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!


21 Becky at VintageMixer February 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I'm such a sucker for waffles and pancakes. These look especially good! Fruit syrups are my favorite kids. I grew up on Strawberry Syrup…mmmm


22 Kelley {mountainmamacooks} February 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

These looks so good! I love anything with blueberries!


23 Tia March 1, 2011 at 12:04 am

yummy! way to make breakfast healthy AND delish!


24 Fuji Mama March 1, 2011 at 12:19 am

I love the nuttiness that whole wheat flour gives waffles and pancakes! I can't wait to try these. Mmmmm….


25 Muriel Miller March 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

Oh My goodness! I cannot wait to try these little beauties! I was looking for a blueberry muffin recipe and I may just have to make these instead! Thanks for sharing!


26 Tori March 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

This recipe looks amazing, love the whole wheat option. Thank yo for posting – is their anything better than a delicious weekend breakfast?


27 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 1, 2011 at 2:27 am

Love that there's cinnamon and ginger mixed right into the waffle batter, and that blueberry sauce looks amazing.


28 avocado2pear March 1, 2011 at 2:32 am

Always use blueberries in our pancakes but never thought of using them in the maple syrup, yum.
Great idea to use ginger and cinnamon in batter – what a clever gal!


29 marla March 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

You are so right – you gotta leggo the eggos for the homemade waffles. No flavor in those packaged ones once you try the real deal. The blueberry sauce makes them even more of a win! xo


30 Robyn March 1, 2011 at 2:58 am

So gorgeous, Dara. That syrup is calling my name!


31 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker March 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

I love waffles and that sauce/syrup looks to die for!


32 Shaina March 1, 2011 at 3:33 am

Gorgeous! I used to love blueberry waffles, but I haven't had them in ages. I am going to have to try yours because they look perfectly swirled with berries.


33 Lauren's Latest March 1, 2011 at 4:39 am

Maybe I haven't had enough carbs today, but these waffles look amazing and to die for. I'm seriously going to have to make these soon.


34 Monet March 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

I grew up eating Eggo's, and I loved them until I tried the real deal. Seeing your post is making me want to go and buy a waffle iron! Thanks for sharing such a tasty (and healthy) breakfast treat. I hope you had a great Monday…and that tomorrow is even better, my sweet friend!


35 Ang March 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

I still have yet to buy a waffle iron. Darn, I hate when I run in to these kind of recipes. I just need to get one, I know.


36 Amanda March 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I adore blueberry syrup! These look marvelous!


37 Elin March 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

CC…this looks delish for a breakfast meal…love blueberry syrup and it truly goes well with the waffle :)

Have a nice day,


38 Rochelle March 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Waffles are a favorite in my house and this blueberry maple syrup sounds fantastic on top!


39 Stephanie March 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

What a gorgeous breakfast to wake up to! I love the blueberry maple sauce and the whole wheat waffle combo. Delish!


40 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Looks fabulous Dara!!


41 Elle March 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

These? They make me want to actually get a waffle maker, which I've never really had an interest in. Oh yes, they sure do!


42 Deeba PAB March 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Wholewheat waffles are top of my list. Yours look fab. Wish we got blueberries here Dara, but I'm going to make these waffles anyway! Great post!


43 Mary March 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Loooveee waffles! These are stunning… I could certainly go for a plate of these right now!!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls


44 Marly March 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

These waffles look beautiful! And I think you're right – the syrup alone makes it worthwhile to try these. Hmm, I wonder how surprised the family would be to wake up to waffles tomorrow morning? Not our typical weekday food, but what a fun treat that would be!


45 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

What a combination – blueberries and maple syrup! Wow. Gotta try this really soon.


46 miss March 2, 2011 at 4:10 am

Whole wheat waffles, sounds so filling and so good for you. I will have to make some of these for my boys.


47 Amanda March 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm

These look delicious! A breakfast you can feel good about!


48 Laurel March 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I love whole wheat waffles, and these look delicious! We’re featuring breakfast tomorrow on the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight


49 Kitty April 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

I had to comment because these were the best waffles I have ever had!


50 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks for letting me know, Kitty. I’m so glad you enjoyed them.


51 Danielle April 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

Made these last night. Awesome, thanks for the recipe. (found via tastespotting)


52 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

Thanks, Danielle. I’m so glad you enjoyed the waffles!


53 Samantha June 9, 2011 at 4:18 am

Oh my word. My husband just purchased me a waffle maker for my birthday – after nearly a year of me saying I wanted one (not sure of the procrastination, since they are only around $20 at Wal-Mart). I searched a whole wheat waffle recipe, and your pictures looked devine, so I had to try it immediately! This was absolutely delicious! My husband couldn’t even tell it was whole wheat (which is a huge feat!) Although it’s my first waffle I’ve made, it’s definitely not going to be the last time I make it.


54 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 9, 2011 at 7:15 am

Samantha, I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed the recipe. Have fun playing with your new waffle maker!


55 Margherita February 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

What a great way to start your day! Gonna try your recipe tomorrow morning.


56 Diane June 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

I substituted the 1/3 cup canola oil for 1/4 cup of coconut oil, it was awesome.

Thanks for the recipe!


57 Annick May 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I made this recipe 3 times and it has been a hit everytime! I’m 15 and I love cooking and baking… Especially healthy recipes. I have to use all of my self-control to not eat a whole recipe, it’s so scrumptious!! No comments, critics or aspects about this recipe that I would suggest to alter. I made this for Mothers Day with a side of watermelon and my mom had a huge smile when she saw her brunch. Thanks for creating this delicious recipe, I’m very glad that I found it!


58 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Annick, you just made my day! First of all, I am so impressed that you are diving into cooking headfirst at age 15. And I am beyond thrilled that you chose to make this recipe for your mum on Mother’s Day. What a great daughter she has!


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