My almost 15 month old loves those frozen toaster waffles, but I don’t love that they’re full of sugar. I set out to make a delicious whole grain version with actual fruit instead of sugar. The result: Real apples, cinnamon and oats – it’s like healthy apple crisp you can pop in the toaster oven and it’s so easy to whip up a batch and store! Bonus: They can easily be made gluten and dairy free for those on special diets.
2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
3/4 cup milk (can be replaced with non-dairy milk)
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp buckwheat flour (or regular flour – you do you!)
2 apples finely chopped
Warm up your waffle iron! Add all the ingredients except the apples to a large bowl to let the oaks soak up the liquids while you prep the apples.
I like to use my food processor to chop the apples. I chunk them so they fit into my small counter top one. I prefer to leave the skins on because A) it’s easier and B) nutrients. But mostly A. Once the waffles are cooked the skins are soft anyway, so they’re no longer a choking hazard for the littlest littles.
I add the apples. Mix thoroughly and cook them up. I hand a few fresh warm ones to my baby and let the rest cool. Once they’re a bit firmer I split them into quarters and store them so they’re easy to pull out of the freezer and toast.
Healthy, delicious snacks for my son – voila! Note: My husband ate two of the waffles from the batch I made in this picture for lunch before they even made it to the freezer.