Whole Wheat Belgian Style Waffles topped with Crunchy Granola and Brown Sugar Apples
We just went apple picking this week with our homeschool group. It was my little guy’s first time, and he was just fascinated by the whole process. Apples are on trees, and we get to pick them off and eat them?
🙂 So fun, watching him.
Our visit was complete with a hay ride, hedge maze and a teeny tiny pumpkin that was included in the price. The day was filled with beautiful weather and good company. I do not generally eat apples, though curiously once a year that crispy, juicy fruit is the most wonderful thing in the world. Something about the atmosphere must get to me. I munched on 2.
Many people asked what in the world I was going to do with all those apples (20lbs in all). I chuckle, as four days later I sit here with at least five pounds gone. With 5 passionate apple eaters in the house, they never last long. A decent pie can eat up 3 pounds alone. I guess I’d better hurry up and make that pie…
I decided to make some Belgian style waffles with the apples and a bit of granola. The waffle batter is stuffed with diced apples and applesauce. I first saw granola used inside a baked good in an Ina Garten muffin recipe. It sounds kind of strange, but I really like the results. We tried the waffles and decided the flavor wasn’t pronounced enough, thus the topping of even more apples sauteed in brown sugar and some crunchy granola.
This was a modified version of my basic whole wheat waffle batter. The recipe makes a pretty decent yield of 12-16 waffle squares. My Belgian waffle squares cook four at a time in my Cuisinart waffle maker, which I love. I usually double it, but it can just as easily be halved. The extras (if we are lucky), go into the freezer for a super easy weekday breakfast.
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