The amount of time it took me to purchase a $25 waffle iron makes complete sense in the scope of my personality. I get anxious about making good decisions and wise choices. I try not to waste or have things I don't need or use. If you allow them too, and I regret that I do, little decisions can become big ones getting you caught in the rip current of yes or no, pros and cons, risk vs. gain. I find myself in that current by default - like part of my hard wiring. I swim straight into worry when I could so easily swim around it in the calm, lapping water on the periphery of this angst. Life just happens and mistakes are made. The worry doesn't protect from those truths, it just makes them a bigger deal than they need to be. Ah, yea, I'm not just referring to waffle iron purchases anymore.

So. By way of investing in quality kitchen equipment, I don't expect this iron will last a lifetime. I wasn't sure if we would go in and out of a waffle phase, so I didn't want to buy a super nice one. Do the $200 irons make a significantly superior waffle to the $25 one? I am quite happy with my dinky little guy and don't plan to know the alternative high-end waffle. I've been playing around with flours, butter vs. oil, toppings etc. What I have below is our "everyday" waffle. It's a mixture of a few different flours, nuts and oats to keep them hearty and fiber filled - something not so indulgent that it has to be saved for a Sunday morning. The coconut oil helps them to get a crispy exterior while everything stays moist inside. Breakfast is kind of "a thing" around here, so I suspect there will be variations in my future, but I found this recipe worth sharing from the waffle experiments thus far.

FLAX WAFFLES // Makes 4 seven inch waffles

Inspired by The Fauxmartha and Oh, Ladycakes

Hugh requests chocolate chips in all possible breakfast sweets. It's a tight ship over here. I'll make the mixture, make two without chips then add 1/4 cup chocolate chips to the remaining batter and finish cooking the rest. I wrap up the extra waffles, keep them in the fridge and toast them in the toaster oven the following morning to warm and crisp them back up.

If you don't have these flours on hand, a 1 1/2 cup total of your preferred flours, or GF All Purpose flour will work fine here too. Your milk to flour ratio should be more or less equal regardless of what you use. Almond and oat flours aren't as absorbent as a wheat flour, so my dry ratio is slightly higher here.


  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (great with buttermilk or non dairy beverage of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. flaxmeal
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. muscavado or brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt


Heat your waffle iron.

Whisk the egg, milk (or non dairy beverage), orange juice, vanilla together. Whisk in the melted coconut oil.

Add the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well, pressing out any clumps. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir until just combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes for the flaxmeal to absorb some liquid. Add enough batter to fill your waffle iron, don't over stuff it. Remove cooked waffle* and enjoy warm.Don't stack them, they'll steam each other. You can keep waffles warm on a cookie sheet in a 200' oven if waiting for remaining waffles.

Top with real maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, jam, nut butter or my consistent stand by, goat yogurt and pom seeds. 

* Some irons have timers or a light that turns off to tell you the waffle is done. I have been judging mine by waiting until the iron stops steaming, then I know the outside will be crisp. By using about 3/4 cup batter, the waffle takes roughly 4 minutes until it stops steaming. This will vary by iron.

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your recipe takes the guilt out of having waffles for breakfast... not that i usually feel guilty about that sort of thing, {wink} but this is a recipe i could find myself making on more than just the occasional lazy saturday morning. wednesday waffles anyone? so good. xo

Hehe this post makes me smile because I am SUCH an impulse buyer when it comes to kitchen gadgets! My waffle maker is the kind that doesn't give you any indication whatsoever as to when the waffle is ready- it's always a guessing game. Great photos!

These looks amazing. You have the best food photography!

xo Jennifer

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I just ran out of coconut oil and was considering going without for a while. After seeing this, I know it's not an option. Love that you added pomegranates and yogurt on top. So pretty. Will be adding this recipe to my queue to make soon.

Also, I must say I make a big deal out of little things all the time, but I need to figure out how NOT to do that because it really makes life unpleasant (for me and everyone around me). If you discover a way to deflate the worry, do share. I'd be happy to find out.


March 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdana

oh my goodness. YUM.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Both of my waffle irons are dinky $25 irons, too. And the only reason I bought the second one was because I reaaaaally wanted a Belgian waffle iron (and it didn't hurt that the first one was a gift). As for the $200 waffle irons? They can kiss my behind. My parents have the fancy KitchenAid version and I am always in a fit trying to figure out how to use it. $25 waffle irons for the win!

Anyway, so happy I could be of inspiration and SO happy you are enjoying your waffle maker - I'm sure Hugh is, too ;)


March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae

Do you mind sharing what kind of waffle iron you ended up buying? Those waffles look good and I would like to avoid the months of waffle iron anxiety!

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Too funny! It took me forever to buy a waffle iron as well. My mother would always make waffles over the weekend when I was younger. When I moved to the West Coast I went without homemade waffles for many years (7 - 8). Then finally, I saw a waffle iron at Costco, and I was like, "I'm gonna get this." These waffles look so good :) Love the pom seeds.

Oh what a great breakfast!

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimply Life

First, I love your rip current/swimming metaphor Sara ;)
Second, I find it amusing that there are many kitchen appliances that can do multiple things, like how you can make toast without a toaster, ice cream without an ice cream maker, but you simply cannot make waffles without a waffle maker!
Lastly, I had the best waffle EVER on New Years day in Chicago this year. I have been craving waffles ever since- primarily a pregnancy craving but still, I've got to spring for at least the $25 waffle iron to satisfy this craving soon!!!! This recipe looks delicious and beautiful of course ;)

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermaggie

Yes! A few weeks ago I ate some very memorable whole grain waffles at a local breakfast spot, and I've been wanting to recreate them at home ever since. Problem solved. Waffles will be on the menu this weekend!

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

This recipe and these photos make me want to buy a waffle iron.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Oh, so lovely, as always.
'The worry doesn't protect from those truths, it just makes them a bigger deal than they need to be.' - Yes. Almost every decision of my life has been shrouded in worry, looking for a right/wrong answer. It's so hard to move away from! Small, small steps.

I might be making these tomorrow morning! My [W] has been begging for waffles - her favorite.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Yum!! This makes me really wish we had a waffle maker. Nice to know you can get one for only $25.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Lane

these waffles look delicious! as a quick tip, for those interested in crispy waffles, I recall reading somewhere (perhaps in Shirley Corriher's Cookwise?) that adding a bit corn syrup helps. if anyone is in the market for trying a cheap waffle iron, I've stumbled across quite a few in thrift shops.

by the way, I also agonize over everyday decisions, especially those related to eating – when you are 5' 1" you don't get that many calories to waste).

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremily

i did the same thing with a blender, until it went up in smoke (literally!) a waffle iron gets beat up less, i'm sure it will be fine! :) they look delicious, i especially love your yogurt + pom topping!

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March 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkaterina

So funny that you posted this because I was planning on buying my first waffle iron this weekend! Yours look fabulous, looks like the $25 iron did the trick!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Kitchie

These waffles are gorgeous! And so delicious looking!

I go through the exact same debate with my purchases! Our $25 iron is kicking booty, and from the look of your waffles, yours is too! These looks comforting and like a cozy way to begin my weekend morning. Love how hearty they are too!

Seeeeeriously. Waffle me.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

Unless you're planning on opening a waffle food truck then I'll say that the $25 waffle iron might be just the perfect equipment for your needs. I really like how you incorporate wholesome ingredients in your waffles: healthy, hearty and (from the looks) delicious!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I've been enjoying mixing different types of flours--it adds such a lovely and different taste and texture to baked goods. I love the combination of almond meal, whole wheat, and oat flour in these. Mmmm I need a waffle iron!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Why have I never thought to top waffles with pomegranate? What a lovely idea! I guess part of the problem is that I'm not the biggest breakfast fan and would much rather have eggs than waffles, but you may have sold me with this recipe.

I am right with you on the worry over random purchases. I always work myself up into such a tizzy. Luckily that did not apply to a choice in waffle irons, because we got one for a wedding present! We make quite a lot of waffles around here now - our 4-year-old can finish a whole one and still have room, but I bottom out at half. I don't know where she puts it all.

I'll definitely have to give this version a try, they sound amazing!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie Webb

I have the opposite problem when it comes to various kitchen equipment... as soon as i see a recipe that requires something i don't have... straight to Amazon I go. I really need to take a cue from you and tone it back a notch :) One thing i don't yet have is a waffle maker, but one day when I find myself with one, I think these will be the first ones I make! Lovely as per usual.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermegan

i am in a constant struggle of making decisions, big and small. one of my personality traits is definitely indecisiveness. but, i agree, a waffle iron is always a good investment. even better if it only costs $25. these waffles look spectacular and i can't wait to try them!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

Hoo are speaking my heart re: kitchen appliance decisions. Thanks for taking the waffle iron plunge and adding one more tally on the side of 'go for it' for me. And, when I do, I know where to find a good recipe :) ---S

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

those look so wonderful, are the crispy?

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesselle

We're on March break next week, which means leisurely breakfasts.. can't wait to try these!!! Thanks Sara:)

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

this looks so yummy and your pictures are always sooo beautiful !

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

OMGosh Sarah! I just discovered your blog, I know, "gasp"! I am so happy I did find you though, your writing style is just fabulous! I just spent the last hour reading some of your current posts, including the waffle iron escapade! Now I am sorry I sold my waffle iron at my garage sale last year!
I am now following you via my email and will look forward to future posts!
Beth P

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth P

Incredible pictures! I love the pom seeds. The recipe sounds amazing. An everyday treat which you don't have to feel guilty about!

I also always want to make good, wise decisions. I once bought a mandoline because it was on sale. I wasn't so sure about it but thought that sometimes you have to make quick decisions. Well, it didn't turn out great. A month later I bought an other one. This time the mandoline of my dreams. The first one maybe was worth the money but not worth my kitchen ;) It just didn't work as I hoped for. BUT the more expensive ones aren't always better and quick decisions can sometimes be fantastic so your waffle iron has a good chance to be a great, longtime kitchen companion. I've been dreaming about a waffle iron but am not sure which type I want - the "Belgian type" or the "Scandinavian type" (the heart-shaped). I definitely need one but haven't got the space (or money) to by both of them! Well, well. I'm sure that with your recipe they both will turn out fantastic.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSini

As a like-minded person who works every tiny detail into frenzy, I'm curious about two things: first, does it take you forever to pick out something as simple as parchment paper or a spice bottle out of the multitudes, until you have a tried and tested true? It takes me hours, hours to run simple errands. And, do you completely lose it when you have a gift card? Hours turns into months when I have a gift card - should I buy lots of little things or use it to soften the blow of one expensive item, or save it for another season when they may carry such and such, or use it only when I need something, or spend it all at once, oh damnit!
Thank you for the waffles. Mister and I have been working towards being breakfast persons, after lifetimes of skipping out :)

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelina

Looks delicious. Is the oat flour whole as well?

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

hugh: i want to THANK YOU! for your detailed coffee-brewing instructions (on this site + in the book). i've used both the chemex and french press ones, and am drinking better coffee at home now, more than ever. also, i could also stare at that first picture forever (of this post).
sara: your words are so calming and beautiful, always, and your book continues to inspire me! like all. the. time. lady, you rock!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermackenzie

Love how you add mood and motion to the pictures.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharul

i am totally in love with your batter-bowl. do you know where i could find one? any of the bowls i come across are always too small..thanks!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Mmm, goat yogurt. Great choice.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily K. @ Leaf Parade

@Lindsey - I found this one at the crate and barrel outlet. Maybe check online?

March 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

@mackenzie - what a wonderful note! I love to hear this, thank you thank you! Hugh will be so pumped to hear you are enjoying your coffee process ;)

March 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

@Amy - I just grind up my whole oats. It's a bit coarse but I like it that way.

March 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

@Liz - I added the link in my text. It is the proctor silex from amazon. It's not the most attractive thing, but the reviews we're positive and it was affordable.

March 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

I feel your pain when it comes to making decisions or wise choices. I too get anxious and obsessed even. Rather I should trust a little more. Love the photos, makes me wanna go out and buy a waffle pan. :)

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle

This looks delicious...I may have to finally purchase that little waffle iron I have been coveting for months. Thank you for the recipe, inspiration and photos. I especially like the pic of the egg at the bottom of the bowl. Fun perspective!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDena

I made the mistake of trying to be rustic and buying a non-electric waffle iron. Subsequently, we have not had one decent waffle from it. Next time (if I get up the energy to get another one) I will get an electric one.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandra

I am completely with you on the reluctance or worry over small purchases. I am so much more willing to buy something that I consume than something I may not use. Congratulations on your new purchase! Sounds like a great purchase.

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustina

It took me SO long to finally get a waffle iron because, like you, I hate to waste (which is why I bought Neko a Pak N Play instead of a bassinet because I figured I could use it as a portable crib AND playpen when she gets older). But, having now made waffles at least a dozen times, I will say it was WELL worth the investment. xo

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

I am the same exact way! I hate the idea of buying something that will break but equally hate spending a lot of money on something I will hardly ever use. At the end of the day though, when you want waffles, you need a waffle maker. So glad you got one :)

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon

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