Honey Coconut Whole Wheat Waffles

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Recipe At-A-Glance

These coconut whole wheat waffles cannot be beat! They’re packed with healthy whole grains and are low on sugar. Make up a large batch and freeze them for easy weekday breakfasts.

Vegetarian

Ready in 35 minutes

When I give birth in June, if Baby J comes out shaped like a waffle, we can blame it on this recipe. I’ve made three different quadruple batches of these coconut whole wheat waffles, froze them, and have been eating them nearly daily for breakfast for the past few months. I particularly love them topped with peanut butter, apple slices, raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon. But they’re also equally amazing with your standard butter and maple syrup combo.

coconut whole wheat waffles

I’ve heard rumors that there are folks out there who don’t like coconut. If that’s true, I certainly don’t understand that part of the population. Man, I freakin’ love coconut. So much so, I put it in these coconut whole wheat waffles in three different ways—coconut milk, shredded coconut and the über healthy coconut oil. Have you guys jumped on the coconut oil train yet? If not, you really should. Not only does it add an awesome, subtly coconut flavor to everything you use it on, but it’s also one of the healthiest oils you can cook with. It’s packed with healthy fats, studies have shown that it helps boost your metabolism, it’s a natural anti-viral, anti-biotic and anti-fungal, and because of how it’s metabolized, it can help you feel fuller longer. And, coconut oil isn’t just awesome in your food. It’s a great moisturizer, lip balm and hair mask!

Sidenote: if you do love coconut oil, I highly recommend this cookbook. It’s another book in the “Cooking with…” series from my publisher (if you didn’t know, I wrote Cooking with Greek Yogurt), and I designed the cover of this book. And the recipes all look incredible!

coconut oil

If you happen to not be a coconut fan (I DON’T UNDERSTAND), you can still easily make these waffles with a few substitutions. Swap out the coconut milk for cow’s milk, soy or nut milk. Instead of coconut oil, use another lightly-flavored oil or fat—like olive oil or melted butter. And just leave out the shredded coconut completely.

Or, if you’re totally coconut obsessed, you can take it to the extreme and turn your stack of coconut whole wheat waffles into Almond Joy waffles. Add some coconut whipped cream (you can find instructions for how to make that here), some chopped roasted almonds, and some raw cacao nibs or semisweet chocolate chips. Yum.

coconut whole wheat waffles

Like I mentioned above, these waffles freeze beautifully. You’ll never need to buy Eggos ever again. I tend to make a big ole batch of these, slice them in half (because my waffle iron makes waffles too big to fit in my toaster) and pop them in a freezer bag. In the morning, I just pull out two halves, put them in the toaster and breakfast is ready in about 90 seconds. I’ll be stashing lots of these waffles in the freezer for post-baby breakfasts.

coconut whole wheat waffles

If you’ve ever made whole wheat waffles before and struggled with the texture or flavor, I highly recommend you try these. They don’t taste “whole wheat-y” to me at all. Part of that is thanks to the chemistry of the recipe, but another part of that is due to the flour I use—white whole wheat flour. When I first heard of white whole wheat flour, I figured it was a hybrid flour—like half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. But it isn’t—it’s 100% whole wheat. It’s just ground from a different strain of wheat (hard white wheat as opposed to the typical hard red wheat). You still get the health benefits of the whole grain, but without the heavy texture and taste of standard whole wheat. I highly recommend King Arthur’s organic white whole wheat flour—I use it in everything, and I can barely tell the difference between it and recipes I’ve made with all-purpose flour.

Happy Friday, friends!

Honey Coconut Whole Wheat Waffles

Honey Coconut Whole Wheat Waffles

Yield: 12 large waffles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These waffles cannot be beat! They're packed with healthy whole grains and are low on sugar. Make up a large batch and freeze them for easy weekday breakfasts.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat your waffle iron to high.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Greek yogurt, melted coconut oil, and honey until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, mix together the baking soda, flour, baking powder, salt, and shredded coconut. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, working in 2-3 additions, until well-combined.
  4. Spoon batter onto your waffle iron (mine uses about 1/2 cup of batter per waffle, but it varies depending on the size of your iron). Close lid and cook for 7-10 minutes or until the waffles have stopped steaming and they are golden brown and crisp. Remove waffles from iron and keep warm in oven while preparing rest of waffles. Serve topped with butter, maple syrup, fruit, or whipped cream.

 

Are you a coconut lover or a coconut hater?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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19 Responses
  1. hehehe Cassie – the baby will be just beautiful! 🙂 Do I love or hate coconuts? I live in my husbands own country, South India, Kerala – the land of palmtrees and coconuts!!!! We cannot have our daily dose of freshly grated coconuts – when we are abroad he is constantly looking for those carts where the man sells sliced fresh coconuts 🙂 – Jo will be their best customer. Waffles, I have not had since I was a child, but now I might just make those for our daughters when they come home from College – just will search and find this elusive waffle iron. btw, talking about babies, you just might like to have a quick peek at my last post “Halla there…”. Take care, Cassie and keep us up-to-date. Carina

  2. MJ

    Hi!

    This is not related to this post, but didn’t know where to leave this comment. My Feedly is not showing new posts for your blog. The last thing I saw was the March 7th post. Anything I could do to fix this?

    Thanks!

  3. So I thought I disliked coconut because of some random reason (I tried it off and on over the years and never could get into it, and was completely confused as to why everyone was so nuts about it), and it turns out.. I have a mild coconut allergy. Not hives-and-asphyxiation, but burning-like-chili-pepper-followed-by-numbness in my lips, mouth and throat. Guess I’ll never get to see what the coconut craze is all about… but I do love waffles!

    1. Cassie

      I have the same issue with bananas! They make my mouth burn like I’m eating a hot pepper. I thought it was totally normal, until a few years ago, and I said something to Craig like, “You know how when you eat a banana and it burns?” And he’s like, “Uh….no.”

      1. Is it weird that I’m happy I’m not alone? I just remember avoiding coconut ever since I was a kid, and it stands to reason that I probably ate something with coconut as a kid and it made my mouth burn and my kid-brain said “Nope. Not doing that again. Do not like.”

  4. sarah

    I really really want to like coconut especially reading all of the wonderful health benefits of it….BUT I just can’t acquire the taste for it. Apart from peas, coconut is the only other food item that I just can’t get to grips with!! Such a shame as I’m sure those waffles are very tasty!!

  5. I am one of the people who doesn’t prefer coconut anything. That’s why this whole COCONUT EVERYWHERE! trend isn’t my favorite. I keep trying it in different forms, but the only way I really enjoy coconut is if the taste is masked by using coconut milk in curry. The waffles look good, but I doubt I’d like them, sorry! ;]

  6. Crystal C.

    Yum! I personally love anything coconut, so I had to try these. I’m making a batch now. I used Toasted Coconut Almond Milk Blend (Califia Farms brand), flax seed in place of the eggs, and whole wheat pastry flour because that’s what I have. So far, so good! I just tasted one, and it’s pretty darn delicious. I usually buy the whole grain organic frozen waffles, but this is tastier and cheaper! Thanks for the recipe. I halved it, to try it out, but I might have to make another batch soon and freeze a bunch of them. 🙂

  7. Caitlyn

    I am not a big waffle person or really sweet breakfasts at all… but when you mentioned making them into Almond Joy stacks… I was sold. Going to have to try these out (my fiance will be thrilled, he loves sweet breakfast!).

  8. Sierra

    I made a half batch of these last weekend. They turned out wonderful – such a great texture and amazing subtle coconut flavor! I froze the leftovers. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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