Recipe: Super Simple Apple-Cinnamon Waffles (or Pancakes)

I was just sitting here reminiscing about the old days, when I ate plain old ordinary Greek yogurt pancakes and was completely satisfied with them. They were easy to prepare, tasty, and filling. Why would I want to change anything?

Here’s why:

In this pin I found while toodling around on Pinterest one night, a woman named Karen suggested using Chobani Apple-Cinnamon yogurt as a base for pancakes!

::pause for V-8 head-slap moment::

Why didn’t I think of that?

Karen gave her recipe in her pin, but I just adapted my regular pancake recipe (which I’d already adapted from a recipe Lori once left in my comments) to substitute the Chobani for the plain Greek yogurt.

I further adapted it by breaking out my shiny new $10 waffle iron* and making an Apple-Cinnamon Waffle instead of pancakes!

After all that adapting, I wound up with this recipe:

  • 1/3 c. Chobani Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (or half of a 6 oz. carton)(note: Karen uses the whole carton for her pancakes)
  • 3 Tbsp egg whites (or an egg–I tried it both ways)
  • 3 TBSP oat bran (or ground oats)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp coconut flour (optional–Karen suggested it, so I did it, but it will work well without)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • splash vanilla (optional)
  • sweetener, to taste (optional–the yogurt is already sweetened enough for me. YMMV)

The result:

Apple-Cinnamon Waffle

It’s okay, you can giggle at the misshapen waffle. I did. :) But it’s not bad for a rookie waffler.

Before I get to the taste test, let me tell you that if you should make this waffle (or pancakes, if you don’t have a shiny waffle iron), your house will smell heavenly. I’m seriously considering tossing my candles and just making a waffle when I want a scented house.

::pause to visualize my freezer packed with stacks of waffles::

Or maybe not. Perhaps it’s best to simply enjoy them in the moment. And enjoy them I did–twice! They are tasty and fluffy and filling, not to mention super simple to prepare. I had them with sugar-free syrup, because I had some in the house, but I think I’m going to try one again next week with chopped walnuts in the batter and a schmear of cream cheese on top of the hot waffle. Hmmm, I might be trying that one on Sunday morning. :)

apple cinnamon waffle nutritionalsNot only is the waffle delicious, it’s relatively low in calories and fat. My SparkRecipe calculator shows one recipe equals ~160 calories, but I don’t really trust their number for oat bran. I’d call it 200 calories, but whatever. There’s still plenty of room for a drizzle of real maple syrup or honey, or other add-ons like that walnut and cream cheese thing.

While I was enjoying yesterday’s waffle, it occurred to me that Chobani—who is not sponsoring this post, by the way—offers other flavored yogurts as well. I don’t usually buy flavored yogurts, so I had to go check out the website for possibilities. I’m thinking pear (with walnuts) for my next experiment. Or maybe a “dessert waffle” using their Coffee-Dark Chocolate Chip version. So many possibilities!

And people say Pinterest is a big time waster. :)

Bonus recipe link

Martha, over at Simple Nourished Living, recently acquired a 1960s-era Weight Watcher’s Cookbook and shared a recipe for WW Cheese Danish using cottage cheese, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweetener that’s quite yummy. You can check out her link for the particulars, but I have to tell you, I was happy with the cottage cheese mixture alone. (While you’re over there, check out Martha’s post describing some of the “old style” Weight Watcher’s plan. Times have certainly changed!)

That’s it for me for the week! I wish you all a happy, healthy weekend! Got anything special (like waffles) planned? :)

*$10 cost dependent on receipt of my $10 rebate from Macy’s; otherwise, it was a shiny new $20 waffle iron.

24 thoughts on “Recipe: Super Simple Apple-Cinnamon Waffles (or Pancakes)

  1. These sound wonderful and I will try them, but the problem today is that I’ve already had breakfast and now those Vann’s Gluten Free Frozen Waffles I bought yesterday are calling me. RECALCUATE! RECALCULATE! O.K. moment passed! The WW memory is also fun. I first joined WW in 1979 when you were required to eat liver twice a week. Ahhh, those were the days.

    • I was on WW in the liver days, too, Sharon. I tried it twice but just couldn’t do it.

      Those Vann Waffles aren’t so bad. I didn’t try the GF version, but whichever ones I ate were pretty tasty for a frozen waffle.

  2. You always come up with the best low cal recipes! I want to try your waffle RIGHT NOW! And the cheese danish? I have cottage cheese, and I have a package of my favorite Thomas’s whole grain english muffins. I’m all set! Both of those fit nicely into my new lower calorie breakfast plan!

  3. I think I’ll try this with pear yogurt – or maybe pineapple with an added sprinkle of coconut. I didn’t like fruit yogurt until they came out with the Greek style. Now I’m eating it almost every day.

  4. My mother used to do that WW cheese danish all the time. I always associate her dieting with that food LOL!

    I bet the coconut flour helps absorb moisture from the yogurt and egg whites, especially if you use the entire cup of yogurt.

    I so love alternative waffles! I make coconut flour waffles like my protein ones.

    1/3 cup cottage cheese, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons (14 grams) of coconut flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and cinnamon. Blend and cook like a waffle. spray the iron *really* well with cooking spray or you will be sorry. These are very fragile and will stick easy, but a good fiber filled breakfast!

    • Thanks for the recipe, Lori!

      I’ve found I prefer the yogurt vs. the cottage cheese in the pancakes, but I haven’t tried it in waffles yet. I wonder how the WW cottage cheese danish would work with a waffle base. :)

  5. Definitely sounds yummy and I can almost smell it! :-) I have done applesauce and walnuts on my waffles. Not sure why I didn’t think to add cinnamon! I usually use maple flavored agave syrup when I don’t use the applesauce. I haven’t made my chocolate-cherry wafles in a while either. Need to remedy that!

  6. That is a killer of a waffle if I’ve ever seen one! Look out, IHOP! The stats are awesome, too. On my list for this weekend, Cammy. Thank you!!

  7. Cammy,

    Your waffle looks and sounds delicious! I’ll have to turn it into a pancake, since I don’t make waffles enough to justify purchasing an iron! Thanks for including a link to my WW cheese “danish.” As a cottage cheese lover, it really hits the spot for me.

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  9. I will have to try this once I get some flavored yogurt! Count me in with the rest of you who were on WW during the liver days. But I never ate the liver! I ate that cottage cheese Danish a great deal of the time! There was a thread on the Cooking Light message board talking about all those old recipes. There was a chocolate cookie made with diet cocoa packet, oatmeal and peanut butter that I also made a lot.

    • I went to a grocery store today–no pear and not a bit of coffee-chocolate yogurt in sight. I’m going to try Super Target later in the week.

      I hope this recipe works with your finicky-these-days tummy, Susan!

  10. Wow, that waffle recipe sounds tasty and nutritious, I will definitely try making some this weekend. 157-200 calories and 15g protein is a nice ratio, especially for waffles. One question: do ground oats work as well as oat bran?

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