Clean Eating Belgian Waffles Recipe (2024)

ByTiffany McCauley

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This Belgian Waffles recipe is the perfect addition to your morning breakfast table. Whole grain, delicious and filling, you’ll make these again and again!

I never had Belgian waffles before this. Call me crazy, but I just never understood the difference between a regular waffle and a Belgian waffle. And frankly, I never wanted to pay extra for something that was essentially the same.

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Well, I’m here to tell you that I am not only humbled by the difference now that I’ve had one but over-the-top crazy about them! I may never make the regular kind again!

These come out much lighter and crispier. Perfect for just about any topping you want to add.

I had to play tug-of-war with Mini Chef just to get one last bite before he finished scarfing the majority of them down. Growing boys sure can eat!

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Belgian Waffles Recipe

Delicious waffles that are great for breakfast or brunch!

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Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Belgian

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 waffles

Calories: 94kcal


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 large egg whites
  • cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast

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  • Warm the milk in a pot until it reaches between 105-115 degrees F. This happens pretty quickly, so keep an eye on it.

  • Add the yeast to the milk and allow to stand until it has a small amount of foam on top. It won't foam a lot because there is no sugar to feed the yeast. But there will be a small, thin layer as the yeast dissolves.

  • Combine everything together in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until you have no lumps left.

  • Let the batter rest for about 20 minutes. (I used this time to start heating the waffle iron and slicing fruit for toppings, setting the table, etc…)

  • When your batter has rested and your waffle iron is hot, pour the batter in and cook as usual. The waffles are done when they are crispy.

  • Top with fruit or whatever toppings you prefer and enjoy!


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. WIsh I had a waffle maker 🙁


    1. They aren’t that pricey. I think Walmart has some cheap ones.


  2. Used regular whole wheat flour and these came out great. Thanks!!


    1. Awesome! 🙂


  3. Ok, I just made these and they aren’t quite right. The batter was incredibly runny so added 1/2 more flour and they still wouldn’t puff up enough to cook on top. Any suggestions? My yeast is new and it didn’t foam.


    1. One of three things:
      1) It sat on the shelf at the store for too long
      2) Your water wasn’t warm enough for it to foam (between 105 – 115 F.)
      3) You didn’t let it sit long enough in the warm water.


  4. Is it okay to use cows milk?


    1. Sure! But you might want to use just a smidge less. Play it by ear. You can always add more, but you can’t take out. So add a little at a time till you have a good consistency.


  5. Thank you for all your wonderful CLEAN recipes!! I tried these and followed the recipe exactly (used Silk unsweetened almond milk) but they stuck to my belgium waffle maker. 🙁 I have never had any other waffle batter stick (not even Clean Eating Gingerbread waffles) but I am hoping I can remedy that by using pan spray on the machine next time (I’ve never had to use it before). This was the first time I ever tried a yeast waffle though. Also, I feel like they need a bit of salt – maybe 1/4 tsp?


    1. Amy – You can certainly use salt if you wish. I always air on the side of caution with salt, but add it if it tastes better. As for sticking, that is odd. Mine didn’t stick. But I usually use oil on my waffle maker, so maybe that is the difference? Hmmm…. I’m going to have to try them again… Thanks for letting me know!


  6. Just wondering about the calorie count. Is the 91 calories for all four squares or just 1 out of the four squares on the waffle.


    1. Tammi – Belgian waffles are round. So it would be one round waffle. Is that what you meant?


  7. Any suggestions for what to use the egg yolk for? I hate wasting food 🙂


    1. Cara – I just save them and toss 1 or 2 extra in with my eggs in the morning.


  8. Kayla – Here’s where I figured the data:
    The only difference is that I entered 2 tsp. of vanilla instead of 1 of vanilla and one of the nut extract. It wasn’t in their system so I had to work with it. As I say below all my recipes, this data is not 100% accurate and is solely dependent on the accuracy of the calculator used. Even then, it’s probably not exact. These are ballpark figures only.


  9. Did anyone else get a wicked headache for the first few days of clean eating? I still drank coffee so it wasn’t a caffeine headache but owwwwwie!


    1. Jo – Yes. It’s called detox and it can be awful. But it should subside after the first few days. If it doesn’t, there may be something else going on. Call your doctor if you have concerns. But yes, detox is really tough.


  10. Oh sorry and I love this site! Thank You for all your hard work!


    1. Jo – My pleasure! 🙂


  11. Tiffany, these sound so good! I have really got to try these, this weekend


    1. Trude – They are yummy! I hope you like them! 😀


  12. Any suggestions for replacing the egg? I’m assuming you’re using egg whites to give it some lift, not sure if flax eggs will do the sane. Thanks!


    1. Cheri – With these, I’m really not sure to be honest. I’ve never tried. Worth a shot though!


  13. How long should the yeast stand?


    1. Erin – Until you get that foam on top that I mentioned. It should only take a couple minutes. certainly no more than 5 minutes, but some of that depends on the age of the yeast as well.


Clean Eating Belgian Waffles Recipe (2024)


Are Belgian waffles healthy? ›

Let's be honest: Waffles may be delicious, but they aren't exactly good for you. They're usually made with ingredients that nutritionists say to limit, such as white flour, butter, and lots of sugar. A Belgian waffle from IHOP, for example, has 590 calories, 29 grams of fat, and 17 grams of sugars.

What do Belgians eat on their waffles? ›

Many Belgians are waffle purists, enjoying them with nothing but a dusting of powdered sugar. We recommend trying a waffle or two this way to have the experience in its unadulterated form…but don't skip chocolate, caramel, Nutella, all sorts of fresh fruits, and whipped cream if that's your thing.

What is the difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle? ›

The Difference Between Belgian Waffles and Regular Waffles

Belgian waffles have extra-deep pockets—the better for filling with butter, jam, maple syrup, or whipped cream. They're sometimes made with egg whites to give them their signature crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside texture.

What's the difference between pancake mix and Belgian waffle mix? ›

For one, waffle batter has a little bit more sugar, butter, and eggs than pancake batter. This helps make the waffles richer because they'll have a higher fat content. Alternatively, the pancake mix is thinner and easy to pour. The texture is another part of the equation.

Which is healthier French toast or Belgian waffle? ›

A 6-ounce waffle at Bob Evans “costs” 340 calories, while Denny's Belgian waffle platter will run you more than 600 calories — before adding syrup, butter or fruit. French toast, though, is typically the least healthy choice. Denny's French toast platter has more than 1,200 calories.

Are pancakes or Belgian waffles healthier? ›

So while a basic waffle might have more protein, a pancake has better macros and has 20 percent fewer calories than a waffle. Waffles also tend to have more refined sugar in them than pancakes. Amy Goodson, who worked for the Dallas Cowboys, said that “pancakes are easier to turn healthy”.

What time of day do Belgians eat waffles? ›

Though Americans think of waffles as a breakfast food, Belgians generally have them as a late-afternoon snack. Keep in mind that, while Belgians eat lunch when we do, they eat dinner later.

Why are Belgian waffles so good? ›

Yeast-leavened batter: Belgian waffles are made with a yeast-leavened batter, which makes them rise and gives them a light and airy texture. The yeast also adds a slightly tangy flavor that complements the sweetness of the waffles.

What are the two types of Belgian waffles? ›

Through the decades, Belgium's waffle styles diversified, resulting in two distinct groups – the crunchier, bread-like Liege waffle and a softer, lighter Brussels variety made with a yeast-leavened batter.

Are Eggo waffles Belgian waffles? ›

Kellogg's® Eggo® Buttery Maple Belgian Style Street Waffles are inspired by classic street food from Liege, Belgium. These ready-to-eat waffles are full of baked-in flavor and made with sweet brioche dough, real butter, and no artificial flavors or colors.

What do Belgians call Belgian waffles? ›

The 3 waffle types associated with Belgian Waffles in Belgium (not US) are: Brussels waffle, the Liège waffle and the stroopwafel.

What's the difference between Liege and Belgian waffles? ›

Brussels waffles are made with a yeast-leavened batter, which makes them lighter and crispier. They are rectangular with defined edges, and they have deeper pockets or holes. Liege waffles are made with a thicker batter that is similar to bread dough, and they have uneven edges.

Can you use a regular waffle iron for Belgian waffles? ›

If you don't have a Belgian waffle maker, you can use a regular waffle maker. It likely won't create the larger, thicker, deeper grooves, but you may still end up with fluffier waffles. Keep in mind that the time it takes to make Belgian waffles may vary depending on serving size.

Should waffle batter be thicker than pancake batter? ›

A waffle mixture has a thicker consistency for better results. It's preferable to use a thin and runny mixture for pancakes because the pan can hold it. Add more sugar and more fat, and ensure thick batter consistency for a perfect waffle.

Is waffles healthy or unhealthy? ›

Despite their tasty profile, these comfort foods are often made with refined white flour and topped with butter and syrup, which is essentially pure sugar. This means that pancakes and waffles are high in calories, fat, and sugar, yet lacking in protein and fiber.

How many calories are in a Belgian waffle? ›

304 Calories

Are waffles okay to eat on a diet? ›

A traditional waffle is made of refined grains and is low in fiber. Also, the total fat and saturated fat content in both frozen waffles and homemade waffles are high. Plus, waffles have a high sodium content.

Are Belgian waffles high in calories? ›

A restaurant serving of Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and syrup can have as many as 530 calories. A single large Belgian waffle made using a baking-powder batter and regular all-purpose flour has about 304 calories before you even add any toppings.


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