I started making oatmeal waffles with a recipe that I got off of Cooks.com years ago, but I've made them so much that I started experimenting with the recipe, sometimes on purpose and sometimes accidentally that they've really become my own now. I have an aunt and uncle who always say that if you make at least three changes to a recipe you can call them Your Famous Waffles. I'm not sure about that, but I'm going to share the recipe that we've settled on, although I will admit to an accidental recipe change even today. This is a very forgiving recipe so don't be afraid to attempt some of your own changes.
On to the waffles!
Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles
3 c. flour
2 c. quick cooking oatmeal
2 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. ground flax seed (Optional, but I love the texture it adds)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
3 c. milk (any kind)
4 Tbsps melted butter
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
4 Tbps. brown sugar
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer directions: Add eggs, milk, butter, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and brown sugar to mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed for about one minute until completely mixed and brown sugar is dissolved. Add flour, oatmeal, baking powder, flax see, cinnamon and salt to liquid. Mix for another minute at speed 2. Scrape down the sides and mix for another 30 seconds. Pour into a hot waffle iron; close lid quickly and open when done.
Regular directions: In a large bowl mix together all of the dry ingredient but the brown sugar. Set aside. In another bowl mix eggs, milk, butter, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and brown sugar with a whisk. Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended. Pour into a hot waffle iron; close lid quickly and open when done.
Makes 8-10 six inch round waffles.
Most of the ingredients
A note on the waffle iron: you can use any type of waffle maker that you want. I found this Belgian waffler at Kohls for $20 last fall after the one that my grandma gave me died. This was their cheapest one, but it got the best reviews. It works really well. Our waffle maker has a light to indicate when the waffles are done, but the old one didn't. I would just leave it for about 2 minutes and then gently lift the lid. If it came up easily then it was done and ready to be removed with a fork. If it didn't lift easily and the waffle started separating then it needed more time.
Top with fruit and whip cream, eat them plain (Joe's favorite), add some syrup, really you can't go wrong. And one final tip for you all, this is a large recipe. You can of course cut the recipe in half quite easily actually, or you can do what we do. Joe will eat 2 and I'll eat one fresh, then we are usually left with 6 or 7. We put these into a plastic storage bag and then freeze them. Joe eats the rest of them all week for breakfast. He takes one out and microwaves it for 20-30 seconds and then he toasts it to make it crispy and fresh tasting.