We have a little bit of an obsession with waffles in our house. I have one kid who is very particular about what he eats. Breakfast can be tough since he doesn't like eggs, oatmeal or most cold cereal. But, he loves waffles. So, we tend to have waffles at least once or twice a week. I could never eat just waffles or pancakes and syrup for breakfast without feeling kind of crummy for the rest of the day. It was always too much sugar first thing in the morning. When my kids were little, I started putting peanut butter on their waffles (then it was frozen waffles) to give them a little boost of protein.
A little while ago, I came across a recipe in Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine for peanut butter waffles. I thought that was brilliant! I'd never thought about mixing the peanut butter into the waffle batter. We tried that recipe first and it was delicious but not quite peanut-buttery enough for us. I started to tweak our standard waffle recipe with added peanut butter. It was super yummy. One day we were out of maple syrup, so the kids used strawberry jam and PB & J waffles were born.
PB & J Waffles
2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Milk
1/4 cup Oil
2 large Eggs
2 large Eggs
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Whisk together Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar and Salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together Milk, Oil, Eggs, Peanut Butter and Vanilla. This will take a couple of minutes to get the peanut butter completely incorporated. It will still be in tiny clumps. That's ok. Just make sure it's mixed evenly throughout.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Spoon into a heated and lightly greased waffle maker. My waffle maker uses about 1/3 cup of batter per waffle and I ended up with 12 waffles with this recipe.
3/4 cup Strawberry Jam
1-2 Tablespoons Water
Mix together Jam and Water. Heat either on the stove or in microwave for 1 minute. Stir and serve.
These waffles also taste great with maple syrup or bananas and a drizzle of honey!