Pumpkin Whole Wheat Waffles

It feels a little like a light switch was flipped and we went from summer to fall in the blink of an eye. The mornings and evenings are crisp and cool and everywhere I look the trees and foliage are making their transformation from emerald green to deep hues of red, orange and yellow. I love this time of year.

And because I just can’t resist a good pumpkin recipe in the fall, I had to take a stab at some pumpkin waffles. I’ve bought the Trader Joe’s waffle mix for years, stocking up on a few boxes every fall. And while they’re delicious, my kids were hit and miss in liking them, not to mention I don’t live anywhere close to a Trader Joe’s.

So, with a weekend ahead full of soccer and football, I decided what we needed was a warm, cozy and little bit decadent breakfast to get us through. I’ve made overnight waffles dozens of times and they are literally the easiest way to get delicious, light but crisp waffles. You mix up most of the batter the night before, and really it takes just five minutes. Throw it in the fridge and in the morning, when everyone is ready to eat, mix in the last two ingredients and you’re ready for waffles.

I stirred in pumpkin puree and a few spices and the result was absolutely delicious. Light and fluffy with a hint of pumpkin pie flavor, my entire family gobbled these up.

For a special addition, make honey cinnamon butter to top your waffles. Simply take a softened stick of salted butter. Mix in two tablespoons honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Set that out with some warm maple syrup for a breakfast everyone will beg you to make again and again.

Pumpkin Whole Wheat Waffles

Night Before:

• 1/2 cup warm water

• 1 tablespoon yeast

• 1/2 cup melted butter

• 2 cups milk (2%)

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 2/3 cups pumpkin puree

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

• ½ teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

The Next Day:

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the yeast and water in a large mixing bowl and let stand for a few minutes. Stir to make sure the yeast dissolves. Melt the butter in the microwave. Combine the butter with the milk, pumpkin, salt, vanilla, spices and sugar. Test with your finger to make sure the mixture has cooled to lukewarm, then stir it into the dissolved yeast mixture. Add the flour and stir until a thick, shaggy dough is formed and there is no more visible flour.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and throw it in the refrigerator. The batter will double or triple in bulk as it rises.

The next morning, beat the eggs together and add them to the batter along with the baking soda, stirring until completely combined.

Make the waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions, cooking until the waffles are golden-brown. Serve with cinnamon honey butter and maple syrup. Leftovers can be frozen. Warm them in a toaster oven to reheat.

Friday Favorites

This is kind of a random departure for me, but I thought I would share a few things I’ve been loving and/or using lately. I love these kinds of posts and I feel like my favorite skin care products, clothes and recipes I’ve stumbled across in the last couple years have been from posts like these.

It’s been one of ‘those’ weeks. We had such a fun and busy four day weekend with lots of skiing, a little basketball and even a date night thrown in. But man, once vacation mode ended, it’s been…rough.

Tuesday felt like the Monday that would. not. end. Luke got sick at school and poor kid just feels like garbage. I went on a spring cleaning/house purge which felt really good but now my mudroom is unusable with all the stuff I collected and the thought of getting it loaded up and delivered to Good Will feels like an almost impossible task. On a side note; we’ve barely lived in our house two years, how do I have this much stuff to get rid of? Our very sweet, very OLD dog is declining so quickly these days. The news makes me cry. Oh, and I forgot to set the timer on dinner last night, got distracted (taking care of a sick kid), and somehow managed to undercook AND burn the chicken I was making. How that is even possible is beyond me.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s Friday. You too?

  1. I have notoriously difficult skin; dry, sensitive, acne-prone. It’s kind of the worst. But I took the plunge and started using BeautyCounter products last fall. I have loved everything I’ve tried so far. And this night cream is seriously the best.
  2. I just finished Lilac Girls and Exit West. Very different books, but both immersive and so so good. Jen Hatmaker’s Of Mess and Moxie ended up feeling like I was talking with a friend. By far my favorite book of hers.
  3. I’ve been using FitnessBlender for almost two years now and can’t say enough good things. If you need a home workout, even to just supplement on the weekends or what you do at a gym, this is seriously the best. I’ve bought a few of their series and I have a bunch of workouts saved to my favorites. There’s no pressure to buy anything, you don’t need certain weights or discs or workout shakes or whatever crazy gimmick people so often want to see you. It’s just good, thoughtful, FREE workouts.
  4. Still obsessed with sourdough. I spend way too much time geeking out over the health of my starter and trying to finesse the perfect loaf. If you follow me on Instagram, I often talk about it in my stories. I figure that’s the least annoying place to share all my bread geekiness. And speaking of geekiness. I made sourdough banana dark chocolate muffins this morning. So yummy.
  5. This was really funny. This is too. On a serious note, we’ve had the Olympics on every night at our house and its been so fun to watch with the kids.

Happy Weekend friends. We made it (almost.)