Waffles & Pancakes

Why buy frozen waffles when you can make your own fresh ones or freeze them yourself? Plus in addition to these being zero-waste, they are healthier for you too. Here is my favorite easy whole wheat waffle/pancake recipe:


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups milk (cow, almond, oat, or whatever)

1/3 cup vegetable oil


Preheat waffle iron while making the waffle batter.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. 

Add egg, milk, and oil.

Whisk until combined. The batter may be a bit lumpy.

Cook the waffles as directed in the instructions that came with your waffle iron. For my Cuisinart waffle maker I cook until the steam mostly stops and I use an olive oil pump sprayer to oil it as needed.

Yield: 6 round standard 6.5" waffles or 3 round deep-pocket Belgian-style 7" waffles.

I get my whole wheat flour, sugar, and salt in bulk in my own reusable containers from Whole Foods but even from a regular grocery store they are usually packed in paper which is pretty close to zero waste. I use extra virgin olive oil as my main oil for just about everything. My baking powder is aluminum free from a local supermarket. My eggs and milk are usually organic from a local supermarket or a farmers market. I sometimes get organic milk in glass bottles but the bottle is pretty heavy/fragile so I usually get standard milk containers that are easier to transport on my bicycle. Paper egg cartons can be recycled/composted or reused if you get eggs from a farmers market as I sometimes do.

Previously this recipe whisked the egg, milk, and oil in a separate container but I found that adding all into one container worked just fine and reduced the number of containers I needed to wash afterwards.