One year ago today, on National Waffle Day, I found myself scrolling through pages and pages of delicious looking waffles on Instagram. Before I knew it, I was on Amazon ordering a waffle iron so we could make these delicious creations at home!
However, I forgot one very important thing: waffles are not exactly the healthiest fare for a professional athlete. I needed to find a solution that would satisfy my waffle cravings while also meeting Kevin’s relatively strict dietary requirements.
It was a fun mission that involved lots of delicious taste testing! With a little bit of experimentation, Kevin and I decided upon our favorite healthy waffle recipe, and I’m excited to share it with you today in honor of one my favorite days of the year, National Waffle Day.
In case you don’t have a waffle iron yet, here’s what we use. It’s a good one, we love it!
-Fruit Base: 1 Ripe Banana Mashed or ½ Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
-2 Eggs (beaten)
-1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (vanilla flavor or plain)
-2-3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds 
-1 3/4 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
-1 Teaspoon cinnamon
-1 Teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 Cup Flax Meal (also called ground flax) 
-1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds and Chopped Walnuts (optional)
-Coconut Oil 
1. Preheat waffle iron and grease with coconut oil.
2. Whisk together eggs, fruit base, almond milk, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes so the chia can absorb the liquid and expand.
3. Whisk dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, baking powder, flax, and nuts) into the egg mixture and stir until all ingredients are mixed well and smooth.
4. Pour ½ Cup of batter into waffle iron at a time. Cook for about 4 minutes or as indicated by the manufacturer’s instructions. Garnish with your favorite toppings and dig in! Recipe yields about 4-5 large waffles.
-Greek Yogurt or Coyo Coconut Yogurt
-Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Rasberries, Goji)
-Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
-Sprinkled Raw Cocoa
-Nut butter (Almond Butter, Unsweetened Peanut Butter)
-Raw Honey (sparingly)
-100% Maple Syrup (sparingly)
-Vegan Butter (sparingly)
-Coconut Oil (sparingly)
Let me know what you think of our healthy waffles, and what topping variations you like to try! Subscribe to our newsletter below to get updates and suggestions like these that can improve your health and tennis performance.
 Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. With respect to fiber and protein, they are one of the most dense seeds you can consume, which is also linked to their ability to promote weight loss.
 Coconut oil contains triglycerides that are known to increase energy expenditure (aka boosting metabolism and weight loss!), and the amount of healthy cholesterol in our systems. Coconut oil also contains health boosting antioxidants and is said to have both antiviral AND antibacterial properties.