Adding Strawberry Yogurt to your Waffle batter makes for a whole new kind of Waffle. These Whole Grain Strawberry Yogurt Waffles are so delicious they hardly need a topping.
These Whole Grain Strawberry Yogurt Waffles have been a family favorite for as long as I can remember.
When I was a kid, my mom was home so she did the majority of the cooking. However, there were a few recipes that we considered to be “Dad’s Recipes,” and he alone was in charge of those. Somewhere early on in their marriage, my dad took charge of the waffles and I don’t think I ever saw my mother make a waffle. Waffles were dad’s and he had a lot of fun with them.
He used to try a lot of different waffle recipes and he did a lot of experimenting with flavors and methods. But when he developed a batch of Strawberry Yogurt Waffles, they stuck. Everyone loved them, Dad included, and they were the most requested waffle forever after.
For some reason, I don’t think to make waffles very often anymore. I guess they are still Dad’s recipe in my mind and I eat waffles when I go to his house and he whips them up. But I realized recently that I hadn’t had Dad’s Strawberry Yogurt Waffles in a long time.
Luckily my Dad is the sort of dad who will come over and help me paint my kitchen (and by “help me,” I actually mean he painted the kitchen while I chased my toddler around) and then cheerfully agrees when I ask if we can come over and enjoy a batch of his Strawberry Yogurt Waffles. He taught Ada the secrets to good waffles (separating the egg whites and yolks) while I documented the process. Those Strawberry Yogurt Waffles were every bit as good as I remembered them.
For this batch of waffles, I used strawberry Greek yogurt from Philos Foods. Philos Foods, a really lovely small business Greek yogurt company in Michigan, contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out their yogurt (not a sponsored post, just a taste test and my own opinions). I do love good yogurt and I was intrigued by their claim that they have the yogurt with the least sugar on the market (6 grams less than their competitors, and no stevia!).
I normally buy only plain yogurt or make my own yogurt at home because most all of the commercial flavored yogurt I’ve tried is way too sweet – more sugar than flavor. So, I was curious and excited to receive a batch of Philos yogurt.
The kids and I ate and cooked with every single yogurt Philos sent my way. The verdict: It really is very good yogurt. The plain yogurt has been excellent to cook with and tastes great plain (the kids even agree!). Best of all, the fruit-on-the-bottom Greek yogurts really aren’t too sweet. I can actually taste the fruit and the yogurt and not just sugar like so many other yogurt brands. And when I tasted that strawberry yogurt, not too sweet and full of good, fresh strawberry flavor, I was immediately transported back to the Strawberry Yogurt Waffles of my childhood and I got dad on the phone right away.
The final verdict? Good Yogurt = Good Waffles, and these Strawberry Yogurt Waffles are still my favorite, even after all these years.
These waffles are good with the normal toppings, like syrup or fresh fruit and cream. They are also good with a big dollop of strawberry yogurt! And if you’re like me and you use the leftover waffles as snacks and in the kids’ lunchboxes, strawberry yogurt in the waffle batter is especially good because these waffles taste really good plain – no toppings necessary!
- 1½ cups freshly ground spelt flour
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs, separated
- 2 cups strawberry Greek yogurt
- milk, as needed
- ½ cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil at room temperature, or melted butter)
- Prepare waffle griddle.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks and yogurt together then whisk in the oil. In another small bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer to a thick foam.
- Sift the dry ingredients into the egg yolk/yogurt mixture, stirring only until just combined. A thick batter will produce waffles that are crispier on the outside and moist on the inside, but if the batter is too thick (depending on the thickness of your yogurt) add milk, a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Gently fold in the egg whites.
- Cook your waffles according to your waffle maker's instructions.