I'm so excited to share this Corn Chex waffles recipe today. It actually came about accidentally. I improvise with ingredients when I don't have everything on hand, especially in the middle of winter when it is difficult to jump in the car and head to the grocery store. In this case, I was trying to make cornmeal waffles to pair with some homemade chili. I searched through my cupboard and found that I only had a little bit of cornmeal left.
I was determined to make the waffles to pair with the chili that was already made. I didn't relish the idea of bundling up, driving to the store and picking up more corn meal.
Then I got the idea to crush up Corn Chex to add to the mix. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I was in a pinch. You know what, it turned out great! My kids love the extra flavor and somehow adding the cereal gave the waffles more moisture. No one wants to eat a dried out waffle. Using my Belgian waffle maker gave them the perfect, light and fluffy texture.
And oh do they smell divine when they are cooking up! The kids kept coming into the kitchen saying, "what's that smell?" They were all so excited to dig in at dinner time. The kind of ahhh moment that my mother heart lives for!
I ate mine as planned with the chili on top, but my kids wanted to eat theirs on the side with all the waffle fixings-in this case blueberries and real maple syrup. Both ways tasted great to me!
These Corn Chex waffles taste great as leftovers. You can heat them up in the microwave or toast them for a crispy texture. My 6 year old thought they tasted great plain. With whole grains and minimal sugar it makes a nutritious base for chili or can be eaten with a drizzle of real maple syrup. Yum.
First you will gather all the ingredients (eggs not pictured) for the Corn Chex waffles.
Measure the cereal and dump them into a baggie to crush up. My kids really like to help with this part. I use a heaping cup of the cereal so that it measures about 3/4 c when it's crushed up. No need to make it super fine, the first time I made it I just crushed them up with my hands. Now I let the kids get a can or bottle to crush the cereal up.
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Now it's time to dump all the wet ingredients in. You can just pour them over the top (if your in a pinch) or give them a quick stir together before adding to the dry ingredients.
And enjoy the fruits of your labor. Look at all that golden deliciousness. My mouth is watering as I type this, and I already ate some of these waffles for breakfast.
I topped my Corn Chex waffle with blueberries and maple syrup to add sweetness since the batter doesn't have a lot of sugar in it. So tasty.
Corn Chex Waffles Recipe
1 3/4 c white whole wheat flour (I like to measure with a light hand. More details in notes.)
1/2 c cornmeal
3/4 c crushed up corn chex (a heaping cup of cereal before it's crushed)
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 c milk
3 tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
1. Measure the dry ingredients and place in your mixing bowl. Stir all the dry ingredients together.
2. Add the liquid ingredients. I like to measure the milk in a liquid cup then add the vanilla, eggs and oil. Give those ingredients a quick stir.
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated. Don't over mix though!
4. Pour into the heated waffle iron and wait (impatiently in my case) for the waffles to finish cooking.
5. Take a deep breath and enjoy the wonderful aroma that is wafting around your kitchen. Serve as the base for chili or eat them with any waffle toppings your heart can imagine. Since the waffle base doesn't have a lot of sugar, I like to have sweet topping to balance it out.
Note: When measuring flour for quick batters, muffins, cookies etc. I try to use a very light hand when measuring. I don't own a scale, so I can't give you exact measurements. It's easy for the four to get packed in and make the batter too dense, especially when cooking with wheat flour. I will tell you my method to avoid that. For this recipe I am measuring 1 3/4 c flour. To avoid that happening I measure the one cup first and measure slightly under the 1 cup mark. Then I measure the 3/4 c exact. I hope this tip helps if you find that your batters are too heavy when you cook with wheat flour.
If you make these waffles be sure to post a picture on Instagram #peachtreedr. Our family loves waffles and these Corn Chex waffles are nutritious, delicious and easy to make. You can also let me know what you think in the comments below.
If you like these whole grain Corn Chex waffles, you might also like my original whole grain waffles.