Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

A whole wheat waffle that is light and fluffy inside and crispy, golden brown outside. They’re easy to whip up with ingredients I always have on hand.

We eat waffles or pancakes every weekend and a few years ago I decided I needed to start using whole wheat flour to bump up the nutrition we were getting at breakfast. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I tried were healthy, but not the fluffy, delicious waffles my family was use to eating.

Then I stumbled on a recipe that folds in whipped egg whites to the batter. It not only helps lighten the batter, but also creates a crispy golden waffle. I’ve tweaked the recipe over the years so it’s easier and use my immersion blender to whip the egg whites and then whisk the batter together. I use whole wheat pastry flour, but you could use a mix of all purpose flour and regular whole wheat flour.

I served these waffles with a luscious Peach Freezer Jam my neighbor gave me for Christmas. Made with tree-ripened, juicy peaches from the tree in her yard it was a sweet taste of summer on a cold winter’s morning. Thanks Darlene!

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

Yield: about 18 waffles

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten


Preheat waffle maker.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk, oil and egg yolks. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in beaten egg whites. Let rest 10 minutes.

Bake waffles as recommend in your waffle maker until golden brown.

Waffle recipes I’d like to try:

Carrot Cake Waffles, Willow Bird Baking
Banana Walnut Waffles, Joy The Baker
Cinnamon Roll Waffles, Recipe Girl
Sour Cream Waffles, Vintage Mixer

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  1. JoEllen says

    Delicious! I used 100% whole wheat flour and because of the whipped egg whites they were light and fluffy. I especially love no sugar. This will be my “go to” waffle recipe for sure.

  2. Becca says

    I finally got a waffle maker for Christmas & have been waiting to find a GOOD recipe for waffles, I was disappointed w/the results of a white whole wheat recipe I tried & even a traditional enriched flour mix. These are the BEST waffles I’ve made, not just the best whole wheat ones, thank you so much! Perfectly crisp on the outside & soft on the inside, the texture I’ve been missing. My 2 year old dtr & I ate 2 this AM w/some pure maple syrup & froze the rest. I used coconut oil (which was kind of tricky keeping it in liquid for to mix) and added vanilla & a touch of honey & stevia, but next time I think I would just leave the sweetener out, the coconut oil seems to add some sweetness as well. Thanks so much for sharing this, won’t use another recipe after trying these!!

  3. Erin says

    I really enjoyed the waffles! I made them exactly as the recipe explained, but added a couple extras and it made the waffles extra wonderful! I added 3 tbls. of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract, and a couple dashes of cinnamon. I would recommend this recipe to anyone!

  4. Keely says

    I just wanted to let you know that this is the best whole wheat waffle recipe. I have made this one twice and it comes out perfect. I like to use 100% whole wheat but often the result is very dense. The trick about the egg whites makes all the difference.

    I have had difficulty finding whole wheat pastry flour. I just used regular king arthurs whole wheat. Does using the pastry flour make much a difference?

    • says

      Thanks Keely for taking the time to let me know you love the recipe! Whole wheat pastry flour is finer than regular whole wheat flour so it’s easier to substitute in recipes calling for all purpose flour and baked goods bake up a little bit lighter. But in a waffle recipe it isn’t a huge difference. Great question – thanks!

  5. Taylor says

    Hey Barbara These waffles look awesome. If i were to use buttermilk instead of milk would the other ingredients need to be adjusted? or is it a simple switch? Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to eating them either way.

  6. Stephanie says

    Awesome waffle recipe! It is the first whole wheat pancake recipe my pickey 4 yo will eat (just had to add a few choco chips). I can finally stop spending a fortune on Vans Organic Waffles! Thanks for the fab recipe and the cash back in my wallet!
    My 18mo old says Yumny Tumney! lol