Whole Wheat Yeast Waffles

Golden brown waffles, crispy on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside. A whole wheat yeast batter made the night before, so in the morning you’re enjoying delicious fresh, hot waffles in minutes.

I bought an awesome new double Belgian waffle maker recently.  I was surprised to see that the classic Belgian Waffle recipe in the manual contained yeast. I’d seen yeasted waffle recipes before, but had never tried them. That recipe was a little more work than I wanted to do, so I sent out a tweet asking for a great yeasted waffle recipe.

Red Star Yeast tweeted me a link to their Crispy Yeast Waffle recipe. I couldn’t think of a better source for a yeasted waffle recipe than Red Star Yeast and knew it would be great.

Of course, I had to tweak the recipe a bit. I used whole wheat flour for extra nutrition, brown sugar, vanilla and butter for flavor, and oil for the crispness. I also made a batch and a half so I would have plenty to feed my crowd.

This waffle is fantastic. I was worried that it would have a strong yeast taste, but I couldn’t taste the yeast. My son said they were better than my Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles which is a great waffle and was our favorite.

In the morning after sitting in the refrigerator overnight, your batter will be bubbly and your waffles will bake up crispy, but light and fluffy. In fact they baked up so fluffy I had to use less batter than with my traditional recipe. I will definitely make these waffles again. You should too.

Whole Wheat Yeast Waffles

Yield: 12 belgian waffles

Whole Wheat Yeast Waffles


  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) yeast*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In large mixing bowl, combine flours, yeast, and salt.

In medium saucepan or large microwave safe bowl, combine melted butter, oil, brown sugar and milk. Heat to 120º to 130º.

Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and blend on low speed until combine. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed.

Cover bowl; refrigerate batter several hours or overnight.


*Red Star recommends active dry yeast and not instant yeast, but I used instant yeast with no problem.


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  1. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Very excited to try these tomorrow, my husband eats whole wheat waffles for breakfast almost every morning and these sound lovely! For all the commenters who mentioned wanting waffles on weekdays. You can easily freeze waffles and reheat in the toaster. There is no big secret that eggo has that makes their work you can totally do it yourself and can use healthier ingredients like the ones here:) one tip, don’t let the waffles brown too much, either turn down the heat setting or take them out a touch early so they don’t get too dark when you toast them later. Also, when freezing we cool them completely on wire racks before putting the waffles in gallon zip locks when sealing the bags you can use a straw to suck out any excess air.

  2. says

    I have been thinking about this recipe all this time, ever since it was published, and this weekend it was finally pancake time for me, and I tried it. I don’t have a waffle maker, so I had to make pancakes. They turned out perfect. I made them both on Saturday and Sunday. I am sure the waffles would be even better, must be so crispy on the outside, but I am not ready for another appliance in the kitchen now :-). I hope you had a nice weekend, Barbara! Thanks for the recipe :-)

  3. says

    i have never had waffles with yeast but yours have turned out so nice and poofy that i want to give this a shot. i love that you used whole wheat… it’s great to start the day off healthy :)

  4. says

    i don’t know that i’ve ever had a pancake or waffle made with yeast, but it sounds wonderful! and i LOVE waking up in the morning with breakfast practically ready.

  5. Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me says

    Oooh I’d love to treat myself to a waffle maker those waffle’s of yours look yummy :)

  6. says

    Adore the idea of prepping the batter the night before. We’re big on waffles for a weekend breakfast but I have not tried yeast for the leavening. And your addition of brown sugar, whole grain flour and vanilla is enticing! Thanks for the scrumptious recipe, can’t wait for the weekend!

  7. says

    This is a perfect looking waffle. I have all these ingredients but I don’t have an waffle maker! :( I still can’t believe I don’t own one by now. I’ll check into the one you bought. Do you like it? I would love to get some feedback from you.

    • says

      Thanks Amy – I love this waffle iron. I’ve only used it twice now, but it really does seem like the perfect waffle maker. Love that you can make two at a time, the deep Belgian style, cooks them quickly and golden brown, has a timer that beeps when they’re done and the waffles didn’t stick. I read the reviews before I bought it and others loved it too. Christmas isn’t too far away!

  8. says

    Barbara..I’m coming over for breakfast tomorrow..so worth the price of a flight if you make these! They look terrific. I’ve never made waffles or pancakes with whole wheat flour, or yeast for that matter..but it’s high time I tried!

  9. says

    Barbara – I love how simple these are to toss together. I’m going to put my focus on how to have them for dinner – I have a favorite chicken in mustard cream sauce that usually goes over pasta I bet would be a knock out on these.

  10. says

    Oh yum! My father makes overnight yeasted Belgian waffles, and they were always a treat, but he’s never made whole wheat. I definitely prefer the sound of these! I need a waffle iron. They sound fantastic!

  11. says

    I’ve never made yeast waffles before but I’m sure they boost the average waffle especially in texture! One day I’ll have a bigger family where we can wake up a make a big batch of waffles!!

  12. says

    Delicious! A breakfast fit for a king or queen.

    I have a waffle maker that I’ve used only once… Shame on me! I really have to make that treat more often.



  13. says

    We have a waffle maker that has hardly been used and I’ve been dying to try a yeast recipe. Love Red Star Yeast recipes and these waffles look fantastic! Dinner!