Lemon poppy waffle

Healthy Lemon Poppy Waffle Recipe

 By Rob Poulos On August 2, 2012

When it comes to breakfast most of us are either pancake people
or waffle people. The problem for both types of people is that
traditional pancakes and waffles don’t do much to help you lose
weight…until now. The truth is that the best way to maintain your
fat loss efforts and enjoy breakfast is to experiment with different
waffle recipes until you find one that meets all of your weight
and taste criteria.

One trick that I use when creating healthy versions of less than healthy dishes like waffles is to find a way to minimize or eliminate my need for sugary add-ons like syrup. This lemon and poppy seed waffle recipe has flavor cooked right into the waffle so syrup is pretty much unnecessary. If you do need to add something sweet, consider fresh berries.


  • 2 cups healthy baking mix (such as Buckwheat & Flax from The Pure Pantry)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest


  1. Combine eggs, oil and baking mix into large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in club soda, vanilla and lemon zest & juice.
  3. Fold poppy seeds into batter.
  4. Preheat waffle iron and add non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Pour batter into waffle iron until covered and cook according to instructions.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 182

Servings: 12

Serving Size: 1 waffle

Protein: 2.7 g

Fat: 13.2 g

Carbs: 12.9 g


Change It Up

Waffles can be quite easily changed up to fit whatever mood you’re in. If you’re looking for a sugar fix or you feel like something savory, it’s completely possible with just a little bit of imagination and a semi-full fridge. If you’re already tired of current golden buttery waffle recipes, consider these tips to make your mornings more interesting!

  • Add 1 cup of strawberries, raspberries, blue or blackberries to the batter.
  • Add cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter.
  • Replace the lemon zest and juice with orange for more flavor.
  • Add garlic and rosemary for a savory breakfast waffle.
  • Add some lean turkey sausage to the waffle batter for more protein.
  • Experiment with rum or almond extract.
  • Use extra virgin organic coconut oil instead of olive oil for a fruity flavor.

As you can see there are so many different ways to make healthier waffles that you might be tempted to try them all out in one week. Just remember that even these healthier waffles are not something that should be eaten daily, as a breakfast with more protein, healthy fats and nutrients and less sugar should be your morning staple.

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