Whole Grain Waffles with Baked in Fruit

Whole Grain Waffles with Baked-in Fruit

Though I am the queen of the sweet tooth, when it comes to breakfast I am not a fan of maple syrup dripping pancakes and waffles. I need something more wholesome and sustaining (all that sugar makes me hungry by 11am- am I alone in this??). These nutty whole grain waffles have just a hint of sweetness, tons of fiber, and who doesn’t love the taste of roasted caramelized fruits? All that goodness can keep me going for a good long time.

Like a lot of us I am up and out the door to exercise in the morning. My appetite doesn’t really kick in until I am well into my workout, and often by then feeling faded and struggling to ramp up. So my game plan is to have foods in the fridge or freezer that I can grab and eat between home and the gym, or tennis court. And that is the beauty of these waffles. Either made full sized and divided, or hand sized minis, I can be toasting them as I suit up, and grab them in a napkin as I head out the door to my workout.

Whole Grain Waffles- A Stack of Dishes

Whole Grain Waffles with Grated Apple- A Stack of Dishes

Whole Grain waffles- A Stack of Dishes

When I set to making whole grain waffles I usually make at least a double batch. In this case I did just that, and created several different versions using different fruits and nuts I had in the kitchen. The batter is made with coconut oil, which gives it a beautiful scent to begin with, but grated and sliced apples made their way in, along with blueberries, walnuts, pear slices, coconut, poppy seeds and lemon zest. It was great fun! And always a moment of surprise and delight when I lifted the waffle iron top. [Read more…]

Getting My Irish Up! Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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Oh the magic that is St Patrick’s Day! For me as a young adult it meant standing out in a miserably rainy and cold afternoon watching a parade of kilt wearers while bathed in the warmth and glow of Irish Whiskey. There is nothing like frozen toes while your cheeks blaze with an alcoholic glow. This experience, for an Irishman, is a quintessential metaphor for how life is lived. So much fun, while pretty much hitting yourself over the head with a hammer. Celebration and Struggle. Gotta love it.

The Watson Clan harkens back to Galway. I had always believed as a child that I had some Welsh and English blood in me, but it turns out that we are all a bunch of Irishmen.


In honor of my heritage I decided to bake up a batch of Irish Soda Bread- which like too many things- turns out to be more of an American invention rather than something my rosy cheeked Great Grandmother would have made.

The fact that most Irishman were of limited resources (that being pretty much what they raised or grew themselves), meant that fancy things such as raisins, or caraway seeds were not readily available in the pantry. But I say Pishaw! to all that- If you’re going to bend rules it can be for dried fruits- Green beer on the other hand is harder to swallow (pun most definitely intended).


As I was removing the loaf from the oven, my 18 year old Texas raised nephew, Justin, walked into the kitchen. Always curious and eager to learn, he asked me what it was that I had made. Never having heard of Irish Soda Bread,  it turned out to be a challenge to describe. Here’s what I came up with: [Read more…]

Rosemary and Corn Kernel Quick Bread

Rosemary Cornbread~ A stack of DishesI’ve been thinking about making some kind of Corn Quick bread for a couple of weeks now. I wanted something to eat for breakfast as I run out the door, but not anything sweet. I was thinking about something earthy and toothsome, and light on the tummy would be good too.

I am a so-so fan of cornbread really. Mostly I find it dry. Not a bad thing when pairing it with a soup or stew, but as a breakfast treat, eh… This recipe is quite the opposite. It’s moist and light, and the corn adds a some natural sweetness and chew. The rosemary is a bit of a surprise. To be honest, I started out thinking about cheese and jalapeños, or peppers and feta, something along those lines. The rosemary was  a last-minute inspiration, largely due to the fact that a bunch of it was sitting in my fruit bowl for no good reason. The combination is fantastic! A happy chance.

I also did something different with this batch. Like a good Southern wife, I pre-heated the pan in the hot oven before filling it. I think this really made a difference too as the cornbread gets good heat from all sides. No extra work either. I just placed the pan in the oven as it was heating and pulled it out when I needed it. I’m sold.

cornbread Slices~ A stack of Dishes

Rosemary and Corn Kernel Quickbread
A moist and tender bread that gets some natural sweetness and chew from corn kernels.
205 calories
31 g
50 g
6 g
7 g
1 g
128 g
301 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205
Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 301mg
Total Carbohydrates 31g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3/4 cup cornmeal
  2. 3/4 cup AP flour
  3. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 large eggs, beaten
  7. 1 1/2 cup lowfat cultured buttermilk
  8. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  9. 2 cups corn
  10. 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  1. Preheat oven to 425˚ and place an 8x8" pan (or 6x9" like the one I used) in the oven to preheat too.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, corn and rosemary and stir until just mixed. Do not over mix.
  4. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and coat with cooking spray. Pour in the batter and place into the oven until a toothpick comes out of the center cleanly. About 30 minutes.
  1. Try not to eat it all at once- and as good as this is as a breakfast treat- it would go equally as well with a bowl of chicken soup too.
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