Homemade Waffles for Brinner

If you’re not a morning person, you’re not eating the right stuff for breakfast.

Seriously: who would rather lay in bed than eat a muffin? Not me. Who would hit the snooze button six times rather than indulge in a breakfast burrito, or some hot oatmeal, or even just a bowl of Honey Bunches? Not me.  Who would say, “No thanks, Mom, I’ll pass on the French toast because I need another hour of beauty sleep.”

NO ONE.

Everyone know that breakfast is good for you. It fuels your brain, it fuels your body, blah blah blah. I mean, all of that is true. Eating a morning meal boosts your metabolism, gives you more energy, and helps you focus (plus it prevents those awful 10:00 stomach rumblings that make everyone wonder why you’re hiding a tiny, scared whale in your bag. Just kidding, it’s your hungry tummy).But the point is that breakfast food is delicious, and that’s worth getting up in the morning.

The best time to eat breakfast food, though, is not at breakfastIt’s crazy. It’s like bending the rules of time. It’s called brinner. Breakfast+Dinner=Brinner, and it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Last night, we had brinner. Cass and I love brinner. I decided I was going to make homemade waffles, all by myself, for the very first time, and it was so simple! Some people get easily intimidated by the word “homemade”; I think we all have gotten so used to frozen foods and carry-out that we’ve forgotten some of the things that we buy are so easy to make ourselves. Sure, buying a box mix of anything is easier than making it, (and I’m guilty of that, too!) but is it really saving you anything besides time? No! Buying boxed mixes is way more expensive than making anything homemade. A box of waffle mix can range anywhere from $2 to $4; but if you bake anything on a semi-regular basis, all of the ingredients that make waffles are probably already in your kitchen. So, when you are using only a fraction of something, like flour, that you’ve already purchased for $3, it reduces the price of that ingredient to just a few cents. Altogether, homemaking waffles costs about a dollar, and you have complete control over what’s in it. No additives, no preservatives. Just waffles.

So, in order to make this delicious brinner dish, you need:

  • 1  and 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 TBL baking powder
  • 1/4 TSP salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

All you have to do is stir. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) in a bowl. Combine the wet ingredients (eggs, milk, and oil) in a separate bowl. Pour the wet bowl into the dry bowl, and stir everything together until it’s all combined. Done! It’s seriously that easy.

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Make sure the eggs are beaten up completely and that there aren’t any chunks of flour before cooking your waffles.

We got a Belgian waffle maker as a bridal shower gift, and it’s awesome. It’s non-stick, so you don’t have to grease it before you pour the batter on. Load up the waffle maker (pour maybe a half cup of mix, depending on how big you want them to be) and let it cook for a couple of minutes; it’s okay to peek and see how they’re doing! Cass cooked up some bacon to complete our brinner meal. Our pup, Max, couldn’t stay out of the kitchen; it smelled SO good.

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This is Max’s, “Please give me bacon and I promise I’ll be good” face. It didn’t work out for him.

You can’t eat a good waffle without maple syrup! Cass always puts some peanut butter on his, and I decorated mine with blueberries. What’s your favorite waffle topping?

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