Blueberry Waffles | www.somethingswanky.com

Blueberries haven’t always been a fruit I’ve liked very much (it’s a texture thing). But lately I’ve been snacking on handfuls of frozen blueberries (gotta eat those antioxidant-rich foods one way or another), and somehow they’ve started to really grow on me.

So I decided to get adventurous and add them to my favorite Belgian waffles!

Blueberry Waffles | www.somethingswanky.com

Initially I set out to make a Lemon Blueberry Waffle, simply by subbing lemon extract for the vanilla and adding a tablespoon or so of fresh lemon zest. Can’t you just imagine how deliciously summery that would taste?? Especially with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream– YUM!

But in the end…. I couldn’t be bothered to dig out my lemon extract or zest a lemon first thing this morning.

Blueberry Waffles | www.somethingswanky.com

Instead, I turned to my trusty, rusty vanilla bean paste (which I keep right on the counter, always within reach).

Now, for those of you who have taste buds, I strongly recommend keeping a bottle of vanilla paste on hand. It just makes everything taste better. You can buy it at World Market, Williams-Sonoma, and other specialty food stores. But I usually buy it on Amazon– quick, easy, and free 2-day shipping with Prime ๐Ÿ™‚

But if you can’t get your hands on some, feel free to simply scrape half of a vanilla bean or even just use a high quality vanilla extract. Those will work just fine as well.

Enjoy!

Blueberry Waffles | www.somethingswanky.com

Vanilla Bean & Blueberry Waffles

Yield: 6-7

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c. AP flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. canola or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla paste
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, corn starch, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Add the wet ingredients and mix: eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla paste.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. (Grease waffle iron before each use) Pour approximately 1/2 cup batter onto the hot waffle iron, and cook for 3:30 minutes, or according to your waffle iron's instructions.

Notes

I always get 7 waffles out of this recipes, but many of my readers who have made my basic Belgian Waffle recipe report that they get 4-5 waffles per recipe.

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