For Breakfast: Waffles and Pancakes

October 30, 2008

I hope you will enjoy this offering of French toast and pancake recipes and ideas. If you’re looking for some lower fat and lower carb recipes, try Strawberry Pancakes and Buttermilk French Toast which I recently developed for a new Weight Watcher Cookbook to be out next year. Also for a twist on ordinary French toast, try French Toast Waffles. These recipes are so fantastic, you can have your pancake and eat it too.


French Toast Waffles

French Toast Waffles from Cooking Light

A waffle maker creates a crisp, brown French toast without a skillet. Just make sure you start with slightly hardened bread so that the toast won’t be soggy. Serve toast with fresh berries, powdered sugar, or maple syrup.


4 servings (serving size: 4 waffles)


  • Cooking spray
  • 1  cup  fat-free milk
  • 1  tablespoon  sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  butter, melted
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2  large eggs
  • 16  (1/2-inch-thick) slices day-old French bread (about 7 ounces)


Coat waffle iron with cooking spray, and preheat.

Combine milk and the next 5 ingredients (milk through eggs), stirring well with a whisk. Place bread in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; pour milk mixture over bread, turning to coat. Let stand 5 minutes.

Place 4 bread slices on hot waffle iron. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until done; repeat the procedure with the remaining bread.

Strawberry Pancakes

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes


11/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup skim milk

1 egg

1 egg white

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

3/4 cup fresh sliced strawberries

Cooking spray

Maple syrup


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients; make a well in center of mixture.

 2. Stir together milk, eggs and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in strawberries.

 3. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or skillet coated with cooking spray. Cook pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles and edges are slightly golden; turn and cook other side. Serve with warm maple syrup. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Buttermilk French Toast

 Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes


4 large egg whites

2 large eggs

1 cup nonfat buttermilk

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

8 slices Challah bread

Cooking spray

Maple or other syrup


 1. Combine eggs and next 4 ingredients in a bowl; beat well with a wire whisk. Dip bread slices in buttermilk mixture.

 2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Arrange half of bread slices in skillet, and cook 2 minutes. Turn bread and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until browned; remove from skillet. Repeat procedure with remaining bread slices. Serve with Maple syrup. Yield: 8 servings 


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