I adore baked goods with apples in them. They give so much flavour without adding too much sweetness.
So when I received a few Pazazz apples (similar to Honeycrisps) from a farm in Nova Scotia, I knew I had to bake something special with them. I thought about muffins, but then I had a brainwave… what if I cook the muffin batter in my waffle iron? I’ve been known to waffle just about anything – fruit filled puff pastry packets and mozzarella poppers, to name just two – so muffins just made sense. The best part? They cook in just 5 minutes! On a rushed morning, that’s a big deal. Another bonus is that these waffles make a great grab-and-go breakfast. I can't wait to try other muffin batters in my waffle iron. Heck, I might even add a scoop of ice cream and serve them up as a fun dessert option.
In a large bowl, combine oats and milk and let stand for 5 minutes to soften oats (this will make them cook faster). After 5 minutes, add beaten eggs, melted butter, vanilla, maple syrup and sugar. Stir to blend well.
Preheat waffle maker.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger; add to oats and milk mixture and stir just until blended. Sprinkle chopped apples over top and stir to blend.
When waffle maker is fully preheated, very lightly grease it with a bit of canola or coconut oil. Spoon batter into the waffle maker (I used about 1/2 cup per waffle for my four-compartment waffle iron so 2 cups in total).
Cook 5 minutes in waffle maker; remove and serve warm or at room temperature. They’re great on their own but even more delicious with a little drizzle of maple syrup. Leftover waffles can be frozen and reheated in the toaster or microwave.
Makes 12 – 16 waffles depending upon your waffle maker.
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