The Best Homemade Waffles to Make & Freeze
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Here’s a quick homemade breakfast idea for busy weekday mornings!
Consider making a batch of the best waffles with this recipe, freezing them, and then quickly popping them in the toaster whenever you’re in the mood for a warm homemade waffle. This is such a smart make-ahead breakfast strategy that actually works perfectly!
Easy breakfast recipes are the BEST kind, and this one is a winner!
Not only are these waffles great tasting, but they are also healthier and less expensive than their store bought counterpart! Plus, it takes just a few simple pantry ingredients you may already have on hand to make delicious waffles.
Hip Tip: Don’t have a waffle iron? Use your favorite pancake recipe instead and freeze! In case you’re in the market for one, I do love my Cuisinart waffle maker as it’s easy to use and makes perfect waffles!
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 25 MINUTES
Make these homemade waffles for special weekend mornings, or freeze and save them for busy weekday breakfast meals.
- 2 cups flour (all-purpose or wheat)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 3/4 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the waffle iron.
Beat the eggs in large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.
Spray the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour the waffle mix onto iron and cook until golden brown - about 5 minutes or so.
Place cooked waffles on cooling racks. Serve warm and add desired toppings. Makes about 7-8 waffles.
Tips For Freezing Waffles:
- I like to double this recipe and freeze waffles flat on a cookie sheet for a couple hours. Then, transfer the waffles to a freezer bag and use parchment paper between each layer to avoid waffles from sticking.
- To remove any excess air in freezer bag, just insert a straw into the freezer bag after filling bag with waffles, close bag around straw, and suck out the air.
- If you have a food saver type of machine, this would be a great way to use it to seal and freeze waffles!
- Waffles should stay good for up to a few months. To reheat, just pop a frozen waffle into the toaster.
Learn how to make pancakes on a sheet pan as a clever breakfast hack!
I love doing this!! I pop them in the toaster and they are exactly like the store bought ones, but a lot healthier and cheaper!
Yes! My family is obsessed with waffles, and the organic ones are pricey, plus these are so much better tasting 🙂
They are too thick compared to store bought Eggos
I’ve been doing this for my kids for years. They taste better than Eggo
Yup. Eggo is the reason I never liked waffles; that’s what I thought waffles tasted like. You don’t even have to separate them with parchment or wax paper as long as you cool them on a cooling rack before freezing. Hmmm. . . . We haven’t had yeasted waffles in a long time. Maybe I should go make batter!
Share your yeast recipe for waffles?
I do this with french toast also, prepare as usual then instead of frying it I cook it on my foreman grill (watch it closely it cooks really fast). Follow Colins instructions with the straw then freeze …….I pop them in the toaster or even in the microwave (toaster IMO is much better)
Oh that’s a great idea!
Oh great idea!
I just started doing this, earlier in the year and it’s great. Saves so much time and the waffles are great after being in freeze. I put waxed paper between waffles and then in ziplock bag.
We have been making extra and sending them for lunches. Sunbutter and jelly is a yummy waffle sandwich for school 🙂
I do this, too! I find they taste even better if you heat up the waffle iron and stick them in again to reheat. No mess but some may want to stick to the toaster since it is quicker. Yummy
I just made pumpkin waffles this week, and froze a batch! Thanks for the tips about using a straw; I didn’t know that.
Oh yum! That sounds awesome.
How long can keep them in freezer?
Up to 3 months.
I love doing this! My kiddos get a homemade yet quick breakfast!
Lina you always have the best recipes and ideas!! Thank you so much
Glad you like! Thanks for reading 🙂
Thanks for the recipe ♡♡♡ We use whole wheat put peanut butter or cream cheese for a quick breakfast.
So if I wanted to add anything to it just do it, like blueberries, chocolate chips?
Yes. I make a variety of pancakes and waffles with mashed bananas, banana walnut, blueberries etc.
I also like to add a few tbsp of ground flax seed and / or wheat germ. I add a little extra milk otherwise the batter gets too thick. ,
I love waffles! thanks collin
Thank you, will have to try this recipe.
Nice recipe and idea. I pinned and added that waffle maker to my wish list.
I bought a waffle iron but I’ve only used it once. The batter kept sticking & it was such a pain to clean. It made me feel kind of dumb, since the machine is supposed to make it kind of idiot proof. Do you need to spray it with oil each time you put new batter in? Any tips for cleaning it more easily? Thanks!
Yes. Spray in between each batch.
Also let it cook for a good 5 minutes. I find mine sticks if I don’t let it cook long enough.
Also, make sure you let it come to full temperature between each batch. Close the lid after you remove the waffles and make sure it’s back up to temp before putting more batter in. If the temp is too low, the waffles stick.
I do this with pancakes also. My kids love them and I know exactly what’s in them.
We always have waffle batter leftover to make two more squares than what we need for breakfast and I freeze those two and keep a bag of frozen extras on hand to eat another morning.
I haven’t done this with waffles (waffle iron broke, hoping for a good deal during Black Friday this year!) but we do this with french toast and I make pancakes small enough to be popped in the toaster too. With pancakes I can make a variety such as regular, blueberry, chocolate chip and the kiddo doesn’t get bored with breakfast as quickly.
I use an ice cream scoop to pour my pancake batter, you get perfect same sized pancakes every time-no fighting on whose is bigger 🙂
What a great idea! I’ve never thought of this so thanks for sharing Lina!
BTW–I love reading your recipes so please keep posting them. I am going to
make and freeze some waffles this weekend!
I have been looking for a good waffle iron. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance.
Lily, Amazon always has a good price on waffle irons.
Here’s my waffle iron! –> https://amzn.to/2LkO2QB
This is the Belgian waffle maker I have. They are a bit thicker than regular ones but not super lofty. I’ve gone through multiple waffle makers. This one has lasted me over a year now. I LOVE it. I don’t even spray the plates and they are still non-stick.
I love this one! Bought at Costco for $30.ales awesome waffles and space saving too.
Mine only cooked 4 mins on Krups today & were REALLY crusty. :/
Also, what do u use to get even fills w/out overflowing?
I tried this for the first time and they just didnt taste right. They don’t taste good at all.
I have found myself weighing most dry ingredients when baking & cooking after I realized what HUGE difference it made. The biggest factor is often flour, which is very tricky, if not impossible, to accurately measure with a measuring cup…it has something to do with how fluffy the flour is. I tested the theory after reading about it, & sure enough, even when I scooped flour in to the measuring cup exactly like you’re supposed to, I still had WAY more flour than the recipe called for (I checked by weighing what I had scooped.) Ever since, I’ve used King Arthur flour’s ingredient weight chart for every recipe I’ve made, & boy what a difference! I love KA flour but even when it was too pricey or sold out, I used their weight chart for the less expensive flour. It works for any brand, & the weight chart covers so many ingredients. A kitchen scale & that chart are my new BFF’s for baking & cooking. What priceless tools! Recipes turn out perfectly 99% of the time. It’s so nice when to have when you’re unsure about something in a recipe.
I freeze my leftover ones. But where did you get your waffle iron? Mine is round. These would freeze nicer and fit in the toaster better
I do this with pancakes, waffles and even French toast. I put them in portion sized bags or containers. It works great. They don’t last very long.
I just made this waffle recipe in a gluten free version. Just replaced the flour with a gluten free all purpose flour mix that I bought at Walmart. Easy peasy. They turned out well too. This recipe is a “keeper”. I will use my food sealer to make individual serving packages to put in the freezer. I did freeze them first before I put them in the sealer bags.
hi! i tried making these on my waffle maker but they came out too thin 🙁 how much batter should i put in each side?
This will depend on your maker, but 3/4 cup is a good guess. Maybe try using a ladle type spoon to do a little at a time in a swirling motion.
I would say this is a great idea for toddlers that are teething and it’s healthy just pull it out the Freezer
Oh great idea!
Our Aldi recently started carrying a high-protein pancake/waffle mix. I made a batch with it a couple of weeks ago (adding chocolate chips, of course). Our 5-year-old granddaughter didn’t notice any difference between the high-protein ones and the ones I used to make. Great way to make waffles a bit more healthy!
I’ll have to try this recipe out for making waffles the day we want to eat them; homemade are so much better than store bought mixes to me. We usually make “Raised Waffles” which are made the night before and left out overnight (covered) to rise as the recipe has yeast in it. It’s our traditional Christmas breakfast (and now when the kids are home to visit.) .
Oh that sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing Tracey!
Use applesauce vs oil and they are even healthier!
Great idea Lindsay
What a great post! I am going to make this weekend. Thank you for all of the great recipes. You all are great!
Thanks so much for stopping by, as we appreciate it so much!
Has this recipe changed? I was making them from your old web site? and they turned out square and fluffy, they were great. Now they won’t spread in the waffle iron and are thick in the middle… any suggestions?
Hey Lee! No, the recipe is the same as it always has been! You may need to add more liquid to thin them out a little or you can use a spatula to move the mix on your own in the waffle iron!
Wow!! These waffles are so delicious! Just made a double batch, we will freeze what is left after taste testing!!
Just found your post, kids were excited to have waffles this morning a d loved them so much I’m making a X4 batch to freeze!!
Oh yay!! So glad and thanks for sharing!
Hi , my family is huge fan of this recipe as they love waffles n even they r not tired of eating these everyday 😃. My sons want me to put a stall for hot fresh waffles in night market . Well I m thinking not a bad idea 🎉🤗
Oh nice! Sounds yummy and glad your family loves them!