Granny Smith Apple “Journey Waffles” Recipe

apple wafflesThese Granny Smith Apple Waffles are one of the solutions I came up with to get my daughter (Little Foodie) to eat at school.  She is one incredibly fussy little character, and getting her to eat at school has been an on-going battle all year.  She would refuse to eat more than a couple nibbles of anything at school, then come home and go through my kitchen like voracious raccoon.

Another ongoing issue with Little Foodie has been getting enough protein into her.  She will on rare occasion eat a little grilled meat or chicken, and likes peanut butter, but rejects most foods which are good sources of protein.   Sending a bottled nutritional shake in her backpack each day worked for awhile.  She would drink it, and nibble on a little peanut butter or carrots… not ideal, but it was something and the drinks had a good amount of protein.  About 2 weeks ago, she started refusing the nutritional drinks.

Little Foodie likes homemade waffles, and here in Rhode Island “Johnny Cakes” (aka journey cakes), are a well known though seldom actually eaten tradition.  I figured why not fortify some waffles, for my little one’s journey.  Earlier in the week I made her a batch of peanut butter waffles, which she ate with gusto.  This time I diced apple, sweetened it with raw cane sugar and added to a waffle batter made with protein drink.  The sugar in these Granny Smith Apple Waffles makes them mildly sweet, about equivalent to the in sweetness to most fruit, and making the waffles travel friendly, as syrup isn’t needed (my daughter won’t do syrup anyway).

She has eaten both versions of the waffles, so they will be going into a rotation with bean crackers, granola bars, carrots, raw sweet potato and various fruits.  My kid eats like a little hippie.

Granny Smith Apple "Journey Waffles" Recipe
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  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk (or nutritional drink)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbs melted butter
  1. Peel & core the apple. Dice small, then stir in sugar, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron.
  3. Beat the milk (or nutritional drink) and vanilla into the egg.
  4. Mix in the flours and baking soda. Once batter is smooth add the apples and melted butter. Stir until evenly mixed.
  5. Bake in waffle maker according to manufacturer directions, and personal doneness preference.



    • Robin Gagnon says

      Great minds think alike 😉

  1. says

    Wow love this! Hubby and I love apple cinnamon pancakes but never tried waffles! :)

  2. Jenn says

    I love how creative you are in making delicious foods that give little one the nutrients she needs!

  3. says

    I hate pancakes, but I love waffles and these look delicious!

  4. says

    Absolutely awesome idea! I struggle so much, like you, with my oldest eating and at school is the worst. But she’s a sucker for all things waffles. I’m pinning your recipe now. Since school is almost out, I’ll give it a go this summer and hope for the best next year. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. says

    I don’t think my kids would be big fans of these but my husband and I sure would :)

  6. Amy says

    These look great. Do you think they’d freeze well, to reheat quickly store bought waffles?

    • Robin Gagnon says

      I am pretty sure they would be just fine. I’ve frozen some of my other homemade waffles reheated right in the toaster just fine. My daughter actually likes them better from the toaster since they are crisper.

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