DSC_0074During the holiday season, I love to cook big breakfasts. Christmas morning is spent with our family in new pajamas, opening some gifts and having a nice lazy breakfast together. I typically make one savory egg dish and one sweet dish. My family loves waffles and my son cannot get enough of them.  So I created this breakfast and made it a bit healthier. We indulge often during the holidays so it is nice to know we are enjoying a breakfast but it also has plenty of nutritional value.


These waffles contain Madhava maple cinnamon agave pancake syrup in both the waffles and apple topping. It is an organic all natural sweetener that is delicious. I also used low fat buttermilk and apple sauce to make the waffles light without the extra fat. I like to get in some whole grains when I can so I added some white whole wheat flour to the batter. It’s a way to celebrate a healthier holiday breakfast!


This is an easy meal to make because both the batter and warm apples can be made the night before. I keep the batter and apples in the fridge overnight then the next day the waffles are made and the warm apples are quickly reheated in the microwave. I love keeping the skin on my apples. It adds color and they say the skin is the most healthy part of the fruit.


These apples are spiced up with some pumpkin pie spice and the Madhava syrup is added after they are sautéed. While my family loves these apples on waffles, they are also good on French toast and pancakes. I actually will make a double batch and eat them with a spoon. To me, it is the perfect afternoon snack.

These waffles are moist, light and have the perfect touch of sweetness!  To assemble them, I pile some apples on top of the waffles. If you have a sweet tooth, you can add some extra syrup. Of course at Christmas breakfast, it’s mandatory to add a touch of whipped cream.


Am I making you hungry?  I bet you’d like to make your own healthier holiday recipe, right? Would you like to try some Madhava sweeteners yourself?

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This December, Madhava is giving you a chance to make your holidays a little sweeter with their Healthier Holidays Giveaway. One grand prize winner will receive a Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker and a supply of Madhava products. Visit the contest page to find out how to win.

You can also check out the Madhava website along with their recipe page. They have recipes for everything from drinks, entrees and tasty treats.

I am also also hosting a Madhava giveaway and you can win one “Madhava Mix and Match Package” that includes your choice of any five Madhava products! All you have to do is enter by using the form below. One winner will be chosen and can pick any five products they would like to be shipped to them. To enter, please make sure you are 18 and have a US mailing address. Contest runs through Sunday, December 21st and I will announce the winner on Monday, December 22nd. Good luck!

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Buttermilk Waffles With Warm Spiced Apples plus #Giveaway!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8 servings
Your family will love his healthier holiday breakfast!
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups low fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups of thinly sliced apples
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅓ cup Madhava Maple Cinnamon Agave Pancake Syrup, plus extra for serving
  • whipped cream for garnish
  1. Lightly mix the two flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl.
  2. Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs and applesauce, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until blended.
  4. Preheat a waffle iron. Coat iron with cooking spray. Spoon about ¼ cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron (or appropriate amount depending on your waffle maker) , spreading batter to edges. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.
  5. To make warm apples, melt butter on medium heat in a large non stick skillet. Add apples to the pan and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Cook on low for about 8 minutes or until apples are soft but still hold their shape. Add ⅓ cup syrup and mix well. Heat for another minute or two or until mixture is bubbling.
  6. Serve the waffles with the warm apples and topped with more syrup and whipped cream if desired.

For full disclosure, this post and giveaway was sponsored by Madhava. As usual, all opinions are my own.Thank you Madhava!



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