Frugal Meal: Waffles | Journey to SavingNothing beats the sweet scent of waffles being made on a weekend morning.

It was something my family looked forward to on many occasions.

A while ago, in one of my being grateful posts, I mentioned that I had purchased a waffle iron for my dad, as his original favorite died a few years ago. There’s only a few things my dad makes, and waffles happen to be his specialty.

It was pretty much tradition to have waffles after opening presents on Christmas morning, and any other special occasion that happened to fall on the weekend.

Unfortunately, when that one waffle iron died, we couldn’t find a decent replacement that my dad found suitable. He is very particular about his waffles, let me tell you.

When we moved down here and started visiting my parents regularly, I knew something was missing. After a bit of searching on Amazon, I found that they still made his old waffle iron. After confirmation with him, my mom and I purchased it as a Father’s Day present. I’m happy to say almost every visit involves Saturday waffles!

After that post, a few of you expressed interest in the recipe, so I am here to deliver!

Before I go on, I know waffles don’t fit the traditional meaning of a meal, so just go with me on this one =).

Frugal Meal – Waffles

This isn’t a secret family recipe or anything. In fact, it comes straight out of a very old cookbook that my parents have had forever. Really! The pages are yellowed and the pictures are in black and white.

The great thing about this is you’ll have plenty of leftovers depending on the size of your family. We estimate about 5 full 9″ waffles, if your waffle iron is similar to the one in the picture (which is the one my dad uses). I can usually only eat half of what is pictured; they’re pretty filling.

The grids are deeper than the one I have, and I’m sorry to say I haven’t tried this recipe with mine. If I do, I’ll be sure to update this. It might be a good plan for the weekend, considering I won’t be visiting my parents for the rest of the month!


The ingredients are as follows:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • ½ cup cooking oil (we use vegetable)
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon (optional)


1. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on the fastest setting until they peak (meaning if you take the beaters out, it won’t drip). Then, add in the sugar while still beating for another 30-40 seconds. Lastly, add in the vanilla. At this point, the egg whites should be pretty firm.

2. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, milk, cooking oil, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt all at once! Keep beating until slightly lumpy.

3. At this point, if you want to add in cinnamon, do so before folding. 

4. Fold egg whites into the other mixture carefully. This can be done on the lowest speed setting, or you can use a spatula or whisk.

5. Leave a few fluffs of egg white – don’t over-mix.

6. Lightly grease your waffle maker and preheat it.

7. Pour the batter onto the grids of the waffle iron slowly. You don’t need to cover the entire thing as the waffles will expand! You’ll know if you went a little overboard as the mixture will leak out the sides.

8. Let the waffles bake in there fully. How much time it takes might depend on your waffle iron. My dad said once steam stops coming out, they’re ready.

9. Take the waffles out and enjoy!!

Frugal Meal: Waffles | Journey to Saving
Golden brown and fluffy!

To make it a true “meal,” consider having these easy sides with your waffle:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Hash browns
  • Biscuits
  • Grits
  • Fruit

And there you have it, a very simple and quick breakfast. Of course, you can always use this to have “breakfast for dinner,” which is one of my favorite things to do. If you give this recipe a try, be sure to tell me how it went!

A note: My dad prefers the square irons over the belgian ones. He tried this recipe with a belgian waffle iron before, and it didn’t come out quite the same, since the grids are much deeper. This was before he added baking soda to the recipe, though. With that addition, the batter should rise more, resolving the issue. But I can’t guarantee results!

If you’re looking for a waffle iron, I’d suggest the one my dad has faithfully been using for many years: it’s by Black & Decker (affiliate). You can reverse the griddles, too, so you have waffle grids and a flat side! Pretty neat, in case you’re in a pancake or french toast mood.



  1. Connie @ Savvy With Saving September 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Yum I love waffles! I’m hesitant to get another appliance since I have limited counter space but this one doubles as a grill too, awesome!

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I hear you on that. At our last apartment, we didn’t have much space, either. Thankfully we had a cabinet where we could store appliances we didn’t use everyday, but I was still hesitant on adding anything to the bunch!

  2. Alicia September 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Mmm – I wanted pancakes for dinner last night so badly, but I had “real” food in the slow cooker, so I was just craving sweets really. :) Pancakes are kind of the same thing… at least in my mind.

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Haha, I hate when that happens! I respectfully disagree, there is something different about waffles…it’s probably just a texture thing (or the fact that I’m picky), but I’d rather have them over pancakes. Maybe I haven’t found the best pancake, though. Usually they’re a little too heavy/thick for my liking.

  3. Nicola September 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I still haven’t tried waffles! One day I will :) these look good!

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      You should! I made them once using a different recipe I believe, and they turned out fine. If I can make them, I’m sure you can =).

  4. Liz September 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Yum! Now you’ve got me craving waffles : ) I once made waffles with pumpkin in them too- it was more of a sweet breakfast or dessert but they were really good. Perfect for fall : )

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      That’s awesome! For some reason I never got into pumpkin, but that sounds like a great infusion of fall to me!

  5. Ciel Belle September 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I love waffles – i might try this out over the weekend. Thanks for the recipe

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      No problem, let me know if you do!

  6. Aldo @ Million Dollar Ninja September 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Oh yum, I love waffles! I’ve never tried to make my own, but this seems pretty straight forward.

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      It doesn’t normally take my dad very long to make, but then again, he’s been doing it for years. I would say 10-15 minutes at the most to prep everything, but then it’s just a matter of waiting!

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Me too, except I ate the last leftover one yesterday =(. I need to try making them!

  7. Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter September 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Breakfast for dinner is my favorite. We have omelets almost once a week. I probably shouldn’t have read this right before dinner either – now I want a waffle sandwich with a side of hashbrowns and fruit.

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Yes, I love omelets and they are my favorite go-to for a simple and quick “breakfast for dinner!” I believe we had one over the weekend, and I’ll probably have one for lunch tomorrow.

  8. Kassandra @ More Than Just Money September 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I really enjoy both pancakes and waffles and could eat them at every meal if I didn’t care about gaining weight lol. Thanks for sharing this recipe and I have the page bookmarked!

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Anything with maple syrup gets me. I love french toast, waffles, and pancakes. It’s so bad!

  9. Cat @ Budget & the Bees September 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I actually just discovered that we have a waffle maker from our wedding that we forgot we had. Of course, we’re trying to be healthy-ish right now however I love breakfast for dinner so maybe this would fly just once next month. ;)

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Waffles are something I really can’t say no to. I think it’s too much of a coincidence you just found a waffle maker, too! If you only have 2 pieces it’s really not that bad, is it? =) Even R can barely eat 4, and he’s a garbage disposal!

  10. Kara September 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I love waffles! I think I know what we’re having for Sunday breakfast! :-) Lately I’ve been making and freezing pancakes; I should do the same with waffles.

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Yay for waffle Sunday! They freeze surprisingly well. I find that letting them defrost a little really helps them become more fluffy than crisp afterward.

  11. debs @ debt debs September 12, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    I do love waffles but don’t know if I could justify having something else in my cupboards when I’m trying to declutter. Of course I love pancakes and French toast too!

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      French toast is great! And I hear you on the decluttering. Our waffle maker (inherited from my parents) has mostly been sitting there unused. I think I’ve inspired myself to make them tomorrow =).

  12. Kirsten September 12, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Mnmmmm. I love waffles! Funny how some things from our childhood stick out. My mom used to make pancakes every Saturday and it’s a tradition I hope to
    Implement by the time the baby is old enough to eat them :-)

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Aw, my mom’s specialty is french toast. It’s sounds silly as it’s super easy to make, but I actually prefer hers to those in restaurants. That still continues to be a bi-monthly request from me!

  13. Done by Forty September 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Those look perfect! Way to get them all the way to the edges. I’ve never been a big pancake/waffle guy, but my wife loves them. Maybe I’ll buy us a waffle maker for her birthday, and surprise her with a waffle breakfast. :)

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      That’s a cute idea! My dad has really perfected the art of spreading the batter. If my mom does it, the batter always leaks out the sides =). The key is to focus more on the center and not the edges. The batter will get there!

  14. Shannon @ Financially Blonde September 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I LOVE waffles!! 12 years ago, we registered for a waffle maker for our wedding and we kind of laughed about how we would never use it, but then hubby got really good at making waffles and next thing we knew, we were having waffles almost once a week on Saturdays.

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      That’s awesome and too funny that we basically have the same tradition! Now R just has to learn how to make them and we’re set (omelettes are my thing).

  15. Kipp September 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    That waffle maker looks alot like mine and waffles are tasty! I just dislike cleaning the waffle maker afterwards, it should have been better designed where the plate could be removed.

    I actually like mine lighter, not dark or golden brown. I think the recipe I use is very similar to what you have, I have to double check though when I am home.

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      The waffle maker my dad has actually has removable plates. I’m pretty sure he puts them in the dishwasher, or cleans them separately. We do have that problem with our Foreman grill, though.

      I don’t mind lighter waffles, either. My dad was joking that it depends on the weather with how long the waffles stay in, and how much a batch makes, so sometimes they come out differently. I don’t like mine too crispy. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Grayson @ Debt Roundup September 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I love waffles and so does my son. He is hooked on those and always asks for them every morning. Unfortunately, I can’ t make them from scratch everyday!

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      They were definitely more of a weekend staple in our house, especially as my dad worked somewhat long hours. If you make them on a weekend and double the batch, then freeze them, you’ll probably have enough to last all week!

  17. Tonya@Budget and the Beach September 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I wish your family would adopt me. Do they need a 43-year-old adopted child? :) BTW I’m starving now…so thanks! :)

    1. Erin M. September 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Haha, why not? I always wanted a sibling! You’d just have to come all the way over to the east coast :P. If I could send you virtual waffles, I would.

  18. lyle @ the Joy of Simple September 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Hey Erin and thanks for a delicious post :)

    I enjoy waffles and while I usually buy the frozen variety, these – your dads – look amazing! Probably better tasting as well.

    Thanks again and take care. All the best.


    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I can certainly attest to the fact that these taste way better than the frozen variety. I used to have Eggo waffles (for when my dad didn’t feel like making his), but they don’t turn out as fluffy in the toaster oven. They taste a little blander, too.

  19. Syed September 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Waffles are the best. I love eating them and making them. A good waffle iron can make you seem like the Iron Chef.

    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Glad to see there is someone else that agrees with my dad on the waffle iron front! I have to admit, they never turned out right on any of the others we tried.

  20. No More Waffles September 13, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Erin, seriously, I told you no more waffles!

    The disappointment is real… :)

    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Haha, waffles will rule, there is no stopping them, sorry!

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  22. jefferson September 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Waffles are delicious. I love the way they smell and kind of melt in your mouth.

    My 13 year old tells me that the (junky) waffles that you find in continental hotel breakfasts are his holy grail. It’s hilarious..

    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Ha! Yeah, I don’t enjoy those, either. There’s just something about homemade waffles that can’t be replicated at diners or hotels!

  23. Tawcan September 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Great recipe, I love waffles. We sometimes make waffles for special weekend breakfast. :)

    1. Erin M. September 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      “Special weekend breakfast” sums waffles up nicely for me!

  24. Practical Cents September 14, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Though I don’t have a waffle maker. I’ll have to buy one. Thanks for providing the link to the one your father uses.

    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      No problem! If you’re a big waffle lover it’s worth it to invest in a decent waffle maker. I have to say that the price dropped a bit after I purchased his, so I’d recommend keeping tabs on it just in case.

    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Great! I made them tonight in my little waffle maker, and they came out fine, so hopefully it works for everyone.

  25. Andrew @ Budgetopolis September 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    My wife, R, makes pancakes every Sunday morning before church. We never know what she is going to put in them. This past week, she made chocolate chip pancakes! :)

    We have a waffle maker, but don’t use it often because it only makes one at a time, so feeding the family takes some time. Sunday morning is rushed enough as it is. However, I have noticed that waffles are SO much more filling. I don’t know why, but while I can eat 5-6 pancakes, I can usually only eat 2 waffles.

    1. Erin M. September 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Oh that’s so neat that there’s an element of surprise there. I’d like to try and experiment with waffles.

      That is a pain. Mine can only make 2, so it’s definitely not as efficient. I eat like a bird, so waffles and pancakes are both very filling to me. The other night when I made them, R had 6, meanwhile I could barely finish 2.