Whole Grain Waffles

Everything was going great. The baby was in blissful slumber and my son and I were in the kitchen getting all the ingredients together to make some waffles for breakfast. But once we finished mixing, that’s when I smelled it. My son poo pooed in his pants. In his diaper-less big boy underwear pants to be specific. And he, forgive the pun, didn’t give a shit. He carried on playing, as he always does, without a care in the world that he has a sack of stinky stinky POO POO in his pants. Again.

We have been trying this potty training thing for a little over a month and he really really doesn’t seem to get the swing of it. Obviously. Wet diaper or poo poo he don’t care and everything I’ve read about potty training says, to attempt success your child has to be interested in it and, most importantly have some body awareness. Nope. Not our boy. Not yet anyway. I really really wish it was different but it’s not. I really really wish I could do something to change it but I can’t. So, I decided the best thing to do for all involved is just to throw away the nasty underwear and put a damn diaper on him. Screw it. He doesn’t care one bit about his bodily functions and quite frankly, at this frustrating point of trying, neither do I. Messy business this potty training is but I digress… back to the waffles.

SO, just as I was about to pour the batter into the hot waffle iron, the baby woke up crying – of course. I changed her diaper and then sat down on the couch to nurse her. Now, for the most part my son has been wonderful with his new little sister. Obsessed with her, quite frankly. Wanting to kiss and hold her all the time. It’s adorable but sometime a little too much. He hasn’t learned about private space yet. And honestly, I don’t trust him with her. Not that I think he is gonna intentionally hurt her or anything like that, it’s just that he might. And he has. And when he does, he gets my full attention. You get where I’m going with this? He used to be the only show in town and now he ain’t. And, because of this, he has become a bit more of a crazy pants then he was before she arrived.

Like when I nurse her on the couch, as I always do; he has begun to crawl all around the couch then the floor then couch and then back to the floor pretending to be a dog and licks my foot like they do. And, most importantly, during this whole time he doesn’t listen or take any of my pleas to stop seriously. He laughs. He thinks mommy is hilarious when she gets frustrated or mad. The dogs always seem to chime in too when mommy’s patience is being tested as they start barking at every sound they hear and then THEY begin to lick my toes too. When this happens, and it happens often, I have learned to take a deep breath, not take anything personal and charge on. We mommies always ALWAYS charge on. We have to. We’re tired, have to go to the bathroom, hungry, frustrated, too fucking bad. Suck it up and charge on!

And with 2 kids, the sucking up never ends. You go and go and go until you find yourself, as I just did, crying in the kitchen making waffles while baby was in her holder strapped to my chest and my son was playing his annoying talking Buzz Lightyear doll and chanting mommy mommy mommy mommy – ahhhhhhhh.

Whole Grain Waffles

  • 1 cup barley flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 TB maple or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup plain kefir or buttermilk
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil or butter, melted and cooled a bit

Preheat your waffle iron to medium heat. I have the Cuisinart waffle iron and I set it to the middle number, 4.


In a large bowl mix the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, milk, kefir/ buttermilk together, then whisk in the melted coconut oil or butter. Using a spatula, gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.

Brush a bit of coconut oil onto the waffle iron with a basting brush so the batter doesn’t stick then use a small ladle to pour the batter into the middle of each waffle iron section, about 1/2 cup. Close the iron. My waffle iron beeps when the waffles are ready, which makes it super easy and they are perfectly cooked every time.

Serve with syrup, preserves, or as is.

*If you have left over waffles, freeze them in a plastic freezer bag and push out as much air as you can get out of the bag. They toast up beautiful in a toaster.