Waffles (especially these whole-grain Wonderful Waffles), French toast (like this whole-grain vegan French toast) can be a great part of a healthy breakfast – until we put the typical fatty/sugary toppings on them, like butter and syrup. Then their benefits for health and weight loss go downhill pretty fast.
Most pancake syrups are made from corn syrup, caramel color, and artificial flavors. Lots of refined sugars, no vitamins, no minerals, no fiber.
And the sugar-free varieties are even worse.
Is natural pancake syrup healthy?
Is fruit syrup healthy?
And don’t be fooled by blueberry or blackberry pancake syrup. They’re mostly sugar with very little fruit.
Is pure maple syrup healthy?
While 100 percent pure maple syrup is most definitely a better choice than maple-flavored pancake syrup, it is still a very concentrated sweetener and has no fiber. There are better options if you’re wanting to lose weight or just eat healthier.
Some super healthy waffle toppings to start your day off right:
Berry Berry Sauce is one of my favorite waffle toppings. Deliciously sweet and yet full of fiber – perfect for a weight loss plan.
The richest, smoothest, creamiest, and most flavorful applesauce ever! This is probably the topping that we eat most often on our waffles. Start with a hot waffle, spread on almond butter, add two, three, four, or five large spoonfuls of this lovely sauce, and enjoy!
Creamy Orange Cashew Butter spread on waffles and topped with applesauce makes a delicious and hearty breakfast that will stick with you all through the morning.
You wouldn’t typically think of putting fruit salad on your waffles, but when this rich and creamy sauce gets mixed in with the sweet, diced fruit, it makes a luscious and fancy topping for waffles.
Turn your waffle into a healthy dessert by topping it with this luscious Banana Carob Smoothie.
Smoothies are a yummy and healthy alternative to ice cream, but have you ever tried smoothie on waffles? Sweet and fruity, they’re one of my favorite waffle toppings.
I have a lot more smoothie recipes. Check them out here.
Sugar-Free Pear SauceWe like applesauce, but we looooove pear sauce! If you make pear sauce according to my recipe, you have a high-fiber, super nutritious waffle topping.
Pour some creamy, slightly tangy, slightly sweet peach soup over your morning waffles – oh yum!
PB&J for breakfast! And it’s sugar-free. Waffles with some of this Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam on them make a good breakfast-on-the-go.
In the summer months when fresh peaches are in abundance and at their peak of flavor, whip up this very healthy, sugar-free smoothie for a light and refreshing waffles sauce.
Applesauce and strawberry applesauce are the waffle toppings we use the most often at our house. Simple, quick, healthy. And with my recipe you get an added fiber boost, which is super helpful for weight loss.
This delicious syrup with a lovely maple flavor (due to the pure maple syrup in the recipe) gives you a good dose of fiber, plus other helpful nutrients.
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So there you have it. Healthy, whole-grain, high-fiber waffles + healthy, sugar-free waffle toppings = a great way to start your day!