These adorable and Healthy Cupid’s Arrow Heart Waffles are a great way to kick off Valentine’s Day.
As a mom, I love kicking off Valentine’s Day with a special holiday breakfast for the kiddos. Of course, since the holiday falls on a school day, I also want to fill them up with something nutritious before sending them off for a day filled with chocolate hearts and candy treats. So I started playing around with some easy and nutritous weekday breakfast ideas. Using my trusty heart-shaped waffle iron, I came up with these Healthy Cupid’s Arrow Heart Waffles and I can’t wait to share them with the kids.
Now before we dive in any further I should mention that I am NOT a morning person. In fact, I normally won’t even move from my bed until I hear my husband fire up the coffee grinder. I’m not about to haul myself out of bed an hour early on an already early weekday morning to make a complicated Valentine’s breakfast. I draw the line at sleep. Sorry kids. So these waffles have to be EASY like Wednesday morning.
So I started my Healthy Cupid’s Arrow Heart Waffles with boxed waffle mix. To make certain these are as healthy as possible I chose Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes since it has 14 grams of protein per serving plus fiber (not a sponsor or client, I just really like their mixes). To give our waffles a yummy strawberry flavor and a slight pinkish tinge, I combined the dry waffle mix with a bag of Freeze Dried Strawberries in the blender. Next I added in the liquids (and a few drops of red food coloring) according to the waffle mix directions and baked them up in my heart shaped waffle maker.
While the waffles are baking, slice some fresh strawberries in half and peel and segment a few clementines. When your waffles are ready, carefully cut each one into individual heart segments and slide them on to 8″ bamboo skewers. Add a strawberry half on the pointed end of each skewer and a couple of clementine segments on the other. That’s it.
The waffle mix has a hearty flavor with just a hint of berry from the freeze dried strawberries. You can serve them with syrup but I found them to be quite delicious with nothing more than a dusting of powdered sugar.
From there, just add a glass of milk and a Valentine’s Day napkin for a festive and wholesome breakfast they’ll love.
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!
Healthy Cupid’s Arrow Heart Waffles
Makes 2 servings
1 cup Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Buttermilk Waffle Mix
1 oz freeze dried strawberries
1 cup plus 2 – 3 tablespoons cold water, divided
1 tablespoon oil
2 or 3 drops red food coloring (optional)
20 8″ bamboo skewers
10 fresh strawberries hulled and halved
3 clementines, peeled and divided into segments
1/4 cup confectioners sugar (optional)
- Combine dry waffle mix and strawberries in a blender. Secure lid and blend until strawberries are ground to a powder and completely incorporated with mix. Turn off blender.
- Add 1 cup water, oil and food coloring (if using). Blend on low speed just until incorporated. If needed add additional tablespoons of water to thin mixture to batter consistency that will spread in waffle maker.
- Heat waffle maker according to manufacturer instructions. Cook waffles in a preheated, light oiled waffle maker until waffles are golden brown (waffle iron lid should lift without sticking).
- Carefully remove waffles and cut into individual heart segments. Slide each segment into the center of an 8″ bamboo skewer. Add a strawberry half on the pointed end and two clementine segments on the flat end. Dust with powdered sugar as desired. Repeat with remaining waffle pieces. Serve immediately.
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