Craving your favorite weekend breakfast but don’t need a whole batch of homemade waffles sitting around? This single serve waffle recipe is exactly what you need! Made with real butter and eggs for that perfect Belgian waffle taste and texture every time. Want more than one delicious waffle? Just use the built in scaling calculator in my recipe to make more!
As a momma to six hungry kids, we have gone through A LOT of fluffy waffles and pancakes over the years. Like more than I care to admit. And yes, many of them came from a waffle mix 🙂 But now that I’ve only got two kids left at home, rarely do we need a big batch any longer.
The recipe below makes just about a cup of batter, which is enough batter for the standard waffle iron so put away that large bowl! I use a cereal bowl to mix up the best waffles ever.
You can use this same recipe and make 2-3 pancakes as well, just in case delicious waffles aren’t your jam 🙂 But those little nooks that catch the syrup are the best part so I am team waffle!
Single Serve Waffle Recipe FAQs
What if I need more than one waffle?
No worries my friend if you love crispy waffles as much as I do! This basic waffle recipe can easily be scaled. When you scroll down to the recipe card, look on the right hand side by the ingredient list. There is the option to scale the recipe 2 or 3 times by simply clicking a button. If you do scale the recipe, it will also print that way after you click the necessary scale button.
My waffles turned out tough and chewy. What did I do wrong?
If your goal is perfect waffles, you have to remember to not over-mix the homemade waffle batter! You know you are done mixing when there are still lumps and a few small streaks of flour left. I know it it will be hard, but just walk away! Let the dry ingredients and wet ingredients sit mixed together for a few minutes and the batter will be perfect.
If you mix too long, the gluten in the batter begins to form stronger bonds and you end up with chewiness and density. That is a great feature in a homemade bread but not so great in a homemade waffle recipe.
Can I make these ahead of time and freeze them?
Yes, if you make more than one, these waffles freeze beautifully but I do have a few tips. First place them on a baking sheet in a single layer then into the freezer until they are frozen. Then into an freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.
Freezing them before putting them in a bag keeps them from sticking together and makes it easy just to pull out the portion you want and toss them in the toaster to reheat for breakfast.
Can I make this with whole wheat flour?
Yes, you can make it as a whole wheat waffle but I would make three changes to the original recipe to keep the texture light and fluffy.
First, substitute whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour. Second, substitute buttermilk for the milk which will react more with the baking powder and then this last one is going to sound crazy. You want to separate the egg whites from the egg yolks, then beat the whites until stiff before mixing in.
This method obviously works better for a larger batch so if you are going to go this route, make a few and freeze them as instructed above.
How do I use just part of an egg?
Since this easy recipe is only for one waffle, adding a whole egg would be way too much. The texture and flavor would be much too egg-y. So instead, grab one egg out of your container of large eggs, crack it into a small dish, beat it up, and add 1/3 of the beaten egg into the batter. Just eyeball it! No need to try to evenly divide the beaten egg.
Do you have a Belgian waffle iron recommendation?
With six kids, I actually have two different waffle maker in my cabinet, both of which I recommend. They cook the waffle golden brown every time and neither one needs cooking spray when I use the best waffle recipe known to man.
If you are looking for a budget friendly waffle iron, you can’t go wrong with the stainless steel Oster Belgian Waffle Maker. It is a basic model but gets the job done well for around $20. Mine has been kicking around for years and still does great.
If you want a few more bells and whistles, I love the double sided Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker. You fill one side with batter, put the lid on, flip it over, and there’s another lid to open and make another waffle under. Yes, it is pricy at $120 but if you have to make a lot of waffles, it is amazing.
Recipe Variation Suggestions
If you have been here at MKE long enough, you know I always encourage my readers to try variations of recipes to make it personalized for them. Here are some suggestions for this single serve waffle recipe the next time you try it:
- Use vegetable oil instead of melted butter. I prefer the flavor of using butter but oil will work fine.
- Add some fresh berries to the finished batter before pouring into the waffle iron.
- Add your favorite toppings: whipped cream, fresh fruit, buttermilk syrup, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, peanut butter, or applesauce.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to your batter for more flavor.
- Add some mini chocolate chips to the batter before cooking
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Amazing homemade Belgian waffle recipe for one! Made with real butter and eggs for the perfect crispy exterior and tender interior!
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
5 tablespoons milk
1/3 of a beaten egg
1 tablespoon melted butter
- Preheat waffle iron.
- In a small bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients and mix just until it comes together. Do not over-mix! Let sit for 2 minutes.
- Cook in hot iron according to appliance directions.
You want lumps and a few small streaks of flour in your finished batter. If you over-mix, you waffle will be chewy and dense.
- Serving Size: 1 waffle
- Calories: 284
- Sugar: 242 g
- Sodium: 328 mg
- Fat: 10 g
- Saturated Fat: 6 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 42 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 8 g
- Cholesterol: 64 mg
Keywords: breakfast recipe for one, easy breakfast recipes
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