My family has found a new breakfast obsession: waffle sticks! Move over pancakes, waffle sticks have taken the lead!
The lovely thing is that this special treat takes only a few minutes to whip up AND there is no extra clean up from a messy waffle pan! Win!
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Wait, is it really possible to make waffles without a waffle maker?
Yes! While using an electric waffle maker is traditionally the route to take to make waffles, there are other ways to make this tasty treat. This include using a waffle iron, grill pan, electric griddle attachments, or the Pampered Chef Waffle Stick Pan. Using alternative devices to make waffles can allow for easier clean up, unique shapes and sizes, and temperature control for getting your waffles just the way you like them!
I feel like I had a waffle maker earlier on in my marriage, but it must not have survived all the moves. Heck, it likely lost all hope after the first move. I could totally see it getting forgotten about after getting packed and then never seeing the light of day again, just sitting in a basement until the next move when I decided to go ahead and let it go. I bet that is exactly what happened, haha!
So the opportunity to buy a pan I could store in my over and easily put to use, had me willing to give it a try. This Pampered Chef pan did not disappoint!
We immediately tried it and we loved it from the very first batch! I keep this pan stored in my kitchen and it get lots of use!
While this is the original recipe that stole our hearts, I couldn’t help but experiment and try new variations!
I’ve added frozen blueberries to the batter and have swapped out the milks to make the waffles diary free.
One day, I had the idea to add chocolate chip and coconut to the waffles. I just felt that it would be good and had to try! Scroll to the bottom for the recipe. Spoiler, it was everything I expected!
Before I jump into the recipe, I wanted to take a moment to talk more about how these waffle sticks are made. They are unique in that they do no use an electric waffle maker or even a waffle pan of sorts. Nope, they are baked in the oven!
What is a waffle stick pan?
A waffle stick pan is used to make waffles right in the oven. Instead of using a waffle maker or a pan on the stove top, your waffles bake and are done after about 10 or so minutes.
How do you keep waffles from sticking?
To keep waffles from sticking, OIL the pan! Use a brush or simple pour the oil into the pan and angle pan until the oil moves around the majority of the surface of the pan. There is not really a set amount to use, you just want to make sure it is not too much that there is a layer of oil at the bottom of the pan. If so, simply pour some back out.
Is the Pampered Chef Waffle Pan worth it?
The Pampered Chef waffle pan is listed at $27. The average price of waffle makers ranges from $9.99 for a mini waffle maker to about $200+ for a high quality waffle machine. The price is not too high considering all that is on the market and definitely worth giving a try.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the PC waffle pan:
- the pan is made of carbon-steel material and is oven-safe to 450°F.
- nonstick coating makes for an easier cleanup.
- pretty blue enamel exterior coating
- not dishwasher safe, hand wash only.
- comes with a three-year guarantee
I purchased the pan when my friend had a party about six months ago and at this point, there are very minor signs of wear.
I’m actually planning to get a second pan at some point as we make serval batches at once and I would love to be able to freeze some (there are never any leftovers!). I’m actually planning to host my own party 🙂 I have my eye especially on the Quick Cooker and how could I NOT try the donut pan after such success baking waffles!?
How to make waffles diary free?
I love how easily you can adapt the waffle mix to suit your own needs.
You can substitute your diary-free milk of choice for the regular milk in a recipe to make it dairy free. Examples of suitable substitutes include:
- almond milk
- cashew milk
- oat milk
- coconut milk
- rice milk
- soy milk
You can also substitute butter for an oil of your choice including but not limited to:
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- plant butter
I’ve recently discovered ghee, which is clarified butter. While not diary-free is is lactose free! This means that if you are not allergic to diary, only experience reactions to the lactose found in milk, you may be able to handle ghee. Check with your doctor of course 🙂
One more thing about the Pampered Chef Waffle Stick Pan: it’s not just for breakfast waffles! Use the pan to make other treats or meals such as:
- Chicken and Waffles Dinner
- Egg sticks
- Pizza sticks
- Sugar cookie waffle sticks
- Cinnamon Sugar Churros
- Oil for brushing
- ¾ cup (175 mL) organic flour
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) organic sugar
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
- ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
- ½ cup (125 mL) coconut milk
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
- 3 tbsp coconut flakes
- 3 tbsp chocolate chips (or more to taste!)
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush the Waffle Stick Pan with oil.
In a medium sized bowl, use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: milk, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Next, add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
Fold in chocolate chips and coconut into the mixture.
Pour the batter in the waffle pan evenly among the six wells. Bake for about 13 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the waffle sticks cool, then flip onto serving dish.
Serve with maple syrup, honey or peanut butter.
Top with frsh fruit such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or peaches.
Swap out the coconut milk for milk of choice: almond, soy or regular milk.
Do you think your kids would enjoy waffle sticks make in the oven?