Waffles are eaten throughout the world, but are particularly common in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. Some of the earliest images of waffles being made and eaten are depicted in paintings by Pieter Bruegel, a Netherlandish Renaissance painter, known for his peasant scenes. The earliest waffles were not as sweet as they are today and were likely made from grains other than wheat — oats being common — as sugar and wheat would have been prohibitively expensive. One thing is for certain, there could not be waffles without the waffle iron. What began as two flat plates hinged together and held over a hot stove by long wooden handles evolved finally to the electric waffle makers that we see today. GE began mass-producing electric waffle irons in the U.S. 1918, and that made the waffle easy for American housewives to adapt to morning breakfast routines. Waffles are still popular today for busy mornings. Here are 15 healthy make-ahead breakfasts, one of them a whole-grain waffle.

Waffles aren’t just for breakfast, of course. Just as with crepes, there are savory and sweet versions. We have seen everything from fried chicken and waffles to sweet potato waffles to waffles with ice cream. Here are 90 waffle recipes that will cover you from breakfast to lunch to dinner to dessert.

Over at Garden Therapy, guest blogger and author, Erica Kerwien, is sharing a gluten-free waffle recipe from her book, Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Over 100 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes that are Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free. Her recipe calls for almond-flour, but gluten-free oats would be a hardy substitute.

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