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For 99% of things I own or have, I don’t hoard. I like simplicity, hate clutter, and am a minimalist at heart (which I’m sure shows in my hardly-styled photos). In the kitchen, I’m the exact same way but there’s always a few key items that I hoard like it’s my job and two of those items are featured in this recipe.

The second cherry season starts, I go a bit crazy and way overspend. Both M and I will grab a bowl and snack on them all day. To me, they are the perfect fruit snack. I’ve also been known to hoard vanilla beans. When I can, I sneak in the vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract. I love the extra flecks the vanilla bean adds to the overall dish on top of the lovely vanilla flavor (that I find actually comes through better than using vanilla extract). This recipe is really all about the cherry topping (but don’t be fooled- the waffles are great too!)

Waffles with Vanilla Bean Cherries | http://naturallyella.com

Waffles with Vanilla Bean Cherries

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 Belgian Waffles


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup mlk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups pitted and halved cherries
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Toast Pecans, for topping
  • Extra Maple Syrup, for serving


  1. Preheat the waffle iron. In a bowl, whisk together the flours, whole oats, baking powder, and sea salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined but with a few lumps, being careful not to over mix. If batter is thick, add up to 1/4 cup of milk, one tablespoon at a time, to thin the batter out (it should be pourable but not thin).
  2. Pour half of the batter into the waffle iron and cook per the waffle iron directions. Keep finished waffles on a baking tray in a 200 ̊F oven until ready to serve.
  3. While waffles are cooking, combined the butter, maple syrup, and cherries in a sauce pan or skillet. Half the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds into the cherry mixture. Heat over medium-low heat until cherries are tender.
  4. Top waffles with cherry mixture, toasted pecans, and extra maple syrup as needed.

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