Makes 16 waffles
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar 4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour ¾ cup whole wheat flour ¾ cup wheat germ 3 tablespoons baking powder 1½ teaspoons salt 4 ½ cups reduced-fat milk 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup vegetable oil 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely diced or shredded 1½ cups finely chopped walnuts
Crumble the brown sugar into a large mixing bowl to remove any lumps. Add the flours, wheat germ, baking powder and salt. Whisk to blend. Add the milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Stir in the apple and walnuts. Let batter rest 5 minutes before using. Preheat the Cuisinart® Waffle Maker to desired setting (a tone will sound when preheated). Pour 2 cups of batter onto the center of the lower grid of the preheated waffle maker; spread batter evenly using a heatproof spatula. Close lid of waffle maker. When tone sounds, waffles are ready. Open lid and carefully remove baked waffles. Repeat with remaining batter. For best results, serve immediately.
Nutritional information per waffle: Calories 449 (50% from fat) • carb. 45g • pro. 12g • fat 25g • sat. fat 3g • chol. 85mg • sod. 564mg • calc. 361mg • fiber 3g