This whole wheat Norwegian waffle recipe is a healthier twist on my family’s recipe. Also known as heart-shaped waffles, learn how to make them now.
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Also known as heart-shaped waffles, this nordic recipe is one that comes from my Norwegian heritage.
While we didn’t have them often, I always loved breaking off the individual hearts as a kid, dunking them in jam or syrup.
Flash forward to a few years ago when we were hiking in Norway and stopped at a waffle hut on the top of the mountain (no joke).
The cabin was far from fancy, instead it felt like being back in my grandpa’s church in Wisconsin with a simple table that had a coffee percolator and a plate of Norwegian waffles.
As you traditionally don’t add syrup to the waffles, the idea was you’d simply grab one, add some jam or sour cream, and eat it as you continued on your hike.
While I don’t take these on hikes, they’re still one of my favorite recipes when I want a simple, sweet breakfast or dessert.
Also called valfer, Norwegian waffles are made using a special iron (often sold as a Heart Shape Iron in the US).
Unlike the big, crispy waffles that we’re used to in America, Nordic waffles are much softer and thinner. They’re also typically served for dessert or as a snack with coffee in the afternoon and not found on most breakfast tables.
As mentioned above, you’ll need to buy a special maker for this Norwegian waffle recipe. Once you have that, they’re super simple to whip together!
As these tend to be sweet on their own, I don’t recommend adding syrup.
Traditionally, valfer is served with jam (my family always used lingonberry) and sour cream. And my grandpa would actually spread brown cheese (called brunost) on his.
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Wow these look amazing! Absolutely love the pattern on that waffle maker. Will have to try with kite hill Greek due to my dairy allergy but think it should work!
Thanks Kelly! Right? I think the pattern is so cozy and sweet, perfect for Valentines day 🙂 I’m sure it’ll work with kite hill Greek yogurt – let me know though.
I will never forget the waffles at the hotel I stayed at in Oslo! Every day in the afternoon, they had a self service waffle iron for waffle snack time!!
I love Oslo! The waffles there are the best – I think waffle snack time needs to make it’s way to the US 😉