Poor Man’s Whole Wheat Waffles

I find the Great Depression Era quite fascinating. Learning about how people lived in such hard economic times inspires me. It makes me realize how blessed we all are to live in this present time. I often think about what it would be like to have to feed my family from almost nothing. This recipe is the result of my inspiration from those who struggled way more than the average broke person today.

These waffles are the bare bones. I used only the simplest of simple ingredients to bring you a very basic recipe. Dress them up however you like! Add a splash of vanilla and some sweetener to enhance flavor. (I kept these ingredients out to preserve the simplicity of the recipe since they are not necessities.) This is a great quick bread recipe if you find yourself out of sandwich bread.

I made these this week for my kiddos to eat for breakfast. I serve them with a big glob of nut butter and a side of fruit. My grandmother would make us waffles for breakfast and waffle sandwiches for lunch. She was a very frugal woman and I still think of her every time I eat a waffle sandwich. It is one of my fondest memories of her.



  • 4 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons oil (any kind of oil or butter works but olive oil might add an aftertaste.)
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups water


  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add water, oil and eggs and mix with dry ingredients.
  3. Cook in waffle iron according to manufacturer directions.

Here is what I spent on the ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour- $3 for 5 pounds at Trader Joe’s- about $0.75 for 4 cups
  • Baking powder- $1 Aldi- I think it’s around $0.12 for 2Tbsp
  • Eggs- $0.90 for 1 dozen at Aldi- $0.30 for 4
  • Butter- $2.65 for 4 sticks at Aldi – I used 6 tbsp so $0.50
  • Salt- come on…I used too little to even try to calculate that!

So for 1 batch of these waffles (which makes up 8 super large Belgium waffles in my iron) costs around $1.67. This will last us at least 2 days. Not bad!


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