Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles that are ready in under ten minutes use store bought waffles are the best semi-homemade recipes using a homemade apple cinnamon topping with your favorite store bought waffles.

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These Apple Cinnamon Waffles make your favorite store bought waffles a restaurant worthy dish with a quick and easy apple topping made with fresh apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a touch of butter. Kids go crazy for these waffles along with this Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Apple Pie Chia Seed Pudding.

Just because a breakfast is quick doesn't mean it can't taste great. In this simple recipe, we amp up normal freezer waffles with the best homemade cinnamon apple topping and get something that is really delicious. I have even served this to company and they automatically assume it's all homemade.

The key to this apple cinnamon waffle recipe all lies in the cinnamon apple compote. It's basically like the filling of an apple pie or apple crisp. The apples get tender but still keep their shape. We aren't making applesauce here. And they get insanely delicious with the simple addition of some cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar. And even though those things aren't the healthiest, we are only using a small amount and letting the apples be the star. Paired with a healthy freezer waffle and this is still a pretty nutritious breakfast.  Especially if you drizzle everything with some nut butter for protein and healthy fats.

Whenever I make these, I always make an extra batch of the apples because we like to eat it on everything. For breakfast, I scoop it onto Greek yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal, and spread it on whole grain toast. At night, I love to have it for dessert with a small scoop of frozen yogurt or in a bowl with a dollop of whipped cream. I have even used it for savory dishes like pork chops and it is surprisingly delicious. Like a much better version of applesauce.

Apple Cinnamon waffles from the side with cooked apples on top.

Healthiest Frozen Options for Apple Cinnamon Waffles 

To keep this dish healthy and nutritious, it is important that you start with a healthy foundation and choose frozen waffles that are made with whole grains and pack in plenty of fiber. Some fo the best options out there are:

  • 365 Organic Multigrain Waffles: These waffles from Whole Foods have 180 calories, 6 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein for two waffles. The multigrain waffle flavor is really mild and they are a great option if you who are someone who normally doesn't love the flavor of "whole grain" products. 
  • Van's Multigrain 8 Whole Grains Waffles: These waffles have a much more pronounced whole wheat flavor, which is delicious if you are someone who enjoys that flavor. They have 150 calories, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein for two waffles.
  • Kashi 7 Grain Waffles: I have always been a huge fan of Kashi products and there 7 Grain waffles are my favorite of all their frozen waffle options. This is the lowest calorie option with just 140 calories for two waffles, They also have 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.
  • Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles: These freezer waffles are fairly new and come in three flavors: Buttermilk & Vanilla,  Dark Chocolate, or Blueberry Chia.  They pack in twice as much protein as most brands with 12 grams per serving but have more calories with 260 calories and 4 grams of fiber for two waffles.
  • Start Right Belgian Waffles: These are one of the only healthy options for Belgian style waffles and pack in an impressive 15 grams of protein for two waffles. They have 200 calories and 3 grams of sugar. They are also the waffles I used for the photographs.

Can I make the compote with other fruit?

Absolutely! This recipe works great with all kinds of fruit and you can use almost anything you have on hand. Pears are great in the fall and work really well with the cinnamon. Sometimes I make this with blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries. It's also delicious with pineapple or mangos. And though I haven't tried it yet, I imagine you could use peaches, plums, and other stone fruit as well. You can also change out the spices using nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cardamom, or other warm spices. The other option is to leave out the spcies completely and use some citrus zest or vanilla extract. This works especially well with berries.

The Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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  • 8 low fat frozen waffles
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp water

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Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and 2 tbsp. water.


Cook for 10 minutes or until apples soften and begin to break down.


Toast the waffles and top with apple cinnamon topping.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 waffles and 1/4 cup topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304
Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 18mg
Sodium 441mg
Total Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 23g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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