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Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles light up any morning!

waffle round
A waffle worth making

Since I showed off my vintage Griswold waffle iron in the last post, I felt it only appropriate to share the recipe that makes this little cast iron batter baker sing: apple sesame whole wheat waffles or sesame crunch waffles as they are also known. As with all things Tom, there’s a story, though a short one at that. When I lived in Seattle, the Sunlit Cafe was a regular breakfast stop where I enjoyed (in my humble opinion) the world’s best waffle. Crispy, flavorful, grainy, and delicious, the Sunlit Cafe’s waffle had bulk, density, heft, and chew-worthiness. For me, a light airy waffle is best served to an appreciative dieter.

whole wheat waffles ingredients
Applesauce, sesame seeds, honey and buttermilk bring big flavor to the party.

I’m not a vegetarian, but the Sunlit Cafe, Seattle’s longest-running vegetarian eating establishment, showed me vegetarian food could knock my socks off, if given the chance. Cafe Flora is another shining example of what vegetarian food aspires to be. Here on the island, we have wonderful Snapdragon Bakery and Cafe, which simply serves delicious, creative food, that just happens to be vegetarian.

waffle batter and whisk
Batter up!

Over the years, I’ve tried to find a decent recipe similar to the Sunlit Cafe’s waffle wonder, but to no avail. Every recipe I tried, disappointed me—light, airy, as disheartening as my first popover. And then, just last year, I tried again, searching online for a recipe worthy of my newly acquired Griswold waffle iron. The clouds parted, the sun shone through, and a choir of angels sang softly, and then, the blog Davebakes.com appeared as numero uno in my search results.

griswold waffle iron and batter
Griddle me this!

I pored over one of Dave’s blog posts, mumbling, yes, yes, this is the recipe. Give me an Amen, Dave! And while we were on the same quest for the best whole-wheat waffle around, Dave got there first, and I say amen to that too, especially since he’s a generous soul who shares his recipes. Thank you Dave, from the top of my syrup pitcher to the bottom of my waffle iron.

apple sesame whole wheat waffle
Griswold grid goodness…

So here’s Dave’s sesame crunch waffle recipe, with just a minor modification: I substitute honey and sugar for agave nectar.

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

Serves 8
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast
Website Dave Bakes
I love these apple sesame whole wheat waffles, and have to thank Davebakes.com for desconstructing the recipe or at least one that's very close to the Sunlit Cafe's beloved version in Seattle.


  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey (may substitute, sugar or agave nectar)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Step 1
Mix wet ingredients.
Step 2
In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.
Step 3
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, one-half cup at a time, and incorporate until lumps are gone and batter is thick. It may take a little more buttermilk, at times.
Step 4
Heat waffle iron, coat grates with oil (high temps butter burns). Pour or spoon enough batter to cover two-thirds of the waffle iron's surface as the batter will spread when the iron is closed.
Step 5
Since all waffle irons are different, let your nose help you. Steam will rise and a good baking aroma, will alert you as when to remove or at least take a peak.

Oh, and do yourself a favor, these waffles (and you) deserve real maple syrup. It does cost more, but there’s nothing better atop chunks of bready goodness than runny pools of melted butter and maple syrup.

sesame crunch waffles and real maple syrup
The power of the square


griswold waffle iron
My favorite tool in my breakfast arsenal: Griswold, American No. 8, waffle iron.


  1. Uh oh. Time to haul out the ginormously heavy Belgian waffle maker. Do you think it would handle these waffs? The waffles it makes are thicker, with deeper squares, than your trusty Griswold, and normally we make a very light, fluffy batter with beaten egg whites.

  2. Yay! Thank you Tom. I’ve been missing Sunlight’s waffles since I’ve become gluten free. I’m going to try this recipe but with GF flour mix. Wish me luck! My mouth is watering…

  3. Amen! 😉
    I always share recipes with a little fear that someone might try it and either find out it doesn’t work, or else hate it! But that looks like it worked out! Thank you Tom!

  4. Hi Tom, typed in Sunlit Cafe waffles…and there you were. When I lived in Seattle they were my absolute favorite! Years later I decided to try and track down the recipe (last year actually) and up popped Davebakes.com.I could remember the unusual sesame seeds in the batter but not the apple sauce. What a joy to finally have this recipe. They were made immediately…and the FS (food sensation) of eating them with butter and warm maple syrup was exactly as I had remembered!! It is nice to find people like you and Dave who also revere these waffles.
    So, I stuck around on your blog for awhile and checked it out.
    My favorite fruit is SWEET CHERRIES so I grabbed your sweet cherry pickle recipe. Oh boy, looking forward to making this when summer arrives.
    Saw that you were looking to adopt a big black cat…hope it worked out for you and Buddy.There has always been a feline in my life! Mine just crawled up into my lap while I am writing this.
    O.K. enough waxing on…Time to start my seemingly unending quest to find another legendary (I think) Seattle culinary treasure, the old ORIGINAL El Gaucho BBQ dipping sauce for their Argentine beef sandwiches served at their only location in downtown Seattle (6th and Olive?) in the mid 70’s early 80’s.
    I do not do much stuff on line but I am going to subscribe to your blog. Cheers

    • Hi Kris, so nice to meet you and welcome to Tall Clover. Yep that is one fine waffle recipe and memory to boot. I’m currently trying to find the recipe for another Seattle restaurant favorite, Place Pigalle dried apricot tart. Stay tuned I may just have come up with a close second to the original. Cheers! Thanks for the kind words and the visit.

  5. Tom…I look forward to seeing the dried apricot tart on your blog and anything else that comes along. I never dined at Place Pigalle but it was MAGIC…(many people told me over the years). Good luck with that tart!

  6. Just found your recipe for the Sunlit waffles, my favorite! Serve these with bananas and yogurt plus real maple syrup like they do at Sunlit, superb .


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