Honey Sesame Waffles w/ Blueberries

August 5, 2015

Honey Sesame Waffles w/ Blueberries | Faring Well #vegan #recipes

I’m currently rocking an eight-pack from all of the belly laughs Scott and I had over this past weekend. Sometimes we can be extra funny (to ourselves) and the past few days have been a RIOT. Most of our belly-laughing-bouts end with one of us saying “if anyone had just heard/seen what we said/did…” and then the ab-seizing-belly-laughing continues. I wish I could be more transparent and divulge more of these hilarious, dorky moments with you – but the truth is we both know they wouldn’t translate – and you would probably seek to have me admitted. I will say, however, that our weekend ended with me walking out of the movie theater doing a spontaneously choreographed dance to the Mission Impossible soundtrack (it was very stealth-like). It began inside of the theater, then continued outside, down the street, in front of a full patio of people trying to enjoy their food at a restaurant, and all of the way to our car. While Scott held up his phone recording it for our future children and laughing his head off (yeah, THAT’s documented). People stared, questioning our sobriety – but the truth was the only thing we were jacked up on was trail mix, and a WHOLE lot of adrenaline, because that movie was SO GOOD.

My belly-laughing continues as I think back to the first time I used our waffle maker. I went into the depths of my Instagram feed to find THIS PICTURE. It’s Scott, drinking a beer as he rides his skateboard in front of his grandma’s house, with our makeshift clothesline (one end tied to a tree in the front yard, the other end closed in our car door) hanging in the background. I’ll never forget his cousin’s comment, “there goes Scott, single handedly bring down property values”. Excuse me while I go belly laugh some more. This was our first waffle day. We were sitting in our apartment in Arizona just a few days earlier, surrounded by boxes, getting ready to make the move to southern California – when I was like “I really want this waffle maker” and Scott was like “then order it and have it shipped to our new place in CA” and then I was like “want to marry me again?” And so it goes. We moved to California the next day, and the following morning our waffle maker arrived. We celebrated our move with waffles, skateboarding, beer, and laundry. It was the best. Now here we are a few years later, in Colorado, still belly-laughing and having waffle weekends (sometimes pancakes too). LIFE – what a trip, and I absolutely love it.

SIDE-NOTE: I want to thank every one of you who commented on my previous post for the giveaway. I was sincerely touched by so many of your comments and am still working through reading and responding to them all – they are just too wonderful. This really is a tiny world we live in, and it was made even smaller last week through all of our connections in that comment feed. I’m so grateful for all of you. And congratulations to Heidi and Sydney for winning copies of “Kind Ice Cream For You”! Please write to me with the email address you wish me to send your free download codes to!

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Here is my giant Belgian waffle to top all giant Belgian waffles (I would like to give the Belgian a high five who helped us take waffle making to the next level). It’s light and fluffy with the perfect, crisp outer edge. I took my basic go-to waffle batter and added some sesame seeds, tahini, and swapped in honey for the maple syrup to make my new favorite waffle flavor. Ever. Honestly, if I got asked tomorrow “choose one waffle flavor for the rest of your life” (a very important, serious question that requires great thought) I would respond with “honey sesame”. There is something about the nutty sesame with the hint of honey in a waffle that makes perfect sense. The addition of fresh blueberries was essential, no waffle or pancake is being served at its best if its not topped with fresh fruit (according to Scott, and I agree).

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Tid-Bits: The flours I use in here are pretty essential to its amazingness, so don’t skimp on the spelt and oat! (BUT if you are gluten intolerant, definitely swap out the spelt for your favorite gluten free flour mix. There is no reason to miss out.) If you don’t do honey – replace it with maple syrup. Not in a fancy-flavor-kind-of-morning-mood and want to go plane Jane? Leave out the tahini and sesame seeds. BAM. No matter what, just eat a waffle.

Makes 1 large Belgian waffle.

1/4 cup whole spelt flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons hulled sesame seeds
a good pinch of salt
2 teaspoons raw honey (or maple)
1 tablespoon ground sesame seed butter (tahini)
3/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk

for serving
fresh blueberries
coconut ribbons
pure maple syrup

Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Add the honey, tahini, and almond milk. Whisk vigorously until all of the honey and tahini have combined with the batter and there are no longer any flour clumps. Lightly spray the pre-heated waffle iron with coconut oil, pour in the batter, flip, and cook until that lovely little green light comes on letting you know the party may commence.

Top the waffle with a handful of fresh blueberries (or fresh, in-season, organic fruit of choice), coconut ribbons (optional), and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Happy waffle eating!


  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist August 5, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Hi Jessie,
    I just recently found your blog and have been following quietly on instagram and pinterest for a few weeks. I finally signed up to get all of your new posts and this is the first one that I received. It couldn’t have been more perfectly timed as I have been seriously in the mood for waffles recently! I’ve never had them with sesame and I instantly know that they will be great this way.
    There is nothing quite like the shared laugher of an inside joke with someone you love. Reading your post made me think of all my inside jokes and goofy adventures. Thanks for putting a big smile on my face this morning. By the way, that Mission Impossible dance is so something I would do!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Kathryn, thank you for writing me! You are the kindest and I am so glad you have been enjoying following along. And how perfect about the waffles! Definitely need to answer that craving with a batch of these, I think ;). And yay for inside jokes and goofy adventures <3 glad I have a dance partner for the next MI too! Hehe.

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha August 5, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I think a waffle maker will be our first purchase for our new apartment :P my boyfriend love waffles! And your recipe seems exactly the way I want it to be ^_^

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

      YAY – very good first purchase, indeed. Hope you two get to make these and enjoy them soon! <3

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full August 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I LOVE those belly laugh moments with a person you love. My guy and I had a similar experience with that Spy movie with Melissa McCarthy… having such a weird sense of humor, we both laughed at all the jokes that nobody else found funny, typical. Of course, the hilarity ensued as we were walking out of the theater, while we were repeating all of our favorite one-liners! :D
    But these waffles…. YUM. I don’t have a waffle iron, so do you think they could be made as pancakes possibly?

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Right?! They are the best! And I would say no to making these as pancakes – but you can simply use my previous pancake recipe in my archives and add a little tahini and sesame to those instead! xo

  • Reply Caitlin August 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

    what a fun post! i love to start randomly singing and dancing for dayv. i call it interpretive dancing and i really know how to crack myself up. love these waffles, love these words. and definitely telling dayv that seeing mission impossible is a must!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Aw thanks Caitlin! Hahaha that is AWESOME. You dance your heart out girl. And yes yes yes, go see it!

  • Reply joan August 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I would eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! I’m swooning over your waffle maker. :)
    I have the biggest smile reading about you two.

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Aw thank you so much Joan! You just made me smile. Hope you are having a lovely day!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High August 5, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Aw you guys! You’re too cute, just like these waffles. Lots of hearts!!! <3 <3 <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:03 am

      You too sweet thanks Michelle! Lots of hearts right back at you! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan August 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I absolutely adore moments like that! It’s those moments that make me think ‘ok, I can totally do life with this guy!’ :) In the throes of wedding planning, it seems like those moments get lost, with stress and money and allll the other issues that come up, but they are gems when they do come up, right? I am a sucker for waffles, so I’m totally into your version, so lovely!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Haha right?! SO GREAT. I just love them. Hope your wedding planning gets filled with lots more of these moments. Because your totally doing all of it to celebrate the person you want to have these moments with! And waffles, lots of waffles. <3

  • Reply KJ August 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I love moments when you just can’t stop laughing and suddenly everything is 10x funnier than it normally would be. Glad you and your hubby can have and cherish those moments together :)
    These waffles look amazing. I’ve tried a few lately, but they have fallen flat. These look so nice a fluffy, once I get some spelt flour I’ll be whipping up these guys for a Saturday breakfast…. or a week night dinner. Cuz, ya know, breakfast for dinner is the best!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Hahaha yes. Yes yes yes. So great! And yay I hope you get to make these soon and love them too <3 breakfast for dinner is always a WIN.

    • Reply KJ | On Nom Herbivore September 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I finally got around to making these today and they definitely did not turn out like your beautiful pictures :( Does it matter if you use whole wheat or white spelt flour? I used whole wheat. The batter seemed a bit thin and they never fluffed up and despite oiling the batter stuck all too the iron. The scraps that we tasted, tasted good just seems like I missed something or messed something up :(

      • Reply Faring Well September 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        Oh no I’m so sorry KJ! As with most of my recipes, the specific flours I use are very important for the outcome. Spelt and oat flour soak up more liquid than wheat flours – so that could be why the batter wasn’t thick enough. If you want to use whole wheat you can probably get away with subbing it for the spelt, but make sure to at least use the oat. Add a tablespoon of extra flour at a time at the end until it thickens enough if the wheat flour still yields too runny of batter. And as for the oiling of the iron, I’ve never found using straight up oil on an iron to work very well. I use the coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s and it works like a charm if that helps at all! Hope you can give these another try and have a better outcome! <3

  • Reply Lane | Modern Granola August 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I love to hear how much laughter you and your man share! That is the most important thing ever. (And I’m glad to know the MI movie is a hit! Can’t wait to see it!). These waffles look amazing in every way. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
    xx Lane

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Aw thanks Lane! It is so important. (YES you will love MI!) Thanks so much for the waffle love. Hope you’re having a stellar week!

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola August 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I love those belly laughs that make you feel so sore you feel them the next day. Such fun!
    Props to the Belgian indeed-these look amazing. I’m so curious to try your honey sesame flavor. It sounds divine! Can’t wait to try the waffley goodness.
    xx Sydney
    Sidenote: WHAH! I’m so excited to receive my copy of “Kind Ice Cream For You”! You’re awesome! Thank you, thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Right – major ab workout over here! Perfect excuse to eat more waffles ;). Thanks for the recipe love too! And YAY for you winning! Cannot wait for you to get to try more of Virpi’s sweet goodness in that book! xo

  • Reply Ashley Abbey August 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This post is so full of happiness! Love to hear about the laughs you and Scott have had — seriously one of the most important parts of any relationship is to be able to be the best comedian for each other. And seriously, your pictures kill it every time! We are so inspired by them! They are always so bright and colorful and those waffles! We can’t wait to try them in our waffle maker!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Thanks so much Ashley! Its so true! And gah you are making me blush, thank you for your super kind words <3.

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood August 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

    i love how your waffle is in a bowl. the perfect way to add a little extra honey and berries without any loss!!! These look amazing and I am currently crushing over fancy lady toast with honey, tahini, peaches and cinnamon. xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Haha right! No crumb or maple syrup drip left behind (should I start a committee?). That toast sounds amazing! I have a hint you’ll like my next week’s post then… Stay tuned ;)

  • Reply Shanna | Kiss My Bowl August 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Gorgeous! That has got to be the deepest waffle iron I have ever seen – so awesome. Sounds absolutely delightful, I friggin’ love waffles – and belly laughs. And that instagram photo. All perfect.

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Thank you thank you thank you Shanna! You rule! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow August 5, 2015 at 10:59 am

    This is pretty much the cutest thing ever. Aren’t belly laughs w/ partners the best?! Especially when they’re so dumb and no one else would understand in the least. I think that’s actually a key to lifelong marriage, speaking scientifically, of course ;)

    If y’all ever come to PDX (please come), we will have to have a beer drinking, skateboard riding (or for me, falling), waffle fest weekend–because those are pretty much all the best things in life.

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

      THE best!! And it is so scientific ;). Haha thanks Brooke. And yes yes yes I am so down – I hope this really does happen! ;)

  • Reply Jess | Urban Alchemy August 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

    These look so good! My boyfriend LOVES waffles! Think I’m going to make these for him this weekend:)

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

      YAY! I hope you do and that you both enjoy them mega mucho much <3

  • Reply Alana August 5, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Can i just say that you are pretty much the cutest, sweetest lady and I loved this post so much. And waffles in a bowl!? HUGE HUGS for that!!

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:12 am

      No you cannot because it makes my face turn too red **cheesy smiley face** <3 and hehe YES high fives for waffles in bowls - its the only way ;)

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen August 5, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Just wanted to say that I have discovered your blog in the past few weeks and think it is absolutely gorgeous – you write in a way that makes it easy for everyone to relate to your experiences (such as your last post) and also be super funny and entertaining (and very cute, like this one!). Your photos tell a story along with your words too which is amazing. So yeah just wanted to say that I love it all, thank you, and will be back here a lot! X

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Claudia! Thank you so much for taking the time to write me this sweet comment. It is so encouraging to read and I just super appreciate you!

  • Reply Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life August 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I think the person you can laugh with, be truly, heartfully silly with, is the person you are meant to be with. I have found mine, and it sounds like you have yours. I can’t wait to make mine some of these delightful waffles on our next silly, quiet Sunday morning :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 6, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Yay for us both finding that person :) its just the best. Hope you two get to enjoy these together on your next silly lazy morning too! <3

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures August 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I love belly laughs like that! My mom and I have wacky moments like that all the time and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world!
    These waffles look too good to be true! It’s been a really long time since I’ve made waffles… so these might be happening soon! Honey and sesame sounds like the best flavor combination ever and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Haha YES! So great. Love those moments ;). And I think you need to reunite yourself with waffles too! So. Good. Hope you get to try them and love them as much as we do! <3

  • Reply betty August 6, 2015 at 9:42 am

    This is seriously too adorable. And these waffles – they sound divine. I have a little belgian stye waffle maker and I think its time to take it out :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Thank you Betty! I think its time too ;)

  • Reply Grace August 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

    You guys are the cutest couple! I loved reading this post! So sweet, silly but sincere. And these waffles! Girl! I didn’t think it was possible but your pictures are getting more and more gorgeous with every post! *heart-eyed emoji!

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Grace you are the sweetest! :) Making my day every time you comment – and now I’m blushing! Hugs to you for being so sweet, hope you have the most stellar weekend! <3

  • Reply Cady | Wild Heart of Life August 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Yes! I swear if people knew the things Kevin and I crack up about together they would think we were absolutely out to lunch. I was also inspired to research just what distinguishes Belgian waffles from the likes of the Eggo variety. Very interesting research. Monocle emoji. Crisp waffle pockets with that nutty sesame taste, this recipe has me daydreaming. xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Hahaha YES “out to lunch” – love that. And oh good golly is there a difference ;) hope you get to try this flavor in one form or another soon! Thanks for your sweet comment Cady! <3

  • Reply Emily August 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I can already that tell you are going to be super-fun parents to your future children someday. :) And they will love you for all of the amazing breakfasts you make. Can’t wait to give sesame seeds and tahini a try in my next batch of waffles!

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Haha oh gosh we hope so! If our future kid doesn’t like waffles I may spaz ;). Hope you get to try this flavor soon and love it friend! Thanks for writing me Emily <3 hope you and your family have a great weekend!

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas August 7, 2015 at 6:41 am

    sesame + blueberries + honey = the biggest *heart eyes emoji*! So looking forward to the weekend so I can make these for breakfast (and also probably lunch/dinner/midnight snack..)

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 7:04 am

      No way! Thanks Becca! Big cheesy smile on my face right now. <3

  • Reply Elissa Fuchs August 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Doubled the recipe last night for dinner. Only one remained and because they are so delicious I’m making it for breakfast now. The unique flavor of tahini is brilliant. I used all spelt and they were perfect crisp on the outside and soft within. The addition of coconut chips,bluberries and some thinly sliced plums=what I want for breakfast!

    • Reply Faring Well August 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

      OH this just made my morning. Thank you for writing me this! I’m so glad you made and enjoyed them so much. We just love them like crazy, and happy to know you do now too! Yay! Hope you have a great weekend <3

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life August 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I love how you celebrated your move with waffles. I like to celebrate the start of pretty much every weekend with waffles that I make for my boyfriend. I definitely need to try this sesame honey flavour next time. And topped with blueberries…gosh, sounds like the perfect combo!

    • Reply Faring Well August 10, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Aren’t waffles together with someone just the best?! Thanks for the recipe love Sophie! Hope you get to try this new flavor combo and enjoy it with your man soon <3

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams August 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Can it be the weekend already so I can make THESE WAFFLES!? Oh man, that flavour combo!! I also love that you ordered a waffle iron to an address that you weren’t even living at yet — totally something I would do to! xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Haha it was such a good move ordering that waffle iron! Thanks for the flavor combo love, Shelley! I seriously think you would loooove these! xo

  • Reply Kristin August 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Hey Jessie, Just found your site. I absolutely love it. Love your photography style. Love the food. Love it all.
    and these waffles…. I cant remember the last time I had waffles. I might have to fire up the iron this weekend! So glad I found you. ;)

    • Reply Faring Well August 11, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      You are too sweet, thank you Kristin! I really appreciate it. Hope you dig out your waffle iron and get to enjoy these super soon! xo

  • Reply Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life August 11, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Oh I love homemade waffles! These flavors sounds perfect. :) Definitely something I’ll try this weekend for my husband. Love your site as well! Beautiful photos!

    • Reply Faring Well August 11, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Aw yay! So awesome. Thank you thank you Jenn! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens August 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    That photo of Scott skateboarding with a beer is amazing. I kind of want to do that too, except it would definitely end with me on the floor with two scraped knees and several bruises, haha! “No matter what, just eat a waffle.” This line sums up how I feel about waffles and Sunday mornings. I don’t watch Parks and Recreation, but today I saw a photo of Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) saying: We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” I used to be team pancake but I’m pretty sure I’m team waffle now ;)

    PS. Here’s the URL to that photo, that I’ve separated with spaces so hopefully your filter doesn’t eat it up! >> http :// img.allw.mn/ content/n8/i4/mb/zhy9kjtz.jpg

    • Reply Faring Well August 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Hahaha that is awesome! Leslie Knope is one of my favorite characters. Ever. We have watched those seasons through and through (and still do). High fives for waffles and being awesome and for that pic! <3

  • Reply Ju (JuYogi) September 26, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I’m so in love with waffles but I have to say I’ve never prepared them on my own.
    But your recipe sounds really great! I think I have t give it a try! ;)

  • Reply Lauren January 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I made these this morning and had the same problem as KJ. The batter was so runny and the whole thing stuck to my waffle maker. I followed the recipe to a T, so I’m not really sure what happened. My husband and I ended up standing over the waffle maker, picking the crispy pieces out and eating them with our hands. And it was DELICIOUS. So all was not lost :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Oh no I’m so sorry Lauren! This is so strange. I literally make this recipe 2 to 3 times a month, and have for several years! I’m seriously considering getting a scale cause I fear all of our measuring cups are off from one another and could be leaving some of us with varied results. I will say that if the waffle is not cooked long enough it will stick, but if the iron is properly sprayed and the waffle cooked it should pop right out! I’m so sorry this wasn’t the case for you and will look into this more. Glad you and your hubs enjoyed the bits still. xo

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