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2 servings (2 waffles each)


0 hours 5 mins


0 hours 10 mins


0 hours 15 mins

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1 Cup Kodiak Cake Mix

¾ Cup Water

1 Tbsp. Canola Oil

½ Tsp. Cinnamon

¼ Tsp. Freshly grated nutmeg


½ Cup Canned Apple pie filling

½ Granny smith apple, peeled and diced

2 Tbsp. walnuts, toasted and chopped

¼ Tsp. Cinnamon

1/8 Tsp. Freshly grated nutmeg

Sugar Free Maple Syrup (optional)

Swerve Confectioner’s Sugar (optional)

Cooking spray


1. Preheat your waffle maker as per manufacturer’s instructions. When ready, spray the interior with cooking spray.

2. In a bowl, mix the pie filling, nuts, fresh apple and spices to make the topping. Put to the side.

3. Mix the Kodiak mix, water and oil in a bowl with the spices to make the batter.

4. Make your waffles and serve topped with the pie filling topping and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar (if using). Serve with warm syrup on the side.

NOTE: By now you know, I love Kodiak Cake Mix and use it for everything from pancakes, to muffins, to waffles and cookies. (Top Three Kodiak Cake Mix Recipes) It is packed with whole grains and protein and is just “good for you” food. Making these waffles will leave a little room for some decadence with the canned apple filling (Don’t judge me! LOL I’ve doctored it up with extra spice, fresh apple and healthy nuts.) I only use a scant quarter cup on each serving of waffles and serve a sugar free syrup on the side. Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Syrup is my brand of choice but there are several good ones on the market.

By picking and choosing where I use my calories and sugar, I’ve learned to make some really tasty dishes without going crazy. This is another example of how I pair healthy with decadent for a great meal. The use of the pie filling is actually a time saver and came to me as an idea when I had left over filling from my Apple Turnover recipe. It worked great the next day on these waffles.

BTW, leftover apple pie works great too.  Just scoop out the middle of the pie and top the waffles.  I’ve used this technique after almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas when I’m left with a half dozen pies and not enough people to eat it all!  I have lots of great recipes using holiday leftovers so be sure to check out my Leftover Holiday Food Recipes Magic post.

I always get asked it you can use real maple syrup and real confectioner’s sugar. Of course you can…this is your recipe and I’m just providing some guidelines to get you started. You can use skim milk or whole milk instead of the water when making your waffles too. Don’t like the ideal of pie filling from a can? I’ve done unsweetened apple sauce with thinly sliced apples and a tablespoon of nuts when I want to be “real good and eat even cleaner”. You have lots of options here. You decide.

One of my favorite kitchen tools is my Dash Mini Waffle Maker. I love this thing!!! It is tiny so it doesn’t take up a lot of space and it’s perfect for making just a couple of waffles. It is fast and super easy to clean. Since I cook a lot for just two, this is the perfect appliance for me and it is so inexpensive. Definitely something you should have in the kitchen.

This version of waffles went over big with both the adults and kids so give it a shot.  Looking for other fast, easy and healthy brunch and breakfast recipes?  Try my Egg Muffins (perfect for using up leftover veggies) and my Kodiak Cakes Apple and Walnut Sheet Pan Pancakes.  YUM!



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