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Orange-Pomegranate Buttermilk Waffles

Points® value
Total Time
46 min
10 min
16 min
Perfect for a holiday morning or special occasion, this recipe is such a nice change of pace from the usual fruit-topped waffles. A mix of whole-grain flour and wheat germ add a rustic quality to orange- and vanilla-scented buttermilk pancakes. You may find these pancakes don't even need syrup since the oranges add juiciness while pomegranate seeds add crunch and sweetness with every bite. To get a jumpstart on the morning prep, make the waffle batter and prep the fruit the night before and store them, covered, in the refrigerator.


White whole wheat flour

2 cup(s)


2 large

Toasted wheat germ

½ cup(s), honey-toasted variety


3 tbsp(s)

Baking powder

1½ tsp(s)

Baking soda

½ tsp(s)

Table salt

½ tsp(s)

1% low-fat buttermilk

2 cup(s)

Canola oil

1 tbsp(s)

Orange zest

2 tsp(s), grated

Vanilla extract

1 tsp(s)


2 large, cut into segments

Pomegranate seeds

1 cup(s)

Maple syrup

4 tbsp(s), warmed

Cooking spray

8 spray(s)


  1. Spray Belgian waffle-maker with nonstick spray. Preheat according to manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Whisk together flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, oil, orange zest, and vanilla in medium bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir until moistened.
  3. Scoop 1 1/3 cups batter to make 2 (4 1/2-inch) square waffles into waffle maker; lightly spread batter to fill each grid. Close lid and bake until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer waffles to platter and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying waffle maker between batches, making total of 8 waffles.
  4. With sharp knife, cut off slice from top and bottom of oranges. Stand fruit upright and cut off peel and pith, cutting from top to bottom, turning fruit as you go. Cut oranges crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds; cut rounds in half.
  5. Top waffles evenly with oranges and pomegranate arils. Serve with maple syrup.
  6. Per serving: 1 waffle with 1/4 cup orange segments, 2 tablespoons arils, and 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup


To prep a pomegranate, cut off and discard the top and cut into 4 wedges. Place wedges, one at a time, in a large bowl of cool water. Holding the wedge underwater, use your fingers to gently remove the arils (seeds). Discard the peel and pith and drain off the water.