Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat}

It’s breakfast, it’s dinner, it’s over the top delicious! Healthier cornbread waffles topped with pulled pork and a quick and easy maple apple chutney. Any other waffle need not apply!

Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Oh, Hi.

Excuse me while I just get out of an I-don’t-know-if-its-breakfast-or-of-its-dinner-but-I-do-know-that-I-need-this-in-my-facial-hole-every-day-for-the-next-22.3-years coma. I know that sentence hurt your brains, but there is no other way to describe this…this…I don’t even know you guys.

Let me just say it again: Pulled pork. On a crispy, light, CORNBREAD waffle. AND maple apple slaw. WITH caramelized onions.

Can you taste buds even believe you eyes? Mine either….and I just ate it.


Confession: This was my very first time EVER making waffles. I mean, I have eaten my fair share of them, but never actually made them myself. This was because:

1. I didn’t have a waffle make.

2. Making waffles without said waffle making device is, well, really really hard.

Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

If you do not live under a rock, which I am assuming that you don’t since you are reading this…unless it’s a very technologically advanced rock, you would know that it was just Christmas. Guess what my best gift was this year?

If you said “I’ll take waffle maker for 500!” then you get a gold star.

So, last week I posted some crockpot chipotle pulled pork that makes enough to feed a small army. Unfortunately, the FFF household’s “army” is umm…non-existent. We are two people + 0.05 for our puppy. Needless to say, we have been swimming around in oceans of pulled pork. Did you just pictures little pigs with mermaid tails?

I need help.

Anyway. As much as I love pulled pork sandwiches, there is really only so many that a girl can stuff into her face before she needs a little switch-a-palooza. Enter: Cornbread waffles.

Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Before I tell you about the recipe, I need to give you a warning so that you do not make the same mistake that I did. DO NOT put all of your makeup on, spend 4000 years making sure you mascara is perfectly coating your eyelashes…and then chop onions. Hello mascara that is no longer on my eyeballs, but is instead running down my cheeks. Let me tell you, mascara turned blush should NEVER be a thing. Never ever ever.

Side note: IF you have sensitive eyes like me and they do that annoying watery thing when you chop onions, stick your head in the freezer. Yes, this is how Mr. FFF came home to his wife. Yes, it looked a little odd. No, Mr. FFF didn’t even bat an eyelash. He is used to coming home to these sorts of things.

Alright so. It took me quite a few tries to perfect these waffles. I wanted them to be crispy on the outside but still airy and soft on the inside. After many versions of adding this, taking away that, more sugar, less sugar etc, I discovered the golden ticket: cornstarch. Seriously, you guys, I am starting to believe that cornstarch is the magical recipe fixer- upper. Want softer cookies? Add a lil cornstarch. Crispy waffles? Cornstarch. I bet it could even tame my insane, Florida-humidity ruined hair. Asking too much? Most likely.

Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

I cooked my waffles in a classic style waffle maker, on the highest heat setting, for about 1.5 cycles. This made them perfectly crispy, golden and light. I can’t attest to how they would exactly turn out in a Belgian style waffle maker, as I do not own one considering that I do not like Belgian style waffles. But, if you give that a try let me know how it goes.

Now, we NEED NEED NEED x 7 to talk about this maple, apple and caramelized onion slaw. I know what you’re thinking. Actually, I don’t. How-ev-er, I think it’s probably something along the lines of “Taylor is crazy. That is just too much awesome to taste good all on one plate.” I know that you are thinking this because, like the other pulled pork, Mr. FFF thought the very. Same. Thing. Just trust me on this one guys. It WORKKKKKS. Oh baby, does it work.

Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Do you think that I am creepy now?

Sure, the maple syrup and apples may seem like your taste buds are gonna be all “ohmygosh sweetness overload-o-rama” but, trust, me they wont.  The caramelized onions bring to down and keep it a little more savory and get-in-my-face-yesterday kind good.

Also, don’t be afraid of the whole “caramelized onions” thang. Yes, it takes some time to cook, but the prep time is 5 minutes. All you have to do is stir them every once in a while and they’re happy. PLUS. This slaw (and everything else in this recipe) freezes REALLY WELL. So, make lots.

Trust me, you’re going to want to wake up to cornbread waffles and pulled pork for the next 62 days.

I would even go out on a limb and say that these are a perfectly acceptable dinner waffle.

Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

I mean, when Mr. FFF takes them to work at 2 am for his “lunch break,” all logical best-time-to-eat-this bets are off.

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Skinnier Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Pork And Maple Apple Chutney
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Serves: 2-4
  • For the Waffles:
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp Butter, melted
  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • For the chutney:
  • 2 Small Onions, thinly sliced (about 2.5 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Medium apple, diced (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Leftover pulled pork.
  1. To make the waffles:
  2. In a large bowl mix the cornmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, melt the butter and then stir in the almond milk, lightly beaten egg and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened, do not over mix!
  5. Let the batter sit for 20-30 minutes before cooking the waffles. This will ensure that your waffles are extra light and crispy!
  6. While the waffles sit, it's time to caramelize those onions:
  7. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  8. Stir in the thinly sliced onions, mixing well to ensure that all the onions are evenly coated in the butter.
  9. Stir the onions every 5 minutes or so until they are brown and caramelized, about 25-30 minutes.
  10. Once you batter has rested, preheat your waffle maker. I set mine to the highest setting as I like my waffles nice and golden brown and crispy.
  11. Drop about 1/2 cup of the batter into the middle of the hot waffle maker and cook until desired crispiness. Mine were perfect on the highest setting for about 1.5 cycles. Keep the waffles warm in an oven set to around 200 degrees.
  12. While the waffles are cooking, dice up the apple and throw it into a large bowl.
  13. Stir in the caramelized onions, maple syrup and cinnamon. Set aside until ready to serve.
  14. Serve each waffle topped with the apple chutney and as much leftover pulled pork as your heart desires.
  15. DEVOUR

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  1. says

    To me – making waffles without a waffle maker is not just hard – but impossible! Or is there a secret to making waffles without said waffle maker?

    That apple chutney sounds really really good – this dish has the meat, the veggie and the carbs – its BRILLIANT Taylor!

    • Tate says

      If there is a secret, I don’t know it! If you ever find out, please let me know girlfriend!

      Thank you so much Shashi! :)

  2. says

    If I could eat these twice a day for the rest of my life, I’d have not a complaint in the world. I LOVE pulled pork and am dying to try your maple apple chutney. P.S. the mascara thing? Totally a lesson I’ve had to relearn 10 times and counting…one of these days, we’ll get it right 😉

    • Tate says

      Giiiirrrl, you’re gonna love the chutney! I can (and do) eat that baby with a spoon!
      I sure hope we do 😉 Or else I am just gonna switch to waterproof. Plan B.

  3. says

    Ok, so I just found your blog and I am OBSESSED! I love your writing. You’re so funny Taylor! I was cracking up about your mascara running after chopping onions. I hate when that happens! I have super sensitive eyes too, so I’m going to try your “put your head in the freezer trick”. If it works you are my new hero.

    These waffles look amazing! I love salty and sweet, so this is right up my alley. I went to school in LA, and they had a bunch of Chicken and Waffles restaurants. At first I thought that was odd, but it is deeee-lish. Gorgeous pictures too. I want to dive in and eat a slice.

    • Tate says

      Thanks Natalie! I am happy to know that my nonsensical ramblings are enjoyed! 😉
      That freezer trick TOTALLY works! At least for me…I really hope that your eyes respond the same way and that mine aren’t just totally odd! Let me know!

      Chicken and waffles is yum-er-oo and I am glad you approve of this spin girl! Thanks so much…off to peep your blog! :)

  4. says

    One of the best part of making pulled pork is the massive amount of leftovers, right?! It let’s you get creative with leftovers and start putting pulled pork on EVERYTHING! But I would never have thought of this crazy good awesomeness! Cornbread waffles and pulled pork sound like a match made in heaven. And that maple apple chutney just puts this over the top!

  5. says

    How have I still not had savoury waffles? The closest i’ve got is pancakes with bacon- and thats not very close! Looks like a great quick evening supper with all those traditional hog roast flavours. I could eat this 5 times over right now and even though i have already had a gigantic dinner..and dessert. YUM :)

    • Tate says

      Girl, don’t even worry…this was my first adventure into savory waffle land too! But, there is always a first time for everything! 😉
      Thanks Amy! :)

  6. says

    Lol, thank you girl – I can’t tell you how many times that freezer trick would have saved my running mascara when I was watching a sappy movie with my husband on TV – now I know the secret for avoiding the racoon eyes if there is a freezer nearby 😉
    Holy cow, this looks ah-maaazing! The waffles look perfect and so much awesomeness and flavors are going on in this one dish – love it!

    • Tate says

      Hahaha! I can totally just picture you getting up and sticking your head in a freezer mid-movie. Priceless!
      Thanks Kelly! :)

  7. says

    “15. DEVOUR” <– love it! I can't even get over the flavors here – apple, maple, cinnamon, pulled pork?! Mmmm.

    And I so hear ya on the onions business. My mom keeps a spare pair of swim goggles in the kitchen for onion chopping! Looks so silly but her mascara totally stays put. :)

    • Tate says

      Let me tell you, it was challenging. Waffles and pulled pork = not naturally pretty! But thanks for the photo and blog love girl! :)

  8. says

    OMGGGG how is this even real?!?!?! I need it…like, yesterday. It’s all my favorite things piled on top of each other and I want to shove the whole pile of deliciousness in my mouth. Pinning. And drooling.

  9. says

    The pigs with the mermaid tails, I’m laughing so hard right now! Seriously, I adore reading your blog and stories and everything. You always crack me up!
    And those waffles??? Too much awesome stuff going on here, I think. Errm, I mean: I SO need these in my life.
    My waffle amker is a Belgian Style one, but I’m definitely trying these… the maple apple cornmeal pork caramelised onion topping sounds out of this world delicious.
    Pinning, of course! : )

  10. says

    I’m not sure what to say right now other than I want to try this immediately. I’m speechless! This looks incredible. I mean, even just the cornbread waffles. Plus all the other stuff on top? I need them in my life!

  11. Becky says

    I tried this recipe tonight and I was not disappointed. It was so good. I love the chutney. I think every time I have pulled pork now I am going to have to make this.

  12. says

    Girl, I think we are twins or best friends in another life. Just found your blog and obsessed! You are cracking me up. And Mr {future} HIT wouldn’t bat an eye either if he walks into the kitchen and my head is in the freezer. Just hangin out. Never fails. Chopping Onions = Massacre of my Makeup.

    Andddddd we LOVE pulled pork. We smoke a whole butt, then have a buttload left! I can.not.wait. to.make.these. The fiance just got me a new waffle iron and I am so obsessed with anything waffles lately so natualllyyyy I am going to have to make these. For dinner. Because breakfast for dinner is the freaking best.

    So excited to jump around your blog some more!

    • Tate says

      Oh man, we CLEARLY Need to hang out! And our husbands would probably get along just fine since they both married crazy gals like us! Don’t you hate the makeup massacre? UGH.

      I left at butt and buttload, because I am 5. Anything waffles is fab…you are gonna love these!

      Thanks for the kind words lovely lady! :) popping over to your blogeroo now!

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