These easy homemade waffles are super easy and a great way to save some money while freezing a great make-ahead breakfast. Once you try them, you’ll never go back to store-bought!

Homemade waffles on a plate, from Shelf Cooking

Today is a breakfast hack you are going to want to kiss my feet for… Homemade waffles that are cheaper, easier, and healthier than those that you can buy in the freezer section of the store. *hold your applause* Not only that, but these are completely customizable!! I'm seriously into morning hacks and ways to make our morning routine go smoother. I'm also really into hot breakfast since cereal sticks to my kids' stomachs for precisely 2.3 seconds.

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We love waffles in our house, but I don't always have time to make them. And let’s be honest, I hate the mess! I started making a HUGE batch and freezing them, then heating up as-needed just like you would a store-bought frozen waffle! It has saved our mornings, our breakfasts, and our sanity all around. *Now you may insert roaring applause.*


I usually don’t follow any fancy recipe, I just do whatever the bag of batter tells me to! I do add in some flax and chia seeds to make them extra healthy.


Homemade waffles in a freezer bag, from Shelf Cooking

Mix your batter up according to the package (or make your own homemade batter – recipe below) and make your waffles in your waffle iron! I like to make a giant batch so that I only have to do it once a month or so. Just make sure that you spay the iron with cooking spray in between batches so that they come out easily and don’t stick. 

Then, I cut them into quarters (since I have a big waffle maker – if yours makes a small square, then skip this step!), and put them in gallon freezer bags so that they stay fresh in the freezer.

Pro Tip: Make sure waffles are cool before bagging them. In addition, squeeze out all the extra air before placing bags of waffles in the freezer. Air is the enemy!


Toaster reheating frozen breakfast, from Shelf Cooking

You can thaw them on the counter or in the fridge, or you can pull them out frozen and microwave them until heated. I like to microwave them a bit then pop them in the toaster.

If you want, you can pop them straight into the toaster, just like a normal frozen waffle! Or if you don’t have a toaster, you could toast them up (thawed or frozen) on a skillet on the stove.

hand putting waffle in toaster, from Shelf Cooking

It doesn't really matter how you heat them, because you slather anything with butter – or peanut butter! or Nutella! Top it off with my buttermilk syrup and it would make panty hose taste good, for Heaven's sake!

Pouring syrup over breakfast, from Shelf Cooking

So there you have it, now you know how to make your own homemade frozen waffles. You can stock your freezer and save some money while you’re at it!


Ready to make your own frozen waffles? It's so easy!

Homemade Waffle Recipe

Super easy, classic waffle recipe that is perfect for freezing!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Stir dry ingredients together. Combine liquid ingredients.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients together.
  • Pour batter into waffle maker.


Flash freeze leftover waffles on a sheet pan, then add to a freezer bag. Reheat in the toaster like a normal freezer waffle!
Keyword batch cooking, easy, freezer, make-ahead

What are YOUR favorite breakfast hacks? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for new breakfast hacks!

Freezer breakfast on a counter, from Shelf Cooking

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