Workers Comp Waffles

This week’s recipe comes from my sister-in-law, who was inspired to repay her Des Moines workers comp lawyer after her husband suffered an injury at work. My sister-in-law is a fantastic cook and she is always one to give thoughtful gifts as a token of her appreciation.

Her husband works in construction, and when the scaffold he was working on collapsed, he suffered a serious traumatic brain injury. They needed a lawyer to help them resolve the case, and her way of saying “Thank you” was to surprise them with this sweet treat.

I’ve been to countless brunch celebrations with her family, so I can personally attest to the deliciousness of these newly dubbed “Workers Comp Waffles”. These aren’t waffles you make out of a box, they’re homemade. And as with any kind of recipe, you can change them as you see fit. 

Don’t feel like strawberries today? Substitute the strawberries for bananas, or leave fruit out altogether. Go ahead and add a little more cinnamon or skip chocolate chips if that’s to your liking. The possibilities with these workers comp waffles truly are endless. 


Ingredients you’ll need:

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • ¼ cup of melted coconut oil (could also use avocado oil or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax meal
  • 2 cups of loose wheat flour (could also use almond flour if you’re gluten-free)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder


  1. First, you will need to preheat your waffle iron.
  2. While you are waiting for your waffle iron to heat up, combine your wet ingredients together in a medium bowl: vanilla, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Once your wet ingredients are mixed, combine your dry ingredients in another, separate bowl: ground flax meal, cinnamon, chocolate chips, wheat flour, and baking powder. Then, pour your wet ingredients over the dry mixture and combine until desired texture is reached.
  4. Now, you can pour this waffle mix into your waffle iron and wait. Mine has a little light that turns green when the waffle is ready, but every waffle iron is different so keep a close eye so they don’t burn. 
  5. And voila! You have workers comp waffles. Top with maple syrup, chopped mint, and strawberries. Enjoy!