Waffles are synonymous with lazy Sundays, but they certainly don't have to be relegated to the weekend. So why not start your hump day on a satisfying note with a crisp short stack, artfully prepped and slathered with plenty of maple syrup? In case you need a few ideas, we rounded up three of our favorite recipes: one sweet, one savory, and one that's actually healthy (believe it or not). Read on below for culinary inspiration—and don't forget to post a pic and hashtag #nationalwaffleday.
1. CHIA WAFFLES
If you're looking to get your waffle fix without a side of steaming hot guilt, look no further than food blogger and author Ella Leché's nutritious chia waffles. "These are not only gluten-free and vegan but also high in protein and chia goodness," she writes in her new cookbook, Cut the Sugar: You're Sweet Enough ($17; amazon.com). "They're wholesome, delicious, and filling—no longer just empty carbs!" Get the recipe here.
2. LEMON-BLUEBERRY WAFFLES
Breakfast for dinner? Why the heck not. Treat yourself to a serving (or two) of these fluffy waffles topped with fresh honeyed whipped cream, a staple of Lucky’s Café in Cleveland and plucked from the pages of America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast ($14; amazon.com) by Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman, because National Waffle Day comes but once a year. Get the recipe here.
3. Green Onion Jalapeño Waffles with Deviled Egg Salad
For the perfect blend of sweet and savory, try chef and restaurateur David Burke's party-perfect tiny waffles topped with a spicy, savory salad dotted with jalapeños. "The hint of spice is so unexpected," he says. But oh so satisfying. Get the recipe here.