Highland Waffles


Highland Waffles 
Highland Waffles.  This is an old, old recipe that was handwritten into my Big Blue Binder. There was no reference as to where it comes from, and I can't find another recipe online, so your guess is as good as mine! 

I can only tell you that I have had this recipe for about 40 years or so and today is the first time I have ever made them.  I can tell you it won't be the last!

Highland Waffles 
For those who don't know, my Big Blue Binder is a large vinyl three ring binder that I have been lugging around with me since I was a young girl. It has travelled all the way across Canada and back again.

As well as across the Atlantic ocean and back again. It is filled with all of my tried and trues, recipes gleaned from family and friends, copied out of magazines and newspapers, etc.  A real culinary collection of this, that and everything else.

Highland Waffles 
I have been interested in food and cooking since I was a young girl. Mom used to let me clip the recipes from out of her ladies magazines.  Not that I was going to realistically cook any of them back then.

Although I did achieve a liking for the raw cake mix from my Robin Hood Bake set, lol. Always a foodie, although not always as discerning as I am now!

Highland Waffles 
I was looking for something to cook for breakfast this weekend, that would be a little heartier than my weekday breakfasts of toast or cereal.  I wanted something special.

I was looking through my binder and came across this recipe and thought why not! It was about time I tried out my waffle maker!  I don't want it gathering dust!

Highland Waffles 
There were a few things that really appealed to me about these waffles. One, they use pancake mix. I had bought a box of pancake mix but not used it yet.

Two, it had oatmeal in it, albeit quick oats, but what the heck. I used one of the pouches of instant oatmeal that are single servings. It was just the right size for half a recipe

Oh yes, I did half a recipe, which was the other thing which appealed. It was an easy recipe to cut in half. (I do give full sizes of ingredients needed in the notes of the recipe, so no worries there!)

Highland Waffles 


I expect these are called Highland Waffles because they use Scottish ingredients like oats and dried currants, but no Scotsman worth the wool in their kilt would use instant oats, or pancake mix for that matter! lol 

  • pancake mix
  • quick oats
  • dried currants or raisins
  • free range eggs
  • mil
  • molasses
  • melted butter

Highland Waffles 

These are as simple to make as whisking together the dry ingredients in a bowl, and whisking together the wet ingredients in a beaker.  Add the wet to the dry and combine.

Not until totally smooth, just until combined and you don't have any huge streaks of dry ingredients showing.

The waffle iron does the rest of the job. Just heat your iron according to the manufacturers directions and pour the batter onto the iron in quarter cupful's.  Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Highland Waffles 
These go together in a flash and are so simple to make, really. Are you like me?  My first couple of waffles are always oddly shaped. 

Until I get the hang of just how much waffle batter to add and where to place it on the waffle maker.  Or is it just me who always messes up the first one or two, looks-wise.

Highland Waffles 

There is nothing wrong with the way they taste. They are just not perfectly round. It doesn't really matter, because they all taste fabulous, no matter the shape! 

The oatmeal gives them a somewhat nutty flavor that is really nice!  They also get a hint of smokiness and sweetness from the use of molasses in the batter. 

Highland Waffles  
If you are in the UK and have a difficult time finding molasses I have the perfect substitute for you. I found when I lived there that if you mixed together equal parts of golden syrup and dark treacle you got something very similar to molasses.

Dark treacle on its own is far too strong a flavor. I can remember making molasses cookies with dark treacle when I first moved over there and had to throw them all away.  Nasty!  Far too strong. 

It was a real learning curve for me for sure, this getting use to the difference between North American ingredients and British/European ingredients.

Highland Waffles

I became somewhat of an expert in substituting the differences, and now I am on this side of the pond I am doing it in reverse. There is always a way to get around it if you know what you are talking about!

In any case I hope you will give these delicious waffles a go!  Quick and easy to make. Wholesome, nutty and hearty with oats. Lightly sweetened with molasses and studded with dried currants or raisins.

Highland Waffles

Highland Waffles

Yield: 2
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min
Hearty with oats and studded with sweet currants, these delicious waffles make a wonderful change from the regular brand. I will give the measurements for 4 servings in the notes.


  • 3/4 cup (110g) pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup (30g) quick oats
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup (20g) dried currants (or raisins)
  • 1 large free range egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 1 heaped TBS molasses
  • 3 TBS melted butter
To serve:
  • Maple syrup
  • butter
  • berries or chopped fruit 


  1. Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a beaker. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and combine both together just to combine. Its okay if there are a few lumps.
  2. Heat the waffle iron according to your manufacturers directions. Spray with some non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Ladle the waffle batter into the waffle maker by 1/4 cupsful. Bake until golden brown on both sides. Keep warm in a low oven while you bake the remaining waffles.
  4. Serve the waffles warm with some butter for spreading on top, maple syrup and fresh fruit.


For four servings: 1 1/2 cup (220g) pancake mix, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup (60g) quick oats, 1/4 cup (40g) dried currants or raisins, 2 large free range eggs beaten, 1 3/4 cup (420ml), 1/4 cup (60ml) molasses, 1/3 cup (80ml) melted butter

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