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Have you ever really looked at your pet’s whiskers?  Whiskers are one of those things that you normally look past – until you really start to study them.  Then it’s all – BAM! Whiskers in yer face.


James has the shortest whiskers of my bunch – his are dark and short.  Maggie’s are longer but one side is white and the other side is black, like the fur underneath.  Pippa’s whiskers are the longest of them all.  So large and in charge.  In case you’re wondering, I found this interesting post on why animals have whiskers.  Pretty neat. 


I actually found one of Pippa’s whiskers on the rug the other day – for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what it was.  Whiskers are so much thicker and firmer than you imagine. 


Yes, Henry’s favorite toy is a salad tong.  He won’t put it down.


I can’t think of a creative way to transition from whiskers and tongs to this breakfast recipe soooo… here’s a picture.


And here’s the recipe. Winking smile  I call them ‘unwaffles’ because there’s no flour or pancake mix involved.


Unwaffle Waffles


Ingredients (for two waffles):


  • 1/4 cup cashews, measured whole
  • 1/4 cup cornbread mix
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk or milk alternative




  • In a food processor, blend the cashews so they form tiny pieces. Don’t blend too long or you’ll get cashew butter.
  • Pour cashews into a bowl, and then blend the oats until oat flour forms.
  • Combine cashews, cornbread mix, oats, egg, and milk.
  • Preheat waffle maker, grease with cooking spray, and prepare as you normally would.


Thanks to the cashews, these unwaffle waffles taste very butter; the cornbread mix gives it a nice kick.  And the texture is awesome.  I topped mine with coconut oil + a dash of sugar, as well as coconut shreds and blueberries.  A very filling breakfast – and very, very delicious.



  • Emily February 20, 2013, 1:37 pm

    So funny, I was just talking about our dogs whiskers the other night! I let him lick my near empty yogurt container and he had yogurt all over his whiskers. He sat for twenty minutes trying to lick every last drop off!

  • Natalie @ will jog for food February 20, 2013, 1:38 pm

    I love the idea of “unwaffles”! I need to get a waffle maker 🙂

  • Angela February 20, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Whiskers are a weird weird thing… But then again a lot of things are when you stare at them long enough 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 20, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Oh wow I never would have thought to make waffles like that, way to get creative!

  • Emilia February 20, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Those waffles look delicious! Everything is more fun when made in a waffle shape.

    Whiskers really are strange. I remember when I used to find a random cat whisker lying around, I was always shocked at how wiry they were!

  • Laura February 20, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Could you make these without the cornbread mix? Maybe a banana instead?

    • Caitlin February 20, 2013, 4:27 pm

      Not sure! But if you give it a try let me know!

  • Reenie February 20, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Those un-waffles look good and sound easy…. I need a waffle maker =)

    Last time I took my Chubbs (cat) to the Vet ~ Dr. J told me that they can detect a mouse from several feet away with their whiskers. 😮

  • Rachel @RMinNYC February 20, 2013, 3:53 pm

    I love a good pair of salad tongs too, Henry’s got the right idea!

  • Leah February 20, 2013, 5:06 pm

    My guess is now you will find her whiskers everywhere – I am a freak and get really excited when I find a whisker from my dog – my husband even leaves them on my bedside table when he finds one!

  • Holly February 20, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Whiskers freak me out if I look at them too closely.

  • Christina February 20, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Does the cornbread mix have flour in it?

    • Caitlin February 21, 2013, 7:33 am

      No it’s GF.

      • Christina February 21, 2013, 11:53 am

        Cool. It’s difficult finding a cornbread mix without it, but perhaps I’m looking in the wrong store.

  • Gretchen February 20, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Did you know that cats have whiskers on the backs of their front legs? I think that’s so crazy.

  • Ashley February 20, 2013, 9:39 pm

    This is why I love your blog so much, always a surprise! Le bebe with salad tongs… and a highly interesting article on whiskers!! You keep us on our toes 😀

    Have a beautiful evening!! 🙂

  • Babs February 20, 2013, 9:44 pm

    What an interesting article about whiskers. I love dog whiskers and I can’t believe a groomer would want to cut them 🙁 Pippa’s look long and fabulous.

  • Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant February 20, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Oh I love this idea of the unwaffle. I’m always seem to be out of either flour, mix, or whatever ingredient I need when I’m really craving waffles…be good to have this in the rotation for those times!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats February 20, 2013, 10:20 pm

    These seem wonderful. I am a huge waffle fan and blackberries are one of my fav toppings. Def trying this out soon!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 20, 2013, 10:55 pm

    I love cat whiskers! They are cool, and tickly 🙂

  • Michelle February 21, 2013, 3:56 am

    Waffles look yummy! But your blueberries look a lot like Blackberries!

  • Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) February 21, 2013, 6:08 am

    My black cat has bright white whiskers and they just make me smile so much. They’re so weird but really amazing all at the same time. 😀

  • dotsie February 21, 2013, 8:08 am

    You have fabulous photography skills 😉 and I love the pic of Pippa <3 ..and her whiskers!

  • Amanda February 21, 2013, 4:51 pm

    Do you think this mix would work well for pancakes too? I’m looking for gluten-free recipes of my boyfriend’s favorite foods, and he loves pancakes. (Plus, I don’t have a waffle maker.)

    Also, that article about whiskers was so fascinating!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2013, 6:36 pm

      I don’t think so. The batter is really heavy. There are loads of great GF pancake mixes though! I like Bob Red Mills.

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