We know: When you think of waffles, you think of Eggos or greasy diner fare—not nutritious morsels that can help you hold on to your abs. But classifying waffles as just a cheat food or last-resort breakfast on the fly is plain unfair.

The fact is, with your waffle maker you can prepare many nutrient-dense gourmet dishes that barely resemble the doughy disks you grew up eating. Try these recipes and you’ll make waffles a cornerstone of your diet—yet still look so good, no one will be the wiser.