I LOVE waffles. I resisted getting a waffle maker for years (#smallkitchenproblems) but now all I wanna do is WAFFLE. And yet somehow, these homemade sweet potato waffles are my very first waffle recipe! I’m a wee bit obsessed with these ones because they are packed with good-for-you ingredients like sweet potato, oats and flax and they have a comforting, moist texture that doesn’t even need a lot of maple syrup. Except, of course, you have to have some maple syrup. Gotta support all those Canadian maple farms…
How to make sweet potato waffles
Making waffles is much like making pancakes; you need roughly equivalent amounts of dry ingredients and wet ingredients, some leavening and something to give it structure…but otherwise, you’re bound only by your imagination!
I find waffles need a little more oil than pancakes so they stay moist and crisp up well. Because they need to hold a stronger structure then a pancake, you’ve also got to get the gluten free flour mix correct. In all my years of experiments, I have had some epic waffle fails! Some that couldn’t handle being lifted off the iron and fell apart. Some so hard that it was like eating a dry sponge. Some that, inexplicably, never cooked through!
But never fear, sweet potatoes make incredible waffles because:
- They’re both starch and liquid
- They’ve got their own built in sweetness
- They help hold moisture so you don’t end up with a dried out waffle
You can use leftover roasted, baked, steamed or boiled sweet potato – or you can even used canned sweet potato (the unsweetened, plain variety!). I’ve used ground flax to replace the eggs for extra structure. Oats contain soluble fibre that is good for your gut and helps to bind the mixture while brown rice flour helps lighten things up and give a bit of crispness to the outside of the waffle. Remember that not all oats are gluten free, look for certified gluten free oats such as Bob’s Red Mill.
Ways to enjoy these vegan sweet potato waffles
Something else I love about these homemade sweet potato waffles is how versatile it is. Try it savoury, or sweet. For breakfast, or dinner! Here are a few ways to enjoy them…
- Topped with natural peanut butter or almond butter for extra protein and healthy fat to keep you fuller longer! My go-to topping, for sure.
- Mix up some room temperature vegan butter with a bit of cinnamon and maple syrup to taste and then slather it over the waffles.
- I loved these waffles with ripe sliced pear, but berries or sliced apples would be delicious too!
- Try them for dinner, topped with sliced vegan sausages pan fried with kale, garlic and chile flakes.
- They would also be delicious topped with a garlicky white bean dip and roasted broccoli.
And because waffles take time, I highly recommend that you make a double batch and freeze the rest so you have the luxury of mid-week waffles. Just heat up in the toaster!
Homemade Sweet Potato Waffles
- 1 cup cooked sweet potato or canned sweet potato
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or oat milk
- ¼ cup naturally refined avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- Preheat waffle iron to medium-high (I set it to just less than 4 out of 5). Preheat oven to 200° Fahrenheit (100° Celsius).
- In a small bowl, mix ground flax with 4 tablespoons warm water and let sit for five minutes to gel – this is a flax 'egg'.
- In a food processor or blender, add sweet potato, oats, rice flour, soy milk, avocado oil, flax egg, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and cardamom. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is smooth and well blended.
- Brush waffle iron with avocado oil if necessary so waffles don't stick, then fill iron according to manufacturer's directions and cook. For my iron, it takes about 1/2 cup of batter for a 4 inch (10 cm) waffle.
- Cook until crisp and golden brown on outside. When waffles are done, transfer them to a cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm. Serve with your favourite toppings!