Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

My waffle iron gets a lot of use in my kitchen. However, it’s been years since I’ve put waffle batter in it.

I’m constantly adding different ingredients to my waffle iron to see what happens. I started with some simple waffle iron hash browns, but have moved on to crazier things like waffle iron pizzas and baked goods. When I saw that I had a few leftover sweet potatoes, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.

With a touch of cinnamon and apples, these sweet potato waffles are perfect for a cold winter morning. As an added bonus, these waffles are a lot more nutritious than classic waffles.

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

I’m absolutely in love with my spiralizer. When I bought it, I had no idea that I would use it so often. I figured it would be similar to a bread machine-something that you tend to forget about until you have to clean around it. However, I think it’s safe to say that I use my spiralizer more than any other kitchen tool.

Not only can it be used to replace pasta in dinner dishes, but it can be used for making breakfasts, snacks, salads, rice, or even desserts!

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

To ensure that the sweet potatoes cook through, I precook them in a skillet while the waffle iron heats up. This way, the sweet potatoes become soft and creamy, but the waffle iron still gives them a nice golden crust.

The apples will become nice and soft in the waffle iron, so there is no need to cook those beforehand.

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

You may either spiralize or grate the apples using the large holes on a grater. If you decide to spiralize the apples, just keep your eyes open for the seeds or any seed fragments and pick them out. Grating the apples allows you to grate around the core, but does dirty up another kitchen tool.

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

You can either top these Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles with maple syrup for a sweet breakfast or a fried egg for a savory breakfast. My favorite is the fried egg version, but I’m a little partial towards a runny egg. I think I could add an egg to almost anything.

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles
 
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Serves: 2 waffles
Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • 1 large sweet potato, spiralized
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat a waffle iron.
  2. Spray a medium-sized skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the spiralized sweet potatoes to the skillet and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Cook until the sweet potato noodles have softened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. While the sweet potato noodles are cooking, grate the apple using the large holes on a grater (you can also spiralize the apple, but be sure to pick out the seeds). Add the grated apples to a medium-sized bowl. Add the cooked sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and the egg. Toss until combined.
  4. Spray the hot waffle iron with cooking spray, then add half of the sweet potato mixture. Cook the waffles until the sweet potatoes are golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes (will vary depending on waffle iron). Repeat with remaining sweet potatoes.
  5. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

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14 comments
Kay
Kay

Don't run out of non-stick spray at the last minute :(

Jo
Jo

for people who do not like eggs. use ground flax seed mixed with water - it creates the consistency of an egg and it is healthier. NUTRTIONFACTS.ORG

That Oven Feelin
That Oven Feelin

@Jo That's a great tip Jo! I'll have to give flax seed and water a try!

bruce
bruce

Hope someone answers you Diane! I had the same results- huge mess in the waffle iron. Maybe a second egg and 1/4 cup of flour added?

Diane
Diane

Thanks, Bruce.  Yes, I did get a reply (see below my post), and I will try these again with less potato. --or perhaps making four waffles instead of just two.  It's worth experimenting with because the flavors are so good!

Diane
Diane

HELP!  These. would not hold together in my Belgian waffle maker, and I had to pull out in pieces...crispy in some parts but mostly very soft.  I made two waffles, as the recipe states, so I don't think it was because they were too thick.  Seemed as though it needed more egg or some other binder.  Any suggestions?  The taste was great, however.

That Oven Feelin
That Oven Feelin

Hi Diane! It sounds like your waffles steamed in the waffle iron, instead of becoming nice and crispy throughout. This is probably largely due to variations in waffle iron heat. I’ve tested this recipe in a couple of different waffle irons and some do turn out crispier than others! However, I do have some tips for crispier sweet potato waffles. Using a bit more cooking spray before adding the sweet potatoes to the preheated waffle iron helps quite a bit (and makes them easier to remove!). You can even spritz the noodles with spray before closing the lid. I would also try to use less sweet potato noodles in each waffle. Just like overcrowding a skillet while pan-frying causes food to steam rather than brown, I would give the noodles a bit more room. If your spiralizer has different noodle thickness settings, using a thinner noodle will also help give you a crispier waffle. You can try to add an egg or binder, but the waffles do hold together well once they become a little crispier!

ThatOvenFeelin
ThatOvenFeelin moderator

@Felicia Lim I would love for my waffle recipe to be included in your roundup! You are free to use any of the images with a link to this post. Can't wait to see the roundup!

realfoodwdana
realfoodwdana

Made these this morning for sunday brunch! Gorgeous picture, they tasted great :) 

julie
julie

 Hi There - are you using a Belgian Waffle maker or a more shallow one?  


ThatOvenFeelin
ThatOvenFeelin moderator

@julie I actually used a Belgian Waffle maker, but a shallow one would work just fine!

Tina Jui at The Worktop
Tina Jui at The Worktop

I love sweet potatoes. This sounds like the perfect way to use it :) Creative thinking! 

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