I love to have pancakes and waffles for breakfast, – sometimes even for dinner or a snack. I learned the secret to making waffles nutritious using 3 readily available ingredients: oats, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. Sweet potato pocket waffles can save time as an easy grab and go meal that I can take on the road too.
In a high powered blender I blend 1 cup of uncooked quinoa with 2 cups of oats. Then I transfer it to a mixing bowl and stir in 4 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.
In another bowl I mix my wet ingredients: 1 cup of mashed sweet potato, 2/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup, and 3 cups of plant-based milk.
I then slowly and and stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and let mixture stand for about 5 minutes while my waffle iron heats up. If I am going to be packing these in lunches or for a grab and go meal I usually make them on a small iron or only partially fill my full sized waffle iron. I like to cook them about 7 minutes on medium heat, but you’ll have to experiment to get the amount of crunchy that you prefer.
The maple syrup and sweet potato give the waffles enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth, while the secret oats, quinoa, and sweet potato ingredients add much needed plant-based nutritious power for my body to get me through the day. If you want to make them a little bit more nutritious, pile on some antioxidant power with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, or your favorite fruit.
Give them a try. I hope you like them! Let me know how they turn out for you.