Recipe: Sweet Potato Waffles

I don't know that I've ever met anyone that doesn't enjoy a good waffle. With their toasty goodness and those cute little indentations that are perfect for holding maple syrup, what's not to love? Also, they can be eaten with tons of yummy toppings including nuts, fresh berries, and sliced bananas. I'm also a fan because you can make a big batch on the weekend and then freeze some for an easy breakfast that simply requires a quick trip to the toaster. Sweet Potato Waffle

So, what better way to spruce up a classic than with a little sweet potato? This orange veggie is a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Manganese, and fiber. Plus, when you go the extra step to buy them from a local farmer, the taste is unbelievable.

To make these, simply replace the oil in your favorite whole wheat waffle recipe (for the one I used, click here) with pureed sweet potatoes. I peeled and  thinly sliced my sweet potatoes and then steamed them, rather than boiling, to prevent nutrients from leaching into the water. Once they were soft, I just wizzed them up in the blender.

Also, here's a tip. You can replace the oil in just about any baked good with a puree. Ever heard of people using applesauce in their cookies? Well, this is the same idea. Now, you all know I'm not a fat hater, so by no means am I suggesting that all oil should be replaced in this way. But, if you want to play with different flavors or bump up the nutrients in a recipe, now you know the secret!