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These Sweet Potato Waffles turn leftover sweet potatoes into crispy little squares of heaven drizzled with maple syrup. The waffle recipe is a low-carb breakfast idea made with a healthy serving of vegetables from the sweet potatoes. It’s very similar to what I did with my popular Cauliflower Waffles but with a sweeter taste.
These sweet potato waffles are such a great breakfast option that are low carb and low calories. They can easily be made gluten-free and ketogenic (keto) friendly. See my notes below for some easy swaps for these options. But in general, you’ll only need regular pantry items plus sweet potatoes to make these low carb waffles.
Sweet potatoes health benefits
There are so many amazing health benefits of sweet potatoes. And lately I’ve been using them in lots of recipes to satisfy my craving for carbs since they have a low glycemic index. Here are 5 facts to answer the question of why are sweet potatoes healthy:
- Sweet potatoes are considered low on the glycemic index scale – that’s basically a ranking for carbs in food depending that how they affect blood sugar levels. If something has low glycemic index, it means it’s more slowly digested. So I always love including carbs like sweet potatoes in my recipes.
- Sweet potatoes are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene which means they help boost your immunity.
- Because of their high fiber content, sweet potatoes help to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
- One medium baked sweet potato with skin has only 103 calories.
- They may help support weight loss. About 12% of the starch in sweet potatoes is resistant starch. This is a fiber-like substance your body doesn’t digest, which was found to actually help burn fat after a meal.
How to cook sweet potatoes
This recipe for low carb waffles is best if you have some leftover sweet potatoes, especially after Thanksgiving. But if you don’t, you’ll need to cook them. You can cook the sweet potatoes by boiling on the stovetop, roasting in the oven, or baking in the microwave. Here are the three methods in more detail.
- Boiling on Stovetop: Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Place in a saucepan large enough to fit the sweet potatoes and cover with boiling water. Boil until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
- Roast in Oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Pierce the sweet potato all over with a fork, then wrap it in aluminum foil. Place it on the oven rack or on a baking sheet and bake until fork tender, about 45-60 minutes.
- Bake in Microwave: Pierce the sweet potato with a fork to make sure it doesn’t explode. Dampen a paper towel and place the sweet potato on the damp towel on the microwave plate. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Then check that the sweet potato is fork tender, and continue microwaving in 30-60 second increments until it is cooked.
How to make sweet potato waffles
After you cook the sweet potato, transfer it to a food processor and add the remaining ingredients. You want to blend it until the sweet potato is completely combined. You’ll get a beautiful orange-colored batter for the sweet potato waffles. Then the batter is ready for the waffle machine!
Heat the waffle iron to medium-high heat, grease it with cooking spray and cook for about 4-7 minutes. The cooking time will depend on your waffle machine. When they’re crispy and cooked through, cool them slightly on a wire rack before enjoy.
Finish off the waffles with some whipped cream, maple syrup and pecans. I can’t believe they’re low carb waffles. And I can’t believe that each one is only 80 calories. Definitely room for two waffles and definitely room to dress up these waffles. The great thing is you can serve them sweet like I did, or you can even top them off with some fried or scrambled eggs – delicious both ways!
More Sweet Potato Breakfast Recipes
- Sweet Potato Toast
- Loaded Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs
- Huevos Rancheros with Sweet Potatoes
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Sweet Potato Waffles
- Set waffle iron to preheat.
- Combine cooked sweet potatoes and oats in a blender. Blend until well combined.
- Pour egg and milk into the blender on top of the sweet potato and oats mixture. Blend until well combined, and add the rest of ingredients. Blend until fully pureed.
- Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour ⅓ cup batter into waffle iron. Cook for 4-7 minutes. Let waffles cool on a baking rack.
- Serve with whipped cream, maple syrup and pecans, if desired.
- Any variety milk works well in this recipe. Feel free to keep it dairy-free with almond milk or coconut milk or use regular milk if you prefer.
- To make it gluten-free, replace the all purpose or whole wheat flour with 2 cups of gluten-free oats .
- To make it keto-friendly, substitute the flour and oats for almond flour.
- To use what you have on-hand, you can actually make these using leftover sweet potato casserole or any other type of sweet potatoes you have. They will also work well with pumpkin puree!