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Sweet Potato Waffles

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These sweet potato waffles are a simple low-carb breakfast idea. They are a great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes, and each waffle is only 80 calories

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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Fact: We didn’t grow up with a waffle machine. And even after I got married we never owned a waffle machine until last year when I finally bought a 5-in-1 Griddler. Now I’m pretty much obsessed. Waffles turn ordinary pancake batter into crispy little squares of heaven. And the cool thing is it also turns low carb breakfast ideas into somewhat of an indulgent-looking meal. I did that with cauliflower waffles, and now doing it again with these sweet potato waffles!

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.

Close up of stack of sweet potato waffles served with two slices of oranges

Why are sweet potatoes healthy

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Sweet potatoes are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene which means they help boost your immunity.
  3. Because of their high fiber content, sweet potatoes help to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
  4. One medium baked sweet potato with skin has only 103 calories.
  5. 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 Make Sweet Potato Waffles

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.

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!

Batter for sweet potato waffles made in a food processor or blender

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.

Sweet potato waffles cooling on a wire rack after getting cooked

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!

Sweet potato waffles stack with whipped coconut cream and pecans on top with a side of oranges. Next to the plate

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4.34 from 6 votes
Sweet potato waffles stack with whipped coconut cream and pecans on top with a side of oranges. Next to the plate
Sweet Potato Waffles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

These sweet potato waffles are a simple low-carb breakfast idea. They are a great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes, and each waffle is only 80 calories

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, brunch, easy, Kid Friendly, Low-carb
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 161 kcal
  • 1 large sweet potato cooked
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  1. Set waffle iron to preheat.
  2. Combine cooked sweet potato, and oats in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  3. Pour egg and milk into the blender with the sweet potato and oat base. Blend until well combined, and add the rest of ingredients. Blend until fully pureed.
  4. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour 1/3 cup batter into waffle iron. Cook for 4-7 minutes. Let waffles cool on a baking rack.

  5. Serve with whipped cream, maple syrup and pecans, if desired

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Recipe Notes

Recipe: This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light 

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the batter up to 2 days in advance and have it ready to go to make waffles. 

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • 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! 

Equipment: I use my  Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler. It's great and has so many uses!

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. The serving size is approximately two waffles.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Waffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 94.6%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 12.4%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    February 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Amazing recipe! It took me a little longer to cook waffles in my waffle iron, about 7 minutes.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    November 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Made it yesterday. Best breakfast.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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