Sweet Potato Waffles

Last week, my hubby’s coworker told him about some delicious sweet potato waffles that his wife had made the weekend before. When the hubby relayed this little tidbit to me, I was immediately set on making some on Saturday morning. I’d seen sweet potato waffles pop up around the blog world a few times but had never attempted them myself.

But we all know I could probably eat an entire sweet potato by myself every day if I didn’t exercise some self control.

I looked at a few recipes but one that kept popping up was this one from Alton Brown. Alton has never steered me wrong, so I decided to give them a try.

Of course I made a few modifications :)

Here’s what I did:

I peeled & diced about 1 1/2 cups sweet potato and put them in a small bowl with a little bit of water. I popped them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until soft.

You can’t tell from the picture but this was probably the biggest sweet potato I’ve ever seen. It was approximately the size of my foot…and I wear a size 11 shoe. You get the idea. I only used about 1/2 of it.

Anyways, after mashing the sweet potato, I added a little butter. The recipe called for 1/4 c. I added 2 Tbsp. After stirring it around for a while, I got tired of waiting for it to melt so I just took it out. I probably used about 1 Tbsp.

Next up, orange zest. Now, let me tell you…if you’re not a fan of orange flavor, tone this amount WAY down. It calls for 1 Tbsp of orange zest. I’m a fan myself, so I wasn’t worried…but the orange flavor is very strong!

Add in the eggs, milk, flour, sugar and baking powder. Side note- Alton’s recipe called for 6 egg whites, beaten until peaks were formed….way too much work for Saturday morning in my book…so I just used two whole eggs. Another side note- 1 Tbsp is A LOT of baking powder. I almost scaled back…but I decided just to go for it.

These babies puffed up like crazy!! The waffle maker could barely handle them!

Sweet Potato Waffles

1 1/2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup Skim milk
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp grated orange rind


1. Peel and dice sweet potato. Place in a small bowl with a little bit of water and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add butter and mash potatoes.
2. Combine sweet potatoes, milk, sugar, eggs and orange zest in a bowl.
3. Stir in flour and baking powder.
4. Scoop approximately ½ c batter (it will be thick) onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

I successfully made about 5 waffles, topped mine with Chobani, chocolate chips and granola and dug in.

Turns out, the hubby was not a fan. I think it was the strong orange flavor. But that just means more leftovers for me :)


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. they sound awesome! but I love orange :)

  2. This sounds delicious! I wish I could’ve had something like this for breakfast. I prefer sweet potato in sweeter dishes (instead of savory) so this is right up my alley :)

  3. i just made a pasta salad with the juice of a lemon + evoo as the sauce. brad could not get used to the strong lemon flavor so i get that for the next few lunches!
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  4. Okay, i just clicked print, i have some sweet potatoes begging to be made into this!!! Thanks for the recipe :)
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  5. Those waffles look delicious! I love veggies in my waffles – my mother makes the most amazing whole wheat corn waffles – I eat them plain!
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  6. These look so yummy! I don’t have a waffle maker so I’ll just be dreaming of them :)
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  7. these look great! I just have such a hard time with the first step of peeling the potato
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  8. Woah what an AWESOME idea. Those sound incredible and delicious!!
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  9. I love alton brown- hes a genius!
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  10. That waffle looks perfect- nice and crispy!! I’ve never had a sweet potato waffle, but it sounds like a great idea. And I agree, Alton has so many awesome recipes.

  11. This is fantastic. I love sweet potatoes and they are so healthy.

  12. Wow! That sounds amazing! I’m definitely trying this :)
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  13. Oh no, sorry your hubby didn’t love it – 1 tablespoon is a lot of zest but it sounds likes a flavor combo we’d really enjoy! SP waffles are such a great idea!
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  14. I made these this morning but used cinnamon instead of orange zest (my kids, you know, picky) and they were AAAHHHHHH-mazing :) Thank you!!! Next time, I’m hiding butternut squash LOL


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