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Savoury Waffles – Healthy Little Foodies

Changing how you present food to your kid can make a big difference to your child’s acceptance of that food. These Savoury Waffles are a great way to get your kids pleading for more vegetables!

Savoury Waffles Topped with Various Toppings

I’ve named this dish  “Savoury Waffles” simply because I’ve made them in a waffle machine. However, they aren’t your traditional decadent, doughy waffle. Really they are just a vegetable fritter in disguise.

As you can see, from the picture below, the mixture is made with very little batter. I’ve used half a cup of flour in this recipe but, in the past, I have managed to get away with using only a quarter. Having less batter, I believe, allows more of the sweet potato and carrots to be in contact with the plates, cooking them better.

Savoury Waffles Shown in Waffle Machine Before and After Cooking

These Savoury Waffles are made using sweet potato and carrots but the recipe can be easily adapted and you can try / hide a variety of vegetables in these delicious waffles. In addition to carrot I have tried:-

  • grated onion
  • grated zucchini (courgette)
  • grated capsicum (bell pepper)

Other vegetables, I haven’t tried in this recipe but believe would work well, are:-

  • grated parsnip
  • grated squash
  • corn
  • peas
  • finely chopped spinach

You can also make them with white potatoes, if you prefer, and add any herbs and spices to suit taste.

I recommend squeezing out the juice of the vegetables if you are adding different / more vegetables. The mixture will be too wet if you don’t do this. I usually place the grated vegetables on a clean dish cloth and squeeze until all the juice comes out.

NOTE: Don’t throw away this juice, it is full of goodness! I usually add it to pasta sauces, chilli, bolognese etc. You could also add it to smoothies. 

Savoury Waffles Cooked. Top Down View.

Savoury Waffles can be used in so many ways. I love to accompany them with a variety of toppings such as

  • hummus
  • natural greek yoghurt
  • cream cheese
  • pesto
  • tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot etc

You can also use them

  • as the “bread” for sandwiches or
  • pop them in a lunch box.

This is a great finger food for babies, I would recommend reducing the cheese or simply eliminating it, to reduce sodium levels.  Young babies, doing baby-led weaning, will find the waffles easy to grip due to the textured surface.

Child's Hand Holding Savoury Waffle with Cucumber Flowers Topping

I love serving vegetables in different ways. If you do to then why not try my savoury muffins, carrot and parsnip fritters, carrot and sweet potato fries, cauliflower tots and rainbow fritters. 

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Savoury Waffles Cooked. Top Down View.

Savoury Waffles Recipe

Shredded Sweet Potato and Carrot mixed with cheese, flour & eggs. Cooked in a waffle machine, making them a great finger food and perfect for the lunchbox. 

Instructions

  • Add the grated carrot, sweet potato, cheese, spring onion, parsley and wholemeal flour into a large mixing bowl and stir until combined. SEE NOTE 1

  • Add the eggs and mix well.

  • Spray waffle machine with oil (if needed) and heat to a medium setting (if it has settings.)

  • Place 2/3 – 1 cup of the mixture in the centre of the waffle machine and spread a little to the sides. Close and cook for approx. 5 mins, until browned, crispy and cooked through in the centre. Remove from waffle machine and place on a wire rack. 

  • Repeat until all the mixture has been used up.

Recipe Notes

  1. I used a food processor to grate the vegetables which I believe gives the best results. If you use a box grater then the vegetables can become mush and clump together. This will depend on how sharp your box grater is and the force you use. If very wet, I recommend squeezing some of the juice out (using a cheese cloth / clean dish cloth) before mixing with the flour and egg.  
  2. You can easily change the vegetables you use in this recipe. I have, in the past, tried a mixture of grated onion, capsicum (bell pepper), zucchini (courgette).   If adding other vegetables I recommend squeezing the juice out before mixing with the flour and egg.

Nutritional information is an ESTIMATE only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. It should be used as a rough guide only. 

Nutrition Facts

Savoury Waffles Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 93
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 2g10%

Trans Fat 1g

Cholesterol 49mg16%

Sodium 106mg4%

Potassium 167mg5%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 6364IU127%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 77mg8%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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