Baby waffles are a great first food for babies. These spinach waffles with sweet potatoes are free of added sugars and full of healthy ingredients for your little ones.
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I did baby led weaning with both of my girls, and plan on doing it for our third baby too. These healthy waffles are one of my favorite baby breakfast ideas.
I’ve always been pro baby led weaning pancakes and waffles for babies because you have complete control of what you put in the batter.
Like squash, sweetpotato, zucchini, pumpkin and more.
You can load waffles with a variety of healthy ingredients and flavors, like fruits and vegetables (a great vegetable recipe for toddlers!), or healthy fats and extra fiber.
If I’m not making these baby friendly waffles, I’m making or reheating my banana oat waffles, another favorite.
You may not think a spinach waffle recipe sounds appealing, but you really don’t taste the spinach.
Kind of like a smoothie. It’s there for nutritional benefits, but doesn’t affect the flavor.
I have loved baby led weaning and giving babies the autonomy to eat on their own and learn their skills. It also is a great way to introduce different flavors and textures to babies.
You’d be surprised at what they can handle. You can see more about our baby led weaning journey here.
What I also love about baby waffles is how quickly they come together (no need to wait 15-20+ minutes for them to be ready!), and they are easy to freeze.
I usually make a batch when I have time and energy, and then feed off our freezer stash for weeks.
Ingredients for Spinach Baby Waffles
These baby waffles use oat flour for a light, airy finish. If you don’t have oat flour, you could also use whole wheat flour, which is a little heartier.
I prefer the texture of these oat flour waffles, especially for babies, and all of the nutrients it imparts.
- waffle maker
- oat flour
- mashed sweet potato
- baking soda
- vanilla extract
- milk of choice (breastmilk, formula, whole milk or your preferred milk all work)
- spinach (optional)
Head down to the FAQ section for some fun modifications and additions to these spinach waffles.
I also make this baby waffle recipe for my toddler all the time, and I’ll add a little honey or maple syrup for a sweetener.
These oat flour waffles aren’t naturally sweet, but you can sweeten to your preference. As mentioned earlier, we want to limit added sugars in a baby’s diet.
How to Make Waffles for Babies
When thinking about making waffles for babies, especially for baby led weaning, you want to avoid any and all added sugars.
These spinach waffles do just that. They’re full of healthy ingredients for baby, and a great way to introduce them to new flavors.
Plus, they are naturally sweetened with sweet potatoes.
We use sweet potatoes for baby led weaning often because they are naturally sweet (without added sugars), have a variety of textures you can serve and they can be served sweet or savory.
Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl and your wet ingredients in a blender.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
Grease your waffle maker and place the batter on. Cook for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Sweet Potato Waffles for Kids
This baby waffle recipe works great as a toddler waffle recipe, too!
Waffles are also one of the best sweet potato recipes for toddlers because you can dress them with their favorite toppings. All toddlers seem to love waffles and pancakes.
Plus, these healthy waffles for kids are full of nutrients like fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants, to name a few.
Great for those picky eaters who may have trouble getting those nutrients otherwise.
These spinach waffles are also great for freezing and they store well. I love to always have some toddler freezer meals on hand that they love because feeding kids can be a challenge sometimes.
After letting them cool completely, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze them for up to 6 months. To freeze, store them in a freezer-friendly airtight container or stasher bag.
To reheat after freezing you can use the microwave or a toaster oven.
Yes, you certainly can. They aren’t meant to be overly sweet since these waffles will be served to babies.
If you choose to use a sweetener, you can use honey (if baby is older than 1), maple syrup, or even add some fruits to the batter or on top. This is how I serve to my toddler.
We love to add a variety of toppings! Nut butter, whole milk yogurt, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds all boost healthy fats for baby’s growing brain. You can also add fruit, like berries or chopped bananas.
- Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl (oat flour through cinnamon). To make oat flour, simply grind oats in a blender or food processor.
- Mix wet ingredients in a blender (milk, butter, sweetpotato, egg, spinach). The spinach will break down.
- Mix dry and wet ingredients together until just incorporated.
- Grease waffle maker with butter or spray. Pour ¼ cup of batter in waffle maker and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with fruit or favorite toppings.
1. The recipe is not meant to be overly sweet, since it is baby friendly waffles, although the sweet potatoes offer natural sweetness. To add more sweetness, try some of the topping ideas.
2. Topping ideas: Banana, berries, peanut butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, yogurt, butter, honey, maple syrup, etc.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g