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Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles

March 25, 2019

Have your cake and eat it too with these healthy carrot cake waffles. Made with delicious and nutritious ingredients, this waffle recipe will get you started on the right foot.

Have your cake and eat it too with these healthy carrot cake waffles. Made with delicious and nutritious ingredients, this waffle recipe will get you started on the right foot. #healthy #carrotcake #waffles

“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” – My girl, Leslie Knope

Happy International Waffle Day! It feels like there is a food holiday every day but when Stonyfield called out this particular holiday, I was IN. I am 100% a sweet breakfast person and was super excited to dream up a new waffle recipe to share with you! Waffles always feel like a special treat even though they are super simple to make. I decided to go with carrot cake waffles because:

1. Carrot cake. I mean… can you go wrong?

2. Spring is here! If carrot cake doesn’t remind you of spring, I don’t know what does.

These waffles are perfect for a fun breakfast at home or would be perfect for a brunch with friends! Top them with your favorite toppings – I went with yogurt, pecans and raisins. I’m also dreaming of making a creamy, yogurt maple topping. Yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon… can you taste it?!

Carrot Cake Waffle Ingredients

  • eggs – helps bind the pancakes together… and adds a little bit of protein!
  • whole fat yogurt – make sure you grab plain yogurt. I personally prefer the full-fat but any percentage will work.
  • milk – any type of milk works for this recipe!
  • vanilla extract – just a touch to bring the recipe together!
  • all purpose flour – gluten-free flour also works!
  • coconut sugar – brown sugar works as well. Just adding a hint of sweetness!
  • spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and salt
  • baking powder – to make sure you don’t have flat waffles… nobody wants flat waffles!
  • carrot – grate about 1 large carrot.
  • chopped walnuts or pecans – a staple ingredient in carrot cake, in my opinion!
  • chopped dates or raisins – for added texture and sweetness.
  • shredded coconut – another classic carrot cake ingredient! Love the flavor and texture shredded coconut adds. I prefer using unsweetened coconut.

Why Yogurt?

Why add yogurt to waffles? Adding yogurt to waffles increases the protein factor and keeps the waffles rich, fluffy and moist. Don’t hate me for using that word… it just really applies to these waffles!

I’ve been stocking up on the Stonyfield Organic quarts lately  – buying the whole milk yogurt, probiotic, low-fat yogurt (when that’s all I can find – yo girl loves her fat) or the greek yogurt. You really can’t go wrong! I purchase the quarts because I go through yogurt so quickly and love to always have some on hand and it feels less wasteful than to go through a bunch of individual containers.

How to Make Carrot Cake Waffles

STEP 1: Whisk your wet ingredients together – the eggs, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract. Add in the dry ingredients – the flour flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder and salt – and whisk until smooth.

STEP 2: Fold in the carrots, walnuts, dates and coconut. If the batter is really thick you can add a few splashes of milk to thin it out a bit. 

Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles made healthy with yogurt and coconut sugar! #carrotcake #waffles

STEP 3: Place 1/4-1/2 cup of the batter (depends on size of waffle iron) into hot waffles iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions.

STEP 4: Top with toppings of choice and serve warm. I’m dreaming of a cream cheese frosting but made with yogurt instead of cream cheese!

Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles - for a healthy brunch recipe lightened up with nutritious ingredients #healthy #waffles #carrotcake

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Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles

Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles for a sweet treat when you wake up! #healthy #waffles

Have your cake and eat it too with these healthy carrot cake waffles. Made with delicious and nutritious ingredients, this waffle recipe will get you started on the right foot.

  • Author: Jess Franks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain, whole fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (can sub gluten-free flour)
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot (about 1 large carrot)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates or raisins
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Whisk the eggs, yogurt, milk and vanilla together.
  2. Add in the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Fold in the carrots, walnuts, dates and coconut.
  4. If batter is still very thick add a few splashes of milk
  5. Place 1/4-1/2  cup of the batter (depends on size of waffle iron) into hot waffles iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions.
  6. Top with toppings of choice and serve warm.

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  • Reply
    Dilara
    May 12, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    When do you add the flour? Didn’t see it.

    • Reply
      Dilara
      May 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Sorry, missed the dry ingredients part. Will try it tomorrow!

  • Reply
    Mike
    June 6, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Hi Davida, the recipe looks really good. Will definitely try it this Sunday. Keep sharing such amazing recipes.

  • Reply
    Timmeisha @ Eat Sweat Be Happy
    June 4, 2019 at 11:32 am

    These waffles look AMAZING!!!

  • Reply
    christina dittenber
    May 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Is there a benefit of using coconut sugar instead of Pyure or Lakanto?

  • Reply
    Cassie Tran
    April 27, 2019 at 11:33 am

    You can NEVER EVER go wrong with carrot cake. EVER. It’s the best cake flavor aside from chocolate! These waffles probably tasted just like carrot cake that it blew your mind. Now I need to revel in the same experience!

  • Reply
    Meredith Viator
    April 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Great and def Bunny approved for an amazing Easter breakfast? thanks for the great recipe

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Queen Of Constance
    April 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’ve been making carrot cake pancakes every spring, but somehow never thought to make waffles!
    Will have to try! you’ve increased present expectations on flavor with this formula
    I love to cook breakfast on Sunday mornings for my family and I’m going to try these carrot cake waffles.

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    Nova @ The High Strung
    April 18, 2019 at 3:47 am

    I love carrot cake waffles, too!!! For this recipe, do you think the carrots must be shredded for the right amount of moisture and texture or would carrot pulp left from juicing organic carrots be alright…Thanks!…and keep up the sweet sharing!

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    Pete
    April 14, 2019 at 6:55 am

    My gosh, this is genius. I see that you’ve raised the bar on deliciousness with this recipe combining two of my favorite foods. Hoping to someday make this 🙂 bookmarked. Thank you for your palatable wisdom.

  • Reply
    Rhonda
    March 30, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Very delicious!

  • Reply
    Denise
    March 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    This sounds good but I don’t like nuts in things(love them on their own) and I don’t like coconut. Could I just leave them out?

  • Reply
    Cindy
    March 27, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Can you share the Nutrition Breakdown?

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      Barb
      January 31, 2020 at 12:26 am

      Could you use almond flour instead of regular flour.

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