Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

This recipe for Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles is a great variation on the classic breakfast.  These waffles have the crisp crust and fluffy interior of traditional waffles, but the sweet potatoes provide a deeper, more complex flavor.  Try these for breakfast, or better yet in the classic soul food dish chicken and waffles.


Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients, because of their versatility.  They can be as sweet or savory as you’d like.  This recipe is more on the sweet side than the savory side, but there are some very easy adjustments you can make to make lessen the sweetness and increase the savory flavors.  You can add a diced jalapeno or chipotles to add some spice which is a great way to counteract sweetness.  You can also add herbs.  Rosemary and parsley are my favorites, but sweet potatoes combine well with thyme and cilantro as well.  Another way to increase the savory flavor is to add spice.  Cumin, allspice, and black pepper, all combine well with sweet potatoes.  Whether you choose to go in a sweeter direction or take a turn to the savory, these Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles will become a go to dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


2 cups of peeled sweet potatoes cut into bite sized pieces

1 cup of milk

2 large egg yolks

1/4 cup of light brown sugar

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) of butter, melted

1 tsp freshly grated peeled ginger

1 tsp orange zest

1 3/4 cups of flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

6 large egg yolks


  1. Steam the sweet potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Combine the sweet potatoes, egg yolks, butter, milk, ginger, and orange zest in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg.  Add the sweet potato mixture to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  4. Preheat your waffle iron.
  5. Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the sweet potato mixture until just combined.  Fold in the remaining egg whites in two batches until there are no more white streaks in the batter.
  6. Once the waffle iron is up to temperature, cook the waffles according to your waffle iron’s instructions.


14 Replies to “Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles”

  1. These sound delicious, and I love how easy they are to adapt. Folding in the whipped egg whites is a nice touch that I haven’t tried before. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. My friend once had some potato waffle she got at Trader Joe’s and she loved them I never really had waffles or pancakes made with any type of potato before but I always been curious to try some I would definitely have to veganize this recipe up and see how it goes for me it looks delicious

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