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Sweet Potato Waffles


As much as I love fall baking with pumpkin,  I love sweet potatoes just as much, maybe more. What’s great about sweet potatoes is it’s so easy to bake them or boil them and make fresh sweet potato puree. Not so easy to do with a pumpkin. But the flavor and color sweet potatoes give food is very similar to pumpkin.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecans


Sweet Potato Waffles are a delicious and hearty way to get your fall weekend started. The sweet potatoes give the waffles a wonderful orange and earthy color. Some cinnamon and nutmeg enhance the flavor of the sweet potatoes and make the waffles taste like fall on a plate.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecans

I added some chopped pecans for some flavor and crunch. Sweet potatoes and pecans are two fall foods that should be paired together whenever possible.  🙂

I like to put a great big dollop, ok maybe a scoop, of whipped butter on top. The waffles themselves don’t have all that much sweetness to them so you can give them a generous drizzle of maple syrup without them being too sweet.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecans

I made these on my new waffle iron. We have been using a Belgian Waffle Iron from Williams Sonoma  that was a Father’s Day gift to  my husband nearly 15 years ago. I love it but have grown wary of using it since sparks sometimes fly out from the electrical socket when I pull the cord out. Plus after years of making square waffles I was in the mood for a change. So I bought an inexpensive Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker. It makes a thinner waffle but for now I am enjoying the change.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecans

Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecans

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Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecans

Sweet Potato Waffles

Some cinnamon and nutmeg enhance the flavor of the sweet potatoes and make these waffles taste like fall on a plate.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 5 waffles


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sour cream, milk. sweet potato, and butter.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and stir just until all flour is moistened.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold egg whites into batter.
  • Fold pecans into batter.
  • Cook waffles using a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.


Calories: 501kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern

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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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7 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Waffles”

  1. I had never heard of sweet potato waffles until it was a puzzle on Wheel of Fortune….I will give them a try soon, and yes, sparks not good!

  2. I made sweet potatoe waffles today with pecan maple syrup. I used 1 1/2 cup of biscuit mix with one egg and 1/2 cup half and half plus 1/2 sweet potatoe mix up in food chopper. Brush the waffle iron with butter and pour in your mix and bake. Top with butter, pecan maple syrup and sprinkle powder sugar over top. You can add pumpkin or caramel ice cream on top. Delicious and easy!😜

  3. I made a sweet potato pie for Christmas and knew people would be skeptical, so I didn’t tell them what it was. Nobody even noticed that it wasn’t pumpkin! I almost prefer sweet potatoes to pumpkin — they are so much more versatile. And these waffles look like something I need for breakfast soon!

  4. Michelle | The Secret Ingredient Is

    What a great idea, never would have thought about using sweet potatoes in waffles – love this! Looks delicious.

  5. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

    sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite! Love this waffle variation–I will have to try these sometime 🙂

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