Sweet Potato Waffles

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 (8-inch) waffles
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • Vegetable spray, for waffle iron
  • Special equipment: steamer basket and waffle iron
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Put cubed sweet potatoes in a steamer basket. Place the basket in a large pot of simmering water that is no closer than 2 inches from the bottom of steamer. Allow potatoes to steam for 20 minutes of until fork tender. Mash cooked potatoes and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In another bowl combine the sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, butter, and grated orange rind. Stir the sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture and thoroughly combine. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold egg whites into batter 1/3 at a time. The batter will be thick. Using a No. 20 disher (scoop), place 2 scoops of batter onto a preheated, oiled waffle iron, and cook until lightly browned, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Per waffle: Calories: 465; Total Fat: 13 grams; Saturated Fat: 8 grams; Protein: 14 grams; Total carbohydrates: 73 grams; Sugar: 21 grams Fiber: 2.5 grams; Cholesterol: 36 milligrams; Sodium: 841 milligrams


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Wows! So fluffy, I had to reduce the quantity of batter put into the iron. I could eat these plain, so moist with a good amount of sweetness? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful way to use up egg whites from the freezer, and leftover sweet potato (yam) casserole from Thanksgiving dinner. THANKS AB item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles are great sweet without being too sweet or cloying and they need no syrup. They are great for eating on the go or for freezing and re- heating for a quick breakfast item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great & forgiving recipe. I used whole wheat pastry flour & a mix of peanut & walnut oil instead of butter. After tasting the batter also added a small amount of vanilla(maybe 1/4 teas.Definitely worth the prep. Those that thought the waffles were heavy--maybe didn't weight the flour or maybe used a Belgian waffle iron? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best waffles ever! Any leftovers work great as cold snacks -- or my favorite, the 'bread' for a ham sandwich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great use for left overs item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved these. Did just a few mods. The sweet potatoes that I had were left over from Thanksgiving, so they were already cubed and roasted with a tiny bit of honey and some cinnamon. I loosely measured out 1 1/2 cups. Like another reviewer, I used three whole eggs instead of six egg whites. I beat the yolks in with the sweet potato mixture and whipped the whites. Folded in as instructed. I also swapped one of the cups of AP flour for whole wheat flour. These were fluffy and filling and will be a Thanksgiving Leftover Tradition from now on. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles were great. The taste was great. I used graham flour instead of all purpose flour. The waffles were light and I froze a bunch of them for later use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these waffles.....they were great! : Thanks a lot Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent waffle! The addition of orange peel was brilliant. I'll add cinnamon the next time I make them. If you need an idea to use up the egg yolks, make Ina's Double Chocolate Pudding. It uses 6 yolks, and is outrageous. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great! I used tangerine peel since that's what I had. The waffles smelled great and were awesome. I recommend only eating one. They were pretty heavy and held me over for quite a while. Couldn't finish them but I'm going to freeze them so I can use them as a quick sturdy morning breakfast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really liked these waffles. I used 3 eggs like several other people. The batter is really thick and they were very filling. The taste was wonderful. We couldn't taste the sweet potatoes at all, but could detect the citrus/orange zest. Next time I think I might try to add 1-2T of orange juice just to loosen the batter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, this is one of the best waffles I have ever had, its wholesome, sneakingly nutritious, savory, pretty quick and perfect for my family and I. I hide veggies in everything...I keep sweet potato puree in the refrigerator always, so this was a great recipe for me! I used 3 whole eggs and added some chocolate chips and flax seeds just to purk it up a little. Wonderful !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids (ages 5.5 and 3 were already full from dinner but as soon as these waffles started coming off the iron, their little hands couldn't stop grabbing and asking for more more more please. I ate some with them and I have to say the are excellent. I am a fan of sweet potatoes and citrus zest so it wasn't a surprise. Anyway, the only changes I made was to use (3 whole eggs - as another reviewer had done, to save time and not waste the yolks, to mix half all purpose flour with white whole wheat flour, and to use soy milk. Next time I'll use less brown sugar since they were plenty sweet. A definite make again and a go to meal for us in the future. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this very tasty and they browned perfectly. A little on the heavy side though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was Wonderful ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the texture of these waffles, used lemon instead of orange rind and substituted out 1 cup whole wheat flour. They freeze beautifully. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always trust Alton Brown and the research he puts into and explains in his recipes. This time, however, I was sadly disappointed in the end product. I am trained in the culinary arts and feel qualified to say I followed his recipe by both ingredients, method and as he showed on TV. The result was a "heavy" waffle not unlike all other waffles that are made with baking soda as a leavening agent. My preference remains with a yeast batter, traditionally referred to as a Belgian waffle. The end result is a light, crisp waffle that makes my breakfast guests say they've never tasted a better waffle. Having said that, Alton is still THE MAN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles where pretty good stuff… but I am thinking that if I made up the chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and used leftovers in the waffles that it would make a great side dish/bread for dinner… Anyone else given this a try? item not reviewed by moderator and published
After watching Alton Brown make these on his show, I immediately wanted to make them. However, after i made them, I was extremely disappointed. When I attempted to extract them from my waffle maker, the waffles wouldn't stick. (Meaning, when i got a waffle out, the two sides were split.) Other than that, the waffles had a good flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are amazing! I'm a strong believer of a bit of healthy experimentation, so I made a few changes... For 2c all purpose flour -> I substituted 1c whole wheat all purpose 1c all purpose white For 1c milk -> 2/3c oj a shot or so (all I had left) of pumpkin spice cream liqueur (yum!) almond milk to fill a Tbs or two of clover honey I also used 3 whole eggs rather than 6 beaten whites. The batter still came out a bit thicker than regular pancake or waffle batter, but it cooked perfectly. The waffles were fluffy and had just a touch of crisp. Topped them with honey and spicy, crunchy sweet potato chips :) Thanks for a wonderful recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even my 2 yr old loved them and she won't eat anything! Thanks, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great for breakfast or anytime of the day as a snack. Alton knows his stuff! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really love these waffles. My 7yr old gets excited when I decide to make them. I don't add the orange zest because I don't keep oranges in the house. I add nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. I use the Chef's Choice "Five of Hearts" waffle iron set to 4 so that it cooks all the way through. I might try the roasting method versus the steaming method when I make them the next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great waffles we make them all the time. Great flavor and easy to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
I roasted the sweet potatoes as other reviewers suggested & topped the waffles with toasted pecans and syrup. I also cut down on the zest by half. The flavor of these waffles was pretty good (although the sweet potato flavor could have been more pronounced). Like other reviewers, I found the waffles did not crisp up very much. I had to pop them in the toaster a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried making these with some leftover pumpkin and it just didn't work out. I have a VillaWare round waffler that I haven't had much of a problem with before, but the waffles were sticking despite generous oiling and weren't crisping in the middle. The batter seemed to have the right consistency, but maybe I should have drained the pumpkin over some cheesecloth or something before adding it. As for the taste, all I could taste was the orange zest. I've seen some other reviews with the same comment, so I might omit that and go with some cinnamon or something when I try the recipe again with the sweet potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Five stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree on cooking them a bit longer. The ones I plan to freeze or toast later don't get too cooked in the iron, so they still have a bit of softness & stand up to toasting better. Made a toasted peanut butter & apricot jam sammie with one. good lord! yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles came out soooo good. I added a little bit of cinnamon to the batter (about 1/2 teaspoon) and I think that really added to their deliciousness. Topped with warm maple syrup and chopped pecans...mmmm. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We don't always get lift and crispiness from these waffles like we do from Alton's buttermilk waffles, but they are still very good. We've created a shortcut by using leftover canned pumpkin when we have it in place of the sweet potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good recipe but I've found a couple extra tricks. Roasting the sweet potatoes brings out the flavor more so than steaming. The roasting caramelizes some of the potato's natural sugars. You'll need to add a bit more moisture back into the batter by adding an extra splash of milk. The waffles are great but if you take the leftover batter and scoop it in the deep fryer, it makes incredible fritters, mix a little chopped apple into the batter and finish them with cinnamon sugar. Its incredible! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe today for our "breakfast for dinner night". I microwaved the potatoes instead of steaming them and used vanilla and nutmeg instead of the orange zest. The recipe was as easy as my regular waffle recipe. This will be my go-to waffle recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these waffles the other day-and was very disappointed. No sweet potato flavor-(roasting them might be a better way to get more sweet potato flavor) and the prep with steaming the potato and whipping the eggs is just too much work for a flavorless waffle. The citrus was the only thing I could taste. Won't try this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious, especially when you use fresh California Sweet Potatoes grown in Livingston! We make it all year-round, it's a staple in our household. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good Stuff for a change to a classic item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles are amazing!! You really can't taste the sweet potato and the grated orange peel gives great flavor. I make these for family or friends occasionally for a weekend brunch, served with fresh berries and syrup. They're a huge hit every time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these using leftover mashed sweet potatoes from thanksgiving. First I used less milk and butter since there was already milk and butter in the mashed potatoes. Then, as the batter was coming together I realized that I needed more milk and butter and probably ended up using the amount in the recipe. It came out great! But, if i didn't know that these were sweet potato waffles I dont think I wouldve guessed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found that if even slightly undercooked these waffles were very heavy and sweet-potato-ish, but when done for just 2-3 minutes longer than recommended they were fantastic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Alton but these waffles were a bit of a disappointment. I had to add more sweet potatoes to get more "sweet potato" flavor and the waffles were soft coming out of the waffle iron. They did not crisp at all. I may make them again and try roasting the potatoes first too add more flavor. Also, I added nutmeg and cinnamon but it could have used a pinch more. I'll give it another whirl. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love waffles. Always have-I have two wafflemakers just so that I can produce in quantity when I have company. I have a regular waffle recipe that I use-and it's great, don't get me wrong. But when it comes down to it, these are just as good at being waffles, and they have so much more to offer, from the beautiful color to the subtle sweetness of the yams to the novelty. I love telling people who've never had them that they've got yams in them-I've converted at least half-a-dozen yam haters with these waffles. Easy, fancy, and great-one of my favorite Alton Brown recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids want waffles everyday! Now I can give them waffles (maybe not everyday) and feel good about them. I really like them too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I freeze most of my waffles. Try toasting a pair, then put a sliver (or slab) of vanilla ice cream for a sweet potato waffle ice cream sandwich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these waffles in a huge batch and freeze them for breakfasts for weeks. They are better toasted item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good recipe. i think i put a little too much orange zest in, because i adjusted the reciped for the 10 egg whites i had left. it was very good, and i'll make them again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great! Easy to make and tastes so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The orange zest overpowered the sweet potato flavor a bit too much. Other than that, it was excellent. Also, it only took 2-3 minutes on my circular waffle iron. 5-6 would burn it to a crisp! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has come to be a Christmas brunch tradition in my house. a little sawmill gravy and biscuits, an egg dish and sweet potato waffles and berry syrup and, don't forget the mimosas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a lot of work but I made lots and put them in a freezer bag. Now when someone wants a snack I toast one and they get a waffle not knowing they are also getting a vegetable serving. I like them best as a desert served with butter pecan ice cream. Yummm Thanks AB! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles were sooo good. Have to make them again. A must try! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was thrilled when Alton Brown used sweet potatos as the theme of one of his shows. I have been making traditional sweet potato pies forever. This year I came across a sweet potatoe muffin recipe with cranberries in a community newspaper and now I am ecstatic about the waffle recipe. I tried it this week and it was a big hit with my family. It is a new favorite. Thank you for giving Georger Washington Carver his proper recognition!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was better than regular because the sweet potatoes gave it a kick. Makemore good waffles, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 10 month old loves sweet potatoes, and any kind of bread like substance, so I thought I'd give them a try. Easy to make, especially if you have the potatoes cooked ahead of time. Only drawback is the number of egg whites (and no egg yolk) used - though I actually had some in the freezer from using the yolks in another recipe, and they worked fine. Love the fact that it only calls for a 1/2 stick of butter instead of the 2 sticks my regular waffles do. Very tasty - with and without syrup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These waffles were tasty, but were a bit too light. I like my waffles to be light on the inside with a bit of a crunch on the outside, but I could not achieve that. If I cooked them longer in the waffler, they just burned. I just couldn't get them to look as good as I am used to seeing waffles. I will decrease the amount of egg white next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent - Easy to make and my children loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substitutted whole wheat flour for AP flour and also added a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. THe waffles turned out excellent! I served them with warm syrup, toasted pecans and apple&maple chicken sausage and everyone cleaned their plate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a bit more work than I anticipated. The final product was not as light as a buttermilk waffle. Although there was a nice orange flavor these were not a favorite of the kids. In the future I would reserve this recipe for the adults of the house as they can appritiate the flavors as well as the nutritional value of the Sweet Potato. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this waffle using canned pumpkin, and it worked just fine. We really enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. For a diversion from the normal. Sweet and crunchy good with syrup or whipped cream or icecream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the morning after T'giving for the family. Such a hit, they've requested it again for Christmas. Alton prefers steaming, but I BAKED the potatoes to enhance the sweet flavor. Did that step the night before to save time in the morning. Also added cinnamon and served with a variety of syrups (Birch, Maple & Cane). Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taste, used batter to make pancakes, too. Hint of sweet potato taste, not overwhelming. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A novel use for a holiday standard. Perfect for brunch the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas. It prepared more than enough food for 4 though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Beleve this is a great recipie for sweet potatos I tryed it & I liked it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a fan of waffles, however these were light and tasty with the lingering taste of the fresh orange zest from our own orange tree--- just sweet enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy to do, great tatse, fun for the kids to do. Doug item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a huge batch (left out the orange zest), the whole family really enjoyed them. I really liked the texture, and the sweet potato taste was great. We froze the leftover mixture in containers for later. Last night I grabbed one out, cooked up a few waffles for dinner, and the frozen batter worked great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
More work than frozen waffles, but make ahead and freeze, pop in toaster to eat! My kids are devouring them! Any way to get some extra nutrition into them is great! Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins! More nutritious than your standard waffle! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this sweet potato waffle recipe for Saturday morning breakfast. My goodness what a lot of work for a waffle. Could not taste the sweet potato, only the orange flavor. My husband liked them-ok... but no better than the regular waffles I make (which is much easier & less time consuming). item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were pretty good, but came out very dark. I think they would be better without the orange zest. Probably wouldn't make them again, there are too many other recipes I have made that are better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are definitely a bit more work to go into at 7 am on Saturday than I would normally, however, I think they're worth it for a very special holiday treat, say, Xmas or Thanksgiving. I actually enjoyed the somewhat heavier, more dough-y texture. My kids and dh agreed, although there were no raves. I think they appreciate waffles in any form:) item not reviewed by moderator and published
good healthy food ! exelent recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this one morning for the family. Told the kids it was regular waffles. After they declared the first bite good, told them the truth! They continued eating and asked for more. Can't stand sweet potatoes myself, but this recipe was pretty good. Not quite as crisp as regular waffles. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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