Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

What kid doesn't love carbs?! Mine can live, breathe and sleep all things bready, and she absolutely loves fresh waffles.  I make them maybe once in two weeks for a special treat and I do them from scratch. While traditional waffles are nice, I like to add in something a little extra to mine that makes the little ones ask for "moh." Adding some unsweetened pumpkin puree made these waffles a big hit in our household - both with Edie and with us!

Homemade pumpkin waffles  (serves 3)
Prep time 10 minutes. Cook time 10 minutes.

Ingredients & equipment:
1 cup of all purpose (or gluten free) flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 large egg
1 cup of whole or low-fat milk (whole is better for kiddos)
1/2 cup of unsweetened pureed pumpkin (you can also substitute with mashed bananas or apple sauce).
Waffle maker (Belgian style or traditional)

Whisk all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Break up the eggs with a whisk and then add the milk and the pumpkin puree at the end. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Preheat waffle maker until it's ready. Make sure you grease it well so the waffles don't stick. Then cook according to manufacturer's instructions. 

I serve these fresh and sometimes top them with additional fruit or almond butter for Edie. For hubby and me, I add bacon and/or maple syrup on top.

Kid wins:

  • Special treat - These are a lot fancier than my usual ba"nana" breakfast 
  • Family meal - We usually eat these together, which makes it a lot of fun
  • Leftovers - Mama makes extra so I eat 'em up the next day too

Grown-up wins:

  • Size - You can make these as big or as bite sized as you like. I like the latter for Edie.
  • Healthy - It's fun to add healthy ingredients such as pumpkin, apple or even kale
  • Versatile - They're not just for kiddos; my hubbs and I love them too!