Carrot Cake Waffles – How to Make Healthy Homemade Waffles

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Last Updated on June 8, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Healthy Whole Wheat Carrot Waffles are the best homemade waffles that are as delicious as they are healthy. Infused with warm spices and fresh carrots, these easy instant waffles make a great weekend brunch. Pair it with applesauce as a healthier alternative to syrup!

Have you ever seen those commercials advertising breakfast or waffles that look more like dessert than a way to start the day off?

Syrup and compotes and whipped cream with sugar upon sugar upon sugar. I don’t even want to look at the calories in one of those plates!

However, I love pancakes and waffles and when you skip all the sugar laden accoutrements, it’s a actually a pretty healthy breakfast.

In this version, I have paired Healthy Waffles made with whole grains and carrots with a mango applesauce. Infused with the spices we find in carrot cake, these waffles are a great way to have your cake and eat it too!

The mango applesauce is such a great complimenting condiment that really, the syrup is not necessary. However, if you want to be more decadent, especially for a weekend brunch – you can still serve it with syrup.

What if you don’t have a waffle iron? No problem – you can easily make Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes with this same waffle mix.

Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles

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When I was a nursery school chef, our goal was to provide kid friendly delicious recipes that were healthy too. We had to adhere to strict health guidelines to make sure each meal was balanced with protein, fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

To that end, we served pancakes and waffles with applesauce instead of syrup. The kids never complained and grew to love this healthier combination. Teaching kids to eat healthy is all about starting young.

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If they were older kids who had already been accustomed to eating breakfast food loaded with syrup, it would have been a lot harder for them to adjust to eating their pancakes and waffles with applesauce. However, at 2-3 years old, it was easy!

Inspired by that combination, I created this Healthy Carrot Cake Waffle Breakfast, albeit a little more upscale and gourmet than we provided at the nursery school.

Homemade Mango Applesauce is also a great snack for kids, on its own.

This Healthy Breakfast consists of:

  • Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot Waffles
  • Vanilla Bean Mango Applesauce

The applesauce is so good it can be enjoyed as dessert all on its own!

Versatile Carrots

Carrots are one of those ingredients most of us always have in the fridge. They are inexpensive to purchase in bulk and they last a very long time when stored in the refrigerator.

They are also one of the most versatile ingredients. Not only is it commonly included in Soups and Stews but you can make anything from Carrot Muffins to Carrot Hummus with carrots. With its mild natural sweetness, carrots can be used in both savory recipes like this Smoky Pork Stew or in sweeter recipes like this Haitian Plantain Porridge.

They can easily be eaten raw or cooked.

Not only are they convenient to have around and easy to prepare, but carrots are also full of health benefits.

Benefits of Carrots

Carrots are good sources of:

  • Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K1
  • Beta Carotene
  • Antioxidants

With all of these vitamins and minerals, carrots are a good natural source of energy and aids in bone health, eye health and blood coagulation.

For this reason, including carrots in as many recipes as you can is a good idea.

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Meal Plan Recipe

If you meal prep or meal plan, this is a great recipe to include in the weekly repertoire. You can easily make a big batch and then freeze these and then just pop them in the toaster – the same like you would any supermarket freezer waffles.

Serve them with the Mango Applesauce or fresh fruit and breakfast is ready in just a few minutes.

Freezing Homemade Waffles

  • Let waffles cool completely.
  • Place each quarter of a round waffle in an individual freezer bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

Ingredients for Carrot Cake Waffles

Ingredients for homemade waffle mix

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How to make Easy Homemade Waffles

  • Cook carrots and mash them.
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  • Mix all of the wet ingredients together.
  • Combine and mix until just combined.
Healthy Homemade Waffle Mix
  • Cook in your waffle maker, according to package instructions.
How to make homemade waffles

So the next time you have some extra carrots about, try these Healthy Waffles!

Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles - Carrot Cake Waffles

You can choose to enjoy it with or without syrup!

Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles with Mango Applesauce on a plate with breakfast accoutrements in the background.

This combination of flavors worked even better than I thought they would.  The ginger in the waffles really complements the mango in the applesauce, when they are in your mouth together.  A big spoonful of the applesauce on every bite of waffle and you will be delighted! No one will be asking for syrup.

Carrot Waffles with Mango Applesauce and Syrup on a fork with breakfast plates in the background
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Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles

Delicious Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles made with whole grain flour is a hearty and filling breakfast. Made even healthier when served with Mango Applesauce instead of syrup.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 367kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook carrots in boiling water until very soft.
  • Drain carrots and mash them.
  • In a bowl, combine pastry flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar, cloves and ground ginger.
  • In another bowl, combine carrots, fresh ginger, milk and oil.  Beat well.
  • Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Preheat and grease waffle iron and cook, per your waffle maker instructions.
  • For my round Oster waffle iron, I used approximately 3/4 cup of batter for each waffle and cooked about 6 minutes each.

Notes

You will need approximately 5 medium sized carrots.
If you do not have whole wheat pastry flour, you can use half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2790IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Crystal DaCruz

    5 stars
    My kids love waffles, but like you I cringe when I think about all the sugar in the syrup and toppings! This mango applesauce was such a delicious alternative to syrup! Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe!

  2. Jen

    5 stars
    Funnily enough, I made chocolate waffles yesterday and I am having a lot of fun with my waffle maker at the moment. This carrot cake waffle recipe has come at the perfect time. I’ll be making these tomorrow 🙂

  3. Archana

    5 stars
    At home, we do not appreciate sweet breakfasts so I am loving these yum gingered carrot waffles with mango. Delicious and I can use the last of the mango we get now they will compliment the ginger and carrots in the waffles. Thanks a lot I will definitely make it for breakfast tomorrow.

  4. Kalyani

    5 stars
    my lil kiddo’s newest obsession is Waffles, and your nutritious , well balanced Carrot Waffles seems like an absolute winner! Do you think I can sub the pastry flour with wholewheat atta

  5. Britney Brown

    5 stars
    I made these for Mother’s day Brunch and we ALL devoured these waffles! They were so easy and perfectly spiced with the ginger cloves and brown sugar. I cannot wait to make these again!

  6. Jazz

    5 stars
    Carrot cake is one my favorites and these waffles don’t disappoint! Love the texture and flavor and will be making them again.

  7. Immaculate Ruému

    5 stars
    I’ve had my waffle maker for a while but only used it for classic waffles. I’m glad I came across this recipe. Different but delicious!

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