Foodie Fridays: Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles

Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles
Adapted from the Paleo Newbie

Recently, I was slacking on my pre-long run breakfast. I was eating a banana with almond butter (or lately, the Just Great Stuff powdered chocolate peanut butter I’m loving) and a plain, mini Thomas bagel. Mostly because the fiber content is really low in that particular brand. I really wanted to change the bagel part up, because I felt like there had to be something I could consume with more nutritional value that would help me on my long run.

I was in the mood for waffles. Especially after Hollie posted about her regular morning breakfast last week. I remembered a recipe for a paleo variety that I tried a while back that tasted great, but I had some trouble with them. I thought this weekend would be a great time to give them another shot and see how my stomach handled them on my long run. As the weekend approached, I found that I would likely be going at my long run alone anyway. If it jacked up my stomach, I wouldn’t be ruining someone else’s run in the process.

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They don’t take the prettiest picture, but I can see these becoming a training staple for me. I made a batch last weekend and I’m keeping them in my freezer. I ate one with some “Just Great Stuff” chocolate powdered peanut butter and a banana on top before my 18 miler last weekend and it worked well.

Disclaimer: I made these once before but was I disappointed with the result. The key to being successful with these is to make sure the temperature on your waffle iron isn’t turned up too high, and to re-grease it in between each waffle – don’t skip that part! I don’t make a lot of waffles normally so I can’t say I’m an expert at using my waffle iron and had it cranked up to full heat for my first attempt a few months back. Every single one stuck to the waffle iron, and I only got two of them to work. Even with greasing it each time, they would fall apart. I read the comments on the recipe, and another reader had the same issue. The suggested solution was that waffle iron was too hot, so I turned mine down from 5 to 3. It worked like a charm.

This time around, I started with the temperature set lower and was able to get seven waffles out of this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Method

  1. Preheat your waffle maker. Not too hot!
  2. Separate the eggs’ yolks and whites. Place egg whites in a small bowl and set aside. Add just the egg yolks to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients above (except the egg whites) to the large mixing bowl. Blend at low speed with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes, or mix well by hand. The batter will be thick – don’t thin it! I used my immersion blender for this step and it worked great. 
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. I used my KitchenAid mixer with the whisk attachment.
  5. Now gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter with a spatula until just combined.
  6. Lightly brush your pre-heated waffle maker grates with coconut oil. Repeat every time you cook a new batch.
  7. Spoon batter into the molds and cook until golden. I used a scant half cup of batter each time and got good results.imageThe waffle iron got a beating and needed a serious cleaning after I was done, but the batter was pretty. The result was delicious! I’m going to try them over the next few weeks for my long runs and see how it goes.

I can think of a few ways to modify these: use pumpkin or banana in place of the sweet potato! Maybe try adding some chocolate chips? I don’t know how a waffle iron does with those, but I’d be willing to try it out 🙂

What’s your preferred breakfast before a long run?

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29 Replies to “Foodie Fridays: Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles”

  1. I guess maybe I’ll try not turning my waffle maker up so high. That’s interesting, thanks for sharing. I’ll let you know when I make them. My waffle maker does chocolate chips pretty easily so I’m sure yours does too!

    1. Yeah, I had no idea about the temperature until I read comments on the original blog. I’m not much of a waffle maker. I was wondering if the chocolate would burn on the waffle maker – I am totally going to have to try adding some for a special treat!

  2. i love the idea of waffles but haven’t had them in years! i’m not a huge fan of anything bready anymore — but these are a fun combo. i have a weird tummy that doesn’t run well on food, so i usually have a banana or a Larabar or something small before a run and that suffices for me.

  3. Yum sweet potato waffles! I need to invest in a waffle iron. My girls love to eat waffles during the week and I would like to make them instead of buying frozen ones. As for a pre-long run meal, I stick with steel cut oats, banana and cinnamon.

  4. You already know what my ridiculous pre-run breakfasts look like. Pie and ice cream give me energy. 🙂

    This recipe looks good, though! I wonder if the batter makes good pancakes too… I think waffles are a pain to make!

  5. Sweet potato waffles!!! How have I not tried that before? I love sweet potatoes, and this sounds great. I don’t have a waffle iron but am going to check for pancake variations. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Ha! OMG I was always terrible about eating before a long run. I’d eat nothing, or something random and then wonder why my stomach hurt!!! You could definitely sub banana or pumpkin in place of the sweet potato!

  6. This looks like an interesting mix of ingredients, but sounds really good! For my long runs/races I always eat 2 bowls of Frosted Mini Wheats! It’s worked well for me so far, fingers crossed!! Oh, and if I remember I grab Nutragrain bar right before the start line if I’ve been waiting long for a race.

    1. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!!! Sounds like you have a good idea of what your body needs before a race. My stomach is weird so I am always trying to find something that keeps it behaving but fills me up!

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