Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet potato waffles that also taste like orange-vanilla Creamsicle? Line starts at the left.

But seriously, have you ever seen a naked waffle picture like this?

Sweet potato waffles with orange and vanilla = Creamsicle Waffles

I admit. Waffles look a little sad in a photo when they aren’t covered in whipped cream and syrup and melted butter pooling in all the pockets. But  . . . two things and then I won’t mention it again: One, these waffles really don’t need syrup and two, my son will eat these exact waffles for breakfast all week as long as they don’t get all soggy and drenched in syrup. Never one to waste food over here, so, dry they shall remain until they get reheated in the toaster tomorrow.

And if you have young’uns and you didn’t know that waffles (and pancakes!) can be cooled, refrigerated, and toasted at a later date, you know it now and I dare you not to make it part of your routine. It’s so easy! Almost as easy as Eggos but you know what’s in them.

For more fancy waffle ideas, try my Chocolate Chip Waffles or savory Mashed Potato Waffles (the BEST way to use leftover mashed potatoes).

Try these sweet potato waffles with a mixture of whole wheat flour and buckwheat flour, too. Mix up your flours to eat more variety!

Sweet potato waffles with orange and vanilla = Creamsicle Waffles


Sweet Potato Waffles

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  • Author: Hilah
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



1 medium sweet potato (89 ounces weight)

1 orange

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or buckwheat flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


Cut up the potato and cover with water either in a small pot or microwaveable bowl. Boil until tender, or microwave about 3 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Zest 1 teaspoon zest from the orange and put into a medium bowl.

Add the melted butter. Peel the sweet potato now and add the guts to the bowl. Mash until smooth. You should get about 1 1/2 cups mashed potato.

Juice the orange to get 2 tablespoons orange juice and add that, too. Add the milk and vanilla. Mix it up. Use an immersion blender to make it even smoother if your kid hates “chunks”. Beat in the egg.

Add flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix quickly until incorporated.

OIL YOUR WAFFLE IRON. Even if it’s nonstick like mine. The sugar in the sweet potatoes makes these waffles super delicious, but it also sticks to the iron.

Cook by 1/2 cup batter over medium-low heat to get 4 waffles.


  • Serving Size: 1 waffle
  • Calories: 241
  • Fat: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 26
  • Protein: 5

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  1. Lee Gutierrez on October 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Unbelievably good! Where has this been all my life?

    • Hilah on October 14, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      So glad to hear, Lee! 🙂

  2. Taron on March 16, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Great recipe! Made quite a few changes out of necessity but they turned out above restaurant quality:

    • Sweet potato was baked @ 500 F night before
    • 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt (+1/2 tsp of baking soda to counterbalance tanginess) instead of milk
    • 2 tsp dried orange peel instead of zest
    • About 1 tbs of lemon juice
    • About 1/4 tsp of vanilla, butter & nut flavoring + 1/2 tsp of maple extract instead of vanilla
    •About 3/4 tsp of cinnamon

    Served with maple syrup and butter with cream cheese … fantastic.

    • Hilah on March 17, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Well, Taron these waffles sound wonderful! I love the cream cheese idea

      • Taron on March 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

        Will be making them again tomorrow! I’ve garnished sweet potato pancakes with rosemary before – was really good with maple syrup, cream cheese and a dash of cinnamon. I think I’ll sprinkle some rosemary on the waffles tomorrow! Thanks again for the recipe!

        • Hilah on March 25, 2019 at 8:41 am

          That’s great! Love the sweet-spicy rosemary idea

  3. Simon Beckett on October 14, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Awesome, the waffle is perfect to starting a day!!!

  4. Joy on November 22, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Love it! Baby approves! I wonder if i can use this recipe as muffins?

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