It’s almost Easter! As you’ve probably figured out, I love all the holidays and am always looking for ways to celebrate. If you’re the same, these waffles will definitely be next on your list. I’m honestly not sure when bunnies, chicks, and baskets started overlapping with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but these carrot cake waffles fit the theme. Kids will love the after Church and Easter Bunny treat, and even get some hidden veggies and whole grains in the process. You can even make them the night before or before Church and place them in the oven at 400 to reheat when ready to serve. They’re made with spelt flour and contain no artificial sweeteners, which gives them a nice exterior crunch and make them a great weekday breakfast, as well (especially if you keep a batch frozen).
- 2 c spelt flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2 c almond milk at room temperature
- ¼ c melted coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 c grated carrots
- cream cheese icing (below)
Preheat a waffle iron. Blend flour, baking powder, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt together until combined. In a large bowl, whisk almond milk, melted coconut oil, almond extract, maple syrup, and carrots until incorporated. Fold in dry ingredients from blender until just combined. Spray your waffle iron and use a 1/3 c to scoop batter and cook as directed by iron. Drizzle with cream cheese icing and serve.
healthy cream cheese icing:
- 1 oz cream cheese
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Whisk ingredients vigorously until smooth and creamy. If it’s too runny, add more cream cheese and maple syrup. If it’s too thick, add almond milk.
Tips/Things I Would Change:
- I usually just eyeball the proportions of the cream cheese frosting, so I recommend starting with a small batch and adjusting to your taste.
- Blending the dry ingredients makes these waffles much lighter and less dense, but it is not necessary. You can just whisk them in a medium bowl.
- If you don’t like the idea of grating carrots to put in your waffles, freeze and blend them until they become a fine powder. This way, you still get the added health benefits and sweet flavor they add, but don’t have to deal with the grating.
- These freeze really well, just place them in the oven at 400 for a couple minutes to reheat.