secret health

I’m back from a way long overdue hiatus and since we're coming out of the holidays and the season of indulgence, I thought this was the perfect time to share a bit of healthy new years inspiration with you. 4 ingredient Gluten free sweet potato waffles.

Before I lose you, hear me out... I’m obsessed. Seriously, I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you.

Some of you are probably rolling your eyes about the gluten free recipe, let me explain! I’ve been trying to eat more clean the past year. I've been working a lot and feeling gross. I knew the one thing I could change was my diet. I’ve felt so much better since making that change. And the best part about it?! I’ve found some seriously amazing recipes that don’t taste like they’re health food.

And don't worry, this blog isn't going to change. I still plan on sharing my favorite recipes and latest experiments from my kitchen - healthy, indulgent and sometimes a combo of both. This new lifestyle still has room for gluten, dairy and all the yummy things, just more sparingly.

When I first made this waffle, it blew my mind. I can’t shut up about it. You would never know that it has no flour in it, let alone the fact that it’s gluten free. Best part? It’s only FOUR ingredients. FOUR. Ok, 5 if you count the pinch of salt. Who counts salt?! This waffle isn't the super crispy kind, it's more pillowy and cake like. I would swear it had flour in it if I didn't make it myself. It’s really great. Seriously, look at that texture!

You can prep the sweet potatoes a day or two in advance too. And there’s tons of things you can add to the mix to improvise it and make it your own, see the suggestions at the bottom of the recipe.

I posted the recipe measurements and process for both a spiralizer and a box grater if you don't have a spiralizer. The pictures are of the shredded waffle but I found the spiralizer a lot more efficient and it makes a prettier waffle.

I haven't tried this batter as "pancakes" but if you don't have a waffle maker, that would probably work too.

sweet potato waffles
slightly adapted from inspiralized
yields 1 waffle (4 triangles)

2 c. shredded sweet potatoes, packed 
1 egg
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray

fresh fruit
maple syrup
slivered or chopped nuts
whipped cream or coconut whipped cream (see, small indulgence)

Peel and shred about 1 medium sweet potato. It should fill a 2 c. measuring cup. Make sure you pack it tight like you would brown sugar. You can also use a spiralizer instead. The spiraled noodles should fill a 2.5 c. measuring cup, just don't pack it tight or you'll break the spirals.

In a medium skillet with a lid, heat your pan over medium and add in ½ TBSP coconut oil or cooking spray. Add in your sweet potato and cover with the lid. After 2-3 minutes, toss your sweet potato so that it cooks slightly on all sides. Cook with the lid for another 2-3 minutes until the sweet potato becomes slightly tender but not fully cooked. Shredded will take less time than spiralized. *The cooking step is necessary, trust me, I tried putting raw sweet potato into my waffle iron and had to deal with the consequences.*

You can prep your recipe up to this point 1-2 days in advance of making the waffles if you want. 

Add cooked sweet potato to a medium bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. While you wait, preheat your waffle iron. Add remaining ingredients to your bowl and stir gently until the mixture is fully combined.

Coat your waffle iron in non stick cooking spray and pour your batter in. Cook based on your waffle irons instructions.

improv style:
you can use whatever spices you like in these waffles. not a fan of cinnamon? leave it out. i actually hate cinnamon but it works in this waffle. you can use more if you're really into cinnamon. other great spices would be pumpkin pie spice, star anise, cardamom, cloves, or allspice.

you could add in ¼ c. fresh blueberries, raspberries or strawberries into the batter. i’m not really into cooked berries so i prefer to top my waffle with it but go nuts if that’s your thing!

not a fan of maple syrup? me either. i actually prefer this waffle naked. but you could also top it with butter, jam or even peanut butter or your favorite nut butter.

i'm never one to turn down whipped cream or if you're being healthier, you could do coconut whipped cream.

the next thing i want to try with this batter is adding in almond flour to see if i can get a slightly crunchy texture on the outside. would love to know your improv ideas in the comments below!