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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Green Waffles

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These green waffles are a healthy breakfast that the whole family will love! They’re crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and can easily be made gluten-free or vegan with a few simple swaps. The best part? This delicious spinach waffles recipe takes only 10 minutes to make!

Healthy green waffles served on a white plate with fresh berries, whipped cream and maple syrup.

If green smoothies aren’t your thing, sneak your spinach in with these healthy waffles for toddlers, older kids, and adults! These are the best waffles for baby, too. Simply cut them up into small bites or long slices depending on your little one’s age.

My kids and husband love this green waffles recipe, and it is perfect for a busy morning before work and school. It will quickly become one of your favorite healthy recipes for picky eaters too!

The green color makes for extra festive St. Patrick’s Day waffles or Christmas waffles, but this recipe is delicious any day of the year!

With their crispy outer texture and super soft, fluffy inside, these green blender waffles are irresistible. You can even double or triple the recipe for birthday parties and sleepovers. They’re super easy to make vegan and gluten free too.

Pair these savory vegetarian waffles with your favorite toppings for a nourishing, satisfying meal! Any waffle lover will instantly become a fan of this recipe with its fresh taste and delicious variations.

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Kid friendly waffles with spinach
  • Can be made vegan or gluten free
  • Easy clean up
  • Can be made ahead of time
  • Healthier than regular waffles
  • Fun green color
  • Best spinach waffle recipe ever!

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🥘 Ingredients

This green waffle recipe calls for clean and wholesome ingredients that can be easily found at your local store. Find the exact measurements on the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients for green waffles recipe with spinach on a white background.
  • Baby Spinach: Adding baby spinach to your waffles not only makes them a fun green color, but also adds nutrients. If you’d like, try this recipe with other leafy greens but spinach gives a more mild flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour: This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, but you can use other flours if you prefer. For healthy grains, try whole wheat flour.
  • Baking Powder: Using baking powder makes these easy waffles light and fluffy for the perfect waffle texture!
  • Cinnamon & Vanilla Extract: Add a touch of flavor with a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract. A little goes a long way!
  • Soy Milk: I used unsweetened soy milk for this green waffles recipe, but any milk will do! You can use almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or regular milk.
  • Eggs: This recipe calls for 2 eggs, but you can also use vegan egg substitutions to meet your dietary needs.
  • Maple Syrup: The maple syrup adds sweetness to the waffles, without going overboard. You can adjust by adding more syrup, or keep it minimal for savory spinach waffles.
  • Coconut Oil: Using coconut oil adds a healthy fat to this savory waffle recipe, along with a subtle boost in flavor. You can also use olive oil.

🔪 Instructions

Making healthy green waffles is easy and fun. Within just about 10 minutes, you can have breakfast ready to go!

Blend Ingredients: Place dry ingredients and wet ingredients into a high speed blender and blend, scrape down the side and blend again until smooth. Allow the waffle batter to sit for 5 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron.

Spinach waffles batter in a blender.

Prep Waffle Iron, Pour Waffle Batter: When the waffle iron is hot, brush with oil or lightly spray with cooking spray. Pour ½ – ¾ cup of the batter into the preheated waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions, approximately 5-6 minutes per waffle. 

Batter for spinach waffles for toddlers being added to a waffle iron.

Repeat & Serve: When cooked through with a slight golden brown top, remove and transfer to serving plates. Repeat with remaining batter. Batter will make between 8-10 waffles depending on the size of the waffle iron being used. Serve these green smoothie waffles topped with sliced banana, a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh berries, yogurt or any of your favorite waffle toppings.

Green blender waffles fresh off the waffle iron, on a grey plate.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Modify cooking time, if needed. Cooking times will vary depending on the waffle iron being used. The first thing you’ll want to do is read the specific instructions for your waffle iron before cooking. 
  • Servings may vary. The amount of waffles this batter will make depends on the size and make of the waffle iron. If you are making these healthy waffles for kids, feel free to cut the waffle in half or quarters.
  • Don’t over mix. Over mixing the batter will lead to tough waffles instead of fluffy waffles!
  • Use fresh spinach. Fresh baby spinach leaves are best used in this recipe. The batter won’t cook properly if you use frozen spinach, as it will add too much liquid.
  • Let the batter rest. Make sure to let the batter rest for about 5-10 minutes. This helps the gluten in the flour relax and gives the baking powder time to activate, resulting in fluffier waffles.
  • Adjust sweetness. These healthy spinach waffles are not overly sweet. You may need to adjust sweetness to taste if you don’t prefer savory waffles.
  • For bright green waffles, you can use a little bit of natural green food coloring to reach your desired shade of green.
  • Keep waffles warm. If you’re making a batch of waffles, keep them warm in a preheated oven (200 degrees F / 93 C) on a wire rack. This will help maintain their crispiness until you’re ready to serve.

📖 Variations

  • Gluten Free Green Waffles: If you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, simply swap the all-purpose flour for a gluten free option like oat flour or almond flour. You can also use an all-purpose gluten free flour mixture.
  • Spinach Banana Waffles: Next time, make these spinach blender waffles more sweet by adding some bananas into the batter. You can substitute the eggs for 2 mashed bananas, or mix in whole slices or cubes!
  • Vegan Green Waffles: To make vegan savory waffles, substitute the eggs with 2 flax eggs. You will use 2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 5 tbsp water. Let it sit for 3-4 minutes to thicken, then blend with the remaining ingredients.
  • Matcha Waffles: For another green waffle option, use a little bit of matcha powder in the waffle batter. Matcha is rich in antioxidants allowing for many health benefits including stress reduction and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Pandan Waffles: For a unique flavor, use pandan extract or fresh pandan leaves in your waffle batter. Traditional pandan cake has a vibrant green color and uses tapioca starch and glutinous rice flour. If you want a similar texture with these waffles, feel free to swap out the all-purpose flour.
  • Other Savory Waffle Ideas: Mix in herbs like rosemary, sage, or thyme to the waffle batter, or you can even try these with garlic and sauteed onion.

🧇 Green Waffle Toppings Ideas

❓Recipe FAQs

Are homemade waffles healthy for you?

It depends on what you put in the waffles! If you put a lot of sugar, fat and refined grains in your homemade waffles, they will not be healthy for you. Store bought waffles run into the same problem – not all waffles are healthy so it is important to check the ingredients. Many are made with tons of sugar and inflammatory oils.

But this spinach waffles recipe is healthy for you as it’s made with clean ingredients like spinach, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

If you’re a parent, this is the perfect kid and baby waffle recipe! Not only are green blender waffles a good way to get your little one to eat their greens, but they taste great too. The spinach is high in iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, making these waffles a healthy choice for the whole family.

Are waffles better for you than pancakes?

Both waffles and pancakes can be a healthy option for breakfast, depending on the ingredients being used! When comparing nutrition facts, it really depends on the size of the waffle and the pancake, and how much sugar and refined grains are added.

By making either at home, you know exactly what is in the recipe and can add extra nutrients like spinach, flax seed, nuts, and other healthy fats and fiber! This veggie waffles recipe is likely to be much healthier than most pancakes. If you are looking for healthier recipes for pancakes try this vegan coconut flour pancake recipe or these sweet potato pancakes.

How do you serve waffles to a toddler?

These healthy toddler waffles can be cut up and paired with your little one’s favorite toppings!
For a special holiday treat, customize these waffles when serving. For St. Patrick’s Day, add some gold sprinkles and a rainbow array of fruits! For Christmas morning, top the waffles with red fruits like strawberries. You can also use a shaped waffle maker to make Christmas tree waffles.

What is a healthy alternative to syrup for waffles?

A popular choice to drizzle on waffles is artificial syrup, and you might not even realize that it isn’t real maple syrup. Healthier choices include organic pure maple syrup or local raw honey. You can also skip syrup altogether, and try other toppings for sweetness and flavor. Yogurt and nut butters will give a similar satisfaction, with less sugar!

How do you store green waffles?

This savory waffle batter can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. To store cooked waffles, place them in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the fridge. They will keep for up to 4 days.

To freeze these healthy blender waffles, transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month. To reheat waffles the next day, place them in a toaster or toaster oven and toast until hot.

Healthy green waffles made in a blender, served on a white plate with fresh berries, whipped cream and maple syrup.

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Healthy green waffles served on a white plate with fresh berries, whipped cream and maple syrup.
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5 from 6 votes

Green Waffles

These green waffles are a healthy breakfast that the whole family will love! They're crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and can easily be made gluten-free or vegan with a few simple swaps. The best part? This delicious spinach waffles recipe takes only 10 minutes to make!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 5
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend, scrape down the side and blend again until smooth. Allow the waffle batter to sit for 5 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron.
  • When the waffle iron is hot brush with oil or lightly spray with spray oil.
  • Pour batter into the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer's directions, approximately 5-6 minutes per waffle.
  • When cooked through remove and repeat with remaining batter. Batter will make between 8-10 waffles depending on the size of the waffle iron being used.
  • Serve topped with sliced banana, a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh berries, yogurt or any of your favorite waffle toppings.
  • Store cooked waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Batter can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
  • Waffles can be covered and stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Cooking times will vary depending on the waffle iron being used.
  • The amount of waffles this batter will make will depend on the size and make of the waffle iron.
  • To reheat waffles place them in a toaster and toast until hot.
  • Fresh baby spinach leaves are best used in this recipe as the frozen spinach will add too much liquid.
  • Any plant based or dairy milk can be used in this recipe.
  • To make this recipe vegan friendly, substitute the eggs with 2 flax eggs (2 tbsps ground flaxseeds mixed with 5 tbsps water)
  • Substitute the all purpose flour with gluten free flour to make these waffles gluten free.
  • These waffles are not overly sweet, you may need to adjust sweetness to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 2waffles | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g

10 responses to “Green Waffles”

  1. They taste great! My kids are very picky eaters and they said they taste as good as the regular ones.5 stars

  2. These look so good. I’d love to try them but don’t have a waffle maker. Will the batter work for pancakes too?5 stars

    • Hi Allison!! To be honest, I haven’t tried this batter for pancakes. That being said, waffle batter and pancake batter are really really similar in terms of both ingredients and proportions, so I would imagine these should make decent pancakes too. You may need to adjust the consistency of the batter slightly (either adding a tiny bit more flour or a tiny bit more soy milk) but I think it should work overall. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

  3. These waffles have become a favorite in our house! I love making them for the kids for “breakfast dinner” too. Last time we made them we topped them with an almond butter topping – so delicious!5 stars

  4. These were really good! My family liked them a lot and it was a great way to add some greens to our mornings.5 stars

  5. Waffles are big in my house and the family loves to have waffle night. Now I can offer a healthier option to several members. They are going to love these.5 stars

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