These mini sweet potato waffles are perfect for baby's first finger foods - easy to grasp, easy to gnaw on and easy for you to enjoy right along with them!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I have been teasing you with a mini waffle recipe since Parker was a baby and just starting finger foods - she is now oh-so-grown-up at 12.5 months and I have to call her a toddler! Not fair! Not fair! Not fair!
The thing about making a solid bread like food for baby is it can't be too dense, crumbly or dry, and not to mention that I require it to actually taste good!
Have you tasted some of those packaged finger foods they sell at the grocery store? Bluucccck, they taste like nothing!
These waffles are full of flavor and goodness - whole wheat, oats, yogurt, sweet potato puree, cinnamon, eggs and even a little coconut oil.. oh yea!
Good for baby's tummy!
Good for baby's body!!
They are moist but not soggy. Crispy but not burnt. Easy to chew but not crumbly <------ we definitely don't want crumbs when baby starts eating finger foods because let's face it, the crumbs get EVERYWHERE!!
I wanted to title this recipe - Spiced Whole Wheat + Oat Waffles with Sweet Potato Puree for Baby & Toddler & YOU! But that was waaaaayyyyyyy to long. What I really want you to know, is that while I made these waffles for baby, they are truly soooooo good and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Baby Parker had her's plain, Ellie had her's with maple syrup and dipped into yogurt and I had mine with peaches, maple syrup and pecans.
Anyway you press it, these waffles are great for the entire family. <------too far???
Let's get wafflin, shall we...
In a large bowl goes the whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Quick stir and we are ready for the exciting part - adding the wet ingredients.
In goes the sweet potato puree, milk, yogurt, eggs, coconut oil and sugar. Another quick stir and then you just let is sit for a minute. I call this coffee time!
While I made these with sweet potato puree, you can easily switch this up with whatever puree you have on hand - apple, pear, squash, pumpkin, peach. If you don't have anything on hand, just use some homemade or store bought applesauce.
Into the waffle maker the batter goes!
The picture above is of 'toddler' size waffles, which is about 1/4 cup of batter. For baby size, I did 2 waffles in each section and used about 2 tablespoons of batter for each. You can also just take a toddler size waffle and chop it up for baby.
You don't want these waffles to be too soft, so you might want to do two cycles with your waffle maker, if your waffle maker has a fancy timer, or an extra minute longer then you would normally cook your waffles for.
As you can tell by the picture, my waffle maker has seen better days, and while I have hinted to someone about getting me a new one for several holidays now (hint hint hubby) I am still stuck with this one that I picked up at a garage sale when I was in collage - so many years ago! So, I have to just eye my waffles and they took me around 4 minutes for each batch.
These waffles freeze well and I always keep a batch in the freezer for mornings when I decide to sleep in, ignore my alarm and pretend that I am still in collage making waffles with a side of mimosas on a Tuesday morning because you can do that kind of thing when you are in collage. Nowadays, mimosas are clearly for people who don't have kids, because no one with kids wants a hangover at 1 in the afternoon.
Unless, we put some fried chicken on top of these waffles before drowning them in syrup, then I think I could handle a small mimosa hangover!
Sweet Potato Waffles for Baby and Toddler
1 1/2 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats*
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup plain whole fat yogurt
3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
4 ounces sweet potato puree**
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until combined.
2. Whisk in the eggs, milk, yogurt, oil, puree and brown sugar until all ingredients are combined. Let stand for 10 minutes while you pre-heat your waffle maker.
3. If your batter is too thick, add in an additional 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
4. Pour in roughly 2 tablespoons batter onto lightly greased waffle maker for baby size waffle or 1/4 cup batter for toddler size waffle. Shut lid and cook based on your waffle makers directions.
5. Lift waffle out with fork, slightly cool and serve.
Yield - 12 toddler size or 24 baby size waffles
Storage - 5 days in fridge or 3 months in freezer
*quick oats are ideal in this recipe so the grain isn't too big for baby to chew. If you want to use old-fashion oats, give them a quick blitz in food processor so they are half the original size.
** You can really use any puree you have on hand - apple, carrot, pumpkin, squash, peach, etc. Or sub homemade or store bought applesauce.