Once I learned how to make Belgium Waffles the possibilities for this fun breakfast staple became endless. From basic buttermilk waffles to chocolate waffles the kids had a ball helping me find different combinations.
When it comes to getting my husband to eat his vegetables I have to hide them or find something that makes them tolerable. While carrot cake is not the healthiest way to eat a carrot I have to say that is is an effective way to get a least some of the vegetables into my husband.
These carrot cake waffles are easy to make and perfect for serving as a treat. I plan to make these again to serve during our Easter breakfast this year. These are perfect for serving with sweet cinnamon butter or topping with homemade whipped cream. We added chopped walnuts and raisins to add a little nutrition.
How to make carrot cake waffles.
:: 3 large eggs, separated
:: 2 tablespoons sugar
:: 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
:: 1 tablespoon baking powder
:: ½ teaspoon salt
:: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
:: 1 teaspoon ground allspice
:: ½ teaspoon ground cloves
:: 1 ½ cups grated carrots
:: 1 cup raisins
:: ½ cup walnuts, chopped
:: 2 cups milk
:: ¼ cup vegetable oil
:: 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Simple carrot cake waffles
Using a stand or handheld mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, adding in sugar towards the end to get a fluffy cloud-like texture.
Combine remaining ingredients (including egg yolks) in a separate bowl and stir together, making sure to not over-stir. Fold in the whipped egg whites, until just incorporated.
Cook in waffle iron according to waffle iron instructions.
Top as desired, with whipped topping, nuts, fruit, berries, syrup, etc.
Makes 6-8 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron.
Mix-ins to spice up your carrot cake waffles
There are many mix-ins you can add to carrot cake waffles to take them up a notch! Here are some ideas:
Raisins or dried cranberries: These dried fruits are a classic addition to carrot cake and can add a sweet and chewy texture to your waffles.
Chopped nuts: Pecans, walnuts, and almonds are all great options for adding a nutty crunch to your waffles.
Shredded coconut: Adding shredded coconut to your waffle batter can provide a tropical twist on classic carrot cake flavors.
Pineapple chunks: Pineapple is often used in carrot cake recipes and can add a juicy sweetness to your waffles.
Cinnamon or nutmeg: These warm spices are often used in carrot cake recipes and can add extra depth of flavor to your waffles.
Ginger: Freshly grated ginger can add a spicy kick to your waffles and complement the sweetness of the carrots.
Cream cheese: Mixing some cream cheese into your waffle batter can add a tangy richness and bring out the classic carrot cake flavors.
What to serve with your carrot cake waffles
There are many great options for serving with carrot cake waffles! Here are some ideas:
Cream cheese frosting: This classic topping for carrot cake also works well with carrot cake waffles. You can make a simple cream cheese frosting by mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together.
Whipped cream: A dollop of whipped cream on top of your carrot cake waffles can add a light and fluffy contrast to the denser waffles.
Maple syrup: If you prefer a more traditional waffle topping, maple syrup pairs well with the warm spices in carrot cake waffles.
Fruit: Adding fresh fruit like sliced bananas or strawberries can provide a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of the waffles.
Nuts: Chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, can add a satisfying crunch to your carrot cake waffles.
Yogurt: If you’re looking for a healthier topping option, a dollop of yogurt can provide a tangy contrast to the sweet waffles.
Ice cream: For a decadent dessert option, top your carrot cake waffles with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.