Sweet Potato Waffles

Start your morning with these paleo and gluten-free sweet potato waffles. Filled with fall/winter spices they’re a hearty breakfast you’ll love.

*This post was originally published 9/18/2013. Pictures below are original, the text has been updated as of 1/21/2018 and there’s now a video included on how to make these Sweet Potato Waffles. Scroll down to right above the recipe to watch!

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In updating this sweet potato waffle recipe to include a video, I felt compelled to update the text of this post too, something I don’t usually do because it just tends to feel “wrong” and because I think it’s hysterical to go back and read my own ridiculousness years later.

It’s been 4.5 years since this was originally posted though and not only was the entire post about the selling of our house (which actually never ended up panning out) but this recipe has since gotten a fair share of criticism (see the comments below) which I feel like we need to talk about.

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In fact, a more recent comment on this post is what actually inspired me to make a video showing you how to make these sweet potato waffles. I woke up one weekend morning to someone basically telling me I ruined their life (ok, not really but it was one of the more dramatic comments down below) because these didn’t turn out at all for them.

The comment made me think twice and I thought to myself “you know what, it’s been awhile since I made these, let me just remake them again to make sure the recipe works.”

Basically, I was second guessing myself.

So, I whipped out all the ingredients doubting myself every step of the way and about 15-20 minutes later I nervously opened the waffle iron after hearing that beep and you know what I found?

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A perfect effing sweet potato waffle that looks exactly like the ones you see in the pictures above or the video below. They’re hearty, wholesome (paleo and gluten-free too), bursting with warm fall flavors of cinnamon and fresh nutmeg and really, all they need is a little drizzle of maple syrup to be breakfast ready.

So, listen all you commenters – I truly don’t know what you’re doing wrong if these aren’t working out for you. There’s only so many times I can say “did you spray/grease your waffle iron adequately?” or, “are you sure you followed the recipe/directions exactly?” before I start to lose my cool.

This recipe works, it has never failed me and it’s delicious AF. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below. No magic tricks – that’s me making it for you IN FRONT OF A CAMERA start to finish with zero issues.

WATCH THE VIDEO – How to make Sweet Potato Waffles (paleo/gluten-free):

Here’s to a big stack on your breakfast plate.

Serves 2     adjust servings

Sweet Potato Waffles

Preparation 5 min Prep Time
Cook Time 10 min Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time

Start your morning with these paleo and gluten-free sweet potato waffles. Filled with fall/winter spices they're a hearty breakfast you'll love.


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato (or pumpkin puree)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup almond milk


  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl (everything through the nutmeg).
  3. Whisk together all the other (wet) ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
  5. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the batter (it will be on the thicker side) onto the waffle iron and cook according to the directions on your waffle.

Recipe Notes

*Make sure waffle iron is preheated (hot!) and well greased. 

**I cook mine on almost the hottest/highest setting (about 5 minutes until it beeps done).


  1. Emily

    You know what I love best about this? No tapioca or potato starch…it seems like most gf recipes I come across call for one or both of those ingredients and I would rather eat flour and deal with the consequences than use either of those ingredients in my recipes. Thanks for a great waffle recipe!

  2. Jo @ Living Mint Green

    Congrats on selling your house, and my condolences are with you regarding the downsized kitchen. What a tragedy!!!

    These waffles look great – I wish I had almond flour so I could make them for breakfast this morning. I totally woke up in a waffle mood.

  3. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    Congrats on selling your house! I actually kinda like moving. Not the packing, unpacking, and cleaning; but the house hunt and the decorating. I hope you have room for the waffle maker cuz these waffles are the bomb…mmm mmm mmm sweet potatoes and maple syrup!

  4. DessertForTwo

    Wow! You are so lucky! My husband & I always comment on how smoothly real estate transactions go on tv vs. the real life. But y’all lucked out! I think it means it’s meant to be.
    We just found out we’re moving again, and now we have to sell the first house we ever bought together. Le sigh. But, we’re unattached because if it won’t sell, our company will buy it from us at market value. Not the best deal, but at least it’s something to rest on.
    I love these waffles! :)

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  7. leigh

    These look delicious and a change from the banana pancakes I have been making for the family. Because I don’ t have a waffle maker, can make them as pancakes? Thanks

  8. Susan

    Congratulations on selling your house! My last transaction, when I sold my condo after I got married went about that smoothly. I’m glad yours did, because they can be a real hassle at times.

    This waffle recipe looks that good! I would have to cook them as pancakes (I hope that would work) because I don’t have a waffle iron and have no intention of getting one, for many reasons, not the least of which is storage space. I’m looking forward to trying them.

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  14. Heather Culpepper

    Hey there,

    I am writing a story for a local women’s magazine here in Florida called Bella. My objective is to introduce our readers to the Paleo Diet and I wanted to provide an example of a sweet treat. This clearly fits the bill and looks amazing! May we use this photo in our article with credit to your website?

    Thank you,
    Heather Culpepper

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hi Heather- thanks for reaching out! Yes, you can use the photo with credit. Please do not replicate the recipe in it’s entirety however. Thanks!

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  21. Nicole F.

    Just curious if anyone has actually made this. I tried it this morning and they fell apart miserably. Had to abandon ship and use another waffle recipe because these fell apart so much I could get them out of the iron without a scrub brush. Any tips?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hi Nicole- sorry you had trouble with the recipe. Did you make any substitutions or follow it as written? I’ve made these so many times (again last week actually) and never had an issue with them falling apart. Did you grease your waffle iron?

      1. Nicole F.

        Thank you so much for the reply! I followed the recipe to the letter and greased my iron. The batter was thick just an you had mentioned so I didn’t suspect anything had gone wrong until trying to remove the waffles. I tried cooking the second waffles longer just in case they were under done in the middle but same result. Do you melt to coconut oil? Is the sweet potato perfectly smooth? Like food processor smooth? I REALLY want to try this again but fear similar results. :(

        1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

          Yes, the coconut oil should be melted and the sweet potato pretty smooth, I didn’t use a food processor but there shouldn’t be any chunks or anything. Are you using a regular waffle maker or belgian?

          1. Nicole F.

            Perfect! Enough of a difference for me to try it again. I didn’t melt my oil and I just mashed my sweet potato into the “wet” ingredients so I would say it was pretty lumpy when done. Thanks for your time and help! :)

          2. Marianne

            Gina!! I am looking into buying a waffle maker and am pretty lost about it. I saw your recipe and wonder which waffle maker do you use? do your waffles stick to the waffle maker?
            I’ve been reading reviews about a few of them, but none of them seem to quite function perfect or they take a process (like even throwing away the first waffle) in order to get to the perfectly-cooked waffle. HELP! lol. Graciaass!

          3. Running to the Kitchen Post author

            This is the one I have: http://amzn.to/2lq73RK My husband got it at BJs or Sams Club years ago, pretty sure he didn’t pay that much either (!!) I’ve never had sticking issues with it as long as I spray it before using. Throwing out the first waffle sounds horrible! You shouldn’t have to do that with any good appliance! In all my years of using it, maybe one time was a disaster but I’m pretty sure that was the recipe and not the waffle maker itself.

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  23. Amy

    I had the same misfortune. They fell apart as soon as I lifted the Belgian waffle handle. Maybe too much sweet potato in mine? Too starchy?

  24. Robyn Prusky

    AMAZING! My younger son doesn’t eat sweet potatoes, but he said he would try. He devoured them! He needs as many nutrients as he can get. Thank you SO much for this recipe. This is the first time I have rated one! I made them again to freeze.

  25. Tanya

    I am so frustrated, I am just trying and trying to take the waffles off my waffle maker, they stick to the sides and fell apart. The attempt to make pancakes fell as well. What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe to the t. Thanks in advance.

  26. Pascual Martínez


    Many calories are in each waffle?
    It is recommended for people with diabetes I?

    Thanks seems to me a delicious dish

  27. Rosemary Connelly

    Would it still work if I used regular unbleached flour and regular milk? I love the idea of sweet potato psncakes!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      not sure honestly, haven’t tried this recipe with those substitutions. Please let me know if you do!

  28. Michael

    Hi, Gina my family went through the exact same real-estate adventure!
    I’m Greek-born and I was eager to try this recipe. Well, I did, and the result was delish! Thanks much.
    Here’s what I did differently:
    1. Whipped the wet ingredients in a high-speed blender first to a smooth pulp.
    2. Added the dry mix and whirled away.
    3. Spooned batter onto a round waffle maker and voila! Yield: 3 round (8-inch) waffle sets.

    Poured 2 cups boiling hot water into the blender and whirled well to cook the egg in the mix leftovers. Added 2 tbs instant coffee, 2 cups cold water, and whipped everything into 1 awesome quart (4 cups) latte! Thanks again and again, Gina!

  29. Sharalee Smith

    I made these a few months back and we LOVED THEM!
    However…for some strange reason the last 3 TIMES I have tried making them they have stuck like crazy and not worked at all. Waaahhhhh. …so much waste!!!!
    I have worked with different amounts of sweet potatoe and kept everything else the same…I cannot figure it out!!

  30. Elsa

    Wow, these are spectacularly awful. One of the worst recipes I’ve ever made, bar none. Followed the recipe to a T and they fell apart, gummed up my waffle iron and didn’t even work as pancakes. So now I’ve got four hungry kids crying because they didn’t get waffles and a huge mess to clean up. Save yourself the frustration and pass on this recipe!!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I’ve made these countless times without issue. Your comment, however, made me second guess myself as it’s been some years since I last made them so I literally took all the ingredients out and made them for breakfast just now. I had NO issues. Came out exactly like the pictures, no sticking, no falling apart. I’m not sure how or why you weren’t able to get the same results if you followed the directions. Did you grease your waffle maker? Was it preheated and hot?

  31. Elsa

    Glad to hear they still work for you! I did preheat and grease the waffle iron. The only thing I can figure is that your “medium sweet potato” and mine are a totally different size. I think I’ll try this again and fiddle with it a bit when the stakes are a little lower and we aren’t eagerly looking forward to breakfast!

  32. Geny

    Wow, 567 calories per serving, 38grams of fat, 42 grams of carbs and 20 grams of protein. if I were in my 20s maybe. Have to pass up this recipe.

  33. Corie

    My hubby made these for me for valentines day. When i went to the kitchen he had this very apologetic look on his face and then I saw why. Im not sure what he did, as it was supposed to be a surprise and i didnt watch him, but they were a mess. HOWEVER, we are the types that tend to turn lemons into lemonade and we just scooped what we could out of the waffle iron and ate out of a bowl. They were sooooo delicious!!!!! I decided to give the recipe a try becuase they really are quite tasty. So, i added an additional egg just to help everything hold together, and they turned out perfectly!! Now we cant get enough!! On a side note, ive found, like many others, that when you use almond flour it requires more egg than traditional recipes. Thats just been my experience

  34. Thom McClarren

    These waffles were easy to make and were delicious. Thanks for the recipe! They came out perfect each time. FYI, I came up with 2.5 – 3 grams of net carbs for each waffle. Am I close with this result?
    Thanks again!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Glad you liked them! To be honest, I’ve never calculated the net carbs so I’m not sure on that.


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