My husband has wanted a waffle iron for about 8 years. I’ve always been resistant to the idea because it takes up a lot of space and only has one feature. How often do people really make waffles? Since going Paleo it was an easier argument to win; by not eating grains a waffle maker became a much less desirable piece of kitchen equipment. I was successful in keeping one out of the house. Until this year. He said he wanted a waffle iron for Father’s Day. I caved for a few reasons.
He’s been a great Dad to the Paleo Toddler. He plays and sings to her for hours a day, takes her to all sorts of activities, and even manages to whip up dinner and that includes washing the dishes. He does all this to support me working outside the home and getting some time each week to take care of myself.
He’s a breakfast guy. The first thing he ever cooked for me, as well as one of the only things he knew how to cook when we met, was an omlette. He loves to eat classic sugary breakfast foods like french toast and pancakes. He’s the guy that orders the tall stack, but only eats half of it. He doesn’t want to cheat himself out of the chance to eat more pancakes. Since he’s committed to not eating grains in our home, he likes to have breakfast out. I figured that if we had a waffle maker it might keep breakfasts at home more interesting for him and minimize his non Paleo choices. Besides, I’ve relocated the toaster into our garage for storage so there’s more space in the kitchen.
The final straw was for the Paleo Toddler. Waffles are fun. They are great vehicles for so many toppings including savory ones. We also want her to grow up with traditions and one of the ways we choose do that is through special breakfasts on holidays. Personally, I love eating beef stir fry or leftover pork chops for breakfast, but I appreciate doing something different to honor a milestone or to celebrate a holiday.
And that is how we came to own a waffle maker.
I’ve been experimenting with a few recipes and this one stands out by far. My husband called it, “The single best sweet breakfast he’s ever eaten”. This is a huge compliment from a guy searching all over Seattle for an outstanding pancake. These waffles are sweeter than any Paleo baked goods I usually make, but the honey and the sweet potato made them incredibly moist. They are so good you can proudly serve them at your next brunch!
Primarily Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles
3/4 cup of cooked sweet potato
3 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups almond flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1. In a medium bowl, mash the cooked sweet potato with a whisk until it soft like a puree. Add the two eggs and continue to whisk until blended.
2. Add the honey and vanilla to the egg mixture.
3. With a large spoon or rubber spatula, add almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
4. Let the batter rest for about 10-20 minutes, it will thicken up and the baking soda will have time to do its magic.
5. In a preheated waffle iron, add about half the mixture.
6. Follow your waffle makers instructions for cooking time. Mine cooked for 3 minutes.
Serve with your favorite toppings. Makes about 2 waffles depending on the size of your device.