Superhero Waffles {veggie-loaded, gluten free, dairy-free, nut-free option}

These Superhero Waffles are the perfect start to any morning! Easy to make fresh or stash in the freezer to reheat in a flash, these waffles are not only packed with green veggies and other amazing-for-you ingredients, but are Paleo, gluten free, dairy-free!

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These Superhero Waffles are the perfect start to any morning! Easy to make fresh or stash in the freezer to reheat in a flash, these waffles are not only packed with green veggies and other amazing-for-you ingredients, but are Paleo, gluten free, dairy-free! #hiddenveggies #healthywaffles #spinachrecipesforkids #paleowaffles #glutenfreewaffles #realfoodwaffles #wholefoodwaffles

Now guys, I haven’t personally spoken to an superheroes recently to find out if this is what they actually have for breakfast, but I’m kinda guessing it is something along these lines. Why? Because any superhero has a serious job that needs serious fuel do do all that superheroing stuff. And these waffles are full of exactly what any superhero (or 5 year old pretending to be a superhero) needs to save the day!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day….or at least that is how the old saying goes. And while I don’t like to play favorites with meals (because I truthfully love food at all the times), I do take breakfast pretty seriously. I mean, it really does set the tone for my day. If I start the day hungry or with a high-sugar breakfast, I spend the day grazing, hungry and kind of a moody mess. And my daughter is the same way!

These Superhero Waffles are the perfect start to any morning! Easy to make fresh or stash in the freezer to reheat in a flash, these waffles are not only packed with green veggies and other amazing-for-you ingredients, but are Paleo, gluten free, dairy-free! #hiddenveggies #healthywaffles #spinachrecipesforkids #paleowaffles #glutenfreewaffles #realfoodwaffles #wholefoodwaffles

So I have learned that investing my time to make sure my family has an amazingly balanced breakfast is an investment in us having an awesome sauce kind of day.

Which is where these waffles came about. The need for a truly nourishing breakfast that I could veggie-load and pack with all kinds of greatness to send my family out into the day with…but that could come together quick and easy!

And quick and easy is definitely these waffles! Mixed totally in your blender with just a handful of amazing ingredients you probably already have on hand, these waffles are great fresh but they also freeze (and reheat) like a dream! So that you can kick those over-processed commercially prepared freezer waffles to the curb and stock your life and mornings with a breakfast worthy of The Hulk!

Veggie-Loading Hack!

Don’t feel like making butternut squash puree? Yeah, me either…and I usually don’t.

I love to keep a can of butternut squash puree in my pantry for easy veggie-loading when the pantry is looking a little bare or I just don’t have the steam to do a lot of work! You can find butternut squash puree (along with pumpkin and often sweet potato puree) in the canned vegetable aisle of most grocery stores. Just be sure to get the can puree that is JUST the veggie without any added sugar or other weirdness.

Oh, and I always suggest getting cans that are BPA-free if possible!

If you can’t find the puree in your store, you can make it easy peasy ahead of time and store it in your freezer too! I suggest this method for making your own.

I will freeze my leftover puree in ice cube trays to easily portion them out in smoothies, soups or thaw out to add to this recipe too!

These Superhero Waffles are the perfect start to any morning! Easy to make fresh or stash in the freezer to reheat in a flash, these waffles are not only packed with green veggies and other amazing-for-you ingredients, but are Paleo, gluten free, dairy-free! #hiddenveggies #healthywaffles #spinachrecipesforkids #paleowaffles #glutenfreewaffles #realfoodwaffles #wholefoodwaffles

Suggested Adaptation

1. Make them nut free! Use sunflower seed butter instead of nut butter! Since sunflower seed butter turns green when baked with baking soda (weird but true fact), this just adds to the green fun of these waffles!

2. Skip the extra sweetner! Leave the honey/maple syrup out and let the banana do the sweet talking in this recipe! They will be less sweet, but depending on your tastebuds, that might be a-okay!

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These Superhero Waffles are the perfect start to any morning! Easy to make fresh or stash in the freezer to reheat in a flash, these waffles are not only packed with green veggies and other amazing-for-you ingredients, but are Paleo, gluten free, dairy-free! #hiddenveggies #healthywaffles #spinachrecipesforkids #paleowaffles #glutenfreewaffles #realfoodwaffles #wholefoodwaffles
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Yield: 4-5 waffles

Superhero Waffles {veggie-loaded, gluten free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free option}

These Superhero Waffles are the perfect start to any morning! Easy to make fresh or stash in the freezer to reheat in a flash, these waffles are not only packed with green veggies and other amazing-for-you ingredients, but are Paleo, gluten free, dairy-free and have an egg-free option!

prep time: 3 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 23 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 cup smooth nut butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup honey/maple syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash or pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • avocado oil (or another cooking fat with a high smoke point) for greasing

instructions

  1. Heat up waffle iron and brush the oil on both the top and bottom griddle.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in your blender. Run until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor if needed and run to ensure that all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Pour about 1/4-1/3  cup of batter onto the griddle, just enough to make a pool in the middle of the griddle. I find that if you over fill the waffle maker, the waffles will not cook through or will require more cook time. 
  4. Close waffle iron, and cook until the outside is crisp, about 2-4 minutes depending on how hot your waffle iron cooks.
  5. Waffles may be a bit soft when fresh out of the waffle iron, but should hold together.  They will crisp up after a minute or two.
  6. Enjoy warm with maple syrup, berries, sliced fruit, honey or chia jam. Let leftovers cool and store in fridge for up to 4 days or in freezer for a month.
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