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Whole Wheat Pineapple-Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze + my trip to Traverse City, Michigan

Amazing whole wheat carrot cake waffles packed with pineapple and nuts (if you’d like). Top with a light maple cream cheese glaze and you’ve got yourself a decadent, yet still healthy breakfast!

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

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About a month ago, I attended #SharingbytheShore, an intimate food blogger retreat held in Traverse City, Michigan. Over the past year, I’ve been to a few blogging retreats and always had a positive experience; this trip was no different.

You might be wondering why food bloggers have retreats. Well, it gives us the chance to connect, learn more about one another on a more personal level, laugh, eat, and share our blogging skills/experiences. Every one has a different work style, reason they blog and what they’re passionate about. Like any other industry, it’s important to get together and learn from one another (similar like you would at a conference).

I loved this retreat in particular because we were in such a gorgeous destination. Before attending, I had never been to Michigan before (except the Detroit airport). It was a five hour drive from Chicago and couldn’t have been more beautiful. And, the entire retreat was sponsored by Milk Means More — we couldn’t be more thankful for having such a kind, generous sponsor help us learn from one another.

steak and vegetables on grill

The first night we stayed in and cooked fajitas. Brandy manned the grill and made a combo of chicken, steak and portabella mushroom (provided by Door to Door Organics).

I wish she could come cook for me every night of the week because not only were the fajitas magical, but she’s so very sweet and hilarious. (We even made snapchat singing videos together!)

two women smiling

The next evening we stopped in town to check out some great stop at Cherry Republic in Traverse City. Seriously it was amazing! There was cherry wine, cherry pizza, cherry candies, cherry tortilla chips, cherry EVERYTHING. I even purchased some spicy cherry BBQ sauce for Tony’s parents!

two women smiling

Best of all, Traverse City is all on the water. You can kind of see it in the background of this picture.


pizza on restaurant table

Here’s a picture of the blue cheese cherry fig bacon pizza from Cherry Republic. Such an insanely delicious combination that I might have to make it again.

martini cocktail with lemon

We also ate at Aerie in Traverse City, which was fabulous. I enjoyed roasted chicken, dark chocolate sorbet and this delicious looking drink.

We really did have the best time together.

group of women standing on front steps

Check out the other bloggers who attended: Rachel CooksWell PlatedIn Katrina’s KitchenJoyful Healthy EatsAggie’s KitchenThe Lemon BowlNutmeg NannyTaste and Tell

carrot cake waffles on plate with maple glaze

ALSO! I almost forgot to mention that we had a waffle bar one of the mornings filled with fresh fruit, yogurt and crispy golden waffles. I haven’t stopped dreaming about those waffles since, and obviously I needed to crush that craving. So… I present you whole wheat waffles, but not just any whole wheat waffle — ones that are jazzed up with carrot cake and pineapple flavors.

Plus don’t forget about a simple MAPLE CREAM CHEESE GLAZE. Not trying to shout at you, but just seriously excited about how much it takes these waffles over the top.

carrot cake waffles on plate with maple glaze

You need to absolutely make these waffles ASAP. I upped the protein in the recipe by using a low-fat plain Kefir (packed with probiotics) but you could sub buttermilk if you’d like. Sometimes I add in 1/2 cup of zucchini to the batter too — but no more!

Best of all? These are freezer friendly. Yep, you can make the waffles ahead then pop them in the toaster when you have a serious waffle craving.

carrot cake waffles on plate with maple glaze

Whole Wheat Pineapple-Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

5 from 4 votes
carrot cake waffles on plate with maple glaze
Course Breakfast, Waffles, Whole Grain
Keyword carrot cake waffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 6

Amazing whole wheat carrot cake waffles packed with pineapple and nuts (if you'd like). Top with a light maple cream cheese glaze and you've got yourself a decadent, yet still healthy breakfast!


  • 1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted and cooled coconut oil (can also use melted butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups low-fat plain Kefir
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat Belgian waffle iron.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, stir together carrots, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and eggs until well combined. Slowly stir in Kefir. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Slowly fold in pineapple (and nuts/raisins, if you are using).
  4. Spray waffle iron generously with nonstick cooking spray, then add about 1 cup of the batter in to the iron and spread out a bit to the sides. Cook waffles according to the manufacturers instructions.

  5. While waffles cook, in a small saucepan, add maple syrup and cream cheese and place over low heat; stirring until it becomes smooth and creamy. Once waffles are done cooking, serve with a drizzle of the maple cream cheese glaze. Makes 3 large belgian waffles, 6 servings total (1/2 belgian waffle each).

Recipe Notes

Nutrition does not include the pecans, raisins or the maple syrup glaze (all optional).

Nutrition for the glaze: Serving (1/6th of recipe or about 2 tablespoons): Calories: 86 | Fat 4.4g | Carbs: 10.1g | Sugar 10.1g | Protein 1.9g |

If you like, you can sub 1/2 cup of carrots for 1/2 cup of zucchini -- it's delicious!

Servings: 6 servings
Serving size: 0.5 belgian waffle
Calories: 297kcal
Fat: 7.1g
Carbohydrates: 30.6g
Fiber: 4.1g
Sugar: 9.9g
Protein: 8g

This post is sponsored by Milk Means More. Learn more at | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram | Pinterest 

Thanks also to the following brands for providing us goodies during our retreat – Door to Door Organics, Sabra, Traverse City Tourism, Bob’s Red Mill, Bonne Maman Jam, KitchenIQ, Fair Trade USA, Printable Wisdom, More Sprinkled Joy, KitchenAid and Le Creuset

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