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

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!

Course Breakfast, Waffles, Whole Grain
Keyword carrot cake waffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 297 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FOR THE MAPLE CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup

Instructions

  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!

Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Pineapple-Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
Amount Per Serving (0.5 belgian waffle)
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.1g11%
Carbohydrates 30.6g10%
Fiber 4.1g17%
Sugar 9.9g11%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.