It’s kind of funny that I made Carrot Cake Waffles this past Sunday for breakfast. The night before I was at a birthday party and I was supposed to bake a carrot cake, but I completely forgot. By the time I remembered it was too late because I was already getting dressed for the party. But I still had carrot cake on my mind.
These Carrot Cake Waffles are the next best thing compared to carrot cake itself. The waffle of course is made with fresh carrots and a batter seasoned with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The waffle it served with a cream cheese and maple syrup topping and chopped walnuts sprinkled on top.
The most important part of this recipe is the grated carrot, so I suggest buying a couple really big carrots at the grocery store. It just makes grating the carrots easier. Two big carrots were more than enough for the recipe. The first thing I did when making these waffles was peel my two large carrots, then grated two cups worth into a small mixing bowl.
The next thing I did was mix my dry ingredients. Half regular flour and half whole wheat flour, some baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. I think the whole wheat flour goes really well with the carrot and spices in this recipe.
Next using a separate bowl I mixed the milk, eggs, brown sugar, and grated carrot. I added this mixture into the dry mixture, just until it was well combined. I already had my Belgian Waffle Iron warming up, so I gave both sides of it a squirt of cooking spray, then poured the batter. I closed my waffle iron and just let it do its thing.
Meanwhile I got to work on the cream cheese topping. I already had a brick of Neufchatel cheese (healthier cream cheese alternative) warming up to room temperature, making it easier to mix. I used my hand held mixer to combine the Neufchatel cheese with some maple syrup. When the waffle was done I spread it with a couple spoonfuls of the topping, then sprinkled chopped walnuts on top.
This is my waffle iron, the Oster Flip Belgian waffle Maker. I already mentioned how there’s an indicator light to let you know when the waffle is done, but there’s also an adjustment dial for the cooking time. The iron itself has a one and a half inch Belgian surface that’s nonstick. There’s also a removable plate under the iron itself to catch any batter that overflows from the waffle iron.
Adapted from Closet Cooking