Have Pumpkin or Squash? These Pumpkin Waffles are like your favorite waffles recipe hidden with winter squash (pumpkin or squash) and mildly spiced with cinnamon to bring out the best of fall! Have a healthy breakfast to start your morning!
We love to harvest garden vegetables and do lots of canning when harvest hits. Some of our favorites include pickled tomatoes, canned Squash, Thick Marinara Sauce from garden tomatoes, and Polish Dill Pickles! To can winter squash like Pumpkin, simply roast halved and de-seeded squash, then scoop out the flesh once soft enough to mash. You can either pack and process jars in a water bath or freeze into quart-sized freezer bags. Try another family-favorite squash recipe like our Squash Dinner Rolls that can be made with pumpkin too!
Pumpkin or Squash Waffles
What are Pumpkin Waffles? Homemade pumpkin waffles are like your favorite waffles recipe only hidden with canned or mashed pumpkin and no one will probably tell (score for those mamas trying to add extra nutrition to your children’s diets!) Make them even more healthy by adding whole wheat flour if you wish! Any winter squash will work for pumpkin waffles including acorn squash, pumpkin, butternut squash (favorite), and so many other kinds from the winter squash family.
Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin spice, and ground ginger can easily be added but nothing tells me fall, like cinnamon spice! Not that these waffles are only for the fall season, they can totally be made in the summer if you ask me. Cinnamon is so aromatic it can totally be used by itself, which makes this recipe even easier!
This Pumpkin Waffle Recipe is a must-try if you have been wondering what to use canned pumpkin or squash for! Perhaps someone gifted you a ton or your grocery store has a good deal on them during the fall season, it’s something you need to get on the wagon for! Roast up a batch and do some canning if need be or simply freeze. You could also just buy canned pumpkin. Besides what a healthy habit you can get your family into if you add a cup of this nutrition into your breakfast? Frugal and wise if you ask me.
Finally, I must add that these are freezer-friendly too! Pop them in the freezer for those weekday mornings and toast them in the toaster, to reheat. Everything about these Pumpkin waffles is amazing! Give them a try!
How To Make Pumpkin (or Squash) Waffles:
What are Pumpkin Waffles?
Homemade pumpkin waffles are like your favorite waffles recipe only made with mashed or canned pumpkin. Spices like cinnamon make these part of a fall breakfast although, these can be made any time of the season! Make them even more healthy by adding whole wheat flour if you wish! Any winter squash will work for pumpkin waffles including acorn squash, pumpkin, butternut squash (favorite), and so many other kinds from the winter squash family.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Waffles:
- flour- Use all-purpose, whole wheat flour, or ground oatmeal! These waffles even work with bread flour too!
- spices- spice up your waffles with ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon! You can even buy pre-made Pumpkin Spice Seasoning in the spice aisle! I use a touch of cinnamon for mildly seasoned waffles, but the more spices you give the darker the waffles can get.
- eggs- 3 whole eggs.
- oil- makes these waffles soft!
- baking powder- is the leavening.
- salt- seasoning.
- milk- out of milk? can use part heavy cream mixed with water. Other substitutes like dry milk and water or buttermilk can be used.
- Winter squash- such as pumpkin, butternut squash, acorn squash, or any winter squash that has been cooked.
What Spices Are Best With Pumpkin?
Because a Pumpkin Pie goes well with only a mix of certain spices, use any of the following spices or mix accordingly.
- ground Cinnamon
- ground cloves
Here is a homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe that you can throw together or half for this Pumpkin Waffle Recipe.
Can you Freeze Waffles?
Waffles freeze very well. If you can buy frozen waffles in the freezer section of a grocery store then you can freeze them! Here’s how!
How To Freeze Waffles: cook waffles according to recipe directions. Cool and place into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Keep frozen for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: place into a toaster and toast over medium heat until crisp and hot.
What To Serve With Pumpkin Waffles?
- Maple syrup
- Whipped topping
- Whipped cream
- Fresh Fruit
- Sprinkled cinnamon
Tips for Waffles:
- Cook and Mash your winter squash first.
- Take a shortcut and use canned pumpkin or homemade canned squash.
- Freeze pureed winter squash into 2 cup portions any time your roasting a batch.
- Add more Pumpkin Spice.
- Mash a ripe banana into the waffle batter or add 2 Tablespoons of your favorite sweetener.
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Need More Squash Recipes?
- waffle iron
Pumpkin or Squash Waffles:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin or squash*
How To Make Pumpkin Waffles:
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Meanwhile, whisk together all the ingredients.
- Scoop a heaping 1/2 cup of waffle batter into the waffle iron and cook until done. Serve with maple syrup and butter.
- Any Squash* can be used for canned pumpkin.
- To make Squash or Pumpkin Puree: cut the winter squash in half. Scoop out seeds and place on a baking sheet. Roast for up-to 2 hours or until tender. Scoop the flesh out of skins and blend or mash with a little water for a smooth consistency. You can either can or freeze.
- Freezer instructions: freeze cooked waffles into a gallon-sized freezer bag for up to 3 months.
- To reheat- toast in a toaster until thawed and hot.
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