Sweet Potato Pecan Waffles with Praline Peaches

  • Yield 12 servings

With puréed, canned sweet potatoes in the batter, these delicious waffles are rich in flavor and loaded with the antioxidant beta carotene.


1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes or yams in light syrup, not drained
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 cups buttermilk waffle mix
2 large eggs, separated
2 (15-ounce) cans light sliced peaches, or sliced peaches in juice, not drained
1 tablespoon honey


  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons chopped pecans and brown sugar. Stir until sugar melts and coats the nuts; be careful that they do not burn; set aside.
  2. Purée sweet potatoes with their liquid and milk in a blender until smooth; set aside.
  3. Preheat a non-stick waffle iron. Mix waffle mix, sweet-potato mixture and egg yolks in a large bowl until well combined. Stir in the remaining, uncooked pecans; set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites in a clean bowl with a whisk until they hold a shape, and fold into the waffle batter; set aside for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, strain juice from peaches into a large skillet then set peaches aside. Stir honey into juice, and boil over high heat until lightly thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in peaches and reserved sugar-glazed pecans; keep warm.
  6. Lightly coat the interior of the preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour about 1/3 of batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook until puffed, brown and crisp, according to manufacturer’s directions. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately with peach topping.