Green Waffles are a fun treat to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, or Earth Day. Baby spinach adds color and is a sneaky way to add nutrition to this classic breakfast dish. Gluten-free and dairy-free options included.

a stack of two green waffles with blueberries.

These naturally colored waffles are perfect for “green holidays” including St. Patrick’s day, Christmas, and Earth day! Not only are they festive, but they’re packed with spinach too.

Before you protest, know you can’t even taste the spinach in the waffles. So not only do you get to enjoy a big plate of waffles, but you’re eating your greens too.

Green blender waffles come together in a snap. Simply blend all the ingredients together until smooth then scoop the batter into a preheated waffle iron. It really is that simple.

Don’t save homemade waffle-making for the weekends. Enjoy these waffles on busy mornings too. Let them cool and freeze them in a zip-top bag. All you have to do is reheat in the oven and enjoy.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Spinach is low in calories but nutrient dense. It’s packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Spinach is so healthy that it’s on my list of the best green vegetables.
  • These waffles are easy to make and easy to freeze! Just reheat on a busy morning.
  • Green waffles are perfect for celebrations and holidays when you want to showcase green food for fun.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for green waffles

Unsweetened almond milk – Almond milk has a mild flavor and creamy texture. It’s the perfect substitute for regular milk. Any milk will do though.

Egg – Eggs give waffles structure so they don’t just fall apart.

Coconut oil – Coconut oil keeps the waffles tender and not dry.

Maple syrup – For a bit of sweetness! Sugar, honey, or agave all work great here.

All-purpose flour – Flour is essential for any batter. Sub in gluten-free all-purpose flour to make these green waffles gluten-free!

Baking powder – Without baking powder, the waffles would be dense and stodgy.

Baby spinach – The sneaky ingredient that gives this waffle recipe a lovely green hue.

Recipe Steps

how to make green waffles

Step One

In the base of a blender, combine all your ingredients.

Step Two

Blend on high until a smooth batter forms.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Preheat your waffle maker. It’s important the iron is hot before you add the waffle batter.

Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Don’t skip this step! It will prevent the waffles from sticking to the iron.

Add 1/4 cup of the batter at a time, cooking the waffles for 5 to 6 minutes each. Every waffle maker is slightly different.

Step Four

Cook the rest of the waffles until the batter is done.

Step Five

Serve the waffles with your favorite toppings. I like maple syrup, jam, or apple butter but anything goes!

Green Waffles are a fun treat to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, or Earth Day. Baby spinach adds color and is a sneaky way to add nutrition to this classic breakfast dish. Be sure to serve this fun and healthy green food to your loved ones. Everyone loves these healthy gluten-free waffles.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can easily double this recipe if you want more servings.
  • To keep the waffles warm while the rest of the batch cooks, you can place the cooked waffles on an oven-safe plate in an oven set at 150-170°F for up to 20 minutes.
  • If you don’t have a blender, a large food processor will work in a pinch.

Recipe FAQs

Are pancake and waffle mixes the same?

Not always. Waffle batter tends to be thicker with a higher fat to flour ratio. Sometimes pancake and waffle recipes are interchangeable but only if specified.

What toppings can I put on waffles?

Fresh fruit, whipped cream, jam, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, nuts, granola, fried eggs, butter, nutella, blueberry sauce, or chocolate chips all make delicious toppings!

two plates of green waffles with fresh blueberries and syrup.

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Green Waffles (Gluten-Free Option)

Green Waffles are a fun treat to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, or Earth Day. Baby spinach adds color and is a sneaky way to add nutrition to this classic breakfast dish.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (you can use dairy milk if you aren’t on a dairy-free diet)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (eliminate for a savory version)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (use gluten-free baking flour to make these gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Toppings (as desired; see notes for suggestions)

Instructions

  1. In the base of a blender or food processor, combine the milk, egg, coconut oil, maple syrup, flour, baking powder, and spinach. Blend or process on high until the mixture is fully combined and smooth.
  2. Preheat your waffle maker.
  3. Spray the waffle iron lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Add about ¼ cup of the batter at a time, cooking the waffles for 5-6 minutes each.
  5. Serve the waffles with your choice of maple syrup, jam, apple butter, or whatever topping you like. For a savory version, serve the waffles topped with a cooked egg or and bacon (use tempeh bacon for a vegetarian option).

Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe if you want more servings.
  2. To keep the waffles warm while the rest of the batch cooks, you can place the cooked waffles on an oven-safe plate in an oven set at 150-170°F for up to 20 minutes.
  3. Fresh fruit, whipped cream, jam, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, nuts, granola, fried eggs, butter, apple butter, blueberry sauce, or chocolate chips all make delicious toppings!

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