Sweet Potato & Pineapple Quinoa Waffles

Sweet Potato Pineapple Quinoa Waffles | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

It’s finally fall. Oh, beautiful fall.

The leaves are starting to turn up here, from green to yellow to red. Falling gracefully to the ground, covering our lawn with little gold and bronze speckles.

The cool air is rolling off the lake, whipping through my hair as I walk down the sidewalk. I can smell the chill coming, the crispness in the air is only a small taste of what’s to come.

But for now, we can be happy. Savor these sweet moments and enjoy the gorgeous season for as long as we possibly can.

Sweet Potato Pineapple Quinoa Waffles | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

What I love most about fall is the food. Like most people, by the time September rolls around, it’s all I can do from grabbing ever single squash, apple and pumpkin that I see in sight. I’m like a kid in a candy shop. I can’t be stopped.

Although not technically a fall food, to me sweet potatoes fit nicely into this category. They’re one of my all time favorite ingredients, because they’re super healthy and are easy to use in tons of different recipes. For fall, I like to use them similarly to pumpkin - in soups, stews, smoothies, baked goods and now waffles.

Sweet potato waffles are the bomb.

Sweet Potato Pineapple Quinoa Waffles | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Light and fluffy, all these waffles needed was a little drizzle of maple syrup and I was in breakfast heaven. The quinoa packs even more nutrients into this super charged breakfast, so don’t be shy to have two (or three).

To add some sweetness, I opted to cook the quinoa in pineapple juice before hand and use some extra juice in place of some of the milk. They were perfect. Mixing the tropical tastes of summer with the comforting flavors of fall.

Sweet Potato & Pineapple Quinoa Waffles
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recipe type: Breakfast
serves: 8

  • ⅓ cup dry white quinoa
  • ⅔ cup pineapple juice (for quinoa) + ¾ cup pineapple juice (for waffles)
  • 1 cup sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 cup toasted quinoa flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1¾ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Add quinoa and ⅔ cup pineapple juice to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to simmer for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove quinoa from heat and keep covered for 5 minutes.
  2. Once cooled, combine the quinoa and sweet potato, and set aside.
  3. Sift dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Beat egg yolks, milk, remaining ¾ cup pineapple juice, oil and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the sweet potato quinoa mixture.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, whip the egg whites with a hand mixer on medium speed, until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Fold in the egg whites.
  7. Spray a waffle iron with non-stick spray and ladle the batter into the center. Cook until nice and crispy.
  8. Serve with warm maple syrup (and yogurt if that’s your thing – because it most definitely is mine!).

gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free


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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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11 Responses to Sweet Potato & Pineapple Quinoa Waffles

  1. I love the idea of cooking quinoa in fruit juice! yummy! Now I need a waffle Iron, these sound wonderful :)
    Danielle @ Fresh4Five recently posted..Chocolate Zucchini Paleo MuffinsMy Profile

  2. These look so delicious, I love the combo of flavors too, I bet the pineapple is so amazing. I have been dreaming of a fall inspired waffle all week, just haven’t had enough time to play. I hope I have some time this weekend because now I am really craving waffles! Thanks ;)
    Beth @ Tasty Yummies recently posted..Fiesta Quinoa Salad – Gluten-free + VeganMy Profile

    • Thanks, Beth! I really enjoyed cooking the quinoa in the juice because it not only gave it great flavor, but also changed the texture slightly – the quinoa was a bit more crunchy. Would love to see what you come up with for your waffles :)

  3. yummy yummy yummy! I love new waffle recipes and I loveeee sweet potatoes so this is great! thanks for the share!
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  4. Allie H says:

    I am straight up freaking out about these waffles…omg they look so good…

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