These BLW Toddler Carrot Cake Waffles will become one of your favourite delicious gluten free iron rich baby recipes.
Moms and dads, here’s an important question:
Do your kids like cake?
Do they like waffles?
Are you struggling to get enough iron rich or high protein foods into your kiddo since they just want to eat straight up CARBS? Then these BLW Toddler Carrot Cake Waffles are going to be for you. I am all about the baby pancakes and make a batch almost every week. However, one week I was going to make my standard iron baby pancakes for Baby E and I realized that making pancakes is kinda annoying when you have to babysit them all day long. Waffles, on the other hand, are kinda foolproof, because the waffle iron beeps at me when its done so I legit don’t have to think about them burning. And that’s how these BLW Toddler Carrot Cake Waffles were born!
How to Make BLW Toddler Carrot Cake Waffles
These toddler carrot cake waffles have become one of Baby E’s favourites along with his pancake obsession. He’s always been a huge carrot lover, and I love the idea of sneaking veggies into breakfast. Simply combine the oat flour, iron cereal, ricotta, eggs, banana, carrots and other ingredients until very smooth. I lightly grease and preheat my waffle iron and then add about 1 cup of the batter to the center of the waffle iron. Don’t worry too much about spreading it out, it will disperse when you close the waffle iron!
I like to let the toddler carrot cake waffles cool, and then just separate them into quarters to serve as amazing BLW finger foods.
Where’s the iron in these Toddler Waffles?
I used iron fortified baby cereal (I like ancient grains or oat based, rather than rice which is higher in arsenic). I like to use good quality omega 3 eggs which are iron rich! It’s great to find ways to sneak iron into carb-like foods since let’s be real, toddlers like carbs. So even if I’m not able to get meat into his breakfast (let’s be real – WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?), I can get iron into his morning meal.
Are these Carrot Cake Waffles sugar free?
Of course there are natural sugars from the banana and ricotta, but there is NO added sugar in these toddler carrot cake waffles, making them a great choice for babies under 1!
Are these BLW Waffles gluten free?
Depending on which baby cereal you use, and if your oats are gluten free, these toddler carrot cake waffles can be gluten free and therefore safe the the whole family (who may or may not be sensitive to gluten).
How can i freeze them?
I recommend letting these toddler carrot cake waffles cool completely, then pop them onto a baking sheet in a single layer to freeze for an hour. Once they’re frozen separately, you can transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months!
Can I use something else other than ricotta in these Waffles to make them dairy free?
I haven’t experimented, but you could try using a coconut or almond based yogurt in the place of ricotta in these BLW waffles.
Now mamas, let me know – what are some of your favourite ways to sneak more iron into your kids morning and breakfast recipes?
Leave me a comment below with your ideas!
BLW Toddler Carrot Cake Waffles
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1 cup iron fortified baby cereal
- 1 cup ricotta
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 6 large omega-3 eggs
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 5 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 apple peeled and minced
- 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- Coconut oil for greasing
- For topping:
- Full fat Greek yogurt for drizzling
- To a bowl, mix together the oat flour, baby cereal, banana, ricotta, eggs, coconut oil, apple, coconut, baking powder, lemon zest, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
- Preheat your waffle iron and lightly grease. Add 1 cup of batter to the centre of the waffle iron and cook according to manufacturers directions.
- To serve, top off the waffles with a drizzle of greek yogurt and a sprinkle of berries, if desired.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.