Try this simple tip with kids in the kitchen for a fun breakfast or snack or easy desert. Let the kids assemble their own toppings on waffles. Younger kids love to be “hands on” with their food and seem to eat better when they get to make it themselves.
You can make the waffle base yourself for even more nutrition for your family. Try using sprouted flours or high protein nut flours in your waffle mix for an even better quality waffle. You can also blend in vegetables and fruits in the flour mix such as mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas or other legumes, bananas, mashed beets, mashed carrots, applesauce, shredded zucchini, etc.
My favorite nutritious waffle uses pecan flour to increase the protein. But if making homemade waffles is not your thing, or if you are too busy to cook from scratch, then don’t sweat it. Just find a good quality frozen waffle your kids will eat and use this for your base.
These easy “Kid Favorite” waffles get two thumbs up!
Easy Kid Favorite Waffles
You will need:
(either store bought or homemade)
Spread of your choice
(Sunflower-seed Butter, Peanut butter, Almond butter, Cashew Butter, Tahini Spread, Cream Cheese, Fruit Preserves, etc)
Fruit of your choice
(strawberries, bananas, apples, pears, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, etc)
Mini chocolate Chips
(you can also use chopped nuts, seeds, and coconut toppings)
Optional: Whip Cream
(Optional whip cream or yogurt, honey, or chocolate drizzled over the top)
Allow your kids to assemble their own waffles and toppings. Set out bowls of sliced fruit, nuts, seeds, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc for them to build their favorite waffles. You can make it messy by adding whip cream, yogurt, or honey or syrup and eat these waffles with a fork. Or you can make these super easy and less messy by leaving off “wet” ingredients and be able to eat them with your hands.
Let them Create!
I let the kids do as many of the steps on their own as they are able to do. Depending on the skill level of your kids, you can balance what they can do on their own. Older kids can make these independently, but you might help younger kids by toasting the waffle for them, and if needed, you can spread the nut butter for them. Or let them spread it with a spoon if they are too young to use a knife safely. But kids really enjoy making these all by themselves.
Be sure to “ooh and ahh” over your kid’s kitchen creations!