Blender Green Smoothie Waffles
These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles are a fun way to get kids to eat their greens! The waffle batter is mixed up in a blender… so easy and clean up is quick, too!
When parents ask me how to get their kids to eat greens like spinach, lettuce and kale, one thing I suggest is to blend them into smoothies. Whether it’s a green monster smoothie or a blueberry spinach smoothie, most kids will happily drink their greens.
If your kids love green smoothies, give these Blender Green Smoothie Waffles a try! Not only are these waffles delicious and easy to make, they are also a good way to get some extra greens into your diet at breakfast!
Can you taste the spinach in green smoothie waffles?
Not at all! These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles have a slight fruity green smoothie taste. You also taste a hint of coconut from coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to make these waffles crispy on the outside. If you or your kids don’t like coconut you can substitute melted butter. Your waffles might be a little less crisp if you use butter.
You can also taste a little banana in these waffles. The banana, along with some pure maple syrup (or honey) is used to add sweetness to the waffles. Make sure you use a ripe banana for the best flavor!
These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles are crisp on the outside with soft insides. I like to serve them with fresh strawberries and maple syrup.
It was not easy to get the recipe for these waffles just right! I think I made five batches of these green smoothie waffles over the course of three days. Let’s just say I ate a lot of waffles that week! After all of my recipe testing I finally got both the ingredients and the method for making these Blender Green Smoothie Waffles just right.
At one point, I thought I needed to use both a blender AND two bowls to get the waffle texture that I wanted. I’m happy to say that I was able to get this recipe to work with just a blender. I didn’t want you to have to dirty two bowls as well!
To use just your blender to make these green smoothie waffles, you’ll add the ingredients in three stages.
First, you will add the ingredients that you want pureed really well. This includes the spinach, strawberries and banana. We don’t want any big pieces of spinach in our waffles! Blending the spinach really well also gives these waffles a nice bright green color.
You will also blend the milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla in with the spinach and fruit. The liquid ingredients help everything to blend up smoothly.
Second, you add the eggs, melted coconut oil, flaxseed, baking powder and salt to the blender. These are the ingredients that you want to blend until just combined. You don’t want your eggs to be over-blended.
Finally, the flour gets mixed in last, and only for a few seconds. Be careful to not overmix at this point so that your cooked waffles will be light and airy inside.
If you try these Blender Green Smoothie Waffles, leave a comment below to let me know. I’d love to hear how you like them!
Tips for making Blender Green Smoothie Waffles:
- Make sure you use really ripe bananas in this recipe. The bananas add natural sweetness and the waffles will not taste as good if the bananas aren’t ripe enough.
- When fresh strawberries aren’t in season frozen strawberries work just as well in this recipe.
- I tested this recipe using my Vitamix blender (affiliate link). While I recommend using a high powered blender such as a Vitamix, any blender will work as long as it can puree the spinach and strawberries well.
Blender Green Smoothie Waffles
- 1 ½ cups fresh spinach , packed (1 ½ ounces)
- 2 medium very ripe bananas
- 4 medium strawberries, (or 2 ounces frozen strawberries)
- 1 ½ cups milk, I used whole milk
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup, or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- Add spinach, bananas, strawberries, milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla to a blender (I recommend using a high powered blender. I use and love my Vitamix - affiliate link) Blend until smooth.
- Add the eggs, melted coconut oil, flaxseed, baking powder and salt to the blender. Blend until just combined.
- Add the white whole wheat flour and all purpose flour to the blender and blend for a few seconds until just combined. Do not over-blend.
- Let the batter rest while the waffle maker heats up.
- Cook waffles in a waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Mine take about 6-7 minutes per waffle, but the cook time will vary with different waffle makers. Waffles are done when there is very little steam left escaping from the sides of the waffle maker.
- Serve waffles immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree oven while you cook the rest of the waffles.