If you ask my kids what they would like for breakfast, lunch or dinner within their requests will always be waffles. After getting our waffle iron about 3 years ago we have been using it regularly (just like our bread machine!) and now have a fantastic selection of fun and tasty family waffle recipes that the kids love.
Fun Waffles for Kids
The kids are obsessed with waffles and whenever there is a celebration, holiday or just because they love asking for fun waffles. We've put together some of our favourite kids waffle recipes below for you to make.
Each of these will make 5 Belgian Waffles in a standard waffle iron. If you want some tips why not check out our advice below the recipes for using your waffle iron for more than just breakfast waffles.
By far the kid's favourite these Funetti Sprinkle Waffles are the most asked for. They are great for parties, sleepovers and as a dessert to celebrate success in school.
Brownie Waffle Dessert Ice Cream
If it's not the funetti waffles above then whenever the kids get a good grade or move up a level in their reading the request is our EASY Brownie Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches. Made with Brownie mix from a box they are so simple to make.
Who doesn't love blueberries for breakfast? Our blueberry waffle recipe is delicious and perfect for celebrating in the summer. I always add a little squeeze of lemon to mine it makes them even more tasty.
Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Where my daughter loves the blueberry waffles above my son isn't so keen instead these Cinnamon Roll Waffles (from a can!) are his favourite. They taste delicious and it's so easy to make as well I can even manage them on a busy school morning by setting the alarm just 20 minutes earlier.
Pepperoni Pizza Waffles
Try combining 2 of your family favourites into 1 delicious fun waffle. These Pepperoni Pizza Waffles are the kids favourite afterschool treat and go down a hit with them at parties too!
Quesadilla Waffle Recipe
Mexican night hasn't been the same since we made our Quesadilla Chicken and Cheese Waffles for the first time. With fajita chicken and loaded with cheese we serve these with some homemade guacamole and sour cream and chives.
Christmas Morning Waffles
Christmas morning is one of our favourite breakfasts and this Christmas Waffle Tree is quick to put together and the kids love it. We open our stockings and then enjoy a special breakfast together as a family before opening the rest of the presents.
Valentine's Red Velvet Waffles
A special treat for those you love the most on Valentine's Day. Set the alarm a little earlier and whisk together these amazingly tasty Red Velvet Waffles with a cream cheese frosting. Don't have time for breakfast then no worries these are just as good as dessert as well!
St Patrick's Day Waffles
These gloriously green St Patrick's Day Waffles with Golden Maple Syrup and Rainbow Sprinkles are the breakfast treat or dessert your kids will love.
Carrot Cake Waffles
Whether it's for Easter breakfast or just because these carrot cake waffles are delicious, with carrot and spices and served with whipped butter, walnut, raisins and maple syrup it's my favourite of the lot!
8 Top Tips for Getting the Most from your Waffle Iron
If you follow the recipes above you're going to get delicious waffles every time. But, there are some top tips that I wanted to share with you to make sure the waffles work even if they aren't a Hey Mom! What's Cooking recipe.
So here goes
1. Use the Right Tools!
It's ever so easy to damage your waffle iron, whether you use a cooking spray that leaves a residue or you accidentally pick up a metal tong to remove it it's important that you use the right tools.
We've switched to using a silicone brush and sunflower oil to coat our waffle iron as it doesn't leave a sticky residue with repeated use. For removing I also have a set of silicone tools that ensure I never damage the non-stick surface of the iron.
2. Buy a Waffle Iron!
There are 2 kitchen gadgets we have a waffle iron and bread machine. Both are used most weeks. In the past we had ones that doubled up as different things but in all honesty you need something that is going to take a lot of use. Because, once you start making delicious and fun waffles like the ones above your kids are going to be asking for them more and more.
3. It's all about the oil!
Don't be tempted to switch your oil for butter or other spread. The oil in the mixtures is the best to get that really fluffy and tasty texture in them. We use sunflower or vegetable oil in most of our recipes.
4. Wash carefully
Some waffle irons you can remove the plates (mine isn't one like that) instead at the end of breakfast once it's cooled down I then clean with a soft sponge and some hot soapy water. Once it's clean I dry thoroughly and before I put away it gets a light coating with sunflower oil on our pastry brush to ensure that it doesn't stick next time.
5. Separate your Eggs Carefully
Although our easy breakfast waffles don't separate the eggs (they are for rushed busy mornings) the rest of the delicious waffle iron recipes above do. When you separate them you really need to take care that your egg whites don't have any egg yolk in them as it will stop them stiffening and you'll end up with waffles as flat as a pancake instead of fluffy and light.
6. Fold not mix!
When it comes to combining all of the ingredients it's time to fold not mix. If you mix then all of that air that you've beaten into the egg whites will disappear. Instead slowly fold in your egg whites to the other ingredients so that when they cook you get the perfect Belgian Waffle.
7. Keep them Warm and Firm
Want to enjoy the meal with the kids, then the trick is to keep your waffles warm in a pre-heated 100C oven. But.... Place them on a wire rack inside as soon as you place on a solid surface the steam in the little waffle pockets will condense on the plate and your waffles will go soggy.
8. Freeze or Casserole your leftovers
If on the off chance you have some leftovers then it's really easy to freeze your waffles. Just stack them with some parchment or greaseproof paper inbetween and into a air tight container. Place them in the freezer then defrost when needed and reheat in the oven. Of course you could always try using them in a breakfast casserole (we've got a blueberry waffle breakfast casserole coming up soon!!!)