By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

A hint of spices and a blanket of juicy berries make these waffles a breakfast treat. Leftovers can be frozen and popped into the toaster. The syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to a week.

Number of servings

Serves 6


    For the syrup:

  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  2. 2 tablespoons water if using fresh berries
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  4. 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  5. 1 tablespoon dark honey
  6. 1 tablespoon light molasses
  7. Pinch of ground cloves
  8. 1/3 cup peeled and diced sweet potato, or 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  9. 3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
  10. 1/4 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
  11. 1/4 cup cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
  12. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  15. 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  16. 1 cup plain soy milk (soya milk)
  17. 2 tablespoons light molasses
  18. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  19. 1 egg white


To make the syrup, in a saucepan, combine the blueberries, water (if using), lemon juice and zest, honey, 1 tablespoon molasses, and cloves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the berries burst and the juices are slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Frozen berries may take slightly longer to thicken. Set aside and keep warm.

If using sweet potatoes, bring a small saucepan half full of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes, return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and puree in a food processor or mash with a potato masher until smooth. Set aside. If using pumpkin puree, reserve.

In a small bowl, sift together the flours, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy milk, sweet potato puree, olive oil and 2 tablespoons molasses. Add the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form. Make sure that the mixing bowl and beaters are spotlessly clean and free of fat. Even a small amount of fat, such as egg yolk or oil, can prevent the egg whites from whipping properly. Once whipped, gently whisk 1/3 of the egg white into the batter to lighten it. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the remaining egg white into the batter, mixing just until incorporated.

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 225 F. Preheat a waffle iron. Spoon or ladle about 1/2 cup batter into the waffle iron, depending on the size of the iron. Spread evenly and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the batter thickens, thin with a little soy milk. Transfer the waffle to the baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 6 waffles. Serve topped with the syrup.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1 waffle with about 1/3 cup syrup

  • Total carbohydrate 39 g
  • Dietary fiber 3 g
  • Sodium 352 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Protein 5 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 4 g
  • Calories 230
  • Added sugars 10 g

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of a James Beard award.

Feb. 01, 2013