Zucchini Waffles

August 30, 2011 by Ali

I can’t help but smile when I hear the word “waffles”.

Waffles. Waffles. Waffles.

Definitely as much fun to say as they are to eat.

And you’ll have all the more fun eating this delicious recipe knowing that they are made with a mound of shredded zucchini and white whole wheat flour! But I promise that the only hint of a veggie your kids may notice will be the cute green flecks decorating the waffles — the zucchini taste all but disappears in that vanilla-cinnamon-y goodness. They are absolutely delicious, and the perfect waffle fluffiness too. :)

Keep checking back for more delicious recipes during “Zucchini Week” here at Gimme Some Oven!

Zucchini Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 waffles


  • 1 large zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose unbleached flour)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups milk (I used skim)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


Preheat waffle maker to 400°F.

Grate the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. Use a strainer or dishtowel to then squeeze some of the moisture out of the zucchini, then set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Stir together.

In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients (the flour mixture), and beat until smooth. Fold in the zucchini and mix well.

Spray the waffle maker with cooking spray (top and bottom plates). Spread half of the batter evenly over the bottom of the waffle maker (generally about 1/2 cup per waffle), and close the top. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the waffles are as crisp as you like them. (Different waffle making equipment will cook at different rates, so please follow the instructions that come with your machine.) Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve hot, topped with butter and maple syrup.

Ali’s Tip:

These can be made with an electric mixer, but they are also totally easy with just a whisk and a mixing bowl.

Source: Adapted from The Perfect Pantry.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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21 thoughts on “Zucchini Waffles

  1. I used about two cups of grated zucchini, and was worried about them tasting too “healthy” so I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup regular white flour. ;-) I shouldn’t have bothered- next time I’ll definitely use all whole wheat. These were fantastic, and I ate mine plain! For reference, the recipe made 7 large round Belgium waffles (the kind that separate into quarters).

    - Kate

  2. Making these now, and planning to freeze. Thanks for the recipe!

    - April

  3. Yup. These are amazing. My little boys didn’t have a clue about the zucchini and chomped them up. My only complaint is that this batch is humongous and I think I can probably make waffles every day for a week with this much batter. That’s it, though! Otherwise, you’ve created amazing waffles. Thank you for that.

    - Susan

  4. I posted this AMAZING recipe on my blog and linked back to you.

    - Randa

  5. This looks like a great way to make a dent in my freezer full of zucchini! Since I already have it measured out and frozen though, what quantity would you say is equal to the large zucchini called for here?
    Thanks for the help!

    - Barb A.

  6. I made these this morning and they were so great! The only change I made was using soy milk (it’s all I had). My 4 year-old devoured them! Thank you so much!

    - Rebekah

  7. My first visit here…what a cute blog name! I love the idea of these zucchini waffles. Just discovered how much I love zucchini this past summer. :)

    - Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  8. These sound so tasty! I don’t normally enjoy getting out the waffle maker (it usually overflows all over my countertops), but this might be the inspiration I needed!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  9. I love zucchini, but I’m not terribly into waffles (…not having a waffle iron contributes to this…) — would this work as a pancake??

    - Meister @ The Nervous Cook

  10. When I first saw this I said outloud to no one, “No way!”. I love that you put zucchini in a waffle!

    - Erin

  11. I just made zucchini pancakes this weekend. Can’t wait to try out the waffles. Sounds amazing!

    - Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

  12. yummy!! I might have to go make these now!

    - Courtney

  13. Waffles, waffles, waffles…say that 3 times fast! ;-) These look incredible. My husband has been begging for waffles lately…and I’ve been in a pancake mood. So, these might be the ticket! They look delicious!

    - Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

  14. This is interesting! A good way to get your daily vegetable quota through dessert. ;)

    - leaf (the indolent cook)

  15. These look delicious!

    - The Purple Carrot