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Frozen Waffles and other Naturally Green St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

There are a few recipes in our first cookbook, Eat Like a Dinosaur, that we’re asked to share. A lot. Like, at least once a week someone wants to publish (or wants us to publish) on the web some of our most popular recipes from ELaD: Fools Gold Chicken Nuggets, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Rat on a Stick, Anytime Cookies, 50/50 Burgers and Frozen Waffles. Until now, only 50/50 Burgers were on our site. We’re not trying to be mean, but if we don’t hold some recipes hostage you guys would have no incentive to actually buy a book. And frankly we think 1) kids deserve a tangible cookbook to engage, inspire and empower them to cook real foods and 2) all our hard work is worth $9 (e-book) or $19 (softcover).

However, when our Facebook group hit 19k fans and we had a surge of support and positive comments on the site when we finally turned in Beyond Bacon, we wanted to thank you. So we put out a vote, and these waffles won by a landslide. So please, if you like them, buy the book – we promise there’s lots more where these came from!


Frozen Waffles



  1. Puree apple and banana in a food processor.
  2. ? Use the whisk attachment on your electric mixer and whip almond butter on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth and fluffed.
  3. ? Add puree and remaining ingredients to whipped almond butter and continue to whip until combined.
  4. Grease your hot waffle maker (for each waffle you make).
  5. Use about 1 ladle of batter per 8-by-4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron for 3-5 minutes until browned. Do not fill up entire waffle maker, leave about 40% unfilled so that the batter can spread. If your waffle is soft or floppy, it's not ready yet - keep cooking for another minute or two!
  6. ? Eat immediately or store flat in freezer and make your own breakfast by reheating in toaster - the waffles will be firm enough!
  7. * For the 21 Day Sugar Detox you'll need to ensure you don't eat more than half a batch, but really 1-2 should be more than enough, then freeze the rest for later!

If you don’t want to take our word for it, check out Nom Nom Paleo’s fantastic video blog of her adorable Double-O’s approval!

Nom Nom Paleo Makes The Paleo Parents’ Waffles from Nom Nom Paleo on Vimeo.

Fun Fact about these waffles? They can easily be made nut-free by replacing the almond butter with sunflower seed butter. And you know what that does? The chlorophyl in the sunflower seeds creates a chemical reaction with the baking soda to produce naturally GREEN waffles!

ELaD Naturally Green Perfect Paleo Waffles at PaleoParents How fun is that for St. Patrick’s Day?

Ok, so now that we’ve got your breakfast figured out for a fantastically fun St. Patrick’s Day, we thought you might want some more naturally green and nutrient dense recipes to share with your family on this leprechaun day. So here’s a round-up of delicious looking recipes to serve up to your lucky loved ones ♥



PaleOMG’s Green Smoothie, Nom Nom Paleo’s Roasted Green Beans, Elana’s Pantry’s Green Chicken Soup


Paleo With a Purpose’s Green Curry with Shrimp, The Paleo Mom’s Green Eggs, The Paleo Mom’s Greensicles


Primal Palate’s Kale Chips, Wing It Vegan’s Coconut Milk Mint Chip Ice Cream, Seasonal and Savory’s Matcha and Coconut Butter Truffles

As always, the pictures take you directly to the author’s sites where you can find the recipes – so please visit these awesome bloggers!

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  • Stephanie

    How many waffles does this recipe make? I’ve been looking for alternative likes this that would be quick for my boys’ breakfasts before school…they’re totally over eggs…and these would be perfect!

    • I think it makes about 12 for our size, feeds around 6. There’s 5 of us and we always have a few left over.

      • Stephanie

        Thank you! That helps a lot!

    • DeAnn

      I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to ladle the batter and it made 11 waffles (maybe 12 if I had scrapped the bowl).

    • CDSmoak .

      We get 3 1/2 waffle out of this recipe but I’m sure it depends on your waffle iron. I would suggest doubling the recipe if you actually want any to freeze. 🙂 They are great! My son could eat these every day.

  • Amy

    I wonder if these would work without bananas. What do you think? Is there a good replacement that you can think of? My daughter can’t tolerate bananas. Thanks!

  • Sweet Pea’s Mommy

    My girls (2 & 4) LOVE this recipe! We make triple batches and freeze them. We can pull out two at a time and make waffle sandwiches out of them. We have just transitioned to paleo so this has been a life saver to keep some sense or typical lunches for my girls once or twice a week. Thank you!!!!!!!

  • Heather

    I would also love to know how many waffles this will make! Good question, Stephanie. Also, what kind of waffle maker do you use? I’m going to purchase one and prefer recommended products!

    • We noted quantity below, but it varies on your waffle maker. Ours is a george foreman grill with changing griddle attachments, but really any from even a thrift store will do!

  • Jessica

    Any suggestions on how to make these waffles egg free? My little man has an egg allergy.

    • Elizabeth

      sub flax seed/water for the eggs 🙂 my son also has an egg allergy!

  • KitteeBeeBerns

    hello! can you please change the credit for that ice cream to Wing It Vegan over at http://wingitvegan.blogspot.com/. thanks!

    • Whoops! I feel terrible for not realizing I had linked to an aggregator site! I’ll change it right away.

      • KitteeBeeBerns


        • River (Wing It Vegan)

          Themed foods are the best! Thank you, Stacy, for featuring my mint chip ice cream, and thank you, Kittee, for sharing the correct link with Stacy! Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

  • Vic

    This recipe sounds delicious! What changes would I need to make if I want to make pancakes instead? We are overflowing with kitchen appliances as it is, so no waffle maker for me. 🙁

  • Stephanie

    If I don’t have arrowroot powder, is it okay or what could I sub with (baking powder, doesn’t have to be completely paleo-compliant for me)? The smallest package I have found here is $10 and I haven’t used it for anything until I came across this recipe.

    • arrowroot is a binder and a starch, it cannot be replaced with baking powder. perhaps cornstarch powder would work if you tolerate them, but I would recommend an extra egg and tapioca starch – although it is untested.

      • Stephanie

        Okay, thanks! Was looking it up too, but thought I’d still ask. I will look again, but I’ve only ever seen the large bags of it, and it would just go to waste I’m afraid.

    • andreaquist

      I used coconut flour, and they were good

  • Sonja

    Making the green version waffles for breakfast tomorrow.

  • Kelly

    Do these have a strong banana taste? I am very new to a gluten free lifestyle and unfortunately an extremely picky eater!

    • andreaquist

      They did NOT have an overwhelming banana taste to me, though I admit to loving bananas.

  • CarlyKablooey

    That is the most precious video! I enjoyed it so much and am inspired to get the kids back in the kitchen. I got burned out for a while there. Also…thank you for posting these on the 21 DSD FB Page. I will be making them this week fo sho!

  • Tara S

    They didn’t turn green. 🙁 Could it have been because the apple was a little tart? Too acidic?

  • Tanya

    Love ELad! Ever since my daughters and I first looked through the book together, they have been asking me to make these waffles. I keep telling them one day when we can get a waffle maker. Think it’s high time I get one!

  • HotFlashBang

    Made these this weekend and they were SCRUMPTIOUS! I took some to work today and people raaaaved about them. Then took one to my Coach and he loved them too. I have one question.. I couldn’t get mine to crisp up.. were yours crispy?? Any ideas for me? thanks so much for posting this recipe. It’s a keeper! My recipe made 6 3/4 cup waffles – I likem big! Served them with blueberries on top and chicken on the side for my own version of a southern favorite – Chicken and Waffles!

    • They get crispy the longer they’re cooked – so although they may look brown and ready to come out, if they’re floppy give them another minute or two.

  • Crystal Rufener

    Yumm… I made them just now, but used
    2 1/2 smaller bananas since we didn’t have apples. They are delicious. These are the first things I made from starting my Paleo lifestyle. Which I fully started yesterday.. Thank you for the yummy receipe.

  • andreaquist

    Was led here by Civilized Caveman, and made these this past weekend. They were delicious! The true test for me is if my kids will eat something;l have one who is a total carnivore, and the other won’t touch meat with a 10 foot pole, so trying to find meals that appease them both AND i feel good serving (plus can eat myself) is a very daunting task. The verdict: Carnivore was not overly impressed, (but that’s OK because she likes lean meats, fruits & veggies) and the carb-addicted 6 year old? She asked for 2nds. SCORE! (Seriously, she would live on pasta and goldfish. If only I’d realized the side effects of gluten, and the upside of Paleo 6 years ago….before I created a monster!) This will become a staple in our house, and I LOVE that they taste just as good popped into the toaster from the freezer (today’s lunch!)

  • Christine B

    These are the first paleo waffles I’ve ever made. Super yum!

  • Amanda

    Just delicious. I cheat by throwing everything together in the blender and not whipping the almond butter. It works just fine. Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray works great on the waffle iron. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Michele

      Thanks for hipping me to the fact that you can blend everything in the blender. It worked great. I bought the $9.96 Wal-Mart Rival Waffle Maker that makes two 4×4-inch waffles (great for freezing and then warming in the toaster when wanted). This recipe made 8 – 4×4 waffles to freeze, putting 1/4 cup of batter in each 4×4 square. I heated the Rival Waffle Maker 10 minutes each time before I made the next waffles (with the lid closed but not locked), and cooked the waffles 3 minutes (with the lid closed but not locked). The MOST IMPORTANT thing is to brush on coconut oil on the top and bottom right before you load the batter, EACH AND EVERY TIME. Paleo Parents: Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us. I will be buying your book.

  • Cooking Up Geekdom

    We had these for dinner tonight (breakfast for dinner, yay!) and they were delicious! Quick question though, my picky husband didn’t really like the taste of the bananas in them (he’s not a huge fan of bananas). Is there something I could use instead of the bananas? Thanks!

    • Another apple? Experiment!

      • Cooking Up Geekdom

        Ok thanks. I was thinking either another apple or maybe a sweet potato. Going to probably be making these again soon. I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂

        Edit – I also just saw a reply that you posted a while back on here to try a plantain. I may give that a shot. We love plantains. I didn’t even think to use one!

  • Sommer

    I don’t have words to express how awesome these turned out! They are even lighter and fluffier than the pictures here. Being paleo you have to be skeptic but these knocked our socks off! I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. I want to shout your praises from the mountain tops! Xx

  • Jessica

    by any chance do you know how many carbs this has?

  • CRC

    I have no idea what I did wrong but I couldn’t get these to work to save my life. I managed to barely get one out of my waffle iron because it was stuck to the top and bottom, even after a good oiling. So frustrating. Any idea why this may have happened? Too wet? Too dry? Ugh.

    • CRC

      I will add that I used pumpkin instead of the apple and banana since we have no bananas and wanted pumpkin instead, but that shouldn’t make a difference in the texture…

      • We’ve had thousands of people love the recipe without issue, I would assume either the almond/sunbutter wasn’t oily enough or the pumpkin made the difference. Better luck next time!

        • Jessica

          I mixed a whole container of almond butter in the mixer before starting the recipe to make sure it was uniform. These waffles were perfection, thank you.

  • Jamie Fender

    First of all I have to say that this has been the ONLY waffle/pancake recipe I have made that actually tasted like a waffle should. (I plan to make your pancakes this evening to freeze for the week and have faith they will work too!!) So funny story about the batch I made this morning. Some unnamed child of mine happened to slide the page over on my iPad while I was getting this together. They switched it to the previous recipe in my Kindle version of ELAD, which happened to be Pumpkin Pucks. Well, I had just added the almond butter and went to the next ingredients which were honey and maple syrup, which I added thinking “I don’t remember this from last time” then it hit me I was on the wrong recipe! Whoopsie!! I figured it was worth finishing it up and hoping for the best. So I went back to the correct recipe and made the waffles. They still turned out yummy!! But I had to be careful when I opened the waffle iron because they kinda wanted to separate like a sandwich. LOL But hey all’s well that ends well though right?!? So, now you know, if you accidentally add honey and maple syrup you will still have yummy waffles. 😉 Oh, and I subbed plantain for the banana because my son does not like bananas. And they didn’t taste like bananas at all, the kids said they were the best yet! (even if they did want to open like a sandwich, which really just made a perfect place to put some grassfed butter! yum!)

  • rinaice .

    Just discovered them and made for my kids for after school fueling. They LOVE them!!!! YUM YUM YUM!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  • Diane

    These look so great! I tried making them this afternoon and they totally stuck but then I realized I forgot the eggs – ha ha! While making them, I did wonder what temperature you generally cook them at? My waffle maker is a Cuisinart Griddler so it too has the changeable plates but with temperature control. Thank you!

  • dlzimmie

    Wow! These are the best waffles I have eaten in any form. I got my husband a wafflemaker for Christmas and we couldn’t wait to try it out. We are having them again tomorrow and everyone has been raving about them.

  • Denise Campbell

    I’ve been looking for a new Gluten Free Waffle recipe that I could also freeze for the very soon to happen mass food prep in advance session for the upcoming coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We get live coverage here in Canada, so that means many early mornings, afternoon naps & suppers one can reheat easily due to being in a sleep deprivation coma at night. ;oD.

    These look amazing & I can’t wait to try them out. One question though : Can you add Berries to the mix or would that end up changing the recipe too much?

    Thanks in advance!! My first time here, came by thanks to the link for these Waffles over at Civilized Caveman, but I’ll be back!! :o)

    • We have added them sometimes, but it can make the waffles less stiff. Just don’t add to many so that the waffles still hold together well. Berries are good toppings though! Good luck!

  • Olivia

    I didn’t have a waffle maker so made pancakes with these instead, delicious!

  • These are delicious! They need no syrup, jam or any additional sweetening. My first batch didn’t turn green. I blame either faulty ingredients or a leprechaun. I vote leprechaun, but I shall run to the store and restock so I can try again! Thanks for the scrumpdidliumptious recipe.

  • Sophie Palmer

    OH MY FREAKIN’ GOODNESS!!! The freezable paleo waffles ARE AMAZINGGGGGGGG!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU! haha!!!! Have frozen them in bags of two’s for futures brekkies.. but omg.. ate like 3 whilst cooking them hahaha (did double mix but will quadruple it next time as my friend and my son loves the 3 we ate together too!! and now my mum wants in! haha!!) thanks for this AWESOME recipe- no other paleo waffle recipe compares!! x

  • Jules

    I finally went out and purchased a waffle maker since I have wanted to make waffles for a long time. The first batch was soggy and stuck to the top (but tasty), so I tried again. This time my “new” waffle maker never heated up properly so I was left with quite a mess to clean up. I still had batter left so decided to try as a pancake. The recipe worked great for pancakes. These are probably the best (and tastiest) pancakes I have made and the consistency was perfect. If the waffle maker is still functioning I may try the recipe again for waffles..

  • Captured by Jess

    Any reason they have to be eaten immediately or frozen? Why not refridgerated for next-day consumption?!

    • You definitely can refrigerate for next-day consumption. We just like to make extra large batches when we make this recipe so we can have the frozen ones ready when we are in a hurry in the morning and need a quick, toaster-ready waffle for the kids.

  • Sarah

    just made these with sun butter and they are so yummy! just what this carb craving pregnant mama needed!! I added a squeeze from a 1/4 of a lemon to the batter to counter act the chemical reaction of the sun butter and baking soda and it worked! no green! 🙂 thanks!

  • Heather Brandt

    What is a grainy brand of sunflower seed butter? I usually make mine from scratch so I’m not sure if it would sub okay?.

    • Yes it would! MaraNatha is a grainy brand and SunButter or TJs is not grainy, but after testing more any works though adding a bit extra oil or fat is best.

  • Kalie

    Is there a way to make this paleo aip friendly? I’d need to replace the eggs and almond/sunflower butter. Do you think another apple would work for an egg replacement? I’ve used applesauce for eggs in normal baking before. and perhaps coconut butter instead of the nut/seed butters? Thanks!

    • done

    • Alice a

      You could try flax seed soaked in a little water as a replacement for the eggs, too.

  • Staci ‘Grainne’ Corcoran

    Anyone know how much applesauce the “one medium apple” would be? I’ve got a bunch to use up. probably more than half a cup…3/4? 1 cup?