Breakfast in bed may be a Valentine’s Day cliche, but a big breakfast is always appreciated. Whether you’re keeping warm with your significant other or spending the day with friends you love, a pile of waffles is the way to go.
These waffles may be sweet, but there’s actually a secret ingredient you may not have expected: beets. Cooked beets add body and a mild earthy flavor to waffle batter, balancing out the sweetness of the maple syrup you know you’re ready to drizzle all over your plate. We used red food coloring to give the color a little more oomph, but simply using the beets will tint your waffles a gorgeous shade of pink. Make them in whatever waffle iron you have on hand, and if you’re really feeling festive, use a big cookie cutter to cut the waffles into hearts.
Valentine's Day Beet Waffles
1 1/3 cups whole milk
1 cup finely chopped cooked beets
2 drops red food coloring gel (optional)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup whipped cream
Pure maple syrup
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 200°F. Combine milk, beets, and, if desired, food coloring in a blender, and blend until smooth. While blender is running, add eggs, oil, and vanilla; blend until well combined.
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Add beet mixture, and stir until just combined.
Preheat a Belgian-style waffle iron, and lightly coat with cooking spray. Pour about 1/2 cup batter for each waffle; cook according to manufacturer's instructions until waffles are golden brown and crisp. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet, and cover. Keep warm in preheated oven up to 30 minutes.
Top waffles with blueberries, and sprinkle with mint. Serve with whipped cream and syrup.
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