We have been lucky so far, with the amazing Indian summer we’ve had, so I have been lulled into thinking that warmth is usual. Now today the wind is howling, the rain is lashing down, and it is getting dark faaaaaaaaar too early.
But – no need for doom and gloom. Because even the African in me can appreciate the good things of autumn.
There is the pleasure of a roaring log fire (I spent a large part of today being a fairly unwilling assistant when Freddy was getting out the chainsaw and converting the great pile of wood from last year’s tree-felling into logs).
There is a rather lovely feeling of being a wet and cold but knowing that you have dry clothes to get into (again, the end of the day today when rain came but we hadn’t finished work and I got soaked because there was “only a tiny bit more and we might as well finish”
And there are parties.
Lots of parties.
Any excuse for a party.
Like my “I am preparing for Halloween so I will get everything ready for it by having a preparation party”. Which I had today. Nice and easy to prepare – seriously, all I had to do was get some Iceland Party food and platters (aka mini pizza’s which the kids love, sticky chicken skewers and tempura prawns – especially handy as they had a brilliant offer for buy 3 and get a free tub of swizzles attached) as the main course. Easy to find and easy to get. Easy to cook. And pretty easy to relax and have fun.
The only tiny bit of work came from making a small dessert bar with a create your own monsters them based around some chocolate chip sweet potato waffles. As you do…
So why start with chocolate chip sweet potato waffles. Because my kids loooooooove waffles and want to eat them everyday. Made rather handily with Iceland Foods frozen sweet potato chunks. One of the things about frozen food like this sweet potato is that it is both easy to prepare (no peeling) and fresh (frozen food is seriously fresh – it is frozen within a couple of hours of picking). And of course, the sweet potato adds some extra vegetable goodness to these waffles. Plus there is all that chocolate….
How to make chocolate chip sweet potato waffles
Seriously, it is a piece of cake (or a piece of waffle). Mix normal waffle ingredients (flour, butter, eggs, milk, cinnamon), plus this time add chocolate chips just because and molasses for that richer flavour. Put frozen sweet potato into a bowl and into the microwave. Cook. Mash with fork (pretty easy as they are nice and soft) and add to mixture. Total mixing time – less than 10 mins. Then cook in waffle maker. Job done.
Halloween chocolate chip sweet potato waffles
And the great thing with waffles is you can decorate them.
Check these ones out. Cool spooky decorations, right?
You can use strawberry or other fruits like grapes rounds or white chocolate chips for eye, and if you want to decorate the eyes that one step more then use tiny dark chocolate chips to build the eyes. Mini marshmallows work well for teeth as does a zig Zag drizzle of melted white chocolate.
Seriously good fun decorating them too. And I have a confession – it was me who did this one. You didn’t expect me to let the children have all the fun do you? Sometimes (this shows my age) “girls just wanna have fun”.
So here is how to make chocolate chip sweet potato waffles. Please do try it and if you do make it, then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes. You can also share it on my Facebook page.
PS for more waffles why not check out my honey waffles recipe.
Thank you for reading my chocolate chip sweet potato waffles recipe post. And please come visit again as I continue dreaming up recipes, traditional African recipes, African fusion recipes, Sierra Leone recipes, travel plans and much more for you.
This post is sponsored by the lovely Iceland Foods.
Chocolate chip sweet potato waffles
- 200 g (7oz) frozen sweet potato chunks
- 450 ml (1.9 cups) semi skimmed milk
- 125 g (4.4oz) unsalted butter, melted
- 3 eggs beaten
- 4 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 300 g (10.5oz) self-raising flour
- Topping for Halloween – strawberry rounds chocolate chips, marshmallows
- Preheat waffle maker.
- Add the sweet potato to a microwave bowl, cover with cling film, piece film and cook on high (800w) for 3 mins stirring half way through.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and mash the sweet potato with a fork and set aside.
- Whisk together milk, butter, eggs, chocolate chips, molasses and cinnamon and set aside.
- Add flour into a large bowl and make a hole in the centre.
- Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the flour to make a batter and don't worry if there are some lumps.
- The stir in the sweet potato till mixed.
- Cook waffles according to your machine’s instructions until all the batter is finished
- Repeat until all the mixture is finished.
- Top or decorate with berries, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
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