Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Friends, I am reeeeeeeally struggling to write this post. I mean, look at that pile of breakfast heaven right up there. It has everything. Carbs, cheese, meat, an egg. I am currently finishing up day 1 of a 3-day juice cleanse. The almond milk beverage that is my last “meal” of the day tastes much less like a milkshake than I’d worked it up to be in my mind. Yes, that’s right, give me a day of drinking vegetables and fruit and to my ears almond milk sounds like a straight-up milkshake. (Sadly, it doesn’t taste like one, not even after a day of juice).

And thus, editing these photos was a test in restraint and willpower.

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

These waffles are of the savory variety. And they are freaking delicious. Don’t run away, allow me to explain!

These waffles are packed with whole wheat flour and spinach. But I promise they don’t taste healthy! They crisp up all nice on the outside, but have such a tender interior. And that tender interior is made even more delicious by little pockets of cheese, some of which hit the waffle iron directly and get all crispy too. The first time I made these waffles, I enjoyed them straight off the iron, while still hot and crisp. I burnt my fingers and my mouth, and the pain was completely worth it.

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

But the second time around, I topped the waffles with a couple slices of black forest ham and a fried egg. Now we’re talking! Eating the waffles this way also forced me to use cutlery, which was perhaps a blessing in itself. I’m a lady, I swear.

Do not fear this savory waffle concept! Breakfast, brunch, brinner, a snack – whatever tickles your fancy. Get into it!

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Savory Spinach & Cheese Wafflesย (slightly adapted from The Mrs. Writes)

This recipe will yield about 6 large waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron. If you’re serving the waffles with toppings, one waffle is probably an adequate serving for the average person. However, if you’re serving them on their own, plan for two waffles per person (for hungry eaters). The recipe can easily be doubled, if needed. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses too, depending on what you have on hand.ย 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 TBSP. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated
4 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Toppings (optional): black forest ham, a fried egg, avocado, salsa, hot sauce

Preheat your waffle iron. Again, the appropriate heat setting will vary for each different waffle iron (I used heat setting 4 out of 6).

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir gently until the mixture comes together. Fold in the cheese and the spinach. Spray the hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray (between each waffle) and cook waffles according to your waffle iron’s directions. Serve with your choice of toppings or straight off the iron. If you’re cooking for a larger group, keep waffles warm in the oven as you go. But they do taste best hot and fresh! Leftovers also reheat very well in the toaster or in the oven.

Savory Spinach & Cheese Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe


  1. Waffles are so great! Savoury and sweet alike, and these photos, dang girl! It looks amazing! x

  2. Holy moly! I just got really hungry!

  3. These sound AWESOME Amanda! I love the savory idea for breakfast. I’ll have to try these out with some of my vegan Daiya cheese!

  4. Oh boy, this looks so good! I love waffles, ham and eggs…this is right up my alley.

  5. I’ve never had a savory waffle before – it looks FANTASTIC!

  6. OMG!!! this looks gorgeous. I love the pictures and I can only imagine how delicious it tastes. I seriously need to invest into a waffle maker. Yum

  7. Oh man! Kudos to you on the juice cleanse! I always loved that last almond milk at the end of the day. But, it was nothing compared to the fried chicken I had to watch Mike eat… so sad. After day two of a three day cleanse you feel like you could do two more days! But then remember there are great foods like this to be devoured and cocktails to be downed!

    • I’m halfway through day 3, and I can tell you that you’d have to pay me a large sum of money to do any additional days. I can’t wait to eat tomorrow! I’m gonna have to make these waffles again.

  8. Girl, your will power amazes me!!

  9. Oh my. I love “normal” waffles, but I think these would overshadow even a regular one that was topped with syrup and butter. This looks amazing!

  10. This sounds amazing! I have never made savory waffles before. (I have actually never made sweet waffles before, but that’s beside the point.) After seeing these, I’ll be craving them all day!

  11. Oh my word – this looks like the most perfect breakfast! I wish it would appear on my plate tomorrow morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You are a lot stronger than I am! I don’t think I could have made it through editing and writing this blog post without giving in. My mouth is watering just looking at these waffles!! Love your take on savory waffles, especially with the fried egg on top. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

  13. My goodness, you are taunting me right now – it’s breakfast time here and my choices are toast or oatmeal. I’ve obviously got to get myself a waffle iron! Beautiful!

  14. Looks sooooo delicious!!!

  15. Whoa mama! I all so into these! That egg. I need it!

  16. I love this!

  17. I have never actually made or eaten savory waffles and these look BEYOND DELICIOUS!!!!!!! Spinach-y and cheesy goodness!!! Who wouldn’t want to begin their day with this beauty????!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Be still my heart! I love everything about this. Gorgeousprettyperfectamazing.

    And I also can’t stand editing food photos while hungry. I imagine this was extra difficult! Hang in there!

  19. Gooooooodness me! I love a good savory waffle and you totally sold me on this with all that goodness you put on top! LOVE!

  20. The waffles look delicious! Love this savoury take- very cool!

  21. Mmm this is my kind of breakfast. Looks just soooo amazing. I wish I hadn’t been in too much of a rush to eat breakfast this morning… my tummy is rumbling after having seen this x

  22. What a great breakfast! A juice cleanse sounds torturous, but I guess I would like an almond milk milkshake-that-isn’t too ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Oh, WOW, Amanda! Just…WOW!!!

  24. OMG I pinned this even before I read the post — it looks so tempting!

  25. Oh goodness, this is a perfect savory breakfast! Gotta keep this around for our spinach harvest!

  26. Amanda! I’m so bummed I don’t own a waffle iron right now… these are right up my alley!

  27. I always find savory versions of waffles to be so much fun! And these are no exception. Though I dont know how you could look at these photos while doing a cleanse…sounds like torture!

  28. These savory waffles look beautiful and delicious, Amanda! Your photos make us hungry too and you are very brave to looking at them during your juice cleanse ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. These waffles are INSANE!!!!!

  30. I was sent the link for this recipe by a friend, and have just tried it, and it has gone down very well with everyone. Tastes lovely. I used less than quarter tsp salt, and only 70g mature Cheddar cheese as that was all I had. I used metric cups. I also added a hint of red chilli power and black pepper, but will add more next time. I cooked them in a large frying pan as I do not have a waffle iron, and got 12 pancakes, cooked in batches of three.

  31. Just made these, but I omitted the sugar and replaced the cheese with parmesan instead. I also added a little garlic and mustard to the liquids when mixing them together. SO YUMMY. And so easy! They were perfect dipped into pumpkin soup for lunch.

  32. These look amazing. Do you have a single-serving recipe? ๐Ÿ™‚


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