With multicolor sprinkles and freeze-dried raspberries, these waffles are festive in both flavor and look. The best part? They come together in less than 30 minutes! Any mom with a mixing bowl and waffle iron can make their kids’ weekday breakfast dreams come true.
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Whipping up something a little out of the ordinary in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate any occasion with your family. Whether you keep it classic with a delicious carrot cake or get creative with a do-it-yourself bruschetta bar, there are countless ways to make it extra-special.
But if you – like me – have limited time to make elaborate meals from scratch most days and still want to make things fun and festive for your family, this recipe is for you! Utilizing a boxed waffle mix and adding in some simple touches like sprinkles and freeze-dried fruit, you can have a not-so-ordinary breakfast on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Why This Recipe Works
- It uses very few ingredients. By starting with a boxed waffle mix, all that’s left to add are eggs, oil, freeze-dried raspberries and fruit.
- It’s easy to make. Throw the ingredients into a blender and – voila! – your waffle batter is ready.
- It comes together in less than 30 minutes, so you can make these waffles any day of the week.
- These waffles are freezer-friendly. This means you can make multiple batches of waffles at once and keep them on hand for any celebratory occasion that comes along.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Boxed waffle mix – You can use any brand you like for this. I used Bob’s Red Mill 7-Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix and loved it, but there are tons of healthy options out there. The measurements for eggs, oil and water may vary slightly depending on what mix you use, so be sure to adjust as needed based on what the packaging says.
Freeze-dried raspberries – While you can use any type of freeze-dried fruit you like, I love the bright pink color and slight tang you get from the freeze-dried raspberries.
Sprinkles – This is where the real fun begins! I highly recommend using this type of sprinkle, as the nonpareils (such as those sprinkled on top in the photos) tend to bleed a lot into the batter. You can order them online or find them at your favorite grocery store!
These waffles come together so quickly and easily, there’s really not much to tell. Here are the only steps you need to take to make this recipe a reality:
First, use a blender to mix together all of your ingredients except the sprinkles. This will ensure all of the freeze-dried raspberries are well-incorporated.
Next, add the sprinkles to the blender and gently stir them in.
Finally, pour the batter into your waffle maker and cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions.
Serve your waffles with any of the following:
- Keep it basic with butter and maple syrup
- Add some whipped cream
- Top with a variety of berries or your choice of fresh fruit
- Turn them into a dessert and top with a scoop of ice cream
- Add more sprinkles!
Yes, you can! Simply blend the freeze-dried raspberries in with all of the batter ingredients, then stir in the sprinkles. If you’re feeling extra-ambitious, you can even make your own waffle batter from scratch.
While you can use almost any freeze-dried fruit, you’ll get the most festive results with fruits that are bright in color like strawberries or blueberries.
I would only recommend making these waffles in advance if you plan on freezing them for later. Otherwise, they’ll be best served fresh off the waffle iron. If you want to serve the waffles to your family all at once (rather than one at a time as they come off the iron), you can keep them warm in your oven (just straight on the rack) at a low temp of 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
To freeze, let the waffles cool completely and then store in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer until ready to serve.
Remove the waffles from the plastic bag and either place them on the rack of an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or just pop the frozen waffles into your toaster and hit the defrost setting.
Other Festive Weekday Breakfast Recipes
In my opinion, celebrating a special occasion at breakfast is far too often overlooked. Here are some other fun breakfast recipes you can make for your next birthday celebration:
These Kid-Approved Breakfast Banana Splits take your kids’ favorite after-dinner treats and make them a healthy yet entertaining breakfast. No cooking involved!
We all know that heading off to school is usually NOT our kids’ favorite time of day, but what if you make it fun with these Back-to-School Papaya Breakfast Boats?
Prefer a more savory celebration? Prep these Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas the night before and just pop them in the oven in the morning.
What kid doesn’t want to eat pudding for breakfast? This Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding will transport your entire family to the tropics whether it’s the middle of winter or the start of a monotonous school day.
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Weekday Festive Funfetti Pancakes
- Mixing spoon or spatula
- Waffle maker
- Cooking spray
- Preheat waffle maker and spray with cooking spray.
- Add first five ingredients* (waffle mix, oil, eggs, water, and freeze-dried raspberries) to a blender and blend until raspberries are completely incorporated into the batter (with no large chunks).
- Stir sprinkles into batter, then measure batter into waffle maker and bake waffles according to appliance directions, spraying with cooking oil after each batch to prevent sticking.
- Serve immediately with your favorite toppings!
- *Feel free to use any waffle mix you want for this recipe! Just remember that the exact ingredients and amounts may vary based on which waffle mix you’re using. Amounts for raspberries and sprinkles should remain fairly consistent for 6 waffles.
- You can also use other freeze-dried fruits in place of the raspberries. Just choose something with a vibrant hue like strawberries or blueberries.
- Waffle cooking times will vary depending on your specific waffle maker and how crisp you would like your waffles to be. Be sure to follow your waffle maker’s instructions for optimal crispiness when making these waffles.
- Topping Ideas: butter, maple syrup, whipped cream, berries or other fresh fruit, ice cream, more sprinkles!
- These waffles are best served immediately after making. However, if you want to save and reheat later, let them cool completely and freeze in a resealable plastic bag. To defrost, simply pop the frozen waffles into your toaster or oven until warm and crispy.