Published by PETA.


It’s time to throw the rule book out the window and put your waffle iron to good use. This handy tool is capable of adding its signature crisscross design to many foods, but because of its name, it’s usually regulated to preparing only waffles—until now!

1. Chocolate Cookies

We bet you’ve never thought about making cookies with a waffle iron before. Pure genius!

2. Hash Browns

Make some waffles, then throw potatoes in the iron to prepare hash browns, too. Now that’s what we call “efficiency.”

3. Cinnamon Rolls

All you need are Trader Joe’s cinnamon rolls and a waffle iron. So, what are you waiting for?

4. Mac and “Cheese”

Putting mac and “cheese” in a waffle iron is a game-changer. It adds a crispy layer to the gooey goodness of your original dish, and you could end up with something like the above from Clara Cakes.

5. Carrot Waffles

These waffles are made entirely of carrots for a soy-, dairy-, and gluten-free type of morning!

6. Vanilla Bean Waffle Ice Cream Sammies with Maple Berry Mash

This scrumptious vegan recipe doubles as a gluten-free recipe as well.

7. Sticky Rice and Tofu

When you add savory recipes into the mix, the waffle iron becomes a truly versatile and practical tool for cooking.

8. Fudgy Brownies

This is the recipe that will convince you to buy a waffle iron if you don’t already have one.

9. Winter Squash

This recipe features a vegan chipotle-maple glaze. Simply divine, if you ask us.

10. Carrot Cake

Chocolate-Covered Katie includes a delicious vegan cream cheese frosting recipe in this post. Can you say “to die for”?

11. Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Cauliflower Lentil Sloppy Joes

This is a healthy, balanced meal to please those with a waffle iron and a hearty appetite.

12. S’mores

Help us all. We couldn’t avoid this recipe if we tried.

13. Falafel

This falafel waffle tower is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Not to mention the hummus “syrup” on top and the healthy amount of protein it provides.

14. Plantains

Plantains! You knew there was something missing in your diet but couldn’t put your finger on it until now. You’re welcome.

15. Pizza

Waffle pizzas

Calling all you lazy vegans—if you know how to make a sandwich (pretty please, tell me you do), this is your recipe.

16. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Impress all your breakfast buddies by combining two of the best foods ever: waffles and banana bread.

17. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Quick and easy—you can make any grilled sandwich with a waffle iron.

Now that you’re on your way to thinking outside the waffle iron “box,” you can make up your own waffle recipes as well! Get inspired here.

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