You've got to love a freezer waffle — they're convenient when you want to switch from the toast or bagel routine, and are neutral enough in flavor to host a variety of toppings. Once you've found the right brand for your tastes, it's time to explore all the ways to enjoy them beyond the standard swipe of butter and jam or drizzle of maple syrup.
These 10 ideas use frozen waffles as a blank canvas for breakfast (and beyond). They're Kitchn tested, and we'd like to think El would approve.
Toppings to Upgrade Frozen Waffles
If you're still trying to find a frozen waffle that's right for you, head over to our taste test to see what's on the market. All the toppings below are delightful with a basic plain waffle, but switch it up with whole wheat or even blueberry and you'd still be a happy camper.
1. Caramelized Bananas
If you're not quite sure you can part with maple syrup, sweet caramelized bananas might be the thing to persuade you. Sauté sliced banana in a frying pan with butter, sprinkle in brown sugar, and continue to cook for a few minutes until the banana becomes golden and saucy.
2. Fried Egg + Sriracha + Cilantro
If toast and eggs are your regular morning meal, leave the bread behind for a while and try a toasted waffle in its place. The waffle's subtle sweetness is a nice contrast to the savory egg and spicy Sriracha.
3. Avocado + Red Pepper Flakes
Up your avocado toast game this fall with a toasted waffle. All the must-have finishing touches are here — including red pepper flakes and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
4. Peanut Butter + Sliced Apple + Honey
If you love dipping sliced apples into peanut butter, it's time to layer this winning snack combo on top of a toasted waffle. Cashew, almond, and even sunflower seed butter are all delicious too — just don't forget the drizzle of honey.
5. Yogurt + Granola + Raspberries
Instead of a parfait, spread those toppings out on a toasted waffle. Spoon over your favorite yogurt and then add crunchy granola and fresh berries. Honey drizzle optional, but highly recommended.
6. Nutella + Strawberries + Pistachios
With a thick spread of Nutella, sliced strawberries, and crunchy pistachios, this is the waffle combo you'll want to keep in your back pockets for a sweet snack or dessert.
7. Fairy Toast
For a whimsical breakfast or afternoon treat, transform your waffle into fairy toast. All it takes is a swipe of creamy butter topped with your favorite sprinkles.
8. Cream Cheese + Sliced Red Onion + Lox
Bring this timeless bagel topping to your morning waffle. There's an added sweetness that you don't typically get, but it works surprisingly well.
9. Tahini + Jam
Give your standard PB&J a twist with a swipe of tahini. Paired with a dollop of your favorite jam, the sesame seed paste makes a great alternative for peanut butter. Be sure to top your waffle when it's straight out of the toaster to keep it creamy.
10. Fresh Mozzarella + Sliced Tomato + Basil
Just because summer is in the rearview mirror doesn't mean it's time to leave the caprese behind. Bring it to the breakfast table by layering a toasted waffle with a thick slice of fresh mozzarella and tomato, then finish it off with a few basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.