What to do with leftover mashed potatoes? Other than the obvious – eat them cold straight from the fridge (is it just me?) – we’ve got a fun and easy recipe to use up those potatoes so they look like a brand new meal.

These mashed potato waffles come together in minutes and feature some toddler-approved favorites like potatoes and cheese! It took a minute for my kids to wrap their heads around a savory waffle, but one bite had them convinced. 

These mashed potato waffles work just as well for a savory breakfast as they do for a delicious dinner side. Get creative and customize them to your family’s tastes.

Waffles are a pretty regular breakfast in our house. If you are looking for other baby friendly waffle recipes , check out these sweet potato waffles and spinach banana waffles

Ingredients in Mashed Potato Waffles

Potato waffles are a family friendly recipe. They can be served for all ages. If you are practising babyled weaning, simply cut these waffles into small pieces and serve it to your baby. My toddler loved it when I cut these waffles into sticks and enjoyed dipping them into maple syrup or yogurt. Even older kids will love it!

You can customize this recipe based on your kids preferences. Got a bacon lover? Chop some cooked bacon and add it to the mix to get a loaded baked potato vibe! Have some leftover gravy? Add that as a topping!


Mashed Potatoes:

Is there a bigger debate than which style of mashed potatoes is best? While I love some good chunks of potato in my mashed potatoes, my kids prefer the opposite. Luckily, these mashed potato waffles work with just about any leftover mashed potatoes. In a pinch, you can even whip up a batch of instant potatoes just before making these. 



This complete protein acts as our binder in this recipe, working with the potatoes, cheese, and flour to hold it all together. For a vegan version, an egg replacement works better over a flax egg here for its superior binding ability. 



The cheese in these mashed potato waffles provides some calcium, protein, and vitamins, along with a lot of flavor. You can choose whichever cheese your little one likes most. Because cheddar can be a bit salty, I started making these with mozzarella when the boys were babies. Once their taste buds graduated to toddler, we swapped mozzarella for cheddar. If you’d like to make a vegan version, plant-based cheese works just as well here! Make sure to choose a brand that melts. 


Rice Flour:

Rice flour is usually my go to flour for all things kid-cooking. It tends to be light and relatively flavorless. However, almost any flour, aside from coconut flour, will work in this recipe. The flour just serves to add body to the batter, so feel free to experiment. 


How to Make Mashed Potato Waffles 

This is a simple mix-and-cook recipe. You’ll need about 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes. Simply mix that with the egg, cheese, and flour, and you’ve got yourself mashed potato waffle batter! This is a great one to get the toddlers in on, as it’s not too complicated and requires a lot of stirring – my kids’ speciality. 


Keep in mind, waffle irons can vary dramatically in both the amount of batter needed to make a full waffle, and in the amount of time to cook completely. Feel free to tweak both these variables to fit your waffle iron’s specifications.


Alternative Ingredients

As mentioned above, this recipe can be made vegan by swapping in an egg substitute and plant-based cheese. Keep in mind that these both act as binders, so it’s important to choose a substitute that mimics eggs in baking. As for plant-based cheese, we are looking for a brand that melts. It will usually proudly say that on the front of the package. 


If gluten-free isn’t a priority for you, any flour can be substituted in, aside from coconut flour. Coconut flour acts very differently than other flours and requires a lot more liquid. Additionally, it will add a mild coconut flavor, which may not jive with the savory mashed potato taste. 


Potato Waffles Recipe

Makes: 2 8-inch waffles

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time:  15 minutes



  • 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup rice flour


  1. Preheat and lightly grease waffle iron
  2. In a bowl, combine mashed potatoes, egg, cheddar, and rice flour. Stir until well incorporated.
  3. Scoop a heaping ½ cup of batter into center of preheated waffle iron. Close lid and cook 5-6 minutes, until golden and set.*
  4. Serve warm

*NOTE: Waffle iron batter amounts and times may vary.

baby and toddler potato waffles

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