Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles | Swirls and Spice

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles | Swirls and Spice I adore fresh bread.  A restaurant can draw me in just by serving fabulous bread before my main meal arrives.  Having warm and flavourful bread to start a meal or round out a buffet table is a treat at home too.  For as much as my family enjoys fresh bread sticks made from scratch, I don’t always get around to making a batch because of the rising time.  A quick-rise dough leavened with baking powder makes a handy alternative to yeast dough.  Inspired by this idea for savoury waffles, I decided to make some better-for-you pizza waffles using whole wheat flour and nutrient-dense lentils!

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffle | Swirls and Spice

These waffles are packed with pesto flavour and are also super quick to cook in the waffle iron.  In about 30 minutes you can make a crispy, delicious appetizer that goes well with any Italian entrée you can think of.  These pizza waffles will also make a great packed lunch the next day.  I made some waffles with cheese, and some without.  Both versions were fantastic and full of Italian flavour!   So those of you who eat dairy-free or vegan can still enjoy the waffles as much as everyone else.

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles with Cheese | Swirls and Spice

You may have noticed that I am a big fan of lentils.  These waffles are so delicious that I will be entering them in the 2015 Canadian Lentils recipe contest as well, this time in the appetizer category.

If you’d like to see more amazing lentil recipes, head to the 2015 Lentil Recipe Revelations Challenge board on Pinterest.

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles | Swirls and Spice

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles

  • Servings: 24 waffle quarters
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  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or brown rice syrup
  • 6 Tablespoons cold butter or margarine, cut into small cubes
  • 2/3 cup lentil purée
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 3 Tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives, optional
  • 8 slices of mozzarella cheese, about 2 cm by 2 cm, optional
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, for dipping


  1. Whisk together flours, baking powder and garlic salt.  Blend with pieces of cold butter, using your fingertips, a pastry blender or a food processor, until even crumbs form.
  2. Whisk together lentil puree with honey (or syrup) and milk.  Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredient mixture and stir together until a dough forms.  Do not over mix.  Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and form into round biscuit shapes with your hands.
  3. Preheat a waffle iron.  Use a sharp knife to cut a deep slit and form a pocket in each round of dough.  Fill with 1 teaspoon pesto, 3 to 4 olive slices, and cheese, if using.  Seal the open edge of the dough.stuffed-lentil-dough
  4. Into the greased waffle iron, place the filled dough in the center of the iron.  Close the lid slowly.  Cook until golden brown and the middle of each pizza waffle is cooked through.  Keep warm.  Serve with marinara dipping sauce. Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffle | Swirls and Spice

Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles | Swirls and Spice

I’m also bringing my recipe to Fiesta Friday, Savoring Saturdays, and here.


30 thoughts on “Lentil Pesto Pizza Waffles

  1. Wow!! I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve never had lentils… eeeeek! But these would definitely make me a convert! I can just imagine that wonderful pesto flavor… yum!

    1. Actually, I didn’t grow up eating lentils. My aunt introduced me to them when I was in college I think. Did you see my post from yesterday? Lots of other ways to enjoy them too! 🙂

  2. How cool! I am on a total waffle kick myself but this is a completely different recipe I haven’t seen. Can’t wait to try them! (found you on savoring Saturdays)

  3. These are genius! I’m a major legume fiend – actually baked blondies using them again today – but would have never thought of waffles. And with olives, cheese and marinara for dipping? Win!

  4. This is an amazing idea! I am a big fan of lentils (being a vegan, they make a regular appearance in my meals lol). I really need to buy a waffle iron so I can make these!!

  5. What a wonderful idea. I love pizza in all forms. Yet another reason for me to get a waffle iron (I’ve been batting around the idea of getting one but I have a tiny kitchen and not much room for new gadgets…but maybe).

  6. These are quite clever. I didn’t realize at first they are stuffed so maybe add that to the title when are you entering them for the competition? Best of luck! – Kat

  7. These are great! I must figure out a gluten-free version of it. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing them at Savoring Saturdays – I’m going to feature them at this weekend’s party! 🙂 Hope to see you there!

    1. I would love to try a gluten-free version of these, Raia! Please let me know when you have a winner! And thanks for the happy news! I’m looking forward to the party!

  8. These waffles sound wonderful, such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday morning 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. I love that you used the waffle iron to make these! I have a post about making corn bread in the waffle iron, it gives it a great flavor!
    This post will be featured at Merry Monday #42 which goes live tonight at 6pm PST. You have been Pinned to our Merry Monday Features board! Please stop by and grab a Featured button!

  10. How refreshing to see a savoury waffle, these sound fantastic! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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