Pesto and Parmesan Waffles

I’m having some friends over for breakfast this coming Sunday for waffles. They have tried a couple of my sweet treats before (one of them is an epic dessert queen!) but never savoury- and there is a running joke between us that savoury might be our downfall should we ever consider entering ‘My Kitchen Rules’– A reality cooking show.

Already promising waffles to be on the menu, I thought it would be wise to try out some savoury options. While I am a huge fan of my grain free Cheddar and Garlic waffles, I wanted to try out different flavours and using different flours.


After having a craving for the pesto and cheese combination (I blame my dining companions’ dinner on Saturday night which was a pesto pasta primavera- similar to my Cheesy Pesto and Pea Pasta Bake). If pesto and cheese work well in pasta form….why wouldn’t it work in waffle form?

These waffles are crispy and fluffy and chock full of a hidden serving of vegetables. Yes, you read that right. Similar to my Sweet Potato and Cheddar pancakes, I incorporated an entire zucchini in this recipe! High in protein, filling carbohydrates and satisfying fats, thanks to the parmesan cheese and pesto- This is a recipe which I’m sure they’d love…..

Well, I did anyway. And they’d better enjoy it too.

Pesto and Parmesan Waffles (Grain free substitutions below)


Pesto and Parmesan Waffles

A savoury twist on the classic waffle- aided by the perfect pairing of pesto and parmesan cheese.
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1/2 cup oat flour can substitute for any flour, except coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini excess liquid removed (approximately 1 large zucchini)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 T basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • In a large mixing bowl, sift flour and baking powder to avoid clumps. Add garlic powder, onion powder and red pepper flakes and mix until combined.
  • In a smal bowl, whisk together the egg whites and whole egg until frothy. Add egg mixture to the the bowl and ensure it is fully incorporated.
  • Stir through the shredded zucchini, milk and basil pesto until fully combined. Stir through the parmesan cheese.
  • Heat a waffle iron and coat generously with oil to ensure waffles don't stick. Pour batter and allow to cook but ensure it does not overcook. Continue doing so until all batter is used.


Waffles may come out looking burnt, but that is only the crispy edges of the parmesan cheese.
Grain free option: Sub the flour for coconut flour however, increase the milk to 1/2 cup + - just until you get a thick batter like consistency.

Linking up this week with my friday duo of Laura and Kierston for #strangebutgood and #recipefriday, respectively. Also…word on the street is some stunner is taking over Laura’s blog on Friday.


I’m so glad many of you guys partook and enjoyed the new blogger let Spill it, Sundays– anchored by Juli! This week we have my friend from Athens (NOT Greece like I had assumed…) Angela– who blogs at Nutty For Life! So this weekend will be the Angela Edition!


1. If your tastebuds could only decipher one flavor for the rest of your life, which would you choose? i.e. Salt, sweet, spice, sour

2. What sports did you play as a child, if any?

3. Who would you want to be handcuffed to for a day?

4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? What’s the strangest thing you want to try to eat?

5. Lions, tigers or bears? (Oh my)

6. What is your favorite restaurant you’ve ever been to?

7. If you were forming a band, what would your band’s name be, and what kind of music would you play?

8. What is the best compliment you’ve received?

9. Describe your personal style (for clothing or decor) and why you like it.

10. What is one thing you absolutely want to do this summer?

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68 thoughts on “Pesto and Parmesan Waffles

  1. Mmm yum- love me some pesto & love me some waffles…combining them is rather genius I must say! A better question would be how do I NOT like pesto: with grilled veggies, mixed with pasta, in a crepe, spread on chicken, toast moistener….oh the options are endless! As a fellow seafood lover, please try mix it with shrimp- it’s a rather delicious combo!

  2. Nice recipe! I always admire how creative your recipes are! I would never think of anything like this!
    Here in Germany some TV Chefs are more famous than our (crap) actors. Cooking and cooking shows have become chic over the last years. Becoming a chef has had not a great reputation until a couple of years ago. It was mainly for those who didn’t have a university entrance degree. Now more “smart” people choose that path as it’s trendy and cool as it’s not longer a “second choice qualification”.
    Competitive cooking shows are on the rise but at the moment but the most popular ones center around celebrities cooking against celebrity chefs. It’s fun to watch but pretty much always the same.

    1. Wow, that is so similar to Australia-chefs and cooks are getting elevated celebrity status, and now there is no longer a stigma on those without a university degree yet have talents in other fields! I too agree that the cooking shows are so similar- it gets redundant!

  3. Mmmm I love pesto – especially on salmon it is so good! We have soooo many cooking shows in the UK – but my favourite is anything Jamie Oliver and Masterchef – so bloody talented!!

  4. Thanks for the grain free option – they look great! Loving some savoury breakfast action!

    I love pesto on a cauliflower crust pizza!

    Master chef is big here but we are on a bit of a slump here with cooking shows – normally picks up for summer eats and Christmas!

  5. I want to see you in a Cooking Show. Speaking of – when do we get to see a Vlog of yours? I never know somebody REALLY unless I heard his voice and accent. And if you rock the Aussie accent you better believe I am there tomorrow. Have the waffle iron ready, cause I have NONE!! Savory Pancakes? Maybe?

    1. YES!!! I have a vlog on the agenda soon….I just need to find time to film it! you reckon it would work just using a macbook haha!

      These work as pancakes! Just add slightly more liquid!

  6. Is it weird that I have no idea what cooking shows are on TV these days? I don’t have cable so I never really have a chance to watch them, and when I scroll past them when I’m out at someone’s place, I just keep scrolling 😆 I get enough food chat when I’m reading blogs — I need a break when I’m watching TV.

    And pestooooo is best on cold pizza — duh 😉 I’d take it in waffles too, though… but you might have to leave the zucchini out! That sucker is on my veggie hit list, right up there with eggplant.

    1. Honestly, you’re not missing out! I don’t have pay TV but our standard shows are ALL. COOKING. or ALL. BUILDING/D.I.Y.

      Pesto on pizza is amazing. Go for it without the zucchini 😉

  7. So I think I’ve only had pesto a handful of times in my life. That’s a bad thing, right? And I’m a tad obsessed with competitive cooking shows – Top Chef, Masterchef, Iron Chef: America, Hell’s Kitchen….ya, I love them all.

  8. Guess what. I finally went for sushi last night with a friend (a real life friend, not my imaginary chopstick friends) and one of the rolls I ordered had melted cheese all over it. And baby scallops.

    My fav way to eat pesto is to slather it all over my body. Or in a wrap.

  9. Have I ever told you that my dream in life (besides a bakery and a cookbook) is to go on chopped?! It’s a food network show here where they give you a couple ingredients and a time limit and you have to come up with something in that time. 3 rounds, appetizer, entree and dessert. Sometimes I practice at home…I wish I were kidding.

    Ang will be HERE for spill it Sundays! And where will you be? Sleeping. It’s really lame you sleep through my daytime. You should consider becoming nocturnal…it’s the new paleo.

    p.s. your waffles aren’t weird enough. WHERE IS THE TIRAMISU?!

    1. Okay, that show sounds amazing- We should go on My Kitchen Rules though- it’s like in pairs and you compete against other pairs- we could be the bosom twins.

      LOL. You guys should scrap going out and sit in circles and blog and read blogs and comment on blogs. As people do.

  10. You have no idea how much I LOVE pesto! Have I mentioned that before? Forgive me if I did. My fave grilled chicken marinade is pesto, garlic, and worcestershire sauce. Then I put a dollop of pesto on top of the grilled chicken. But mostly I just love it in pasta. Oh and on sandwiches. OK basically on anything!

  11. Oh gosh I don’t have a clue what the most popular cooking show is but dang I love watching Chopped! Or really anything on the Food Network (often get made fun of for this but I am proud!).

  12. I have never had savory waffles, but they do sound good! Hope your friends enjoy them! 🙂
    My fave way to eat pesto is with pizza, yum!

  13. Pesto and parm are the best combo!!!!!! I’d never think to put them in waffles!!! Love all your savory waffle recipes! I need to get trying them!
    Ps I bought saffron the other day 🙂

  14. Oh Great Recipe Master, props for pesto usage. This looks like a great combo. I like the idea of adding zucchini. My mom used to make zucchini pancakes which consisted primarily of shredded zucchini and they were delicious. Pesto and park would definitely take it up a notch.
    I used to really like Top Chef but didn’t pay much attention last season. I’m less interested in the cooking part and more into the relationship dynamics among the contestants. Plus, it was cool to Seattle when it was the host city. Last year I met Fabio V (something Italian) and got my picture taken with him. He was very funny and charming. A lot of the former contestants have local restaurants but so far I have only been to one of them.

    1. I love making zucchini and potato pancakes…in fact, there MAY be a recipe coming featuring that!

      I’ve never heard of Fabio V but like anywhere in the world, I’m guessing he’s trending ha!

  15. This might be my favorite waffle recipe that you have shared – I’m always amazed at your savory creations. Might give this one a try soon!

  16. The food network has so many competitive cooking shows it makes my head spin. I don’t have a favorite because I don’t have a TV. I just had pesto tortellini for the first time last week. It was really good! I’ll have to learn how to make it.

  17. That burnt parmesan crust…..Food porn. And pesto is life. I really need to make these!
    Chopped is probably the most popular food show over here, and I do love it myself. I also get to snicker at the competitors when they get freaky Asian ingredients like chicken feet.

    1. Burnt parmesan crust is one of life’s greatest things. I remember I would make ‘cheese pies’ growing up which was just burnt mounts of shredded cheese. Chicken feet = gross. The sauce = epic.

  18. I will take pesto any which way I can get it. In fact, I just made some Ramp Pesto which has killer flavor, as in you might need to sit down when you eat it. I want to make this, but I don’t have a blasted waffle iron. Think it’ll work in pancake form?

    1. Sunshine I’ll let you in on a secret- well, not really. Every waffle recipe I try it out in pancake form too- So you bet it would work! Just try and add slightly more liquid and oil the pan really generously…but I know that you would anyway 😉

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