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These simple DIY colorful tie-dye waffles will make your mornings groovy

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

These bright neon waffles are an edible tie-dyed creation.

Tie-dye waffles might look like art, but they're just as fun to eat as they are to create. Kids can help you make them — just be sure to help them to be safe around the super-hot waffle iron.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Start by making the waffle batter and dividing it among 4 zip-top plastic bags. I used gallon bags because that's what I had, but quart-size are even better. Mix a good amount of food coloring into each bag. I used the Wilton gel food colors in neon. The brighter the colors, the better!

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

As you're mixing, you can use a chopstick or other item to kind of squeegee the batter in the bag. This helps make sure the color mixes evenly. This technique is also helpful at the end to get the last of the batter out of the bag.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Now you should have 4 gorgeous bags of neon batter.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Snip off a corner of each bag.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Spray the waffle iron with a spray oil like Pam. Squirt your first color onto the waffle iron.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Add another color. Squeeze it out in a squiggly pattern to help give the tie-dye effect.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Add your next 2 colors.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

And a little bit more pink and orange for good measure.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Close the waffle iron, and cook the waffle according to your iron's instructions. I prefer a medium setting for these, because a darker setting starts to brown and dull the colors.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

You'll notice that the bottom side of the waffle will have lots of squiggles, since each color started to cook as it was squirted on.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

The top side is a little more swirled and blended like tie-dye. But you can serve whichever side up you prefer.

These tie-dye waffles in psychedelic shades put a colorful spin on breakfast

Tie-dye waffles recipe

These tie-dyed waffles are a colorful work of art. You can use whatever colors you like, but bright neon colors work better than light or dark ones.

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 20 | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 neon colors of food gel
  • Spray oil

Directions: 

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Mix in the milk, eggs and melted butter. Continue mixing until completely smooth.
  3. Heat your waffle iron.
  4. Divide the batter among 4 zip-top plastic bags, and dye each one a different color.
  5. Snip off a corner of each bag.
  6. Spray the waffle iron lightly with oil.
  7. Squirt the batter in a squiggly pattern onto the iron, one color at a time.
  8. Close the waffle iron, and cook on a medium setting until done. Mine beeps when it's ready. Don't let it cook too long, or the colors will brown.
  9. Remove the waffle to a cooling rack, or lay it directly on the rack in your oven on warm. If you leave them on a plate, the bottom gets soggy.
  10. Continue to make more waffles with the batter, spraying the iron with oil every 2 waffles.

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