This Chocolate Waffles Recipe creates soft and fluffy waffles that are crisp on the outside. Rich chocolate flavor gives this breakfast staple an extra fun twist the entire family is going to enjoy!
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Why We Love These Chocolate Waffles
- Easy to make with a few simple ingredients.
- Quick enough for weekday mornings.
- Family friendly breakfast everyone loves.
- Freezer friendly so make a double batch!
- Great breakfast meal prep recipe.
- Delicious for breakfast and decadent enough for a dessert.
Chocolate Waffles Recipe Ingredients
- Unbleached All Purpose Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- White Sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Melted Salted Butter
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- All Purpose Flour: You could also use whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour. Both are equally delicious.
- Buttermilk: Any milk you drink will work with these waffles. You can also make your own buttermilk.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: It is essential to always use pure extracts. The imitation extracts are fake flavored water that is chemically made and you can taste it when you use it.
- Salted Butter: Unsalted butter can be used. Add an additional ¼ teaspoon of salt to the waffle batter.
- Mini Chocolate Chips: I like to add the mini chocolate chips to the waffle batter for some extra chocolate flavor. You can leave them out if you prefer and use them as a topping garnish.
How to Make Homemade Buttermilk:
If you have milk and lemon juice or vinegar you can make your own buttermilk and skip the extra trip to the store. Combine 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar per 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes then use in your favorite recipes.
These easy chocolate waffles are the perfect breakfast for all the chocolate lovers. Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please!
How to Make Belgian Chocolate Waffles
- First step, heat waffle iron. As the waffle iron heats, prepare the waffle batter.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, white sugar and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla extract and eggs until smooth.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk it together a few times.
- Add the melted butter and whisk until everything is just fully incorporated being careful not to overmix.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips and then let the batter rest for a few minutes.
- Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour batter into hot waffle iron. My Belgian waffle maker takes about 1 cup of batter.
- Cook the waffle according to the manufacturer’s directions. Mine takes about 3-4 minutes.
- Remove waffle to a baking sheet with a cooling rack. You can keep the waffles warm in a very low oven until they are all made. Try not to stack the waffles too much because the steam can make the waffles soggy.
How to Freeze Homemade Chocolate Waffles
Once all the cooked chocolate waffles have completely cooled, cut them into quarters, halves or leave full size. Then place them on a sheet pan layered between wax paper. Place in the freezer and freeze for a couple hours. Once the waffles are frozen, place them in a freezer safe air tight container or zip top bag. Then label, date and freeze. Frozen waffles will last 3-4 months in the freezer.
How to Reheat Chocolate Waffles
You can reheat the leftover waffles in the toaster, oven or microwave. My kids usually use the microwave because they are impatient. I like them better in the toaster and oven because it helps keep the outsides nice and crisp. Either way will work.
What to Serve with Chocolate Belgian Waffles
Well first the obvious, warm pure maple syrup. There are a lot of different ways to serve these delicious waffles. I love them with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, but any fresh berries would be delicious. My kids love them with peanut butter and syrup. These waffles are filling and comforting on their own, but they are also really good with a side of breakfast meat like baked bacon.
If you want to take these waffles to the next level, you can turn it into a dessert recipe by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce and top it all off with some whipped cream and extra mini chocolate chips. I will never judge a dessert waffle! Does that not sound amazing?!
Tips for Chocolate Waffles
- Always fluff your flour before measuring. This helps make sure the flour is properly measured.
- Double check your dates on your baking powder. Old and expired baking powder will not do its job right.
- Use room temperature ingredients for best results.
- Before adding wet ingredients, whisk or stir flour mixture well to help eliminate any big lumps of flour.
- Be careful not to overmix the batter. Overmixing will create rubbery waffles instead of soft and fluffy waffles.
- Make sure the waffle iron is hot and ready. Adding batter to a cold iron is a big no-no.
FAQs About Chocolate Waffles Recipe
Chocolate waffles are made mostly of simply pantry ingredients. To make chocolate waffles you'll need: all purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, salt, buttermilk or milk, pure vanilla extract, eggs and butter.
Belgian waffles are usually larger and thicker in size, have deeper pockets, and are made in a Belgian waffle maker. Belgian waffles usually use a leavening agent, yeast or whipped egg whites in the batter to make them fluffy. Other waffles have much smaller grid pockets, are usually thinner, smaller in size and more dense.
To re-heat the chocolate waffles you can use the toaster. Cut the waffles in half or in quarters and toast them to renew their crisp exterior and keep the insides fluffy.
Make sure the waffle iron is preheated before adding the batter. If the iron is cold, it will create too much moisture as it heats. Resulting in steaming the waffle and makin it soggy. Also, don't stack the waffles after they are done cooking. The steam from each waffle will make the outsides soggy. You can stack them once they have completely cooled.
The baking powder in this recipe needs time to create pockets of air in the batter which makes the waffles soft and fluffy on the inside.
More Delicious Waffle Recipes:
Chocolate Waffles Recipe
- Waffle Iron
- Heat waffle iron, grease if needed.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla extract, and eggs until smooth.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk it together a couple times.
- Add the melted butter, whisk together until just fully incorporated being careful not to overmix.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips and let batter rest for a few minutes.
- Using a ladle or a measuring cup, add waffle batter to hot waffle iron. Mine waffle maker takes about 1 cup of batter.
- Cook the waffle according to the manufacturer's instructions. Most waffle makers will take about 3-4 minutes.
- Remove waffle to a sheet pan with a cooling rack. You can keep the waffles warm in a very low oven until they are all made. Try not to stack the waffles too much because the steam can make the waffles soggy.
- Serve with some butter, warm pure maple syrup, and extra chocolate chips.