Chocolate Waffles

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This Chocolate Waffle recipe produces mouthwatering waffles that are fluffy, crispy, and loaded with chocolate love. I drizzled homemade white chocolate and hot fudge sauce over the top. These waffles are excellent for breakfast, brunch, and dessert.

Chocolate Waffles

I love chocolate! Any time I get a chance to use or eat it, I jump at the opportunity with minimal questions. That’s how I came up with this recipe for chocolate waffles. 

I wanted to do something different with my chicken and waffles. Something that combined my love for spicy, well-seasoned fried chicken and chocolate. I created a finger-licking recipe for chipotle fried chicken and chocolate waffles, which was incredible! 

When I would cater brunch for clients, I would present two options for chicken and waffles, and everybody would be impressed by how much the chocolate waffles favored chocolate cake. The combination of spicy, sweet, and chocolate flavors work.

Stack of chocolate waffles on a plate

However, the best part was me telling my clients to save the leftover waffles and to eat them with their favorite ice cream. Both options blew their socks off. Which is the best part about these chocolate waffles. They can be served with maple syrup for breakfast, fried chicken for brunch, or caramel sauce for dessert. The versatility of this recipe is unmatched.

Let’s jump into how to make the best chocolate waffles ever because this is a quadruple chocolate waffle recipe!

Stack of chocolate waffles on a plate

Key Ingredients

Following a chocolate waffle recipe at home should not be stressful; it should be fun. Something that the whole family could get involved in doing while making breakfast, lunch, or dessert. 

All-purpose Flour

All-purpose flour is what you need – no frills or extras. You can, of course, use an alternative based on your dietary restrictions, but all you really need is the basics.

Cocoa Powder

I love to use unsweetened cocoa powder for this recipe. Occasionally I’ll use dark cocoa powder for a deeper chocolate flavor. 

Salt

The addition of kosher salt help to bring out the flavors of all the ingredients.

Baking powder

Baking powder will help our waffles become nice and fluffy. Some recipes call for baking soda, but in my experience, the baking powder works best.

Sugar

I chose to use light brown sugar because molasses plays well with chocolate.

Eggs

A couple of eggs bind the batter and make it lighter.

Buttermilk

The buttermilk makes the waffles incredibly tender while adding a light and subtle tangy flavor.

Coconut Oil

It helps soften the waffle batter to stay moist and crispy.

Chocolate

I use semi-sweet chocolate for the hot fudge sauce and white chocolate for the luscious white chocolate sauce. I also added chocolate chips to the waffles.

Stack of chocolate waffles on a plate

How to Make chocolate waffle recipe?

Let’s jump into how to make chocolate waffles for any occasion! This recipe is easy to follow and works in any waffle iron. All waffle irons are different, so how much waffle batter you add will vary depending on the size of your waffle maker.

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and sugar. 

Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract; pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Step 3: While the waffle batter rest, make the hot fudge sauce and white chocolate sauce. The key is to cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap so the residual heat from the hot cream and steam and melt the chocolate. 

Step 4: Spray the hot waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour enough batter to cover the bottom of the waffle iron, close the waffle iron, and cook for 3-4 minutes, depending on the desired color. Place cooked waffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a 200°F oven until all waffles are made. Serve immediately with a spread of room-temperature unsalted butter, fresh berries, or whipped cream.

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Chocolate Waffle Toppings:

Here’s a list of some things you can top your waffles off.

Chocolate Waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce, white chocolate sauce and raspberries

Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks

Here are the best techniques and substitutes you’ll need to know about making homemade chocolate waffles.

  • Double the recipe to feed a larger crowd.
  • You can use any milk instead of heavy cream for the hot fudge sauce.
  • Only heavy cream will work for the white chocolate sauce.
  • Let the waffle batter rest for a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • Use a high-heat nonstick cooking spray like avocado, canola, or vegetable oil.
  • Only use room-temperature eggs. They will blend with the other ingredients better.
  • If you forget to take your eggs out. Cover them with warm water in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  • You can use gluten-free flour as a swap for all-purpose flour for gluten-free waffles.
  • Feel free to use granulated sugar instead of brown sugar.
  • You can use dark cocoa powder instead of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • You cannot use Dutch-processed cocoa powder as a substitute; it will keep the waffles from rising.
  • Every waffle maker is different, so I always use my first waffle as a test to see how my waffle iron cooks.
  • Feel free to use any milk you have at home instead of buttermilk.
  • You can use melted butter or another vegetable oil instead of coconut oil.
  • Have fun a use a different extract like lemon, orange, or strawberry instead of vanilla extract.
  • Try adding the zest of 1 medium orange to the batter.
  • If you like your waffle batter sweeter, double the sugar in the recipe.
  • A waffle iron and a waffle maker are the same tools.

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FAQs

Here are the top questions readers have about making chocolate waffles at home.

How do you eat chocolate waffles?

Eat your waffle with a fork and knife.
1) If your waffle is topped with syrup, use a fork to hold it while you cut it; dip it in any syrup that drains off before eating. 
2) If your waffle is topped with whipped cream and fruit, use your fork to grab a piece of fruit and waffle, then use your knife to push any whipped cream to your waffle before taking a bite.


stack of chocolate waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce, white chocolate sauce and raspberries

How long can chocolate waffles last?

Chocolate waffles will last for 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge. If you keep them in a freezer-storage bag, they will last for 3 months in the freezer.

What is the difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle?

The main difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle is that Belgian waffles are made with yeast and pearl sugar. The yeast gives them a chewier texture. They’re typically rectangular-shaped and don’t need to be eaten with syrup because the melted pearl sugar adds a significant amount of sweetness.

How do you make chocolate-filled waffles?

The easiest way to make chocolate-filled waffles is to start by making your favorite waffle batter and then folding it in chocolate chips. As the waffles cook, they will melt the chocolate chips creating pockets of chocolate deliciousness with every bite.

Do you toast chocolate waffles?

You toast chocolate waffles in a toaster or toaster oven for 1-2 minutes, the same as store-bought waffles.

Chocolate Waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce, white chocolate sauce and raspberries

Is waffle junk food?

This all depends on your definition of junk food and how you make your waffles. You can make waffles healthy or load them with several sweet and high-fat ingredients like syrup and butter. However, you can use whole wheat flour and alternative sugars to make it a more nutritious breakfast.

Should waffles be eaten hot or cold?

This is a personal preference, but regular waffles are best eaten hot because they’ll get crispy. Because of their yeast base, Belgian waffles are great either way; they will maintain their crispy sweet texture cold or hot.

Is it OK to eat waffles every day?

Absolutely! You can eat waffles every day. I would recommend having fun by switching up the toppings periodically to have new experiences.

Is chocolate syrup good on waffles?

If you’re a chocolate lover adding chocolate syrup to your waffles will make them over-the-top delicious. If you’re not the biggest fan of chocolate, feel free to use any other syrup, like maple, strawberry, or caramel.

Can I eat chocolate waffles with braces?

You can eat waffles with braces! The soft texture is easy on sensitive teeth, so you can enjoy your favorite breakfast treat.

stack of chocolate waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce, white chocolate sauce and raspberries

How to store leftover waffles?

Waffles are best eaten immediately, but they will remain fresh for 3 days in the fridge. 
 
Keep them in a freezer-safe container or storage bag and freeze them for 3 months. 
 
Reheat refrigerated or frozen waffles in the toaster for 1-2 minutes. 

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Before You Begin

Before getting started, here are the steps I use to get organized. 

Step 1: Get all ingredients and tools needed to make chocolate waffles on the counter.

Step 2: Measure everything out into individual bowls.

Step 3: We don’t want any surprises, so ensure your waffle iron is working before getting started.

Step 4: Start following the recipe and get ready for the best chocolate waffles recipe you’ve ever enjoyed.

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Chocolate Waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce, white chocolate sauce and raspberries

Chocolate Waffles

Kenneth Temple
These Chocolate Waffles are fluffy, crispy, and loaded with chocolate love. They’re excellent for breakfast, brunch, and dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rest 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 persons
Calories 645 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Waffles:

  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cooking spray
  • fresh organic raspberries washed, dried

Hot Fudge Sauce:

  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon oil
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

White Chocolate Sauce:

  • 6 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
 

Chocolate Waffles:

  • In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. In another bowl, slightly beat eggs, milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract; pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the waffle iron to medium heat, and spray with cooking spray. Pour enough batter to cover the bottom of the waffle iron, close the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes until crispy on the outside and done on the inside. Keep cooked waffles warm in a 200°F oven.
  • Serve waffles stacked or on a platter cut in half or quarters for entertaining. Drizzle white and hot fudge sauce over waffles and top with fresh raspberries.

Hot Fudge Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, mix chocolate and oil, coating the chocolate evenly.
  • In a small pot over medium heat, add heavy cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla, bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Pour over chocolate, whisk in butter until smooth, and set for 2 minutes.

White Chocolate Sauce:

  • Add white chocolate and butter to a small bowl.
  • In a small pot over medium heat, add heavy cream and salt, bring to a boil, pour over chocolate, cover for 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth.

Notes

Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks
Here are the best techniques and substitutes you’ll need to know about making homemade chocolate waffles.
  • Double the recipe to feed a larger crowd.
  • You can use any milk instead of heavy cream for the hot fudge sauce.
  • Only heavy cream will work for the white chocolate sauce.
  • Let the waffle batter rest for a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • Use a high-heat nonstick cooking spray like avocado, canola, or vegetable oil.
  • Only use room-temperature eggs. They will blend with the other ingredients better.
  • If you forget to take your eggs out. Cover them with warm water in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  • You can use gluten-free flour as a swap for all-purpose flour for gluten-free waffles.
  • Feel free to use granulated sugar instead of brown sugar.
  • You can use dark cocoa powder instead of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • You cannot use Dutch-processed cocoa powder as a substitute; it will keep the waffles from rising.
  • Every waffle maker is different, so I always use my first waffle as a test to see how my waffle iron cooks.
  • Feel free to use any milk you have at home instead of buttermilk.
  • You can use melted butter or another vegetable oil instead of coconut oil.
  • Have fun a use a different extract like lemon, orange, or strawberry instead of vanilla extract.
  • Try adding the zest of 1 medium orange to the batter.
  • If you like your waffle batter sweeter, double the sugar in the recipe.
  • A waffle iron and a waffle maker are the same tools.
Storage: 
Waffles are best eaten immediately, but they will remain fresh for 3 days in the fridge. 
Keep them in a freezer-safe container or storage bag and freeze them for 3 months. 
Reheat refrigerated or frozen waffles in the toaster for 1-2 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 645kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 10gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 27gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 466mgPotassium: 460mgFiber: 5gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 681IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 4mg
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