This Double Chocolate Waffle recipe studded with chocolate chips and topped with strawberries and whipped cream is the ultimate special occasion breakfast treat. Bonus points if someone serves it to you in bed!
I’m pretty sure Mr. NeighborFood and I’s love language is breakfast. We loooove breakfast. It’s the one meal where it’s acceptable to eat dessert as a main course (looking at you Overnight Pancake Casserole). And then supplement it with a side of bacon.
Thank you, breakfast. You’re amazing.
Chocolate Waffles: Dessert for Breakfast
We’ve done the fancy Valentine’s Day dinner thing before, but for the last few years, we’ve been all in on Valentine’s Day breakfast.
No pretense, no reservations, no tight skirts. Just a lazy morning, the smell of chocolate waffles steaming in the iron, and PJ time with my love.
And since we’re essentially eating checkerboard cake for breakfast, why not go all out and add chocolate chips, strawberries, and a big ol’ dollop of whipped cream?
How to Make Double Chocolate Chip Waffles
- First, you’ll need to grab yourself a waffle iron. You don’t need a super fancy Belgian waffle iron (though it certainly doesn’t hurt!). The cheap one we got when we got married over a decade ago is still chugging along just fine.
- Once you’ve acquired said waffle iron, preheat it. I need to preheat my waffle iron to the highest setting to get the crispy edges I love, but yours may need to be set a little lower.
- In a large bowl, whisk up the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown and granulated sugars, and cocoa (we are making chocolate waffles after all!)
- In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. We’re using buttermilk for a light, fluffy waffle, plus oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Resist the urge to whisk the crap out of the batter–a lumpy bumpy batter is perfect!
- If your waffle iron is not non-stick, spray it with cooking spray. Add about 1/2 cup (more or less depending on your waffle iron) of chocolate waffle batter to the preheated iron then sprinkle it with chocolate chips. Close the iron and cook anywhere from 4-8 minutes. I find mine are perfect when the steam has mostly subsided.
Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Waffle
- For easier clean up, put a piece of parchment or wax paper under the waffle maker in case there are any drips.
- If your waffle iron is not non-stick, you’ll need to grease it with cooking spray before you add the batter.
- To keep waffles warm, layer them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in a 175 degree oven.
- Put these chocolate waffles over the top with a huge scoop of homemade whipped cream, slices of fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.
More Indulgent Breakfast Recipes:
We think you’re going to LOVE these Chocolate Waffles. I thought the double chocolate flavor may be overpowering (especially first thing in the morning), but it turned out to be just right. The cocoa is assertive but not too rich, and it’s highlighted perfectly by the melty pockets of semi-chocolate chips.
If you’re looking for more decadent breakfast recipes, try these:
- Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon
- The Fluffiest Ricotta Pancakes
- Perfect Fluffy Pancakes
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Strawberries, bananas, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce for serving
- Dig your waffle maker out from the back of your cabinets and preheat it. I usually put a paper towel or wax paper under the waffle maker to make clean up easier.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugars, and cocoa. In another bowl whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy.
- Depending on the size of your waffle iron, you may need more or less batter. I used about a 1/2 cup for one waffle. Pour batter onto hot waffle iron then scatter evenly with a handful of chocolate chips. Close the waffle iron and let cook--it could take anywhere from 4-8 minutes. I find that mine are just about perfect once the steam has mostly subsided.
- Carefully remove waffle from iron and place in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.
- To serve, top waffles with slices of fresh strawberries, bananas, a swirl of whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. This made 5 waffles in my iron, but if you have a large Belgian waffle iron, it will probably only make 3.
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