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Chocolate Waffles

Chocolate Waffles are the perfect decadent breakfast made with basic ingredients. Rich chocolate waffles are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Topped with a luscious Nutella cream cheese topping and fresh berries for a sweet way to start your day.

Chocolate waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce and berries.


You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a batch of decadent chocolate waffles. However, they would make an excellent Valentine’s day breakfast! Homemade waffles for the chocolate lover. Perfection!

This easy breakfast is packed with sweet chocolate flavor. Chocolate waffles are a little more acceptable to eat for breakfast than chocolate cake (Been there, done that!). Eat them plain or smother them with your favorite toppings. I personally love a drizzle of chocolate syrup on mine.

This chocolate waffles recipe is easy to make with a waffle maker. Make this special treat for birthdays, holidays or just because. Waffles are always a breakfast favorite in my home!

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Why You’ll Love Easy Chocolate Waffles

  • Makes a fluffy waffle inside and crispy outside
  • Satisfy chocolate cravings
  • Tastes like a dessert recipe
  • Simple ingredients
  • Variety of toppings to dress it up
  • Good recipe for Valentine’s day to serve breakfast in bed
  • Easily make a double batch to feed more people

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil

Topping Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Nutella – Try this homemade Nutella.
  • Fresh fruit or berries of your choice
  • Powdered sugar – for dusting
Ingredients to make chocolate waffles.

How to Make Chocolate Waffles

  • Step One: Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder to a large bowl. Whisk together and make a well in the middle.
Steps to make chocolate waffles.
  • Step Two: In a separate medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and oil.
Steps to make chocolate waffles.
  • Step Three: Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring constantly as you go.
Steps to make chocolate waffles.
  • Step Four: Pour ¼ of the pancake batter into the waffle maker.
  • Step Five: Cook until crisp on the outside, about 4 to 5 minutes, depending on your waffle maker.
  • Step Six: Transfer the waffles to a serving dish and keep warm while you make the topping. 
Steps to make chocolate waffles.

How to Make the Nutella Topping

  • Step One: Mix together the cream cheese and Nutella until fully combined.
  • Step Two: Spread the Nutella topping on the warm waffles. Top with fresh fruit and dust with powdered sugar.
Steps to make chocolate waffles.

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    What to Serve with Chocolate Waffles

    Chocolate waffles on a plate with chocolate sauce and berries.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Add chocolate chips in the batter to make double chocolate waffles.
    • Add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter to the batter to make peanut butter chocolate waffles.
    • Use dark chocolate cocoa powder for a dark chocolate waffles.
    • Swap out the white sugar for brown sugar.

    Storage Instructions

    Store leftover waffles in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Make sure they’ve cooled completely first though.

    Can I Freeze?

    Yes, these chocolate waffles are great to freeze! I recommend cooking them and letting them come to room temperature.  Then place the waffles on a large baking sheet in a single layer and put in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. 

    Once they’ve hardened up in the freezer, stack them in a freezer bag. Place a piece of parchment paper between each waffle so they don’t stick together. Freeze for up to 3 months.

    Chocolate waffle topped with chocolate sauce and fresh berries.

    Topping Ideas

    Instead of the Nutella cream cheese topping, you could try these toppings:

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Depending on the type of waffle maker you own, you may need to grease the plates with a little oil or spray on some non-stick spray before adding the waffle batter.
    • I found 4 minutes to be the optimum time for a crispy outside and fluffy inside. Your results may vary slightly depending on your waffle maker. Monitor the first batch to see how long it takes for your particular waffle maker.
    • Keep the waffles warm while you cook by placing them in a 200F on a wire rack over a baking sheet. This will keep them warm and prevent them from getting soggy. You can also keep them warm in a toaster oven.
    A plate of chocolate waffles with a fork in them.

    Can I Make Without Cocoa Powder?

    Yes, you can make these traditional waffles if you prefer. Leave out the cocoa powder and add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Cooking time should be the same.

    Can I Use Gluten Free Flour?

    Yes! Substitute 1:1 gluten free flour for all-purpose flour if you like. 

    You can also try other types of flours like whole wheat flour or even cake flour. Experiment and see what you like!

    A chocolate waffle with a piece cut out and a fork in it.

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    Chocolate Waffles

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    The perfect decadent breakfast made with basic ingredients. Rich chocolate waffles are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Topped with a luscious Nutella cream cheese topping and fresh berries for a sweet way to start your day.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 4 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 4 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 ½ cups milk
    • 3 eggs
    • 8 tsp vegetable oil

    Nutella Topping

    • 4 tbsp cream cheese softened
    • 4 tbsp Nutella

    Instructions

    • Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together and make a well in the middle.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and oil.
    • Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring constantly as you go.
    • Pour ¼ of the pancake batter into the waffle maker.
    • Cook until crisp on the outside, about 4 to 5 minutes, depending on your waffle maker.
    • Transfer the waffles to a serving dish and keep warm while you make the topping.

    Nutella Topping

    • Mix together the cream cheese and Nutella until fully combined.
    • Spread the Nutella topping on the warm waffles. Top with fresh fruit and dust with powdered sugar.

    Notes

    Depending on the make and model of your waffle maker, you may need to grease the plates with a little non-stick spray before adding the batter.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 522IU | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 5mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Keyword best chocolate waffles, chocolate waffles

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