The best chocolate wholewheat waffles, ever!

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Author Notes: Waffles are amongst my fave breakfast foods, and lunch, and dinner too. They bake well, keep well and eat all too well. What’s not to love about them. Just in case you're not convinced, here are 5 things you should know about Waffles:1) They are the rather posh, baked siblings to (fried) pancakes: essentially made from the same basic mix.
2) They can be made ahead of time and then toasted or grilled later
3) They’re generally best made and cooled before stacking…unlike pancakes which can be stacked as they’re cooked. If you do this with waffles, they become soggy and rather unpleasant so spread them out and let them cool down before you build the mountain
4) They can be jazzed up by adding fruit, chocolate and even nuts
5) Super-delish they are with some cream/yoghurt, syrup and fruit
Kitchen Butterfly

Serves 4-6

  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder or melted chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups (400g) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or cinnamon/ground ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (25g) yoghurt
  • To serve : Icing (confectioner’s) sugar, to dust; creme fraiche, maple syrup, fruit
  1. Sift the flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder into a bowl
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, milk, vanilla, oil and yoghurt and mix well with a ballon whisk until blended and the batter is smooth
  3. Because you’re using wholegrain flour, you’ll need to let the batter ‘rest’ for about 10 minutes. This allows the grains to absorb the liquids, resulting in softer, fluffier waffles. A bit like giving steaks a rest after cooking!
  4. 7-8 minutes into the batter resting, grease the waffle iron or electric waffle maker (follow manufacturer’s instructions if using for the first time). My Belgian waffle iron is non-stick but to be on the absolute safe side, I used some oil spray to grease it before I started. You could also brush it with oil or melted butter using a brush made of scratch-safe, non-abrasive material like silicone.
  5. When the mix is well rested, stir once more to combine then using a large ladle spoon, pour in batter, just enough to fill the hot waffle iron, then close. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the waffles are ready. They should peel away from the top/bottom of the iron if cooked
  6. Remember not to stack if you’re making a huge pile, rather spread them out.
  7. When you cut into them, you'll be reminded of brownies – crisp top, with a moist, soft and rich chocolatey interior.
  8. Dust with icing sugar if you will and drizzle with some syrup. I won’t trade this for any other waffle recipe, especially if I have creme fraiche to go. Yummy. And fruit? A must, especially critical when I’m serving it up for the kids – this way I’m super-assured that they’ve began the day with healthy goodness!

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5 months ago glammie

Salt is the least of the problems with this recipe. Just add a half teaspoon. It's salt!


5 months ago Robert Dale

Somebody want to fix this effing recipe by adding the amount of salt to the ingredients list?


almost 2 years ago rlsalvati

We had these for breakfast this morning. I added 1/2 tsp salt and 3 Tbsp sugar. These were great dusted with powdered sugar. Andbabycakesthree asked about using this with a non-Belgian waffle iron--mine is just a regular (not Belgian) waffle iron that makes round waffles, no problems. We may serve these with sweetened whipped cream for a holiday breakfast.


almost 2 years ago glammie

I'm in the middle of making these and just realized there's no sugar in the list of ingredients. The batter is awfully bitter .... what's up with that?


about 2 years ago D.C.

How much salt?? It's mentioned in the instructions, but missing from the list of ingredients.


over 2 years ago Swimkitty

I knew I would live long enough to eat chocolate for breakfast! And that it would be acceptable by nutrionists!


almost 3 years ago AbbyJaneway

These were very bitter, even with powdered sugar and chocolate syrup on top. Next time I'll try Spork's suggestion of adding 4 T sugar.


over 3 years ago Andbabycakesthree

Anyone tried this with a regular waffle iron (not Belgian)?


over 3 years ago pildora

Can I use AP fluor?


almost 4 years ago Wholly Chow

Delicious chocolate waffles. Still healthy enough to be respectable breakfast fare. Not over-sweet so everyone's happy when they can add their own toppings. I went with plain yogurt and pure maple syrup, Thanks for the recipe!


over 4 years ago Spork

I guessed on the amount of salt (1 tsp kosher) since it was mentioned but not specified. Tried one waffle and, well, I've got quite a sweet tooth plus I prefer to eat my waffles mostly unadorned, so I added 3 T sugar, took the bitter edge off and was good with just a bit of powdered sugar and sweetened yogurt, added one more tablespoon and it was perfect for eating out of hand. My five year old was thrilled to have chocolate for breakfast as well, thanks for the recipe!


almost 5 years ago AlainB

They were great, thanks!


about 5 years ago AlainB

These look great, but you're missing oil in the ingredients list. I'm trying 1/2 stick of butter.


almost 5 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Sorry Alain B, I've added the oil now. How did it turn out for you?


almost 6 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

My ingredient's list is not being saved.....for some strange reason!