Chocolate and Cardamom waffles

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Author Notes: We love chocolate waffles and these reminder me of brownies - crisp top, with a moist, soft and rich chocolatey interior. The mix can be made a day or two ahead and then baked on the morning. Whatever you do, don't stack the waffles (like we do with pancakes/crepes), or they'll sweat and soften.Kitchen Butterfly

Makes many waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) wholewheat flour
  • A good pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, or seeds from 12 green pods, crushed
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (400ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt
  • 50g milk chocolate (chips/bar), melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or melted butter)
  • To serve: Icing sugar, creme fraiche, bananas and (vanilla) maple syrup
  1. Sift the flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder into a bowl. Add the ground cardamom, ground cinnamon. and the caster sugar. Combine, using a whisk.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, milk, yogurt, melted chocolate, vanilla extract, oil or melted butter and 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 or a 1/3 cup, 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. Repeat till the batter is used up.
  6. Remember not to stack if you’re making a lot, rather spread them out. You can make these ahead and then warm later in the toaster or in the centre of an oven set to 200 deg C for a few minutes till warm.
  7. Serve with icing sugar, maple syrup, definitely some creme fraiche and fruit!
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about 3 years ago the urban baker

yum! do you think I can sub a gluten free flour for the whole wheat?


about 3 years ago kluska

My husband and I just finished eating these for brunch. They were so light, he couldn't believe they were made with whole wheat flour. Thanks for a great recipe, it's a keeper!


about 3 years ago Sigita

Yum - these look tasty!


about 3 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

these look beautiful and are right up my alley. i don't have a waffle iron- how would they do as pancakes? or, what might a waffle alternative be? thanks!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow! these are amazing.


over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks sweetie - baked chocolate cookies are still my fave - waffles and pancakes/ovencakes


about 4 years ago chambersalyn

Ooh, I love that they use whole wheat flour. I just discovered a great gluten free whole grain flour and will have to try it out with these!


about 4 years ago testkitchenette

I am loving these and your use of whole wheat flour. Great for breakfast or dessert!


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks testk


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Wow! These look like something I'd like to have for dessert! I absolutely love anything with cardamom, and the fact that it's in something decadent and chocolatey? Mmmm.


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks five&spice


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love your photos and recipe!


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly



over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hooray for waffles!


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks mrslarkin - I love do my kids!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I think I need a waffle maker.


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Yep. I think if I show this recipe to my husband, ia waffle maker is going to end up under the tree from Santa....


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Fancy getting me to send them an email from Mrs Claus on what they have to do this Christmas.........


over 4 years ago Midge

Yum! These would absolutely make my Christmas morning.


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks Midge


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

My husband would LOVE me to make these!! Saved them for the holidays!!


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks ChezSuzanne, enjoy