The best chocolate wholewheat waffles, ever!

October 27, 2009
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  • Serves 4-6
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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19 Reviews

Jane January 12, 2019
I added 3 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and used nonfat Greek yogurt. They were delicious, and my kids gobbled them up! Just the right amount of sweetness for us, with a little bit of maple syrup on the side.
Jane January 15, 2019
These also freeze well.
Rhianna W. April 12, 2016
I like low sugar baked goods, but as others have noted, it's really easy to add a few T of sugar or maple syrup to the batter to sweeten it up. (I added a little stevia.) I also increased the oil by 1 T, because I find that waffles get really dry without a decent amount of fat. Still, super excited to be able to offer my little one a healthy breakfast treat! We'll be eating these with almond butter.
Vildana September 18, 2015
I just made these waffles with addition of salt (1/2 tsp), and 1 tablespoon of organic coconut sugar. Also, as it wasn't specified in the recipe, I decided on my own mix of wholewheat flours (I used 1 cup of spelt flour, and 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour).
Yes, these are not sweet waffles, but we don't eat too sweet anyway, and it's one of the reasons I've tried this recipe in the first place (I always check those recipes with no sugar, or with healthier sugar substitutes). If you need sweet waffles, it's easy - just put whatever you like on the top!
Anyway, we really liked these waffles, and I'll definitely make them again. Next time, maybe I'll add a tablespoon of melted chocolate (and, yes I will try with darkest chocolate I have in the pantry ;).
glammie April 3, 2015
Salt is the least of the problems with this recipe. Just add a half teaspoon. It's salt!
Robert D. April 3, 2015
Somebody want to fix this effing recipe by adding the amount of salt to the ingredients list?
rlsalvati November 3, 2013
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.
glammie September 1, 2013
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?
D.C. July 6, 2013
How much salt?? It's mentioned in the instructions, but missing from the list of ingredients.
Swimkitty February 25, 2013
I knew I would live long enough to eat chocolate for breakfast! And that it would be acceptable by nutrionists!
AbbyJaneway October 18, 2012
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.
Nicole C. April 25, 2012
Anyone tried this with a regular waffle iron (not Belgian)?
pildora April 23, 2012
Can I use AP fluor?
Wholly C. September 20, 2011
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!
Spork January 26, 2011
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!
AlainB September 10, 2010
They were great, thanks!
AlainB August 8, 2010
These look great, but you're missing oil in the ingredients list. I'm trying 1/2 stick of butter.
Kitchen B. September 10, 2010
Sorry Alain B, I've added the oil now. How did it turn out for you?
Kitchen B. October 27, 2009
My ingredient's list is not being saved.....for some strange reason!