"I could have been eating chocolate waffles this entire time, instead of boring, old, plain waffles?!" was my first thought. Then, WHY had I not thought of waffles with chocolate before this!? Brunch just got a whole lot better with these Belgian Chocolate Waffles in your life!
Because chocolate makes everything better, especially when it's perfectly acceptable to have it for breakfast. And they are Weight Watchers Friendly! After I had been making this waffle recipe for many years, one day it dawned on me, that I could easily make them into chocolate waffles by substituting some of the flour with some cocoa. These waffles are the perfect breakfast for the chocolate lover in your life. They are also ideal for lazy Sunday mornings and special occasions like Mother's Day.
This notion has completely revolutionized breakfast, brunch and waffle eating in my little corner of the world. And the kids were completely blown away the morning I set these chocolate waffles down in front of them, instead of the usual boring old plain waffles.
I could have kicked myself! All those wasted years....
I am not just a huge fan of chocolate, I require chocolate. And most women I know feel the same way. I'm not the only gal at work that has an 'emergency chocolate' stash in or around her desk. And that's exactly why these waffles are the perfect Mother's Day breakfast or brunch recipe.
- all-purpose flour
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- baking powder
- white granulated sugar
- milk * I use 1%
- vegetable oil
- eggs (whites and yolks divided)
Stir flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.
Separate eggs, then slightly beat eggs yolks with a fork.
In a large bowl, whisk milk and vegetable oil with beaten egg yolks.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir only until blended
Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry (SEE VIDEO)
Fold gently into batter.
Spray heated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray
Pour 1 cup of waffle batter onto waffle iron for 2 waffle maker and 2 cups for 4 waffle maker
Cook on hot waffle iron until done (this will depend on the model of waffle maker you have, but usually a green light will come on when it's done.
Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve! *I like fresh fruit, whipped cream and syrup.
🎥 Video (whipping egg whites)
Older kids can make these homemade waffles for Mom and little kids can help Dad. This is such an easy waffles recipe and although it involves beating egg whites to a stiff consistency, once you do it, you'll see how simple it is: VIDEO: How to beat egg whites to stiff consistency
And the whipped egg whites really are the magic in this recipe; it's as if they lift up the batter, making it light and airy and elevating it to an entirely new level of deliciousness!
And that's really the difference between Belgian and regular waffles...
💭Regular Waffles vs. Belgian Waffles
Belgian waffles are known for their large, deep, square pockets that you can fill with yummy things like butter, jam, or maple syrup, while regular waffles are thinner. Because of these deeper pockets that hold all that yummy stuff, Belgian are most often served with additional toppings like berries and whipped cream. Belgian waffles are also known to be lighter, fluffy waffles, making them thicker, thanks to a yeasted batter or in many cases, the addition of baking powder (as in my recipe). And Belgian waffles are generally larger than regular waffles in diameter and have to be made in a special Belgian waffle iron. You can read more about the differences between regular and Belgian waffles here! if you are interested.
- Waffle iron: you an use a regular waffle iron with this recipe, they just won't be as fluffy.
- Toppings: I top these chocolate waffles with fresh berries and a little light whipped cream and a little low-sugar syrup, so it keeps the points down for the toppings. And I'd say that's pretty good for a Weight Watchers chocolate indulgence! But that's the beauty of Weight Watchers, you (and your Mom) CAN still eat these! You (or Mom) won't blow all your weekly points on this treat and Mom deserves a treat on her day.
- Chocolate chips - add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the batter to make them extra chocolatey!
- Oil - you can use canola oil, olive oil, or another type of vegetable oil
These Chocolate Belgian Waffles are a little bit of an indulgence, but if you (or Mom) are following the Weight Watchers program, they are only 5 Weight Watchers points per waffle (before the toppings). And if you plug "Belgian Waffles" into your WW calculator, you'll get 14 points for the restaurant variety.
You will need mixing bowls, spoons, a whisk and a waffle maker. I finally got myself a new waffle maker (affiliate links)! After a lot of research, I chose this Cuisinart waffle maker because of quality, price and a number of other personal considerations.
Store leftover waffle in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. These can be frozen (in a single layer) for up to 3 months in a sealed container or ziploc freezer bag.
👪 Serving Size
This recipe makes 16 delicious chocolate waffles. However, you can half, double, or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
💭 Top tip
I will make up this entire recipe and freeze any leftover chocolate waffles (they freeze well). Then I can simply take them out on a busy morning (as I need them) and pop them into the toaster (or toaster oven) to get them a little crispier again!
And if you just want crispy waffles, toast them after you cook them (I often do this)
🥗 Side Dishes
If you're not sure what to serve with chocolate waffles, here are some recommendations:
- Air Fryer Turkey Sausage
- Old Fashioned Fruit Salad (with Honey Lime Dressing) (shown)
- Raspberry Mimosa Mocktail
So, go ahead and treat Mom to a no-regrets, chocolate indulgence this Mother's Day with these decadent chocolate waffles! And don't waste years of your life (like I did) eating boring old, plain waffles when you could have been eating Chocolate ones.
Happy Mother's Day!
If you're looking for more waffle recipes, check out my Butter Tart Waffles (Canadian Waffles)
📋 Chocolate Belgian Waffles Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa
- 4 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon white granulated sugar
- 2 ½ cups 1% milk
- 8 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 egg yolks, beaten
- 4 egg whites
- fresh berries * I use strawberries
- whipped cream
- maple syrup * I use low sugar maple syrup
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- Separate egg whites from egg yolks.
- Stir flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and sugar together.
- Beat egg yolks slightly with a fork.
- Whisk milk and vegetable oil with beaten egg yolks.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and stir only until blended.
- Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry (SEE VIDEO)
- Fold gently into batter and stir just until combined.
- Spray heated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour 1 cup of batter onto waffle iron for 2 waffle maker and 2 cups for 4 waffle maker
- Cook on hot waffle iron until done.
- Add your choice of fresh berries, whipped cream and syrup. Although topping are optional, they really make a huge difference in taste. These toppings go so well with these chocolate waffles. And the toppings are part of what distinguishes Belgian waffles from regular waffles.