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These waffles are so fun and really delicious!  I had a great time making them for my kids (and husband) this past weekend. They were shocked when I gave them chocolate for breakfast, which made it all the more fun to spoil them in this way.

The origin of this recipe is from my Grandma’s recipe box.  I found it last spring and had set it aside for that “special day” when chocolate waffles were called for, but because I was saving it for that special time I never made them!  Does that happen to you?  Do you save something special for just the right moment and then it never gets used? I just hate that I do that!  Well, I used to do that with things like candles, lotion, a special outfit, etc. but then I realized those things just sat and collected dust if I didn’t enjoy them, so now I try to use things when I get them.  For some reason this “using mentality” hasn’t transferred over to cooking so I have stacks of recipes waiting for “just that right time” and because of this they haven’t ever been made…and so I regress…

Back to my original story, I have been re-going through my Grandma’s recipes and have decided to start making a few, there’s no time like the present!  I thought chocolate waffles were a good place to start, and I was right.  I did tweak my grandma’s recipe a bit, but the base is still hers.  I am laughing at myself though, this is her recipe, but I have no memory of her ever making these, so why did I choose this recipe to make first?  See, she was a recipe saver too and there is a chance that she was saving this recipe for just the right time and they never got made!  No mater what the reason, I am glad I tried them now.  I have a feeling the kids might request them again!!!

A few notes about the recipe.  I used coconut oil for my batch of waffles, but you could easily replace it with butter.  These waffles are a lot less sweet than you might expect them to be, so feel free to top with a sweetened berry sauce, or some fresh fruit with sweetened whipped cream.  I also enjoyed topping each serving with a sprinkle of chopped chocolate chips, it gave the waffles that extra special chocolate kick!

Grandma’s Chocolate Waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk*
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • *if you don't have buttermilk combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 cups milk and let sit for 5 minutes, great substitute!

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.

Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  Then stir in the buttermilk, vanilla, and coconut oil.

Pour the liquid into the dry and stir until just combined, a few lumps will remain.

Roughly chop the chocolate chips.  Set 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate chips aside (to use as a garnish) and pour the rest  into the batter.

Let the batter sit while the waffle iron preheats.  When the iron is hot pour 1/2-2/3 cup batter onto the iron and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until done.  (This is a total estimate.  The amount of batter needed will depend on your waffle iron.  I did find that it took about a minute longer to cook these waffles than my normal ones.)

Serve the waffles with a berry sauce, maple syrup, or whipped cream and fresh berries.  Garnish with bits of the chopped chocolate!