Waffles make a great breakfast for the kids. Making them ahead saves me time. I can make batches of Belgium waffles or something with more flavor like these chocolate waffles as a fun treat.
To warm them up we toss them in the oven for a bit and enjoy. I found chocolate chips on clearance over the summer and stocked a ton of them to enjoy in our winter cooking and baking.
These chocolate waffles are a great on there own but can be combined with any of your favorite toppings from fruit to nuts. My kids like to use pumpkin spice syrup to top these chocolate waffles. It gives them a fun pumpkin chocolate taste they like in our Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
How to make chocolate waffles
:: 3 large eggs, separated
:: 2 tablespoons sugar
:: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
:: ½ cup cocoa powder
:: 1 tablespoon baking powder
:: ½ teaspoon salt
:: 2 bananas, mashed
:: 2 cups milk
:: ¼ cup vegetable oil
:: 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
:: ¾ cup chocolate chips, optional
- Using a stand or handheld mixer, beat egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Combine remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a separate bowl and stir together, making sure to not over-stir. Fold in the whipped egg whites, until just incorporated. Add chocolate chips.
3. Cook in waffle iron according to waffle iron instructions.
4. Top as desired, with whipped topping, nuts, fruit, berries, syrup, etc.
How to stop waffles from sticking
One of the biggest challenges when making waffles is keeping them from sticking. These chocolate waffles have extra sweetness in them with the chocolate chips. This can make them more likely to stick to the waffle iron. The good news is there are a few things you can do to help keep your waffles from sticking.
Use oil on your waffle iron to help prevent them from sticking.
Always fully preheat your waffle iron before adding your waffle batter
Do not skimp on the fat in your waffles. This gives them structure and helps them release.
Resist the urge to open your waffle iron early. This is the most common mistake that leaves waffles falling apart and sticking to the waffle iron. Like cast iron, your waffle iron will release the waffle when it is fully cooked but hold onto it if you open it early.