Homemade chocolate waffles might just be the best breakfast ever! They’re soft and fluffy, crispy on the edges, and perfect for adding all your favorite toppings!
If you have a waffle iron in your kitchen, you’ve probably made plenty of homemade waffles, but if you haven’t tried chocolate waffles yet, it’s time to whip some up! They have everything you love about a regular waffle recipe —they’re fluffy, crispy on the outside, and totally irresistible—but they’re also loaded with rich chocolate flavor.
Best of all, if you don’t break out your waffle maker often, you can double or even triple this recipe and make a big batch of chocolate waffles to keep on hand in your freezer so you can enjoy a delicious breakfast any day of the week!
Homemade Chocolate Waffle Recipe
Just like pancakes, waffles only need a few simple ingredients. To make chocolate waffles, you’ll also need to add cocoa powder. The amount you add will depend on how chocolatey you want your waffles to be. If you like things really chocolatey, use the full amount listed below. For a more subtle flavor, use a few tablespoons.
In addition to the cocoa powder, these waffles are also flavored with a little bit of vanilla extract. If you don’t have any on hand, you can leave it out, but the vanilla really complements the chocolate flavor.
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- All-purpose flour
- Cocoa powder – You can use natural or Dutch process cocoa powder, but don’t use hot cocoa mix!
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Kosher salt
- Eggs – Here’s the best way to crack an egg!
- Vegetable oil – Canola oil can be used instead if that’s what you have on hand.
- Whole milk
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Chocolate Waffles
Preheat your waffle iron so it has time to heat up while you start the batter.
2. Make the Waffle Batter
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the remaining ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine, until the batter is smooth.
3. Make the Waffles
Generously coat the waffle iron with cooking spray and ladle the batter onto the iron. Use the amount of batter recommended by your waffle maker’s instruction manual and cook the waffles for the recommended amount of time.
Plate the finished waffles and serve them with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or fresh fruit.
How to Store Chocolate Waffles
Leftover waffles can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat in the toaster, oven, or microwave before serving.
There are so many delicious ways to top chocolate waffles! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
- Fresh strawberries or raspberries
- Sliced bananas
- Cinnamon sugar
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate chips
Chocolate waffles have the versatility to go from breakfast to dessert, so you can eat them with fruit and yogurt to start the day, or add more decadent toppings to make them a special treat!
The main difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle is the size and thickness. Waffles are typically about 4 inches square and ½ inch thick, while Belgian waffles are larger, at about 6 inches square and 1 inch thick. Belgian waffles also have deeper pockets to hold more syrup and toppings.
Waffles are best eaten fresh and hot out of the waffle iron, but if you need to reheat them, pop them in the toaster or microwave for a few seconds.
Yes, you can put chocolate waffles in the toaster, although some waffle makers may make waffles that are too large to fit into a standard toaster. In that case, you can cut them to size or toast them in a regular oven.
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ cups whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the waffle iron. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt.2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder, ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.2 large eggs, ½ cup vegetable oil, 1 ¼ cups whole milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and ladle the batter onto the iron. Cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Garnish with syrup, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or fresh fruit.