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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!

stack of chocolate waffles with whipped cream and fresh strawberries topped with caramel sauce

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!

top down view of chocolate waffles topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and caramel sauce

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.

ingredients to make chocolate waffles

Ingredients

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
steps to make chocolate waffles

How to Make Chocolate Waffles

1. Prepare

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.

4. Serve

Plate the finished waffles and serve them with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or fresh fruit.

stack of chocolate waffles topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and caramel sauce served on a white plate

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.

close up image of chocolate waffles on a fork

Serving Suggestions

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
  • Caramel

FAQs

How do you eat chocolate waffles?

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!

What is the difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle?

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.

Are waffles supposed to be eaten hot?

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.

Can you put chocolate waffles in the toaster?

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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Chocolate Waffles

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!
4 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 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

Instructions 

  • Preheat the waffle iron. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 5mg
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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