Get out of the breakfast rut with these fluffy, delicious Chocolate Waffles! They’re easy to make, perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and loaded with delicious chocolate flavor. This chocolate waffles recipe will be your new weekend favorite!

chocolate waffles topped with whipped cream and strawberries

Weekends are for sleeping in, drinking more than one cup of coffee and making an extra special breakfast from scratch! No need for a waffle mix when you have this chocolate waffle recipe! It just so happens to be vegan and SO easy to whip up!

Some of our favorite weekend breakfasts are vegan cinnamon rolls, vegan French toast, chocolate donuts and these simple, yet incredible chocolate waffles.

I know your families will enjoy these chocolate waffles just as much as mine does! These are the perfect waffle – slightly crisp on the outside and soft and so fluffy on the inside… with the most delicious chocolate flavor. Yum!

Looking for a traditional vegan waffle recipe? You’ll love these light and fluffy vegan waffles!

Ingredients needed for chocolate waffles:

This chocolate waffles recipe uses everyday ingredients you most likely already have on hand in your pantry. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Flaxseeds + warm water. A combination of 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 2 tablespoons of warm water is needed to make a flax egg.
  • Dairy free milk + lemon juice. For that classic buttermilk flavor and lovely texture, we’re mixing dairy free milk with fresh lemon juice to make a buttermilk alternative that’s completely dairy free.
  • Flour. This chocolate waffle recipe calls for regular all-purpose flour. For the best texture, I do not recommend using any other flour other than all-purpose flour or a gluten-free all-purpose flour.
  • Cocoa powder. for delicious chocolate flavor!
  • Baking powder. to ensure these waffles bake up with the perfect rise and texture.
  • Brown sugar. for the perfect amount of sweetness and amazing texture.
  • Cinnamon + vanilla extract. Flavor enhancers that I think are necessary for any pancake or waffle recipe.
  • Vegan butter. Use any favorite vegan butter to give these waffles perfect crisp edges with soft and tender centers.
  • Mini chocolate chips. Optional for extra chocolate flavor!

How to make chocolate waffles:

Chocolate waffles are super easy to make! Grab your waffle iron and let’s get started!

  1. Make the flax eggCombine the ground flaxseeds and water in a small bowl and set it aside until ready to use.
  2. Make the vegan buttermilk. Stir together the milk and lemon juice in a small bowl and set it aside for five minutes.
  3. Mix dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients. Mix the flax egg, vegan buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined – make sure not to over-mix! A few lumps are okay. Fold in the chocolate chips, if using.
  6. Cook waffles. Spray the waffle iron with nonstick spray and add enough batter to fill the waffle iron, leaving about 1” around the edge. In my 8” waffle iron, I use 1 cup of batter. Cook the batter until the waffle is golden brown and crisp around the edges – about 3 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy! Add your favorite toppings and dig in! We love maple syrup, fresh berries and a little nondairy whipped cream on these fluffy waffles!

Tips for perfect chocolate waffles:

There’s nothing too complicated about making waffles, but I do have some recommendations to give you perfect, fluffy waffles every time.

  • Do NOT over-mix the batter. Stirring the batter too much can result in tough waffles. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Lumps are a normal indication that the waffles will have a great texture. Here’s more info on over-mixing and why you don’t want to do it.
  • Cook the waffles for around 3 minutes. When the steam stops coming from the waffle maker, the waffles are usually ready to remove. For a crispier waffle, leave them cooking a minute or two longer before removing. Don’t have a waffle iron? You better get one asap! This is the one that I use and it works great. I also LOVE this mini waffle maker and use it often.
  • If you’d like to keep the waffles warm while you’re making the whole batch, heat your oven to 225ºF and place a large sheet pan inside. You can place cooked waffles on the sheet pan, so they’re nice and warm when everyone’s ready to eat.
  • Not all waffle makers cook the same. Be sure to read the instructions that come with your waffle iron for the manufacturer recommendations on cooking time.

The best waffle toppings:

Chocolate waffles are definitely tasty enough to eat plain, but these are especially delicious topped with extras. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Syrups. maple syrup, honey, fruit syrup
  • Fresh fruit. berries, apricots, peaches, sliced banana, pomegranate seeds
  • Nuts. almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts
  • Nut butter. nutella, almond butter, peanut butter
  • Other topping options. yogurt, shredded coconut, sprinkles, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, nondairy whipped cream
waffles stacked on a small plate topped with whipped cream and fruit

What to serve with chocolate waffles

You could definitely make a full meal out of these chocolate waffles, but they also pair well with a variety of breakfast sides. Below are some of my favorite breakfast sides:

  • Hash browns or breakfast potatoes. This breakfast hash would be incredible!
  • Fresh fruit or fruit salad. Fruit pairs so well with sweet waffles.
  • Yogurt. Serve on the side or add a dollop on top.
  • Plant-based sausage. Love that sweet and savory combo!

Storing & reheating leftover waffles:

Chocolate waffles stay fresh in the fridge for up to about 5 days. Once the waffles have cooled completely, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator.

Reheat waffles in the toaster or oven at 350ºF for about 5 minutes for best results. You can also warm them up in the microwave, although they won’t crisp up as well.

Can you freeze these waffles?

Yes! Homemade chocolate waffles freeze really well! Sometimes I even double the recipe and keep extra waffles in the freezer for busy mornings.

Once the waffles have completely cooled, place them into freezer bags or another freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. You don’t have to worry about thawing the waffles, simply reheat them in a toaster or bake them for 10-12 minutes at 350°F in your preheated oven.

chocolate waffles topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips and fresh fruit

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chocolate waffles topped with whipped cream and strawberries

Chocolate Waffles


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Chocolate Waffles are easy to make, perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and loaded with delicious chocolate flavor. These will be your new weekend favorite!


Ingredients

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Flax Egg Substitute 

  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal/ ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons warm water 

Vegan Buttermilk Substitute 

  • 2 cups dairy free milk 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Additional Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • ¼ cup brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter, melted 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: ¼ cup of mini chocolate chips

Instructions

Make the Flax Egg: Combine the ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl and set it aside until ready to use.

Make the Vegan Buttermilk: Combine the milk and lemon juice and in a small bowl and set it aside for five minutes.

Make the Waffles: 

  1. Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon. 
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flax egg, vegan buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined– make sure not to over-mix! A few small lumps are okay. Fold in optional chocolate chips.
  5. Spray your waffle iron with nonstick spray and add enough batter to fill the waffle iron, leaving about 1” around the edge. In my 8” waffle iron, I use 1 cup of batter. Cook the batter until the waffle is golden brown and crisp around the edges– about 3 minutes. 
  6. Repeat with the remaining waffles.

Notes

  • See notes in the post about storing and freezing the waffles.
  • Nutritional info does not include chocolate chips.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: waffle iron
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 waffle

Keywords: breakfast, dairy free, vegan vegetarian, waffles