Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles are delicious served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

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We’re in love this this simple waffle recipe, and our family loves buttermilk waffles. 

If you need an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast (or dinner), these Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles come together in minutes.

Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles

Top these waffles with fresh berries, chocolate syrup and whipped cream, and they can also be served for dessert. Since it’s strawberry season, instead of shortcake, you can serve strawberries and cream with waffles. It’s delightful.

a chocolate waffle

Why we love this recipe

  • We love taking buttermilk waffles and adding cocoa and chocolate chips to the batter.
  • They can be served for breakfast, brunch or dessert.
  • Serve with seasonal fruit–berries in the summer, pumpkin butter, and bananas and figs in the fall.

ingredients for Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles

Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles ingredients

  • All purpose flour
    Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Eggs
    Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Buttermilk
  • Chocolate chips (optional)

how to make Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles

Toppings:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powedered sugar
  • Vanilla

whipping cream for waffles

How to make buttermilk waffles with chocolate

  1. Preheat the waffle iron.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and melted butter and vanilla, and then add the buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir in the chocolate chips just until combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Slice the strawberries and set aside.
  4. For whipped cream, add the cream to a bowl. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, whip the cream until almost thick, and add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip for another minute or so, until thick and creamy.
  5. Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the center of the iron. Close the iron top and cook until the waffle is crispy on both sides, and is easily removed from iron. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles

How do you serve chocolate waffles?

  • If serving these waffles as a dessert, you may like to also top them with homemade hot fudge sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a sprinkling of toasted nuts and maraschino cherries.
  • Top with your favorite fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or even banana slices.
  • Drizzle chocolate or caramel syrup over the top.
  • Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar (dusting).

a bite of waffle

Tips and substitutions:

  • Optional to leave out the chocolate chips and cocoa if you want to make regular buttermilk waffles. If you do this, add fresh lemon or orange zest.
  • Serve with berries and whipped cream, or the old fashioned way with syrup and butter.
  • Make ahead and freeze. Toast in the toaster when ready to eat. 
  • Waffles last in the freezer for up to 2 weeks if frozen properly (you do not want them to get frosty).
  • Make ahead and keep warm in the oven before serving.

buttermilk waffles with chocolate

More brunch dishes you may want to try:

Ham Breakfast Casserole

Raspberry Yogurt Cake

Make Ahead Chocolate Coffee Cake

Blueberry Scones

Buttermilk Pancakes

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Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles

Double the recipe. Chocolate chips are optional. Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2005.
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles are delicious served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup  cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp.  baking powder
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • ½ tsp.  baking soda
  • 3 whole eggs, beaten
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups  buttermilk, room temperature
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips, optional
  • Vegetable spray, for waffle iron
  • Fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and melted butter and vanilla, and then add the buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir in the chocolate chips just until combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Slice the strawberries and set aside.
  • For whipped cream, add the cream to a bowl. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, whip the cream until almost thick, and add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip for another minute or so, until thick and creamy.
  • Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the center of the iron. Close the iron top and cook until the waffle is crispy on both sides, and is easily removed from iron. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Notes

Reposted from Marh 2016.
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 542kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 495mg, Potassium: 461mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 1238IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 189mg, Iron: 4mg
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stack of Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles