Orange and Dark Chocolate Waffles
These orange and dark chocolate waffles are a breakfast treat! Made with white whole wheat flour, coconut oil, orange zest and chopped dark chocolate, they’re fantastic for the holidays or a special occasion. Dairy free and vegetarian.
Do you remember those chocolate orange balls from back in the day? The ones that you could sort of smash and they would crack into orange segments?
But they were made of chocolate and like infused with orange flavor? Yes? Yes?
Well today I bring a recipe inspired by that candy. But healthier! And for breakfast!
Although, who are we kidding, I’m pretty sure my sister and I used to eat that candy for breakfast.
My parents would get us each one for special occasions and I used to hide mine in my room so that I could eat it whenever I wanted. I was also not the slyest little kid and they probably knew exactly what I was doing.
But anyway. We were obsessed with those things. Obsessed.
Do they still make them? Inquiring minds need to know. I foresee a gag Christmas gift in my sister’s future.
But I digress. Let’s get to the waffles at hand.
How To Make Orange Waffles
So today we start with my favorite waffle base. We’re using a lot of white whole wheat flour and some all-purpose flour to help keep them light and fluffy. Check and check.
We’ll infuse the waffles with plenty of orange flavor by rubbing orange zest into a few tablespoons of granulated sugar. I’ve tried this other ways, but this method really gives the most orange goodness in the end result.
Then, we’ll whisk together the wet ingredients – eggs, milk, coconut oil and honey. Which is the primary sweetener for this recipe.
The batter gets all mixed together and we’ll fold in some chopped dark chocolate at the very end. Yum-o.
The waffles cook up into golden brown perfection that we must top off with some orange segments and a touch more chocolate. Must.
Pass me a cup of coffee please.
Additional Waffle Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Chocolate Whole Wheat Waffles
- Healthy Banana Walnut Waffles
- Classic Dairy Free Waffles
- Peanut Butter Banana Bread Waffles
- Eggnog Waffles
Did you make this recipe? Rate and review it down below! I’d love to hear from you.
For the waffles:
- 1 ½ tablespoons orange zest (from about 2 oranges)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¾ cups milk*
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil**
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅔ cup chopped dark chocolate***
- pure maple syrup or honey
- orange slices
- additional chopped dark chocolate
- In a large bowl, add the orange zest and sugar. Use your fingers to rub the zest into the sugar, until it is nice and fragrant.
- Add in both kinds of flour, the baking powder and salt. Whisk until well combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, almond extract and honey. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (the batter will be a little lumpy).
- Preheat a waffle maker.
- When hot, fold the chocolate into the batter. Then, pour the recommended amount of batter into the waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions (making sure you get some of the chocolate each time you pour batter into the iron - it can sink in the batter a bit as it sits). Cook until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Top the cooked waffles with desired toppings!
*To keep these dairy free - use a dairy free milk of choice (I like unsweetened almond or canned light coconut milk).
**Be sure to melt the coconut oil first, then measure out the correct amount. Otherwise you may use too much.
***To keep these dairy free - be sure to use dairy free chocolate.
These waffles freeze well. Let the waffles cool completely, then wrap each individually in plastic wrap. Add all the wrapped waffles to a freezer-safe plastic bag and freeze.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 294mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.