Packed with fiber and studded with chocolate chips, you and your kids will be too busy devouring these tasty whole wheat chocolate chip waffles that they won’t notice the healthy stuff packed inside!
Well, Mother’s Day is this weekend. And if you are like my husband, all the preparations to spoil your wife will be put off until Sunday morning! No need to go to a restaurant (too late for reservations) and spa packages are expensive. For you men who need a little advice on what to do, I’ve got you covered.
The quintessential Mother’s Day Brunch is typically something the kids make on their own. And whether it’s edible or not, mom dutifully eats the dish with a big smile on her face while sipping a mimosa in bed. This has honestly never ever happened to me!
My kids have helped their dad make me breakfast, don’t get me wrong. One year they made me my recipe for Dutch oven vegetable frittata. But most Mother’s Days are spent taking grandmothers out or spoiling them with a luscious and homemade meal. And why not? Grandparents deserve to be spoiled, too!
Why add whole wheat to chocolate chip waffles
One of my favorite breakfast meals is also one of my kids’ favorites and that is this whole wheat chocolate chip waffles. When I was a newlywed my brother got me this wonderful Belgium waffle maker. I remember thinking to myself, “I will never use this thing!” Boy was I wrong.
When I first made Belgium waffles for my kids I followed the generic recipe that came with the machine. Over the years, I have modified the recipe and eventually replaced all purpose flour, with a combination of wheat bran and whole wheat flour.
The waffles themselves have little sugar, and since my kids are not fans of syrup (gasp!), I added dark chocolate chips to the mix. My kids didn’t notice the transition their waffles made. They didn’t know that the waffles were packed with fiber that kept them full and energized all morning.
Tips for making chocolate chip waffles
Always make sure that your waffle iron is piping hot before you add the batter. This insures a crispy outside. Be sure to let the waffle iron reheat in between each batch you make.
I also like to use dark chocolate chips in these waffles because they have less sugar than the milk chocolate varieties. Momma and the kids don’t mind the dark chocolate flavor one bit!
Can you freeze waffles?
If you aren’t making these chocolate chip waffles for Mother’s Day, or if you made a double batch (like I usually do), then you are bound to have some waffles leftover. Remember these beauties have a lot of fiber and are pretty filling.
In my house, these waffles do not last very long. I store the extras in a resealable bag in the refrigerator and the kids reheat the waffles in our toaster oven. These chocolate chip waffles last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can also freeze the extra waffles. I wrap 1-2 Belgium waffles tightly in foil and store them in the freezer. If you want soft waffles, reheat them in the microwave for about 1 minute. When my kids want them crunchy, we give them a quick toast in the toaster oven after microwaving.
Best Toppings For Chocolate Chip Waffles
For me, the best thing about these waffles is about the toppings! BRING THEM ON! You can keep it simple with just a pat of butter and drizzle of maple syrup, or you can go all out with chopped fruits, berries and even whipped cream.
And after breakfast, have the kids give mom a massage, manicure and pedicure! Now that will be one heck of a memorable Mother’s Day!
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup wheat bran
- 1 TBS baking powder
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup melted unsalted butter
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- Turn waffle iron on to preheat.
- In a medium bowl whisk together flour, wheat bran, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- In a separate bowl mix milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract.
- Add dry ingredients into bowl containing wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour approximately ½ cup of batter onto each side of waffle iron.
- Follow waffle iron directions for cooking time.
Serving Suggestions: Top with powdered sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream and/or fresh fruit.
Serving Size:1 waffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 8g
This post was first published May 8, 2009. This post contains affiliate links.