Chocolate Waffles with Vanilla Swirl

by Irvin on February 10, 2014 · 18 comments

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This Chocolate Waffles Recipe with Swirled Vanilla Batter baked right in is easy to make and sure to impress!

Chocolate Waffles. Recipe and Photograph by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I’m not going to outright say that I am anti-Valentine’s Day because then I get pegged as one of those crabby bitter folks that hates love, puppy and adorable children wearing penguin costumes. Nor do I want be the guy that professes to hate how “commercial” the holiday is. You know the rant, how it’s a made-up holiday that forces people to run around and buy needless things for each other. I’ll save that particular grievance for Sweetest Day, a purely fictional holiday that is mostly celebrated in a region of the US that I don’t live in anymore. Instead I will fully admit to the fact that I am relatively apathetic towards Valentine’s Day, and everything that is involved with it; thankfully AJ is too. Of course that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the excuse to make something chocolate – which, according to my Pinterest feed, is what people do for Valentine’s Day. Enter my Chocolate Waffles Recipe with Vanilla Swirl. The easiest way to impress a loved one, regardless of the time of year. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Chocolate Waffles Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Now homemade waffles are probably one of those things that pretty much impress anyone, truth be told. My own experience with waffles growing up were pretty much limited to the frozen kind that you popped into a toaster. I wasn’t the only one. My friend Ruben was obsessed with frozen waffles, with boxes of them in his freezer. He had a specific method of toasting them and then generously pouring the syrup all over the waffle then the plate itself. He once confided in me that he felt the plate needed to be seasoned with a healthy moat of syrup as well as the waffle itself. I can completely understand that sentiment.

Chocolate Waffles. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.comChocolate Waffles Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

But here’s the thing with these chocolate waffles with vanilla swirl, you can serve them for breakfast or you can serve them as dessert. Totally versatile, they’re the perfect food. And because they’re made with chocolate, you don’t necessarily need to douse them in syrup. I personally add some lightly sweetened whipped cream and some fresh fruit on them, along with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup. But if you serve them for dessert, a healthy scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream would be pretty awesome too. And though I don’t talk to my friend Ruben much anymore, I think he would approve.

Chocolate Waffles Recipe. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you like these chocolate waffles, check out my recipe for:
Quinoa Goat Milk Belgian Waffles

And check out these other waffle recipes from around the web:
Orangette’s Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles
Shutterbean’s Pizza Waffles
Recipe Girl’s Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Joy the Baker’s Savory Cornmeal and Chives Waffles
101 Cookbooks’ Multigrain Waffles

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The Suzzzz February 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

You’re killing me here. I made the 2 hour trip to Salt Lake City with a friend over the weekend just to eat at Bruges Waffles & Frites. I thought they were the best waffles this side of Belgium…and then I saw this and wanted to run right home and make some.


Annalise @ Completely Delicious February 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

Gorgeous waffles, love the swirl!


Julie February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

The swirl looks so pretty, and vanilla + chocolate is always a winning combination. Nice work!


Cookin Canuck February 11, 2014 at 5:41 am

What gorgeous waffles (and photo)! I’d take a plate of these over a heart-shaped box of chocolate any day of the week.


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 11, 2014 at 7:03 am

These look amazing!!!! I’ve been on a waffle kick for the past week and have had them nearly daily! These blow my plain buttermilk waffle faceplants out of the water though! I’ll be over for brunch in 5. Have one ready? <3


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

I JUST bought a waffle maker this month and I have been making waffles like nobody’s business. These are the boss!!


Kathy - Panini Happy February 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I’m going to make sure my husband gets this recipe — he makes waffles for me (one of a handful of dishes he cooks) for my birthday and Mother’s Day. I would love for him to make these for me. 🙂 We have this same waffle iron, so I know it’ll work!


Shikha @ Shikha la mode February 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

I just got a waffle iron and I’ve been looking for recipes like these to try out! Breakfast for dinner/dessert is one of my favorite things to do, so I’ll never complain! I’d be interested in using semolina instead of cornmeal and seeing what happens.


Risa February 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

This looks delish. I was on the fence about dinner tonight, looks like we’re having breakfast! Thanks for the inspiration 😉


[email protected] February 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

I’ll take them for breakfast AND dessert! 😉 Beautiful!!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Ha, I’m indifferent to Valentine’s Day as long as I get flowers. 🙂 And how I wish I hadn’t set the bar so high so everyone is expecting heart shaped boring pancakes. I want these waffles! Stunning.


Annie February 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Yes, that’s all very well but they are neither RED nor HEART SHAPED, you Valentine’s grinch.


Miss Kim @ behgopa February 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Wow looks really delish. Yeah, valentines day is totally overrated!


Harmony June 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

These are making my mouth water! Would whole wheat flour work in place of the all-purpose?


Wendy Sanchez July 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Made these today! Great batter recipe! Will make them over & over:D


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