Starting the day with waffles just seems to make the day brighter. I mean, who doesn’t like a good waffle? These waffles are extra special because they are so rich and filled with chocolate goodness. I thought they made the perfect breakfast with a little pure maple syrup drizzled on top. My daughter thought they felt more like a dessert so she topped hers with a scoop of coconut ice cream. Either way, you can’t not like ’em.
I made these waffles on a Sunday when only myself and my daughter were home. I made 4 waffles, but we each only needed to eat one to be satisfied. I put the other two in the fridge. The next day, when my husband came home, I noticed the two in the fridge gradually disappearing. It turns out, they make a great snack eaten cold right from the fridge. I guess this is a true multi-tasking kind of a meal…
The chocolate in these waffles is from raw cacao. Raw cacao is a superfood. It is packed with magnesium, iron, zinc and other minerals. Not only is it packed with health benefits, but it actually has properties that help the body absorb nutrients better and it’s filled with antioxidants. Cacao can actually be translated as “food of the gods”…
Almond meal substitutes for flour in these waffles. Almonds will help relieve a cough and asthma and are also good for constipation. I used almond milk instead of dairy milk here for more added almond benefits.
Whisk eggs and almond milk together…
Add almond meal, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon…
Whisk in raw cacao and stir in coconut flakes and a handful of dark chocolate chips…
Pour the batter into a hot waffle iron. I finally learned not to fill the iron all the way to the edges! Wow, it’s so much easier when the batter doesn’t leak out the sides…
Cook a few minutes until slightly firm…
Serve with extra coconut, chocolate chips, maple syrup or ice-cream…
Or, just eat them as is. Enjoy!
Chocolate Coconut Waffles (Grain-Free)
(makes 4 waffles)
recipe inspired by: paleomg.com
1/3 cup almond milk
1-1/2 cups almond meal
1-1/2 Tbs pure maple syrup
2-1/2 Tbs raw cacao powder (heres the raw cacao I just bought: Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder 1lb/16oz)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
coconut oil for greasing the waffle iron
optional toppings: pure maple syrup, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, coconut ice cream
Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil and heat it up.
Whisk together the eggs and almond milk. Add almond meal, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon and whisk until combined. Stir in the raw cacao and coconut flakes. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Spread the batter into your heated waffle iron, spreading it almost the the edges, but not completely. Close the lid and cook about 4 minutes, or until the waffles become slightly firm.
Enjoy with added coconut, maple syrup, chocolate chips or ice-cream!