December 30, 2014

Cocoa Espresso Waffles

Happy holidays!

I have wanted to make healthy waffles for years, but I haven't procured a waffle iron in all this time. Well, I must've been on Santa's nice list this Christmas because he delivered a waffle iron under my Christmas tree. Lucky me!

I've been experimenting with various types of waffles all week, trying to find the perfect crunch, chew, taste and nutrition. So far, these cocoa espresso waffles are the best. They are hearty, super filling, high in protein, and taste like dessert. Win-win.

I didn't have to have my usual second cup of coffee because the cocoa and espresso powders give these waffles that extra zing. And if you aren't a coffee drinker, see how you feel after eating these. Caffeine is a natural metabolism stimulant that helps promote weight loss. Some people are super sensitive to caffeine, however; so if you are, you can leave out the espresso powder.

Cocoa Espresso Waffles
Makes six standard size waffles

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 tablespoon salt
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup packed coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar)
2 teaspoons espresso powder (I used a Starbucks Italian Roast VIA packet)
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
maple syrup, jam, or topping of choice (optional)

1. Heat up waffle iron. While it's heating, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and add milk, sugar, espresso powder, and yogurt.
3. Whip egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold in to batter in thirds.
4. On the last third of the egg whites, also fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray and use about 1/3 cup of batter per waffle. Heat until steam starts to dissipate and waffle is crisp. All waffle irons are different, so refer to your waffle iron's settings.



  1. Is there anything you can sub for Greek yogurt?

    1. Hi Isobel,
      You could use any kind of yogurt you may have or you could use 2 whole eggs instead of the yogurt and egg whites. Enjoy!

  2. This recipe was so good. I served these waffles with fresh strawberries that I bought from the Farmer’s Market and whip cream.


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