This year I am spoiling my kids with breakfast in bed
It’s Valentine’s Day, but even if you don’t have a sweetie this year, you can certainly spoil your mom, your dad, or your sweet kiddos with these decadent dark chocolate waffles. Because they are made with bittersweet chocolate as well as brown sugar rather than white refined sugar, they are not as sweet as one might think.
I have a collection of waffle irons so I always use the heart iron for Valentine’s Day and birthdays. If you don’t have one however, don’t let that stop you. Before I bought the specialty heart iron I used to just take a pair of kitchen scissors to a round waffle and make it into a heart.
Have fun with the toppings too, in addition to topping them with good ol’ whipping cream, I make “sweet cream” out of sour cream by adding powdered sugar and vanilla. I like it because it’s not too sweet. My kids happen to favor a dollop of Marshmallow cream straight out of the jar, go figure.
Dark Chocolate Valentines Day Waffles
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup (packed) brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 lg eggs- separated
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla paste
6 oz bittersweet chocolate – chopped small (like choc chips)
Non-stick vegetable spray for waffle iron.
Preheat waffle iron.
Whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Blend with a fork, then gradually incorporate dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Working in 2 batches, fold egg whites into batter just until combined.
Gently fold in chocolate.
Lightly coat waffle iron with nonstick spray. Working in batches, cook waffles until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.