Paleo chocolate waffles have become a bit of a birthday tradition in my family. It started when my oldest turned 3 a few years ago — I asked him what he wanted and he said, immediately, “Waffles!” I decided to made chocolate ones, because I thought it might be fun for him, and he loved them SO much! I didn’t think he’d even remember it the next year, but sure enough, he did. And ever since then, he insists that chocolate waffles are the only acceptable breakfast on someone’s birthday. And you know what? Paleo Chocolate Waffles are always okay by me! I actually think they’d be a pretty killer dessert, too!
So when my big guy turned 6 last week, for the fourth birthday in a row, we just had to have Paleo Chocolate Waffles! I topped them with sliced strawberries and some big drizzles of almond butter and maple syrup. He was one happy camper, and so was I!
I sometimes make Paleo waffles using Birch Bender’s Paleo pancake mix (it has instructions on how to make them into waffles on the back), because it’s SO easy — just add water and mix with a fork! But one of my kids isn’t crazy about the mild coconut flavor that they have, so I make these chocolate Paleo waffles from scratch, which actually isn’t all that hard at all! It’s a lot simpler than making “real” waffles, in my opinion. You can make them ahead of time, keep them in the fridge or freeze them, then just heat them in the toaster or microwave when you’re ready.
Psst: I got this Belgian waffle maker as a gift a few years ago, and I really love it! It cooks evenly and is super easy to clean. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a waffle maker! In my opinion, it’s worth the investment.
Paleo Chocolate Waffles
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 cup strawberries sliced
Gently pulse the banana in a blender until it’s broken down.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse again until well combined but not over-mixed.
Heat your waffle iron to a low-medium setting. Spray both griddles lightly with oil.
Spoon about 1/4 cup onto the hot waffle iron and close.
Top with drizzle of almond butter and maple syrup.
The batter should be thickened and sticky.. if your bananas have a higher water content, consider adding about 1 tbsp almond flour to the batter at a time before cooking. It takes a tiny bit of experimenting!
Looking for more Paleo breakfasts? Check out my Grain-Free Paleo Porridge!