I have been on a waffle making frenzy. Ever since my mom-in-law let me borrow her waffle-maker, I have been experimenting with all types of waffle recipes. My last blog post was for 3-ingredient crispy waffles. With Valentine’s day coming up, I thought I’d try making something festive: Red Velvet Waffles!
These were so, so good. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also made with less than 5 ingredients, making them super simple to make AND grain-free.
I’m adding raw cacao powder to the batter and beet juice for color. I try to keep beet juice in my freezer – it makes recipes that call for red food coloring seem like a lot less work. You can make these red velvet waffles even more decadent by adding dairy-free chocolate chips to the batter. The waffles without chocolate chips have undertones of cacao. But I’m a chocolate lover, so after I poured the waffle batter into my waffle maker, I sprinkled lots of chocolate chips into the batter (you can’t see the chocolate chips in the actual waffle because they’re at the bottom). Adding the chocolate chips made these waffles taste like red velvet waffle brownies… AMAZING. I think I need to coin a term for a waffle-brownie. Maybe I’ll call it a waffnie. Yep, I definitely need to trademark the name waffnie™. Cronuts (croissant and donut hybrid) have nothing on the waffnies.
You can top these with anything: fresh fruit, butter, syrup, etc. I decided to make a chocolate sauce to pour on top of my waffnies (I’m really trying to make that word happen) because I clearly can’t get enough chocolate.
You can make these red velvet waffles crispy or soft and moist – depending on how long you cook them. I love crispy waffles so I let mine cook for quite a while (10-15 minutes). You can keep checking on the waffles and cook them until they’re done according to your preference. Eat these right away for maximum deliciousness. If you want to make them in advance, that’s fine too – just allow them to cool on a wire rack so that they don’t become too soft.
waffles waffnies for someone you love. Happy Valentine’s Day!
To Make Waffles
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Add all of the ingredients (except chocolate chips if using) to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the batter into the waffle iron, sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the batter, and use the appliance as directed. If you want to make the waffles really crispy, cook them for a longer time (I’ve cooked them as long as 10-15 minutes using my waffle iron).
- Serve immediately. If saving these waffles for later, allow them to cool on a rack so that they maintain their crispiness.
To Make Chocolate Sauce
- Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a heat safe bowl and using the double-boiler method, place the bowl on top of a small saucepan filled with water. Heat the saucepan until the chocolate has melted.
- You can also melt the chocolate in 10-20 second intervals in the microwave.