These are really healthy as well as delicious!
If you've never ever made waffles before, even from a mix, and don't
have someone in the house to help you, do try a more specific recipe for
waffles first, because as you'll see I just add milk until the batter
looks right. Someday maybe I'll actually measure and remove this
Note that I don't think "normal" "flatter" waffle irons will work well
for this; I have one of those thick Belgian waffle makers.
If you want these for breakfast and want to make it super easy while
you're still sleepy, the night before mix the dry ingredients and wet
ingredients and the cocoa-nut mixture separately. Of course refrigerate
the wet ingredients. I love a new plastic covered huge mixing cup I got
from Germany for the dry ingredients that has a pouring place; I use it
for the major mixing bowl and for pouring onto the waffle iron.
Mix dry ingredients:
about 3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour (if yours is really heavy substitute some white flour for part of this)
1/4 tsp baking soda
Mix wet ingredients separately:
2 eggs, beaten a bit until the yolk and white are mixed
bit less than 1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup milk (you'll add more later)
1 tablespoon white or rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used a mild one from England but I think any would be delicious)
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
When you're ready to cook, start heating the waffle iron. (Because I use
only baking soda and vinegar, you have to use the batter soon after
mixing it.) Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir
just a bit; stir in more milk to make it the consistency you want. When
it looks right, just swirl through the cocoa-walnut mixture (you don't
want it completely mixed in).
Bake on a waffle iron (or with thinner batter make pancakes).
Serve with a little bit of mild honey, fresh fruit, and a tiny sprinkling of coarse-grained sugar if you like.
Very adapted from a recipe for a delicious but not-half-as-healthy
coffee cake (Cocoa Ripple Ring) in the 1981 Better Homes & Gardens
New Cook Book!
(from this site's predecessor)