Healthy Chocolate Flaxseed Waffles

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I leverage chocolate every chance I get when trying to convince my kids to eat something healthy. Chocolate chips are thrown in greek yogurt, chocolate protein powder (love Vega brand) into smoothies, chocolate chips into oatmeal – you get the idea.

I am always looking to expand my pancake and waffle repertoire so I have them stocked in the freezer for fast breakfast, lunches or dinner. Serve with a fruit and veggie smoothie and you are set!

What also popped in my head was while I leverage chocolate as bribery to eat stuff, cocoa – the unsweetened stuff – is actually really good for you – the antioxidant components of it get a lot of attention from scientists.

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So I worked from Alton Brown’s Chocolate Waffle recipes and modified it just a bit. Most of what he does is perfect anyway.

Healthy Chocolate Flaxseed Waffles
Modified from Alton Brown’s Chocolate Waffle recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Heat up waffle iron.
  2. In medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, flax, baking powder, salt, baking soda. Make a well in the middle and add buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla – whisk those together and then incorporate the dry ingredients until just combined. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. I used 1/2 cup of batter in my waffle maker.

 

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