Chocolate Chip Belgian Waffles with Bananas, Ice Cream, and Strawberry Topping

Sunday, February 10, 2013


When I was a teenager, I would spend a week in the summer with my aunt, uncle, and three young cousins.  We would swim in the pool, watch Spanish soap operas, eat junk food, and take day trips to Long Beach Island.  It was definitely one of the best parts of my summer vacation.


Although I have a million fond memories from those days, I always think back to one specific morning.  My aunt, cousins, and I were sitting around the kitchen table, getting ready for breakfast.  "What does everyone want to eat?" my aunt asked.  "I want waffles!" one of my cousin's replied.  "I want ice cream!" another one sang.  "It's Caroline's birthday!  Let's have waffles and ice cream for breakfast!" my aunt cheered.  She popped the frozen waffles in the toaster, then promptly topped them with ice cream.  We all giggled, digging into our breakfast desserts, all in the name of Caroline's birthday.


With waffles and ice cream ingrained in my memory, I have often thought of making a similar breakfast for Dayv.  Of course, I could prepare this for him any day of the year.  But, in my mind, ice cream for breakfast needs some sort of justification.  And what better excuse to make this luxurious breakfast than Valentine's Day?

This breakfast may seem time consuming, but it's really quite simple.  The waffle batter is whipped together in mere minutes, as is the strawberry topping.  If you're a good multi-tasker, this recipe can be completed within a half hour.  Just make sure when you serve it to the special person in your life, you cheer, "Yay!  Waffles and ice cream for breakfast!" like a little kid on their birthday.  

Notes: Dayv and I enjoy a crispier waffle, so I heat our waffle maker to the highest setting.  1/2 cup of batter makes one Belgian waffle in our machine.  Make sure to adjust allotted batter for each waffle depending on your machine.  If you enjoy a lighter, crispier waffle, add an additional 2-4 tbsp almond milk.

Chocolate Chip Belgian Waffles with Bananas, Ice Cream, and Strawberry Toppings
makes two waffle sundaes
For the waffles:
1/4 c sorghum flour
1/4 c millet flour
1/4 c potato starch
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plus more if desired(see note)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp chocolate chips

1 banana, sliced
vanilla ice cream
strawberry topping(recipe below)

To make the waffles: Preheat waffle maker to desired setting.  In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.  Add in almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and whisk until completely combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Grease preheated waffle maker with Earth Balance and pour in allotted batter.  Cook until machine signals that the waffle is done, or until lightly golden brown.  Remove waffle and repeat with remaining batter.

Strawberry Topping
3/4 c chopped frozen strawberries
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp arrowroot flour

Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat and stir continually until everything is fully combined.  Once it begins to thicken, reduce heat to low and continue to stir until desired thickness is reached.  Remove from heat.

To assemble: Plate the two waffles.  Top each waffle with banana slices, a scoop of ice cream, and finish with strawberry topping.  Enjoy!

38 comments:

  1. Me me! waffles and ice cream.. and strawberries. this is perfect valentines breakfast! note to self.. pick up strawberries tomorrow!
    stuff that got specially made for us was things like dhokla(savory steamed chickpea flour cakes) or Kachori(fried lentil filled fritters) for breakfast:)

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    1. yay! savory steamed chickpea flour cakes would be a perfect special breakfast for me ;)

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  2. Aw, this is so much fun! Breakfasts need more cheering and more ice cream! :) What a cute story about its inspiration too. Love it all!

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  3. Interesting blog. you are a genius. i love this recipe. i cannot wait until it is ready. i just finished the base. thank you so much for your talent and sharing your gift!

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  4. Oh my gosh - this makes me really want to run out and get a waffle maker!

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    1. thanks, ania! if you have the space on your counter and love waffles, you should get one! they're pretty great ;)

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  5. Haha, I remember my first treat of waffles & ice cream--life changing! Haven't done it in years though, I think I need to get in touch with my inner kid. Love your strawberry-rific version!

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    1. thanks, jes! eating waffles and ice cream together definitely evoke the inner child ;)

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  6. In what way do these waffles differ from the buttermilk belgian waffles that you posted earlier?
    I find it difficult to choose between the two of them - they look equally delicious!

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    1. hi yvonne! they are quite similar. the buttermilk ones are more light and crispy.

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  7. Well, like Ania I'm going to have to go out and buy myself a waffle maker too! I haven't eaten waffles since I was about 8 and reading your post has just brought back all those yummy, waffle-eating, childhood memories!

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    1. thanks, lisa!! before getting a waffle maker last year, i hadn't had homemade waffles since i was a child, too. my parents had an old metal one that smoked, haha.

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  8. I feel as if I want to be everyone's significant other or child because everything that every blogger (i.e. you) makes looks so delicious. How lucky are all of these children and significant others out there?!
    These do remind me of my childhood, although I did always prefer pancakes. I think now's the time to prefer waffles though :)

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    1. aww, bridge ;) i've always been a huge pancake fan, too. but there's something about a belgian waffle... ;)

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  9. I am going to request this for my next birthday!

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  10. Oh how beautiful ! This is a child's waffle dream. ( Or a grown up lady's dream;) !)

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  11. What a great story! I've been craving waffles for like....2 weeks now! Gotta have 'em soon!

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    1. thanks, koko! i certainly know the feeling of have cravings that don't go away for years ;)

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  12. Such a nice written post...
    You just made me crave waffles even more ;)

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  13. I love this post! I think Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for a luxurious breakfast. :-)

    When I was in Spain, they would serve gelato on little belgian waffle squares and my friend, it was just the best thing ever. I am totally on board with this sundae idea!

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    1. oooh...gelato on belgian waffle squares! now that sounds luxurious ;)

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  14. Oh this looks amazing!! Now I am going to have to get out our waffle iron!!

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  15. What a fun idea - Dayv must have been super excited to have had this for breakfast!

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    1. he did! he ooed and ahhed, dug right in, and got a little messy ;)

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  16. So adorable! This would make such a fun and indulgent breakfast for your birthday or Valentine's Day...too bad I don't have a waffle maker though because Eggos wouldn't look nearly as appealing as your light and fluffy homemade waffles!

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    1. thanks, genevieve! i loved eggos growing up! dayv loved them, too, and used to get the chocolate chip and cinnamon swirl ones when he was still a bachelor ;)

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  17. What a cute childhood memory and delicious breakfast tradition!

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  18. Waffles and ice cream for breakfast!? I'm so in! What a fun treat. :)

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  19. These look and sound AMAZING! I keep finding reasons to need a waffle iron, and this is adding to the list! Such a delicious breakfast. Your pictures are gorgeous as well.

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    1. thanks, rachel! waffle irons are definitely a great investment if you enjoy eating waffles on a regular basis ;)

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