There is no earthly justification for chocolate waffles, except to have fun!! You won't find these on any weight watchers menu, nor are they as easy as "instant" waffle mix. However, they are delicious and a fun weekend treat for the "kids". Hot chocolate waffles with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...or hot chocolate waffles with whipped cream & sprinkles...better yet, hot chocolate waffles with peanut butter? I figure if you are going to "go for it" you might as well do it right with chocolate waffles.
1½ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups buttermilk (see note)
¾ cup miniature chocolate chips
Whisk first 6 ingredients together in large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, melted (and cooled) butter, vanilla and buttermilk. Add this wet mixture to the dry mixture, then stir in chocolate chips. Let this batter rest for about 5 minutes while you heat up your waffle iron. (Batter needs to rest a little before use).
Spray your waffle iron with a little vegetable spray (you only need to spray it that first time). Cook waffles as you would any other waffle. Serve hot.
NOTE: For those occasions when I want to bake something, at the last minute, and I'm out of buttermilk, I use a product called SACO Cultured Buttermilk powder; you can find it in the baking section of any grocery store. Its strictly for baking, but it works wonderfully and I can't really tell the difference in baked goods. It worked great in these chocolate waffles, just make sure you follow the directions on the SACO can and add the right amount of water. It is a good thing to have on hand (make sure you keep it in the fridge).