Shredded zucchini is hidden away in these fluffy Chocolate Zucchini Waffles! Full of rich chocolate flavor, these waffles are made without dairy, eggs, or gluten.
If I had to eat one meal for the rest of my life, it would be breakfast.
Or breakfast foods, at least. Pancakes, oatmeal, waffles, eggs, hash browns….do I really need to go on? Because now I’m hungry.
Anyway, with my zucchini plant in full force, I’ve been struggling to keep up with its production of crop, which has led to me stuffing zucchini into anything that I can. These Chocolate Zucchini Waffles are just one of the delicious recipes I want to share with you!
I’m actually surprised by how long its been since I’ve posted a waffle recipe. With Little Sissy staying with me last week, I busted out my waffle maker a few times. She is apparently quite a fan of my chocolate chip waffles, so much so that she eats them with her hands without any syrup! I guess that’s a good thing, right? 😉
I actually have something pretty awesome planned with these waffles, but y’all will have to wait a bit for that recipe to come to fruition. It’ll be worth it though, so be patient 😉
Anyway, when I was trying to decide how to use up my zucchini [other than shoving it into muffins], I knew that I wanted to create some kind of baked good. I was tempted to make another cake, which still might happen, but in the end my love for all things breakfast influenced the creation of these waffles. The fact that they are chocolate just further demonstrates my intense obsession with chocolate right now. Seriously guys, why on earth am I craving chocolate so much?! I literally want chocolate flavored everything!
Though to my credit, I reigned in that chocolate obsession a little bit here. At least I didn’t add chocolate chips, right? 😉 Though if you want to, go for it! I bet these beauties would be even more amazing with some melty chocolate chips in them. Great – now I have to remake them with chocolate chips….
And while I realize that eating one of these Chocolate Zucchini Waffles doesn’t exactly add to your vegetable count for the day, I do love that they are full of shredded zucchini. Sneaking in vegetables wherever I can was my #1 priority this year for myself when it came to my diet. I struggle with eating vegetables – unlike with fruit. I mean, really though – who doesn’t?! And though eating these waffles might not exactly qualify as eating vegetables, they sort of make me feel better about it, so I call that a win!
Though if I’m being entirely honest, thanks to my zucchini plant I have consumed more zoodles this summer than I have in my entire life. Not that I’m complaining, I freaking love it! That plant has more than paid for itself with its production, not to mention has saved me plenty of money at the markets. I’m going to miss it dearly when the season ends.
But until that point, I’m going to be enjoying zucchini in all forms possible – from cake to muffins and yes, even in these chocolate zucchini waffles. Thankfully this recipe makes quite a large batch of waffles, which means I’ve got several frozen for days when I need a quick breakfast or just get the craving. Though with how much I’ve been craving chocolate lately, I doubt those frozen waffles will be frozen for long!
- 1½ cups gluten-free oat flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch sea salt
- 1¾ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
- Preheat a waffle iron. Spray with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.
- In another bowl, add the almond milk, banana, flax egg and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until no lumps remain. Gently fold in the shredded zucchini.
- Using ½ cup at a time, pour batter onto waffle iron. Cook according to iron directions.
- Repeat with remaining batter. Enjoy immediately or allow waffles to cool completely before freezing.
What’s your favorite vegetable to sneak into baked goods?