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“Breakfast in Bed” for Dad- Whole Grain Chocolate Waffles

Not too heavy. Not too sweet. Best 100% whole grain waffles ever!

Serve these to the king of your roost in bed on Father’s Day but make enough for the whole gang!

This recipe was inspired by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero in their cookbook, Veganomicon. I highly recommend it! Best-selling vegan chefs and rightly so, they also authored, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

I typically don’t combine chocolate with breakfast food because it tends to be overly sweet and rich. I decided to make these as a special treat for my daughter on a Sunday morning. But once I smelled them cooking in my Belgian waffle maker, I knew I had to give them a try. OH MY GOSH, my husband and I didn’t speak as we devoured these perfect squares of yummy-ness!

I tweaked the recipe by using all whole wheat flour and chopped walnuts instead of pecans. I also combine everything at once in the bowl because I’m impatient. Almost all pro chefs will tell you that if you use 100% whole wheat flour in baking, make sure and combine it with all-purpose flour. I have always ignored this advice and haven’t regretted it once. I use whole grain flour for everything! It certainly didn’t hurt this recipe.

DON’T WAIT to make these next year, next month, next week but go for it THIS WEEKEND:)! ┬áDad’s breakfast in bed on Father’s Day never tasted so good!

2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup plain soy yogurt
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray
Vegan butter spread and/or maple syrup

Pre-heat waffle iron. Combine dry ingredients except the sugar. Combine wet ingredients and include the sugar. Mix together. Wait until the end of mixing to add in the chocolate chips and nuts. Don’t over stir. Batter will be fairly thick. You can add a tad more soy milk if it is hard to stir. May need to help spread out batter in waffle maker before closing lid to cook.

You can eat these plain with coffee, or with a little Earth Balance or Smart Balance Light buttery spread. You only need a drop of syrup.

Hearty but not heavy, sweet but not rich. Contains fiber, good fat, and protein. These are the reasons this breakfast scored an A+ in our house!

Serve with a side of fruit for a complete breakfast

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