Ah, yes. We all know the old cliche about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Somehow it just seemed appropriate to start out the new year as we would a new day, with a good breakfast. At first glance based on the “peanut butter” and “chocolate” in the title, this may seem more like a dessert being passed off as breakfast fare. However, I’m happy to say that these are indeed a breakfast you can feel good about!

The original version of these is topped with a traditional (i.e. not healthy) sweetened whipped cream. Instead I topped them with greek yogurt sweetened with honey, sliced bananas and a sprinkling of turbinado sugar. The waffles are whole grain, providing a boost in fiber and protein. Some might take issue with chocolate in a so-called healthy recipe but I say, let’s just use dark chocolate and call it good on the antioxidant front.

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a wonderful start so far. As always, I have lots of ideas in the works but please let me know if there are specific recipes, types of recipes or other posts you would like to see this year. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Ingredients

For the waffles:

  • ½ cup (1¾ oz.) spelt flour*
  • ½ cup (2 oz.) white whole wheat flour*
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp. (2 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) milk
  • ½ cup (3 oz.) dark chocolate chips

For topping: 

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2-3 tsp. honey
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Sliced bananas
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  • 01

    To make the batter, combine the flours, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir to mix, then set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and sugar and mix briskly with a spatula until the peanut butter softens. Whisk in the melted butter. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, mixing just until smooth. Add in the milk gradually. Whisk in the flour just until evenly incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Let the batter sit for at least 10 minutes before you use it, allowing the whole grains to absorb the liquid.

  • 02

    Cook the waffles in a waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Yield will vary depending on size/shape of waffle maker.

  • 03

    In a small bowl, combine the greek yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Stir together to blend well. Taste and adjust as necessary. Top each waffle with a dollop of the yogurt, sliced bananas and a sprinkling of turbinado sugar.

  • 04

    *Note: 

    You can use 100% spelt flour, 100% white whole wheat, or a combination. Spelt has the benefit of high protein content but the texture is somewhat delicate so I prefer a 50/50 ratio.

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  • I’d certainly eat breakfast if this was on the menu, hah :) Peanut butter + chocolate sounds like my kind of way to start the day.

  • This looks like a breakfast I can get behind!

    Katie xoxo

  • I love waffles. I love peanut butter and chocolate! Both in a waffle? Yes please!!

  • These waffles would make any morning special. Definitely all of my fave peanut butter combinations in here too! SWOON!

  • This is definitely a recipe I would feel VERY good about eating for breakfast! Thanks for sharing Annie!

  • Theresa Ruskuski

    Could natural peanut butter be used?

  • annieseats

    I would assume so.

  • Angela

    These look amazing! Happy New Year!

  • Shari

    Annie, Can we have some new pizza recipes and maybe a new cupcake recipe. I saw awhile back on your instagram a cupcake with a torched banana on top with a strawberry as well, could you post that recipe?

  • annieseats

    I’ll definitely share more pizza ideas if I come across a good one but to me, pizza is like a sandwich – you can throw on pretty much any combination of toppings you like. Because of that, it isn’t always “blog-worthy” for me unless I find a really spectacular combination or something fairly unique. But rest assured if I come across something great, I will share it!

    I will keep those cupcakes in mind too, though that would be in spring/summer when berries are in season again.

  • Shari

    Thanks Annie, also where do you buy your chocolate in bulk (bittersweet)?

  • Maria

    Annie, these look delicious!

    I love your “Let’s Do Lunch” recipes. I’m constantly on the hunt for healthy lunch recipes, particularly non-salad green salads involving quinoa, chickpeas, farro, the like. Would love to see some more lunch salads this year!

  • Diana

    The antioxidants is totally my reason for eating dark chocolate basically daily. =) It’s good for you, right?? =)

    I’d love different granola bar variations. Or more DIY type things. I do all my bread now, beans, yogurt. Those basics that are healthier to make from scratch. I trust what you post more than any other source!

  • annieseats

    Excellent suggestions Diana. I’m always on the look out for more from scratch methods for typically store bought items and that quest will continue! Thank you so much!

  • annieseats

    Good call! I’ll keep working on those :)

  • Kelly

    Hi Annie! Thank you so very much for your website – you are a blessing to so many people.

    While living in Durham, NC, my husband and I would eat many varieties of eggs benedict at the most wonderful bakery/café, Foster’s Market (as a side note, you should check out Sara Foster’s recipes as you’d love so many of them). Eggs Benedict is such a wonderful dish, and I’d love a good recipe. Thank you!

  • Amanda Smith

    These look delicious!

    I love your “quick/weeknight meals” tab – additions to that category are always appreciated! Both your Mexican quinoa and thai quinoa bowls are in heavy rotation in our house – I’d love to see what other varieties you might be able to create! Thank you, as always, for your site, and happy 2015!

  • annieseats

    Thanks Kelly! I will be sure to check those out :)

  • Melinda Z.

    Hi there! As I (finally) transition into buying only organic meats, I find myself buying less of it. It gets ‘spensive! Therefore, I’d love more meatless entree options- specifically dinner, if possible. I’ve loved all the ones you’ve posted so far :) And thanks.

  • Well, that’s a damned pretty picture! Yum.

  • SINCE WHEN is chocolate not ideal for starting off your day! I mean, the endorphins alone are enough to ensure a good start. Love these!

  • annieseats

    Haha! Thanks Alex :)

  • Jamie

    Hi Annie! I can’t wait to try this waffle recipe…it looks wonderful. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into providing us with all of your delicious recipes and other great content on your blog. You are truly gifted on so many different levels and an inspiration to us all. I am always amazed at how much you are able to accomplish in a day…sometimes I wonder if you ever sleep :) If you would be willing, I think it would be great to have a post some day with tips/advice on how to be as productive as you are and how to make the most of each day. I know I would really love to hear your strategies and I think others would too. I wish you and your family a wonderful 2015!

  • Love your reasoning behind posting a breakfast recipe to start off the new year! The photos are gorgeous, Annie!

  • Chloe

    I had the same thought. I love the lunch ideas you’ve posted for your lunches and your son’s. Healthy, filling lunches and portable snacks are the most difficult part of my meal planning so any ideas are definitely appreciated! Your site is beautiful and so many of your recipes are in my regular rotation. Thanks for sharing your kitchen adventures and recipes!

  • Sarah

    I would be interested in seeing a “lightened up” version of your spinach artichoke dip. Yours is my go-to, never fail, always delicious, spinach dip recipe – but I can’t help thinking maybe there’s a way to cut some of the calories. Greek yogurt perhaps?

  • annieseats

    Good idea, I’ll think on it!

  • annieseats

    Gosh, this is always a tough one. I get requests like this a lot but I never quite know what to say. I’m just like any working mom, doing my best to balance a busy life. I don’t really have any special tips or secret strategies. I make it a priority to make time for the things I love and I just happen to love a lot of different things :) Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

  • annieseats

    Well, I’ve been transitioning to using only Fair Trade chocolate because I just can’t stomach the thought of not, and it hasn’t been easy to find good bulk options. I’ll let you know when I figure it out!

  • Harriet B

    Do you know a good source for spelt (quality & price)? I’ve never cooked using it but sounds like it would be good here in combination with whole wheat.

    As for ideas, I also agree on healthy quick lunches, healthy snacks that kids will eat… I’m trying to eat as whole-food as possible and I’m vegetarian (but not vegan) so always appreciate recipes that fit with those two angles! Thanks for your great recipes!

  • annieseats

    King Arthur Flour and Bob’s Red Mill are my go-to sources for specialty flours. Most grocery stores here carry Bob’s Red Mill so that’s what I typically go with.

  • Harriet B

    Thanks!