Cold January mornings were just made for waffles, weren’t they? It sure seems that way, given that the first recipe I shared at the start of last year was also for waffles. Of course, cooked batter doesn’t always jive with the general air of more wholesome dietary choices this time of year. Thankfully these chai waffles are entirely whole grain and can be made with coconut oil for a pretty healthy option as waffles go.

These are easy as can be to make, not to mention that your entire home smells lovely while they are cooking. Caroline and I whipped up a batch in just a few minutes. This recipe yields quite a lot, as I like to store plenty of extra waffles in the freezer to have on hand for bleary eyed school- and workday mornings or fun lunchbox treats. These are sure to help us survive the gray blah that is January.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour*
  •  1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2¾ cups milk, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2/3 cup melted butter, vegetable oil, or melted refined coconut oil


  • 01

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom. Whisk to blend. In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the eggs, milk, orange juice and oil or butter. Whisk to blend. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk just until evenly mixed and a smooth batter forms.

  • 02

    Heat the waffle iron. Cook the batter in the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve warm.

  • 03


    • If you do not have oat flour, you can make your own simply by grinding oats in the food processor until very fine. Alternatively, you can use omit the oat flour entirely or use a portion of all-purpose flour instead. 
    • The orange juice is included to temper the sometimes strong flavor of the whole wheat flour. If using all-purpose flour rather than whole wheat and oat, you can sub milk for the orange juice as the flavor is not needed. 

  • Angela

    These are just the ticket. Thank you. Excellent photos.

  • Sophie

    Hi Annie, this recipe looks amazing ! Where did you get that lovely owl tea cup ?! Thank you :)

  • Annie

    It is from West Elm :)

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Loving the chai flavours in these waffles! They look perfect!

  • Shari

    Hi Annie, I hope you had a great holiday, by the way you look amazing! I was looking in fine cooking magazine and saw five or six recipes for compound butter and thought of you. Some flavors were oatmeal raisin cookie, popcorn crisp, French toast and citrus herb. If you like I could email them to you, they look very yummy and easy to make.

  • thatchicchick

    I made these yesterday morning, and they were great! I wound up subbing
    1 tsp of allspice for the cloves and cardamom. I also got about 16
    waffles out of the recipe! Note that I think the instruction to add the
    brown sugar is missing. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Anna

    they look so good that I am seriously thinking of making them for dinner instead of waiting for next weekend’s breakfast :)

  • Erin

    Saw these waffles on your Instagram feed on Friday night and made them for my family Saturday morning! Everyone loved them.

  • Annie

    So happy to hear it!

  • Annie

    Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea! :)

  • Annie

    Thanks for the heads up. Fixed that omission!

  • Annie

    Of course, those sound awesome! I’ll try to look for them on the Fine Cooking website but if I don’t see them I’ll let you know. Thanks!

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    These waffles look and sound amazing! I think I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a go this week!


  • Krista U.

    Decided to spontaneously host brunch for friends on Sunday after I saw this recipe. So good! One friend said it was the best waffle he’d ever eaten. :) Love the orange juice trick for making whole wheat flour taste less bitter.

  • Stephanie

    I made these for my daughter and her friends, who are here for winter break, and everyone loved them. Thanks for another great recipe.

  • Laurie

    I made these waffles over the weekend and they were so delicious! I shared them on my blog today:

  • Makala

    Still in the process of making these this morning for the family, and so far EVERYONE has loved them! Even the wary teenage-boy who is strangely picky with his breakfast choices, enjoyed them and said : “These taste like Christmas!” Thanks again, Annie, for another delish recipe to add to my repertoire!

  • Pat

    I made these this morning and they were a hit with my family. My kids usually reject 100% whole grain texture and taste but I thought these looked promising. I was skeptical and at the last minute almost subbed all purpose flour for some of the whole wheat flour but I persevered with the recipe as written and now I am so glad I did. The kids had seconds! Win! Now to stock my freezer with these for school morning breakfasts on cold winter mornings. Thanks for sharing!

  • Annie

    So glad to hear that!

  • Mary Beth

    These smelled delicious while cooking! I subbed unsweetened almond milk for the milk with great results.

  • Tiffany Tott

    These sound delicious! With other whole wheat recipes I’ve tried, they’ve suggested letting the batter sit 30 minutes before cooking to let the wheat absorb the liquid or something… Is that not a big deal with this recipe? Honestly, the faster breakfast is to put together, the better!

  • Annie

    No need to let this batter sit. Definitely a plus to this recipe!

  • We made these for dinner tonight and they are delicious! The waffles were so soft and tender, and the spice was just right. These might be our new favorite waffle!

  • Madison Caitlin

    These are delicious!! How do you reheat them after freezing?

  • Annie

    I usually just thaw them in the microwave and then reheat there or in the oven. Either works.