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.

  • Yield about 8-10 waffles


  • 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.