The internet is a funny place. It can make the world feel both very big and very small at the same time.   In the almost 3 years this blog has been around, I’ve been fortunate enough to ‘meet’ many talented, kind people.  One of these people is Melissa Coleman, aka ‘The Faux Martha’.  I first came across Melissa a couple years ago, when I ordered one of her beautiful, handmade cowls.  Our paths crossed again in ‘The Food Matters Project’.  Admiring her eye for simplicity and design (and let’s face it, she bakes some amazing goodies too) I asked her to help me make this blog space beautiful, and as you can see, she did just that.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles

And now Melissa is about to become a mama for the first time.  Her baby girl is due to make an appearance any day.  To celebrate, a few of us are throwing her a virtual baby shower.  If you follow Melissa’s blog, or even just her Instagram you know her love for breakfast foods and kitchen tips.  In honor of that love, the theme for our baby shower is waffles and a tidbit of kitchen advice.  My contribution, is a riff on Melissa’s own waffle recipe, a version my own boys love.  Ever since their first Waffle House experience last summer, whenever we make waffles, the chocolate chip variety are requested.  I often use whatever variety of chocolate chips I have on hand, but mini chips work very well.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles

My kitchen tip?  Well, it has more to do with the meal at the end of the day, than breakfast.  As fall approaches, so does soup season.  There’s really nothing that adds as much flavor to a soup as homemade vegetable stock.  Chopping and cutting up all those veggies can sound daunting, but my tip will make it a bit less time consuming.  Using a large freezer ziploc bag, save left over vegetables from cooking….a pepper you won’t use before it’s over ripe, half a carrot that’s left from making a salad, part of an onion you don’t want to waste.  When your bag is full, add some water and fresh herbs and you have all the makings of homemade vegetable stock.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles

Follow the links below to my fellow bloggers’ twists on one of Melissa’s favorite breakfast foods and kitchen tips, as we wish her well and celebrate her journey into motherhood.  Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Chive Waffle with Poached Egg from Sonja and Alex of A Couple Cooks

Almond Chia Seed Waffles from Nicole of Eat this Poem

Banana Nut Waffles from Kathryne of Cookie and Kate

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles from Alison of This Homemade Life

Yeasted Waffles with Berries and Cocoa Sugar from Kasey of Turntable Kitchen

Vanilla Vegan/Gluten Free Waffle Ice Cream Sammies from Laura of The First Mess

Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich from Heidi of Foodie Crush

Whole Grain Vegan Flax Waffles from Jeanine of Love and Lemons

Waffles with fig compote and orange-honey crème fraîche from Sarah of The Vanilla Bean Blog

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles


  • Makes about 5 large waffles
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water (equivalent of 1 large egg)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, fresh (approximately half an orange)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips


  1. In a food processor, blender or by hand, whip the flaxseed and warm water together until it reaches a thick and creamy egg yolk consistency.
  2. Add flax mixture to the melted butter, milk, orange juice and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  5. Stir until just combined. Be careful not to over stir waffle batter, some small lumps will remain.
  6. Spoon 1/3 cup batter onto heated waffle iron.
  7. Sprinkle waffle batter with chocolate chips.
  8. Close lid and bake until golden brown.
  9. Serve immediately with slightly warmed, 100% maple syrup, or keep warm in preheated, 250 degree oven until ready to serve.

6 Responses to Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles

  1. Sophie says:

    These waffles look so good! And I love that everyone who was part of the party posted waffle recipes! So sweet!

  2. if we could eat wheat i would so make these!

  3. To one of my all time favorite people in the blogging world—who’s a mama like I aspire to be: thank you so, so much Alison! I think my better half will thank you forever for this post. He’s always asking me to add chocolate chips in things. I need to get the minis and make this boy happy! So thankful this blogging world brought us together. One thing I’ll never forget from you (I can’t even remember where you mentioned it) is to be brave. Scouts honor, I will be my bravest as I bring this little lady into the world. So much love. xoxoxo

  4. Loving all the waffles for Melissa! Bet there’s ton of leftovers. Yum!

  5. These sound perfect! Gorgeous recipe!

  6. sarah says:

    I love those photos. My kids are crazy about waffles – they could eat them every single day. :)

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