Food hacks are everywhere these days. On food shows and in my social media feeds with captions like “55 food hacks that will change your life”, or “39 food hacks that will change the way you cook”. I’ve never understood why I would need so many but captions sell right?!
I came up with a food hack by accident. One day while making Nanaimo bars, I ran out of cocoa, substituted hot chocolate powder instead. Hot chocolate powder! It worked. So well in fact I used it again in these delicious hot chocolate waffles.
The kids poured maple syrup, chocolate syrup, whipping cream and powdered sugar on these bad boys. Spring Break Food.
Super Cool Food Hack: Use hot chocolate in place of cocoa powder for all the things. Or at least two.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup hot chocolate powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 3 eggs, separated
- ⅓ cup oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 ounces of semi sweet chocolate, rough chopped
- Nonstick spray oil
- Equipment needed: waffle maker
- Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- Turn waffler maker on to preheat.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, hot chocolate powder, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar and salt.
- In a second bowl add buttermilk, egg yolks, oil and vanilla. Do not mix. Pour wet ingredients into into dry mixture along with chopped chocolate and mix until combined (do not over mix).
- Carefully fold egg whites into batter in two batches.
- When waffle maker is ready coat with spray oil. This is important otherwise your waffles will stick (talking from experience).
- Using a ½ cup measuring scoop add your batter to waffle maker and cook until ready. Transfer to a dish and keep warm in oven until all waffles made and ready to eat.
- Serve with maple syrup, icing sugar, chocolate syrup and fresh berries.