After an initial burst of enthusiasm, our waffle iron has been languishing in a cupboard for a while.  A disappointing batch of overnight waffles caused some damage to our relationship and my affections were won by some slightly less indulgent breakfast options.

But the last couple of weekends have seen us hopping back on the waffle train and, after a bit of time and space, I’m very pleased to be on-board again. 



Some people may consider these rich and dark chocolate waffles a bit too much first thing in the morning (indeed, I think my boyfriend would be one of those people).  These tend to be more of a brunch/lunch type affair for us and, if there are leftovers, I’ll often keep them and re-purpose them as a dessert in the evening, warmed through in the oven and served with a scoop of ice cream.

They’re not too terrible for you though, especially if you go light on the maple syrup/whatever else you like to throw on top of waffles.  Sometimes gluten free flours can be a bit of a nutritional wasteland so I always feel a bit happier about using buckwheat flour which does at least contain some vitamins and minerals.  They’re dairy free too if that’s you’re kind of thing (more from a desire for maximum coconuttiness than anything else if I’m being honest) and only contain a couple of tablespoons of sugar.  I even, shock horror, omitted the chocolate chips that the original recipe called for because they seemed a bit excessive and they make such a mess of my waffle iron.

All of which is basically just me trying to justify the fact that I would happily eat these for breakfast however early in the day it is and I’ve done so on more than one occasion.


chocolate and coconut buckwheat waffles {gluten free}

Yield: Serves 2

This yields the perfect amount of batter for two largeish waffles in my machine - the original recipe serves six and I've also made an in-between amount to serve four. The coconut isn't particularly strong here; a background note more than anything else. I've tried it with chocolate chips, as per Bon Appetit, and I prefer without, not least because I often find that the little bits of chocolate end up getting burnt and bitter.


  • 85g (2/3 cup) buckwheat flour
  • 20g (2 2/3 tablespoons) cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 160ml (2/3 cup) coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your waffle maker as per the manufacturer's guidelines and turn the oven on low.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly whisk together your buckwheat flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, coffee (if using) and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, coconut oil, egg and vanilla. Gently whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients carefully until the streaks of flour have just disappeared - you should have a fairly thick and gloopy batter.
  3. Ladle the waffle batter into your waffle iron and cook through (in my waffle maker, they take a couple of minutes each side). Transfer to the oven to keep warm until you're ready to serve.

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104 Responses to "chocolate and coconut buckwheat waffles {gluten free}"
  1. These look lovely Kathryn. I don’t own a waffle maker but I got sent a strange looking silicone waffle tray thing (I think that’s the technical term) and have been meaning to try it out!

    • kathryn says:

      Ah, yes, I’ve heard about those trays! I do love the convenience of a waffle iron so I’d be interested to see how the silicone stacks up against it.

  2. Mondomulia says:

    I don’t have a waffle maker either (though I’d totally buy one just to make these waffles)! Do you think I can use this batter to make pancakes instead?

    • kathryn says:

      I don’t see why not – they might be a bit heavier than the waffles but I think they should still be okay! Let me know how they turn it if you try them : )

  3. Lindsey says:

    these are PERFECT kathryn! i love your reasoning for leaving the chocolate chips out, i would have totally done the same! and chocolate and buckwheat work so nicely together, plus the coconutiness of the oil! sounds so so good!

    • kathryn says:

      Thanks Lindsey – I love the flavour of buckwheat in these, it really makes the chocolate so much rich and earthier.

  4. Kezia says:

    These look fabulous! I personally don’t understand it when people say ‘isn’t that a bit too rich for breakfast?’ – if you ask me few things are too indulgent for breakfast! I’ve been looking for buckwheat flour in supermarkets and whole food shops as I’ve seen it in a lot of lovely looking recipes (including lot of yours!) but i just can’t seem to find it anywhere. Do you buy yours online?

    • kathryn says:

      I usually buy Dove’s Farm buckwheat flour from Waitrose (or Ocado) although the current crop isn’t technically gluten free due to cross contamination during the harvest. For gluten free buckwheat flour, I use the Infinity Foods brand which I can sometimes find in my local organic grocery store but is also available online via amazon as well as a couple of other sites. I hope that helps!

  5. Tieghan says:

    These are my idea breakfast, lunch or maybe even dinner if it’s been a day. I love these flavor combos and especially anything coconut and chocolate!

  6. I will gladly began my morning with chocolate whenever I can.
    These look major. Seriously, I need a moment. *Pinning!*

  7. cynthia says:

    Oh these are beautiful! I love the idea of chocolate and buckwheat — a little bit of decadence balanced out by a little bit of extra heartiness. Perfect.

  8. Erin says:

    Oh these look so good! I’ve actually never made homemade waffles, but I think I have a waffle iron somewhere that my parents were trying to get rid of once…
    I love the idea of having buckwheat flour in here (which, by the way, you’ve really gotten me into now…I’ve started making some of my favorite cookies with buckwheat flour, or a combo of buckwheat and regular flour, and I love it!)

    • kathryn says:

      I’m so glad I was able to introduce you to the wonders of buckwheat! It’s such a useful + versatile ingredient : )

  9. Oh my goodness. This is great. I recently purchased some buckwheat flour and have been wanting to use it for waffles, and I have also been wanting to make chocolate waffles, so now I can kill two birds with one stone!!! Perfection.

  10. This look so delicious! I can just imagine them for dessert with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fantastic pictures too!

  11. cheri says:

    Had a little chuckle over your relationship with your waffle maker. These do look wonderful, I actually like a big jolt of sugar or caffeine in the morning.

    • kathryn says:

      I tend to steer clear of caffeine but I’m with you on the sugar – I’ve never ever seen the appeal of a savoury breakfast. I need the thought of something sweet to get me out of bed!

  12. Skye says:

    Oh goodness. I would happily eat these for breakfast every day.
    Am beginning to think that I really should invest in a waffle iron…

  13. Linda says:

    Happy Waffle Day!! I’m always late to get the memo, but I think you did waffles justice for all of us.

    These look amazing by the way! I am constantly reminded that I need to buy a waffle iron, but the chocolate ones just kill me, even if there are no chocolate chips. :)

  14. Stephanie says:

    Waffles can sometimes be a little tricky to work out. It took me more times than I can count to finally get some lemon and coconut ones to be just right. These are marvelous though– I really dig how dark and mysterious these look. All the ingredients in there sound perfect too: coffee, check! coconut, check! brown sugar, check check!! I want to make mini versions of these and sandwich them with coffee ice cream. Good lord.

    • kathryn says:

      Ooh is that recipe on your blog? I love lemon + coconut together! Also, your waffle ice cream sandwich idea? Total genius.

  15. Chocolate waffles?! I love you. Plain and simple.

  16. Ashlae says:

    I’mma make these and put the chocolate chips back in because there’s no such thing as too much chocolate in my book. ;) These look delicious, lady. Also: Next time I’m in London, I’m inviting myself over for breakfast.

    • kathryn says:

      I know, I can’t believe the thought that something didn’t need chocolate chips ever crossed my mind. I don’t know what’s happening to me! And yes, we’re so on for breakfast.

  17. Trisha says:

    Im glad you got the iron back out. These looks so fab. x

  18. Natasha says:

    We are waffles-every-Sunday kind of people. It’s one of the things I most look forward to every week! Will have to try these next time–they sound delicious.

    • kathryn says:

      That’s a lovely tradition to get into – now that I’ve fallen back in love with waffles, I definitely hope to make them a regular thing round here.

  19. I say this every time I see another great waffle recipe (adding this one to the list) – I really need to buy a waffle maker!

    • kathryn says:

      It’s seriously been one of the best kitchen purchases I’ve made. I’ve already got my money’s worth + more.

  20. Golubka says:

    I was brought up believing that buckwheat is even superior to wheat healthwise, and it’s my favorite flour to cook with. I really need to buy a waffle iron, these waffles look delicious!

    • kathryn says:

      Thank you Anya! Buckwheat is one of my favourite flours too – it’s so versatile and I love how interesting it makes everything taste.

  21. Ashley says:

    All my favorite ingredients aaaand all wrapped up in a waffle?? Ahhhh

  22. molly yeh says:

    well now these are just plain gorgeous. and getting my chocolate fix early in the morning = not having to stress out that i’ll go the whole day without eating any :) hehe

  23. I like to look for opportunities to sneak chocolate into breakfast … or into any meal really. So these are a hit with me!

  24. You seriously have the best, most delicious-looking GF recipes. This waffles are seriously mouth-watering – wish I could have one right now!

  25. Erika says:

    Oh my goodness.. these are just lovely!

  26. Waffle love meets dark chocolate heaven. Yes, this is why I read your blog, Kathryn! If they’re as good as your buckwheat waffles, I’m doing a happy dance.

    • kathryn says:

      I certainly hope they are! Maybe not to be enjoyed as often as the plain buckwheat waffles but they’re a seriously good way to start the day. Thank you for your sweet comment Sini!

  27. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    These look delicious, I am all aboard for chocolate in the morning.

  28. Laura says:

    Such an awesome idea, especially given that it’s waffle day!
    Laura x

    • kathryn says:

      I had totally missed that it was international waffle day when I posted these but I’m glad I was able to mark the occasion in a suitable way!

  29. I adopted my mothers old waffle iron and sadly,my history with waffles has been quite disappointing. These pictures are encouraging me to give it another try because these waffles look so good!

    • kathryn says:

      I’ve definitely had a bit of a hit and miss history with my waffle maker but once you find a recipe that works for you, it’s such an easy and delicious way to start the day!

  30. Joanne says:

    I went on a chocolate waffle spree a few weekends ago and they were great, but totally indulgent. I feel like the buckwheat flour in these would give me far less guilt about consuming them for a meal!

    • kathryn says:

      Yeah, I thought these were going to be totally over the top and ridiculous but actually, they’re a nice balance of indulgent + wholesome so I definitely don’t feel too much guilt about them!

  31. Erika says:

    Ohhh these immediately caught my eye because I’ve been on such a waffle kick lately! Have you seen/tried Molly Yeh’s challah waffles? OMG. No. Words. Although the pearl sugar WILL make your waffle maker extremely messy…but they’re worth it!! So worth it. These look gorgeous, though, and maybe a tad more nutritionally friendly :) Love love <3

  32. This waffles looks amazing. I went to Belgium this year for the first time and after seeing the kind of waffle iron they use (just like yours), it´s on my wishlist. I have a boring thin and heart shaped one :/ Now your post brings me again to the idea of buying a new one ;)

    • kathryn says:

      I do love my waffle iron – it’s a bit deeper so you get a more substantial waffle from it which can only be a good thing in my book! If you’re in the market for a new one, this is by Nordicware and I bought it online at!

  33. autumn says:

    I have never made chocolate waffles, although I love, love, love buckwheat in pancakes and waffles, so I think these are right up my alley!

    • kathryn says:

      Thank you Autumn! I love the combination of buckwheat + dark chocolate – it’s a total match made in heaven.

  34. Rachel Cooks says:

    Loving how deep dark and chocolately these are. Wishing my day started with a few of them!

  35. Omg… these waffles! So much amazing in one little square :)

  36. So much awesome in these waffles!! The dark chocolate color and flavor is to die for! It’s like dessert for breakfast but seemingly healthy with that buckwheat – my kinda breakfast :)

    • kathryn says:

      Thanks Julie; these are a perfect balance between indulgent + hearty so you don’t feel too bad about starting the day with them!

  37. These look delicious! I love chocolate waffles- so good!

  38. Dark chocolate and coconut are always great together! I love these waffles…. :)

  39. Kathryn, SO brilliant. Chocolate, coconut, coffee and buckwheat… what a killer combination. I could eat those beauties any time of day.

    • kathryn says:

      Thanks lovely Erin; we can + do eat them at all times of day. I’ve started cooking a few more and stashing them in the freezer for when the waffle-craving strikes!

  40. Saw a waffle iron on sale at Aldi and now I really want one…

    And by the way, the granola was fine!

  41. Love that intense, deep dark chocolate color. I could totally go for a tall stack of these for breakfast #2!

  42. I just stood at Lidl for at least 10 minutes holding a waffle maker in my hands deciding wether to buy it or not. They had the normal kind and a silicone tray. I walked out empty handed but after reading this post I am going BACK and getting one! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • kathryn says:

      Haha, I’ve become such a waffle maker enabler! I hope you can now look forward to a future filled with waffles!

  43. I LOVE BUCKWHEAT. And waffles. And this. Love.

  44. Kasey says:

    I spotted a recipe for chocolate waffles in Bon Appetit (from the Mast Brothers cookbook) and been dying to make them ever since. This sounds like a PHENOMENAL way to start the day. x

    • kathryn says:

      I think these might be a variation of those very same waffles! (Although I’m sure the Mast Brothers would not approve of the fact that I removed the chocolate chips ;)) You should definitely make them asap Kasey; they’re utterly rich + decadent!

  45. Oh, this is pure indulgence of the best kind. You’re very right that these would be suited to a brunch… or I’m thinking maybe our upcoming anniversary breakfast.

  46. Emmi says:

    I have just discovered your blog and absolutely love it!

  47. Cailee says:

    These look delicious!! Love how they are gluten free and chocolatey too!! YUM! Beautiful blog btw :)

  48. Joyti says:

    I’d probably think chocolate waffles were a bit too much for me in the morning, but I do love breakfast for dinner. And chocolate, coconut, and buckwheat – awesome combination of flavors. Looks delicious!

    • kathryn says:

      I think the world is divided into people who eat chocolate for breakfast and those that think it’s all a bit too much ; )

  49. Kimberley says:

    Um, yes. I am all over this. Chocolate and buckwheat are such a great combo. And yeah, maybe dessert over breakfast, but that’s immaterial. :)

  50. Kelpa says:

    Omg, this looks so goood. water runs in my mouth…
    I would so love to share this if is that oke with you<3


  51. chelsey says:

    Hello! These look wonderful, and I’m planning to make them soon! Can I make this with coconut milk from a carton? Or does it need to be from a can?

    • kathryn says:

      Hi Chelsey. I’ve never tried using coocnut milk from a carton – I always use a can but if it’s the same product and thickness, I can’t see why it would be a problem! Let me know how you get on : )

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