Chocolate Cherry Waffles

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I landed in Vegas moments ago only to discover more comments on yesterday’s post that made me smile. Between the irresistibly cute Lily and the husband that drives me so batty at times I have to throw him under the bus on my blog, I’m glad I can offer up some smiles.

Who doesn’t love animals and commiserating with others about the opposite gender? Probably about as many people who don’t love waffles. Or chocolate. Or cherries. I don’t know about you, but these are truly some of my favorite foods put into waffle form. Amen.

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I also landed in Vegas only to discover that my next flight is delayed. If you are ever scheduled to be on the same flight as me – RUN THE OTHER DIRECTION! FAST! I am cursed when it comes to flying. I’ve been on 2 emergency landings and every (no exaggeration there) flight I’m on is delayed…and if the first flight isn’t delayed, the second flight is. I called my sister-in-law to let her know and she just laughed. Maybe I jinxed myself with the text I sent her to her pre-flight that read, ” On my way and on time!” She sent back, “Both great news!” and I replied with, “Especially for me and my ‘flight status issues’!!!” I forgot to knock on wood.

Hence, late night post. Normally, I’m long gone by now.

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I recently assigned myself the task (::pat on the back::) of making a list of what is contained in our freezers, because…it must go. Fast. Moving day is right around the corner and I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with salad shrimp, 1/2 lb of ground turkey, about 3 bags (?!) of frozen cranberries, or my body weight in frozen fruit. Smoothies every day, at least once a day, I guess. As for my dad’s split pea soup I have from Easter — even that is good in 80 degree June weather. Yep, daddy’s split pea is that good!

I also had frozen cherries in my freezer until I made these waffles. Everything else in the recipe is a staple ingredient, and for that I love them all the more.

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I’ve mentioned before that I only married Mr. Prevention for his waffle iron (kidding), but no worries — these would work just fine as pancakes. Pureeing the cherries does an additional step, but this is a step worth making. The sweet cherries plus a mere 2 tablespoons of honey offer up the only sugar in this recipe. Naturally sweetened Chocolate Cherry Waffles for breakfast? Yes, please! In case you’re wondering these reheated beautifully in the toaster on days 2 and 3, making Monday…and Tuesday, all the brighter.

P.S. When does cherry season start? I think really, really soon…unless the warm March and April temps killed all the crops. Thank goodness there’s always frozen.

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Chocolate Cherry Waffles from Fooddoodles

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (or milk mixed with just under a tbsp of vinegar and left to sit 5 minutes)
3/4 cup pureed cherries (either frozen and thawed or fresh)
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp honey

Directions:

In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and cocoa powder. Mix well and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, pureed cherries, oil and honey. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.

Preheat your waffle iron until hot.  Use about 1/3-1/2 cup batter per waffle. Serve immediately.

Yield: 12 waffles or 12 pancakes.

Nutrition Information (per waffle): 130 calories; 3.8 g. fat; 32 mg. cholesterol; 160 mg. sodium; 20.9 g. carbohydrate; 2.8 g. fiber; 2.0 g. protein

Result: Subtly sweet with a definite cherry flavor. These chocolate cherry waffles were delicious and worth that extra step to be able to omit processed sugar from the recipe. You can always puree the cherries ahead of time, but these are definitely something you want to spoil yourself with!

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 Other than a work meeting I have to call in to tomorrow morning, I’m not sure what’s on the agenda. I will keep my fingers crossed for crab legs. Of course, I’ll be seeing sister-in-law and the in-laws…and Mr. Prevention :). BlogHer Food is in Seattle this weekend….therefore, foodie friend meet-ups, as well! If I ever to make it to Seattle, it’ll be fun!

See ya up north (hopefully),

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15 Comments

  1. June 6, 2012 / 11:49 pm

    I feel bad for your travel woes :(.

  2. June 7, 2012 / 7:00 am

    Ugh, I desperately need to clean out my freezer…and stock up on frozen fruit! Haha! πŸ˜‰
    These waffles look amazing. It’s a good thing I haven’t made them (yet) because I know I’d be topping them with ice cream. Mmmm…

  3. June 7, 2012 / 7:01 am

    I am with you on the flight woes
    But I am the person who doesn’t like chocolate (I can’t handle the smell) and Jim hates cherries… That said these actually look gorgeous

  4. June 7, 2012 / 7:01 am

    I’m surprised we’ve never ran into each other as we waste time in the airport. I swear I can’t catch a break- most of my friends blame the fact that I often fly out of/in to O’Hare. They’re too big for their own good!

  5. June 7, 2012 / 9:22 am

    We’re cleaning out our freezer too. Kinda a fun challenge but sucks when you get down to the end…then it becomes a weird version of Chopped. I have bad travel luck too, but since I got married it seems to balance out because my husband has great travel luck. So I think as long as I don’t travel alone, I’m golden. These waffles look fantastic, hopefully I can talk my purist husband into trying them someday. Hope you have fun at the conference!

  6. June 7, 2012 / 10:46 am

    I like to tell my husband that I married him for his cast iron Le Crueset wok! πŸ˜€ Happy travels Nicole!

  7. June 7, 2012 / 11:35 am

    I am sorry I wasn’t able to keep you company while in Vegas. I live close to the airport so next time just call. Hope you have a great time!
    I’d love to go to a blogging conference!! I need to save up!

  8. June 7, 2012 / 9:02 pm

    You could probably switch up the adjectives describing your husband and Lily and it’d still be entertaining.

  9. June 8, 2012 / 2:51 pm

    I thought these sounded familiar! I had forgotten about them, but now I want to make waffles again. I’m just thinking about how good a chocolate raspberry version would be since you put raspberries on top of yours. Although the seeds always bug me, but those would taste amazing πŸ˜€ So glad you liked these!

  10. June 15, 2012 / 12:56 am

    Every Friday, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday. These waffles were recommended to me by Anneli from the Delicieux blog – and I’m so glad she introduced me to your blog. I’m featuring this post as part of the Friday roundup (with a link-back and attribution) and I hope you have no objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

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  12. June 15, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    These look delicious! I will definitely be making these soon πŸ™‚

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