Monday, 25 January 2010

Beetroot and chocolate waffles for breakfast

Before we received the phone call about our plot yesterday, we had finished enjoying eating some of my experimental 'beetroot and chocolate waffles'. I had searched the Internet for a recipe for 'beetroot and chocolate waffles' as I wanted to make sure the ingredient quantities were right. I found many variations of the chocolate beetroot cake, muffins, fairy cakes and even ice-cream, but I couldn’t find one for waffles. So I thought, well how hard can it be and decided I would attempt at creating one of my own. I was a bit nervous, after all this was going to be our breakfast, the most important meal of the day and it could all go terribly wrong. D encouraged me, saying if it did go pear-shape he wasn’t going to wither away.

Well I was so pleased with myself. These beetroot and chocolate waffles were a resounding success. You could taste the subtle flavour of the beetroot and the chocolate hit. I am confident this recipe would work with courgettes too and look forward to trying out some 'courgette aka zucchini and chocolate waffles' in the summer when I grow some of my own. I served these with some whipped cream to which I added a teaspoon of beetroot juice for colour; and hazelnut and chocolate spread as if it wasn’t chocolaty enough.
Beetroot and chocolate waffles
Serves 4
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup of cooked beetroot, grated
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
In a bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. In another bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine well. Add more milk if necessary. Cook according to your waffle maker instructions.


  1. What a wonderful breakfast and such a good idea - chocolate, beetroot and waffles - mmmmm. Also glad to see you blogging about something normal, you must be feeling so wretched at the moment.

  2. Thank you Choclette.
    I should dedicate this to you really and your blog :D
    Yes, I am completely gutted. It is really upsetting, but with experience I have learned not to get to stressed about things that are outwith my control. So theres no point in getting under a rut and stop enjoying the other things I like doing.
    Thank you.

  3. I am so deeply sorry to hear the sad news about your plot... You have such admirable strength to keep on blogging - thank you for being an inspiration to us! Please know you and the plot are in my thoughts... Sending lots of sympathy across the web.

  4. What an inventive combination, very cool idea...they look delicious. I hope you can find another allotment with nice people soon!

  5. Awesome. Loved the color. Your waffles have come out well. Thnx for sharing such a wonderful recipe.


  6. A truly inventiver combination.

    I know that chocolate & beetroot goes beautifully together, I have eaten chocolate & beetroot cupcakes before!

  7. You make these waffles sound delicious, I've never used beetroot in a recipe!

    I was so sorry to hear about your allotment, we often get stories in our local news about allotments being targeted, there was one the other day about children throwing things at the allotment holders, one man had a terrible gash on his head.

    I loved the story of the mill, I'd love to visit it. I have a fascination for old kitchens, doll houses and domestic history.

  8. Thanks for droppingy by my blog... The Waffles look lovely and I love the sweet pink colour Cream:)

  9. I have never made waffles but those look amazing - the combination of beetroot and chocolate is such a good one I can imagine it made a great breakfast

  10. What a fantastic idea for waffles. I'm making a beet and choc cake tonight, but these look far more mouthwatering.
    Mango - I've only just caught up with the news about your plot. I'm so sorry. All that work trashed by some mindless but cruel idiots. Lots of love to you both.

  11. Thank you so much Astra.
    Thank you Rose.

    Thank you Mrs Chitchat.
    Thanks Sophie
    Ann, they were good and filling.
    Thank you so much Rachana.
    Thank you Johanna.

    Heres' lookign forward to reading about your beet and choc cake Fran.

    We are really both hurting about our allotment plot, and it all somehow seems unreal, but I know it is all very much real. Whilst at work today I couldn't stop thinking about some of my growing veg. I want to go over and pick some leeks and sprouts to cook with, but I cannot, and must learn to distance myself from the remaining things there that I have lovingly nurtured. It is certainly hard, but Cooking and baking is a good distraction for now, plus day job is keeping me busy.

  12. What a beautiful breakfast! Your chocolate waffles look absolutely yummy, I love that you used beetroot juice to make the color pink for the whipped cream. What a great idea!

  13. So happy to see you still blogging, mangocheeks.

    Your recipes are always a real inspiration, and this one is fantastic as usual.

    Hope that all the goodwill coming your way from fellow bloggers helps you get through this terrible time.

  14. Thank you Oraphan.

    Thanks Moira.
    I really am feeling the goodwill from fellow bloggers and you too. Thank you.

  15. These waffles are so creative, Mango. I never would have thought of adding beetroot to waffles with chocolate, but they sure do look tasty!

  16. These look great Mangocheeks! I was thinking about buying this cuisinart waffle maker for Graham's birthday. Is it a good one? I never know how good the reviews on Amazon are. Do you use it much? and.... are the homemade waffles so much better? I just want to know before I pay out £75.

  17. They were really hearty Barbara,

    This is my second waffle maker, the one I had at Uni was always hit and miss.

    I have to admit this is brilliant. The model I have is cusinart Model WAF4BU. I did not spend the price you cited, I don't have the receipt, but I am certain my cost under £50 from Costco about 2 years ago.
    1.It works great, but you have to make sure you pour the right amount of batter so it doesnt burst open.
    2.It gets very hot and stays hot for a while, even when turned hot, so need to be cautious if you have small children in the kitchen.
    3. The catch isn't good, but this doesn't impact on the creation of good waffles.
    I hope this info. helps your further with your decision.

  18. thanks for visiting.

    these sound amazing! its a long while since I made waffles, but I'm seriously tempted by these.
    M and LG don't like beetroot generally, but they enjoy fruit smoothies with beetroot in them, and soup - these really sound good.

  19. Oh, I could eat these all day long not just for breakfast, these sound and look so good

  20. Thank you Lettuce

    Thanks gringarl.
    I may be making them again soon too.

  21. Amazing!!! It's great to find someone who loves beetroots that much! A fantastic idea! Love love it!!


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