Cocoa Espresso Waffles


11/2 cup whole grain pastry flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup 1% milk

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp espresso powder

3 tbsp light olive oil

3 egg whites

1/8 Tbsp salt

2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)

maple syrup


1. Whisk together the four, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl until combined.

2 Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the milk, sugar, espresso powder and oil. Whisk the ingredients together until blended.

3. Preheat a waffle iron for 4 minutes or according to the manufacturer's instructions. ( A drop of water should sizzle and bounce when dropped on the iron.)

4. Beat the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer at high speed just unti they form peaks.

5.Fold the whites into the chocolate batter in 3 additions, folding in the chocolate chips with the last additions of whites. Fold just until the mixture is combined.

6. Coat the heated waffle grids with cooking spray right before using. Add enough batter to almost cover the waffle grids (3/4 cups) and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. (to keep warm, place a sigle layer of waffles on a foil lined baking sheet ina preheated 250 degree F oven)

7. Serve with maple syrup

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