Today is FAT TUESDAY. Gosh, what a fun day. A day where we can stuff our faces with lots of delicious treats. It’s really a Mardi Gras tradition, but still. I think it’s kind of fun to take a day to eat your favorite foods, right before fasting for the Lenten season. I admit, I’m not one that usually chooses some type of food to fast from during Lent. Instead, I look for some kind of unhealthy habit I need to stop—like alcohol, or social media. This year I don’t have anything on my heart to give up. But that isn’t stopping me from enjoying myself this Fat Tuesday—especially with the perfect single-serving stack of mini chocolate chip oat waffles.
Since we’re being honest with each other, here’s another fun thing about me: My go-to hangover food is a chocolate chip waffle. I’m not really sure why…it’s just always been the thing I reach for when I’m feeling it in the morning. Actually, I take that back, I totally know why. My mom used to always store boxes of frozen toaster waffles at home, and when I wanted a tasty treat, I went for those chocolate chip waffles. Sometimes I even made an ice cream sandwich with them, smashing a scoop of ice cream in between two waffles. If you haven’t tried it before, do it. It’s legendary.
Anyways, I guess when I left for college, a chocolate chip waffle became my comfort food. And now when I wake up with a little bit of a hangover, a chocolate waffle is what I usually like to make. So maybe this is just a sign to let you all know that yes, I did have a little hangover after Valentine’s Day this year. My husband had four separate wine pairings with each course he cooked be on Sunday night. Can you blame me? So I woke up and made waffles.
So here we are with a perfect stack of mini chocolate chip oat waffles. Aren’t they so cute? And get this—a stack of four waffles is actually the exact serving for one. Yes, I’m being 100% serious with you right now. This recipe makes four mini waffles for a single serving.
The perfect iron for mini waffles
What makes them so mini? It’s all about having the right equipment! This mini waffle maker from DASH is my absolute favorite right. It makes perfect little mini waffles—which quite honestly are about the same size as the frozen toaster waffles you buy in a box.
How to freeze mini chocolate chip waffles for later
Speaking of frozen toaster waffles, I don’t even bother buying them anymore. Instead, I’ll just double or triple this batch of mini chocolate chip oat waffles and freeze them for later! How? It’s easy. Line a sheet pan with some wax paper, and place the freshly cooked waffle on top. Do not stack waffles on top of each other, they will freeze together! Once your sheet pan is covered in waffles, place it in the freezer for a few hours. The waffles will freeze in that perfect flat shape, making them ideal for toasting up in the morning.
The secret to my mini waffles
Are you ready for this? I don’t use normal flour or sugar in my recipe. Instead, I slightly altered my protein waffle recipe and just adjusted it for mini waffles! Don’t worry, this recipe does not have protein powder in it.
Instead, I blend up oats, Greek yogurt, egg, unsweetened almond milk, baking powder, and a little bit of salt in my NutriBullet. Spray down the waffle iron with a light cooking spray (or use a refillable bottle) and toast up to four waffles!
I don’t exactly do this to be healthier, although choosing healthier ingredients does help. It’s mostly because these waffles don’t leave me feeling bloated or sluggish after I eat them. Because of the fiber in the oats and the protein from the egg and Greek yogurt, I feel energized after. And those chocolate chips are just a bonus.
Alright, I’m done telling you how much I love these mini chocolate chip oat waffles. Here’s how to make them.
Mini Chocolate Chip Oat Waffles
- Mini waffle iron
- 1/2 cup rolled-cut oats
- 1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp unsweetend almond milk
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Dash of salt
- 20 chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
- Combine all the oats, Greek yogurt, egg, unsweetened almond milk, baking powder, and a dash of salt into a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth—about 20 to 30 seconds.
- Heat up the mini waffle iron. Once the light goes off, the waffle iron is heated and ready to use.
- Spray down the waffle iron lightly with the cooking spray. Pour in 1/4 of the batter (about 1/4 cup) and sprinkle 5 chocolate chips on top. Close the waffle iron and let the waffle cook for 2 minutes.
- Repeat the last step for the other 3 waffles, or until your batter is out.
- Serve warm with butter and maple syrup, or any other toppings you desire.
Other single-serving breakfast ideas
Cooking for one? Here are a few of my favorite single-serving recipes you can turn to if you want something delicious all to yourself.
- Single-Stack Pumpkin Pancakes
- Coffee Crumb Microwave Mug Cake
- Ciabatta Boursin Breakfast Sandwich
- Spinach Omelette Breakfast Sandwich
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Protein Waffle
- Chocolate Protein Pancakes
- Chia Seed Pudding Cup
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bowl
- Avocado Toast with Soft-Boiled Eggs
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