Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles {Freezer Meal}

By Polly Conner
July 16, 2012

I’m on a mission to sneak zucchini into every food I can. Our garden keeps making them and I can’t stand to let our own, homegrown zucchinis go to waste! I plan to make more zucchini bread but I can only make so much of that before we grow tired of it. I was hunting around on our recipe index and found a recipe that Rachel posted once upon a time. Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles.

Zucchini?! In a waffle??

Now before you scrunch your nose up and move on to a different blog, hear me out.

These homemade chocolate waffles with a healthy spin will leave your kids asking for more! Healthy and delicious - it's a win for everyone!

I can personally say that these waffles were delicious! The only sign of zucchini in these bad boys is a speck of green here and there. They could honestly pass as a dessert. They passed the taste test of my 12 month old and my husband.

These homemade chocolate waffles with a healthy spin will leave your kids asking for more! Healthy and delicious - it's a win for everyone!

Another great thing about this chocolate waffle recipe is that they freeze really well. It’s always nice to have a breakfast ready to pop in the microwave or to have on hand for an on-the-go snack.

Give them a try!!

Want a few more ideas of how to sneak veggies into your cooking? Try these recipes!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Savory Breakfast Muffins 

Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatballs

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread

Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

Sneaky Chocolate Waffles

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 12 square waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: American


These homemade chocolate waffles with a healthy spin will leave your kids asking for more! No one will notice the sneaky zucchini that is added to the batter. Healthy and delicious – it’s a win for everyone!


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (or sub whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I often leave this out)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (butter will work)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup zucchini, pureed in food processor (pureed pumpkin would work here)
  • Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Mix dry ingredients (first seven ingredients, through cocoa powder) in large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar and melted coconut oil. Whisk in beaten egg, milk, and pureed zucchini.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined (do not over mix). Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup mix per waffle and cook according to waffle iron instructions (mine takes about 3 1/2 minutes for each batch).


Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
Cook waffles completely and let them cool. Once cool, lay them out on waxed (or parchment paper) on a cookie sheet. Flash freeze them in a single layer long enough for them to be mostly frozen (maybe an hour). Remove from the cookie sheet and place in freezer safe bags or containers. Freeze up to 3 months.
To Prepare:
Pull waffles out of freezer and warm in toaster oven, toaster, or microwave.

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25 replies
  1. Ness says:

    Made these Thursday night for quick-breakfasts-that-aren’t-cereal. Since my kids are 1,3,4 I didn’t bother with the chocolate chips. They turned out wonderful! We top all our pancakes and waffles with applesauce and it was great on these too! The cocoa shined through even though I hadn’t added the full amount since I ran out (oops!) I will be making another double batch tomorrow for the freezer. I’m adding this delicious recipe to our rotation! Thanks so much!

  2. Vandana says:

    The waffles had turned perfect#yummy# require not much time to make#loved them#Thanks for share a perfect recipe.

  3. Miriam says:

    They did not come out sweet enough. The only thing that added any sweetness were the chocolate chips. I also only added 1/2 of the brown sugar. Should there be something else added, like honey?

    • Rachel says:

      We serve ours with maple syrup, so I personally don’t like to add much sweetness to the actual waffle. But feel free to add more sugar or honey if you want.

  4. Dee says:

    these waffles were an utter and complete disaster! Batter was far too thin and made a massive mess when I tried to cook them in the waffle maker. Not sure why it went so wrong… I followed your recipe exactly. Recipe Fail!!!!

  5. Christy says:

    What wafflemaker do you recommend?? I love the recipes you post for waffles and i would like to make them but i don’t have a wafflemaker yet 🙂 Any suggestions on a certain brand?? I would love to hear your experience!

    • Rachel says:

      I like my Toastmaster Family Waffle Baker, but it’s old. Not sure if it’s on the market still. I like that it makes four at a time and heats evenly.

  6. Lauren says:

    How many does this recipe make? I would like to make them and freeze. Just wondering if I should double or not.

    • Rachel says:

      I just updated the recipe. It’s been a bit since I made them but I believe it makes 12 square waffles. Not sure how many of the Belgium-style ones–probably about 5-6.

  7. Jessica says:

    I’ve made these waffles so many times since reading your blog and my whole family loves them. After I gave birth I was able to have them on demand because I made a bunch and froze them. Just what I needed after all that hard labor. 🙂