Cocoa nibs. Yum! If you haven’t tried them, you must! A cocoa nib is a cocoa bean that has been roasted and broken into small bits. They remind me of chocolate covered coffee beans. Crunchy, chocolaty, slightly acidic and just the perfect combo with strawberries in these waffles. Now, before I had my daughter, I swore that I would never feed my child chocolate for breakfast… and then there were cocoa nibs.  High in antioxidants, cocoa nibs are also an excellent source of magnesium, calcium, iron, copper and zinc. And besides, they add a chocolaty delicious crunch!! How can you go wrong? Lillabee waffles are a great breakfast or brunch treat. Make a double batch and freeze for another morning. They also make a great snack. If you don’t have a waffle iron, don’t fret. You can use this batter to make pancakes too. So go ahead, eat chocolate for breakfast! It’s good for your health! (And good for your soul).

  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped (or for frozen strawberries, defrost and drain off extra liquid)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (cow, coconut, almond, rice,etc.) You might also need an extra 1/4 cup or so to get the consistency right for your waffle iron.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tb oil (canola, grapeseed, coconut, etc)
  • 1 cup Lillabee Perfect Pancake / Waffle Mix

Follow the directions on the back of the Lillabee Perfect Pancake / Waffle Mix to prepare one batch of pancakes. Stir in strawberries and cocoa nibs. Let batter stand for a few minutes. Heat your waffle iron. Check the consistency of your batter. If the batter is too thick to pour from a spoon, add a little more milk to thin it out a bit. Grease the surface of the iron. I like to use spray oil. Using a ladle pour batter into the center of the waffle iron.

Every waffle iron is a little different so it may take some experimentation to determine just how much batter makes the perfect waffle. My general rule is to stop filling the iron when the batter is 1″ from the sides. Close the top and let cook until most of the steam has escaped and the top looks golden brown. Keep warm in your oven or toaster oven on the bare rack at 250 degrees. Avoid stacking or putting on a plate or baking sheet, as this will likely make the waffles soggy.

I hope you enjoy these waffles with someone you love on Valentine’s day or any day.