9 Wonderful Sweet and Savory Waffle Recipes for International Waffle Day

How do you like your waffles – stacked up tall or one per plate? How about on a stick with a piece of chicken? Whatever your answer, nothing compares to a waffle that has been pressed to perfection. While waffle batter is typically similar in consistency to that of pancake batter, the waffle is so much more than a pretty pattern, and deserves better than to be equated with the pancake. With the following recipes, we celebrate the waffle for its novelty, its complexity, and for each one of its wonderful nooks and crannies.

Banana Bread Waffles

Think of these as the waffle’s response to banana pancakes. What do you get when two ripe bananas, a handful of chopped walnuts and a pinch of nutmeg enter into the mix? Perfectly light and fluffy waffles bearing the addictive qualities of banana bread. Take that, pancakes. (Recipe and Photo: Mother Thyme)

Banana Bread Waffles for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Coconut Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

Toasted coconut and juicy pomegranate give simple waffles a tropical edge. While you may not be able to enjoy these on a beach hammock in between two palm trees, we promise we won’t judge you for pretending. (Recipe and Photo: Foodie Crush)

Coconut Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers

What came first, the chicken or the waffle? Is it breakfast, or is it dinner? When it comes to the unlikely (yet delicious) marriage of chicken and waffles, anything goes. In this Asian-inspired spin on a classic, crispy bites of fried chicken are tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce and then alternated on a stick with mini waffles, making for the perfect party food. (Recipe and Photo: The Hopeless Housewife)

Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Lemon Buckwheat Waffles

Chia seed enthusiasts that we are, we were thrilled to learn that chia seeds can be used as a substitute for eggs (referred to in this recipe as “chia eggs”). Full of sophisticated substitutes, these beautiful, zesty creations are gluten-free, dairy-free, and about as healthy as a waffle can be. (Recipe and Photo: The Healthy Maven)

Lemon Buckwheat Waffles for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Chili and Cornbread Waffle Stacks

As demonstrated by chicken and waffles, this versatile “breakfast” staple is not strictly bound to the realm of sweets and syrups. This particular stack was, in fact, inspired by posole, a spicy Mexican stew. Top with a perfectly fried egg for one stellar, savory way to start the day (note: the runny yolk is key here). (Recipe and Photo: Pinch of Yum)

Chili and Cornbread Waffle Stacks for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Brie and Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month (April) that’s almost upon us and with blueberry season inching ever closer (sort of), this feels like an appropriate time as ever to unify melty brie and a simple berry compote between two crispy buttermilk waffles. Not to sound cheesy, but these make us berry hungry. (Recipe and Photo: Damn Delicious)

Brie and Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Waffle Jaffles

While the long-handled jaffle iron is commonly used as a camping aid for toasting sandwiches over the fire, in this recipe, this funny looking metal skillet is brilliantly utilized to transform the art of waffle-making into an outdoor activity. Thus, the waffle jaffle is born, and served with your choice of ice cream. We’ll bet you can’t say “Waffle Jaffle” ten times fast (neither can we). (Recipe and Photo: Drizzle and Dip)

Waffle Jaffles for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Stroopwafels (Caramel Waffles)

Whimsical, waffled disks of Dutch origin, it’s possible that you have experienced these caramel “sandwiches” from a cafe in packaged form, or perhaps bought them in their larger form on the street. With a waffle iron and some basic caramel-making instruction, you can craft these decadent sticky snacks at home! (Recipe and Photo: Mbakes)

Waffle Iron Stroopwafel (Caramel Waffles) for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes

Chocolate Waffles with Peanut Butter Sauce

Sure, sometimes mixing in a handful of chocolate chips is sufficient to satisfy those chocolate hankerings… sometimes. With cocoa powder as a building block of the batter and the company of a thick peanut butter yogurt sauce, these are guaranteed to give you a more-than-satisfying chocolate fix and an unforgettable breakfast experience. Did we mention they’re gluten-free? (Recipe and Photo: Running to the Kitchen)

Chocolate Waffles with Peanut Butter Sauce for International Waffle Day plus 8 other waffle recipes