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What to serve with waffles for breakfast: Are you looking for the best toppings and side dishes to serve with waffles for breakfast? Waffles are so versatile and can be served in lots of different ways. There are many options for toppings you can serve with this all-American classic. Just pick and choose what your family loves from this list!

Waffles are one of our all-time favorite things to make for a lazy weekend breakfast. My kids love them and so do my husband and I – and for some reason I find baking waffles in a waffle iron way less stressful than flipping pancakes on a griddle.

One of our problems used to be that we would eat just the waffles – and then end up feeling hungry again shortly after. Not good!

I just didn’t know what to make alongside the waffles. Or let me rephrase that: I didn’t know and also didn’t have the headspace to figure it out. I mean, apart from the Nutella I desperately threw on the table.

But then I figured I’d have to if we wanted to keep eating waffles, because it’s really not fun having to feed your kids on an hourly basis. So I started writing down side dish ideas… And it was life changing! There’s just something about having a written list that makes it SO much easier for me to whip up something else alongside the waffles. If I don’t have anything written down? I just… Won’t.

Strange, I know.

But if you’re nodding in agreement now because you have the exact same problem… It’s OK. I wrote it all down FOR you – and I can guarantee it will help you out so much!

For example, my pumpkin waffles are one of the most popular recipes here on Savory Nothings. And I know why – they’re so delicious! But they’re even better to me now because I know what to make with them to turn them into a balanced meal. Which also means I can serve them as breakfast-for-dinner without feeling guilty one little bit.

All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you’re making waffles – all the side dish ideas are neatly laid out for you.

The Best Ideas for What To Serve with Waffles for Breakfast:

There’s a few ways you can serve up your waffles for breakfast. I already talked about some of my favorites in my post about Buttermilk Waffles, but now I want to go more in-depth to show you just how versatile waffles can be!

So here’s how we’re going to do this: I’m going to write down a list of both sweet and savory side dish and topping ideas for waffles. Then I’m going to make a few suggestions for full meals.

Sounds good? Sounds good. Let’s hop to it.

What are the Best Waffle Toppings and Sides for Breakfast?

Sweet Ideas

  • fruit salad
  • Yogurt
  • Sautéed apples
  • Fruit compote
  • Syrup or honey
  • Honey butter
  • Granola
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chopped nuts
  • Applesauce
  • Nut butter

Savory Ideas

  • bacon
  • fried or boiled eggs
  • scrambled eggs
  • grilled tomatoes
  • baked mushrooms
  • sautéed green beans
  • citrus salad
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • lox

Meal ideas with waffles for breakfast:

Meal 1: The Hippie

The crunchy flower power waffle. Serve your waffle with Greek yogurt, sprinkled with granola and a generous helping of fresh berries or Summer Fruit Salad on the side. My banana nut waffles or my Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Waffles are perfect for this!

Meal 2: The Elvis

OK, this is decadent… But serving your waffle topped with peanut butter, sliced bananas and crispy bacon? A dream. Banana flavored waffles make this one perfect. Healthy Banana Waffles or Banana Oatmeal Waffles are some great options. I also like to add a large bowl of my strawberry fruit salad for extra vitamins.

Meal 3: The Lady who Brunches

Add lox, capers and whipped cream cheese to your waffle. Serve with the pretty avocado and citrus salad from this post. Hashtag classy.

Meal 4: The Classic English

Top your waffles with fried eggs and bacon, serve grilled tomatoes and baked mushrooms or sautéed green beans on the side. If you want to go over the top, make some homemade baked beans along the side. Our favorite waffles to make with this are my Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles.

Meal 5: The Tex Mex

Make your waffles with scrambled eggs, sliced avocado and a lot of fresh salsa. We love this mango avocado salsa as the perfect side!

Meal 6: The Paradise

Make some Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad or Creamy Fruit Salad and I promise, that’s all you’re going to need on top of some blueberry waffles. Pure bliss.

Meal 7: The Falling into Autumn

Full on fall flavors here! Serve Pumpkin Waffles topped with honey butter and chopped pecans and a large helping of sautéed cinnamon apples on the side. So good on a crisp morning!

Meal 8: The Everything Waffle

For those of you who can’t ever make up their minds 😉 Top some Chocolate Chip Waffles with Greek yogurt, granola, sliced bananas, strawberries, chopped nuts and syrup. Or skip the individual toppings and just make some Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad!

Meal 9: The Basic

Blueberry Waffles, Greek yogurt, honey and fresh blueberries. That’s it, and it’s perfect.

Meal 10: The Avocado Toast Waffle

Mash avocado with some lime juice, salt and pepper. Spread on the waffles and top with hard boiled egg slices. Serve with fresh or grilled tomatoes on the side.

What are you going to serve with your waffles for breakfast this morning?

Which one was your favorite combo? Any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

When it comes to waffles, I think it’s about time we moved past the standard butter-and-syrup routine. (Though that’s certainly delicious, too.) With a honeycomb pattern and fluffy-sweet taste, a plain waffle brings something quirky and special to the plate. Try our top-rated waffle recipes as the base.

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Bacon and Cheese Waffles

Including bacon and cheese in the waffle batter makes an all-in-one breakfast flavor. Freeze extras to reheat another day. —MarGenne Rowley, Oasis, Utah Get Recipe

Golden Buttermilk Waffles

You won’t get any complaints from family or friends when you stack up these golden waffles for breakfast! —Kim Branges, Grand Canyon, Arizona Get Recipe

Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

This is so delicious! Bring a flourish to the breakfast table with these unique and flavorful waffle. —Brandi Davis, Pullman, Washington Get Recipe

Family-Favorite Oatmeal Waffles

These healthful, good-tasting waffles are a tried-and-true family favorite—even with our two children. My husband and I have a small herd of beef cattle and some pigs. A hearty breakfast really gets us going! —Marna Heitz, Farley, Iowa Get Recipe

Peaches ‘n’ Cream Waffle Dippers

I’ve prepared these for many brunches—peaches are my favorite, but you can use strawberries or blueberries. People of all ages enjoy dunking crispy waffle strips into creamy dip. —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Scottsdale, Arizona Get Recipe

Fluffy Waffles

A friend shared this fluffy waffle recipe with me a few years ago. The cinnamon cream syrup is a nice change from maple syrup, and it keeps quite well in the fridge. Our two children also like it on toast. —Amy Gilles, Ellsworth, Wisconsin Get Recipe

Gingerbread Belgian Waffles

I like to combine the sweet and spicy taste of gingerbread with the cool and dreamy taste of cream cheese frosting. It’s a heavenly way to start the day! —Jannine Fisk, Malden, Massachusetts Get Recipe

Hawaiian Waffles

I created this waffle recipe to recapture the memorable tropical tastes we enjoyed while visiting Hawaii. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon Get Recipe

Pecan Wheat Waffles

Your bunch will say a big “yes” to breakfast when these wonderful waffles are on the menu. —Susan Bell, Spruce Pine, North Carolina Get Recipe

Gingerbread Buttermilk Waffles

We created this recipe so folks could enjoy the festive flavor of gingerbread at breakfast. For a pretty look, sprinkle the waffles with confectioners’ sugar.— Taste of Home Test Kitchen Get Recipe

So why not add wild toppings to make your meal downright fun? Or try unexpected batters and over-the-top spreads that’ll make your loved ones grin? I’ve ironed out the best toppings, from savory to sweet-plus a few unexpected ideas for wow-worthy waffles to get you started.

1. Make ’em healthy

Waffles don’t necessarily need to be mounded with butter and sugary syrups to be delicious. Lighten them up with a whole-grain batter, fresh toppings and nutrient-rich ingredients and they go from weekend indulgence to weekday jump-starter. Try these handpicked ideas:

  • Greek yogurt with honey and blueberries
  • Almond butter, sliced apples and honey
  • Vanilla yogurt, granola and raspberries
  • Fried egg, avocado and pico de gallo
  • Sliced kiwi, pineapple segments and toasted coconut
  • Applesauce, cinnamon and chopped walnuts

2. Go savory for dinner

Who says the waffle fun has to stop at breakfast? I love the idea of sandwiching hearty ingredients between two waffles for a filling lunch or serving them with creamy sauce for dinner. These savory topping ideas make the case for digging into waffles well past morning hours.

  • Pork chops, sliced pears and maple syrup
  • Sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and shredded Parmesan
  • Sweet corn and spicy maple syrup
  • Corn bread waffles with chili, cheddar cheese and sour cream
  • Fried chicken with Sriracha honey
  • Fried chicken, avocado, salsa and jalapeno syrup
  • Goat cheese and balsamic syrup
  • Barbecue pulled pork with tangy coleslaw
  • Creamy chicken-spinach sauce
  • Sliced deli chicken, cheddar, mayo and sliced apple
  • Bacon, lettuce and tomato (slider style!)

3. Add toppings that are completely over-the-top

For those days where more is definitely more, load up your waffles with indulgent ingredients you can drizzle, sprinkle and top to your heart’s content. I think they’re just perfect for a birthday or special occasion-but we won’t judge if you dig in on any plain weekday, too.

  • The Elvis: Peanut butter, sliced bananas, bacon strips
  • The Sundae: Ice cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top
  • The S’more: Marshmallow fluff, crumbled graham crackers and chocolate sauce
  • The Southern Comfort: Macaroni and cheese with crumbled bacon
  • The Hawaiian: Crushed pineapple, sweetened shredded coconut and macadamia nuts
  • The Chocolate-Banana Blaster: Sliced bananas, hot fudge sauce, chocolate chips
  • The Sweet & Nutty: Nutella, sliced strawberries and pistachios
  • The Lox Lover’s: Cream cheese, lox and capers
  • The Benedict: Canadian bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce

4. Get creative with the batter

Instead of focusing largely on the toppings, one of my favorite things to do is use unique ingredients in place of the plain waffle batter. With a little non-stick grease, anything from brownie batter to leftover mashed potatoes can be made into waffles. Start with these fun twists.

  • Chocolate brownie waffle sundaes
  • Tater tots, topped with cheddar, jalapenos and diced tomatoes
  • Falafel-mix base, topped with tzatziki, tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley
  • Mashed potato waffles with cheddar and chives
  • Red velvet cake batter with coconut syrup
  • Hashbrown waffles with fried egg, salsa and guacamole
  • Biscuit dough with mozzarella, pepperoni and pizza sauce
  • Sugar cookie waffles, sprinkled with powdered sugar

5. Let your guests decide

The best waffle toppings are the ones that are made just for you. Get inspired by New York’s waffle food trucks: Set up a waffle bar and let brunch guests go wild with their waffle creations. Place a platter of ready-made waffles surrounded by bowls of fun toppings at your next brunch party. With these topping ideas, you’ve pretty much got endless combos for fun.

  • Drizzles: Maple syrup, honey, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce and fruit syrups like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and more.
  • Spreads: Whipped butter, peanut butter, Nutella, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream and yogurt.
  • Sprinkler: Powdered sugar, granola, rainbow sprinkles, bacon crumbles and chopped nuts like macadamias, pecans, walnuts and pistachios.
  • Fruit: Sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, sliced peaches, sliced kiwi and diced apples.

Love our ultimate waffle recipe but want something sweet to serve them with? We’ve put together the best toppings for waffles in one handy place (and they work for pancakes too!).

All recipes serve 4.

1. Blueberry and vanilla compote waffles

Heat 150g (5oz) blueberries, 50g (2oz) caster sugar and a splash of water together in a small pan for 4-5min, stirring frequently until the mixture is syrupy.

Add another 150g (5oz) blueberries and cook for a further 1-2min to heat through. Stir in 1tsp vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice, to taste. Spoon over waffles and serve with crème fraiche.

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2. Plum and orange waffles

Halve 6 plums and put in a roasting tin. Sprinkle over 1tsp caster sugar, finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange and 1tbsp dark rum.

Cook in the oven at 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6 for 20-25min until the fruit has softened and the juice is syrupy. Serve with waffles and dollops of mascarpone.

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3. Waffles with gooey chocolate sauce

Put 100g (3½oz) dark chocolate in a small pan with 125ml (4fl oz) double cream, 1tbsp milk and 1½tbsp golden syrup and heat gently for 2-3min, stirring frequently until melted and smooth.

Add a little more milk if the sauce is too thick. Top waffles with sliced banana, a scoop of ice cream then spoon over the chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve immediately.

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4. Lemon meringue pie waffle sandwiches

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Put two waffles on a baking sheet. Spread a large dollop of lemon curd over each waffle and top each with a handful of chopped marshmallows in an even layer.

Cook under a hot grill for 2-3min until the marshmallows are toasted and gooey. Put another waffle on top of each lemon meringue waffle and cut into slices.

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5. Maple and cinnamon apple waffles

Slice 2 apples into wedges. Heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat and cook the apple wedges for 8-10min, turning every so often until the apples are tender and browned. Add 40g (1½oz) unsalted butter, 4tbsp maple syrup and 1tsp ground cinnamon to the pan.

Cook for a further 1min until the butter is melted. Shake pan to coat apples in the butter mixture and then spoon over waffles and serve with natural yogurt.

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I’m usually not one to generalize, but let’s face it: everyone loves waffles. They’re simple. They’re delicious. They’re versatile as heck. And if you really wanted to, you could eat them for just about every meal.

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Don’t believe me? Keep scrolling.

1. Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Waffle Sandwich

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The classic breakfast sandwich meets the waffle: this is the meal you’ve been dreaming about. Get the recipe here.

#SpoonTip: If you love the BEC, make sure to find out where to get the best one in America.

2. Apple Cinnamon Waffle French Toast

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This is basically the lovechild of waffles, French toast, and apple turnovers. Need I say more? Learn how to make it here.

3. Waffle Parfait

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There’s something oddly satisfying about layering foods on top of other foods. For this easy and dining-hall-friendly waffle breakfast, click here.

4. Vegan Chia Seed Waffles

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Because EVERYONE deserves to enjoy waffles. Get the recipe.

5. Cookie Butter Waffles

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Whether it’s Biscoff or Speculoos, cookie butter is a good addition to any food. If you want to use it to seriously upgrade your waffles, click here.

#SpoonTip: And if you want even more ways to eat cookie butter, check this out.

6. PB&J Stuffed Waffles

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Your childhood lunchbox favorite stuffed inside a warm, toasty waffle. Recipe here.

7. Beer Batter Waffle with Carne Asada

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Sometimes you need to put steak on your waffles. Don’t believe me? Try this recipe and see for yourself.

8. Waffled Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

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Major #FoodPorn alert here. Find the recipe here.

9. Chicken Wing Waffles

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Fried chicken and waffles? How about fried chicken IN waffles? Get the recipe.

10. Waffle Pizza

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Even though a waffle and a pizza crust aren’t actually that different, this pizza is a whole new experience. Make it, and you’ll see why.

#SpoonTip: Check out this article if you want more pizza crust inspiration.

11. Waffle Nachos

These nachos are addicting enough to be your breakfast, your lunch, and your dinner. Recipe here.

12. Inside-Out Cheeseburger Waffles

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Dining hall burgers got you down? Not anymore. Check this out.

13. Waffled Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I bet you didn’t think there was a way to make chocolate chip cookies even better. Here’s how.

14. Cinnamon Roll Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

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Nothing can go wrong when you combine ice cream, waffles, and cinnamon rolls. You can get the recipe here.

15. Chocolate Brownie Waffles

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Throw some brownie batter in a waffle iron and magic happens. Recipe here.

16. Nutella Stuffed Waffles

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For all you Nutella-addicts out there. Try this recipe and you will not be disappointed.

#SpoonTip: If you think your Nutella addiction may be getting out of hand, you should probably read this.

17. Waffled Doughnuts

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One of the simplest and most delicious waffled creations out there. Find the ridiculously easy recipe here.

18. Prosecco Waffles with Raspberry Sauce

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Drunken dessert? Yes please. Get the recipe here.

19. Bacon, Nutella, & Peanut Butter Waffle Sandwich

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This is the sandwich you never knew you needed. Elvis probably wishes he was alive to eat this. See for yourself.

20. Peppermint Mocha Waffles

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Peppermint mocha waffles > Peppermint mocha coffee. Recipe here.

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So you know, on Saturday morning when you make a full batch of waffles and then even after your family has had their fill, you still have a dozen waffles left? Well, now that will be a good thing! Let’s discuss what to do with waffles!

The most obvious answer is to freeze them of course, either individually in sandwich bags or in bunches. That’s a very practical, but not very creative answer, so here’s the rest of my more interesting ideas.

  1. Chicken and waffles. This is always a winner in my book, it’s delicious. Check out this recipe, it’s one of my favorites!
  2. Use a waffle as cornbread with chili. Seriously, this tastes wonderful! It’s sweet and savory. I like to put them at the bottom of the bowl before pouring in the chili and then eat it all together. You’ve got to try it!
  3. Warm up a waffle (either in the toaster or in the microwave), cut it in quarters, and top it with homemade vanilla ice cream and your choice of fresh chopped berries. MMM!
  4. Cut a waffle in half and spread flavored cream cheese on it like a bagel…only better (or use plain cream cheese if you’re a purist like me).
  5. Make a PB&J or a peanut butter and banana waffle sandwich. My girls especially like this one; it’s a fun spin on an original. They love it in their school lunches!
  6. Make some waffle bread pudding for dessert. Try this chocolate recipe or this strawberry recipe. They both look to-die-for!
  7. Make a waffle breakfast sandwich. Top the waffle with an an egg over easy or scrambled, bacon, and cheese. And if you want something sweet too, lightly drizzle maple syrup over the top and eat it with a fork. Breakfast. Complete.
  8. This is one of my favorites – make a grilled cheese waffle sandwich. Yes, you read that right and yes it’s delish! Top one waffle with your choice of cheese (we use cheddar) and another waffle. Then grill in lightly buttered pan until brown and toasted. Serve with fresh fruit and ENJOY!
  9. To go along with #8, make a waffle panini. You could do any variety, but one of my favorites is to layer cheddar or brie and some apple slices between to waffles and either press into panini or sandwich maker or grill in a buttered pan until toasted.
  10. Or finally, how about a turkey cranberry waffle sandwich? This is delicious around Thanksgiving time when turkey leftovers and cranberry sauce are just lying around! Pile it on your waffle and chow down!

There you have it, some very inventive, but incredibly tasty ways to enjoy those leftover waffles! Dig in!

Whether you dine in with us or order delivery for an at-home brunch with your closest friends, there’s the wonderful possibility that you could end up with some delicious leftovers! But, what are you to do with all of those leftovers? Well, we have some ideas we think you’re going to love.

So, let’s talk waffles! Sure, they’re easy enough to freeze and thaw out later for a tasty treat, but we can get so much more creative than that. Here are some ideas that will turn those plain leftover waffles into new, exciting delights:

  1. Create your own late night dessert. Simply warm up a waffle, and top it with ice cream, berries, chocolate sauce – whatever your heart desires!
  2. Take that dessert to the next level, and use some waffle pieces to make bread pudding.
  3. If you have chicken in your fridge, cook some up for chicken and waffles. Though you could simply order this off of our menu, you can never go wrong with chicken and waffles!
  4. For those cooler nights when you want something more hearty, cook up some chili, and pair it with a waffle instead of the more traditional side of cornbread. This way you get sweet and savory.
  5. Replace that boring bagel with a waffle. Cut a waffle in half, and spread plain or flavored cream cheese on it just as you would a bagel. We promise it won’t disappoint, and you may even drop the bagel altogether once you’ve had this treat!
  6. Make a traditional breakfast muffin more interesting, and replace it with a homemade waffle breakfast sandwich. Top it with a poached egg or scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon. And, if you really want to take it to the next level, add a drizzle of syrup over the top.
  7. Up your lunch game with a turkey and waffle sandwich. If you really want to taste the full impact of the waffle, add some cranberry sauce (that’s right, it’s not just for Thanksgiving) with the turkey, and make all of your coworkers jealous.
  8. Ditch the Wonder bread, and make a waffle sandwich. Turn a PB&J into something special, or fold peanut butter and bananas into your waffle. It sure makes a boring sandwich more interesting and gives the flavors more depth.
  9. Everyone loves a grilled cheese, so why not try a grilled cheese waffle sandwich? We promise it won’t disappoint!
  10. Take that grilled cheese a step further, and make a waffle panini. If you want to stick with the breakfast theme, keep it light with some apple slices and brie. Yum!

See, leftovers don’t have to be boring! In fact, now that you’ve seen how creative you can get with a simple waffle, you may just want to order a few extras the next time you’re in one of our restaurants to take home just to try some of these tasty ideas. Bon appetite!

What are the most popular Belgian waffle toppings?

  1. Melted butter or margarine and Maple Syrup
  2. Nutella or Chocolate sauce
  3. Powdered Sugar
  4. Ice Cream
  5. Caramelized Bananas
  6. Strawberries
  7. Whipped cream with sprinkles
  8. Cinnamon Roll Icing

Let’s discover how to use them!

The best Belgian waffle toppings to add flair to your waffle dishes.

Belgian waffles have long been a delicacy across Europe and North America. Commonly sold as street food, the Belgian waffle has become a staple in American diners and home kitchens. Belgian waffles are made by pouring the raw batter into a waffle press (or iron) and closing the top half of the press to form its distinctly over-sized waffle shape. Unlike other waffles, the Belgian is made with yeast and whipped egg whites, which adds volume and a slightly tangy taste as the yeast ferments during the cooking process. The egg whites also allow for a crispy outer crust, while preserving the soft fluffy interior. The Belgian waffle is filling and delicious, and therefore perfect for breakfast, dessert, or snacking. Their characteristic large size, fluffy batter, and deep square reservoirs make them perfect for a variety of popular topping styles, each of which creates a unique and tasty dish. Unsure of how to top your waffle? Don’t fret! Here are eight of the most popular Belgian waffle toppings to add flair to your waffle dishes.

1.) Melted butter or margarine and Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is the most popular Belgian waffle topping in the U.S. and provides a sweet start to your day as a hearty breakfast

The combination of butter and maple syrup is the most popular Belgian waffle topping in the U.S. and provides a sweet start to your day as a hearty breakfast. A small amount of butter is first melted over the top of a warm waffle (to taste), then glazed with maple syrup. The crispy crust of the Belgian waffle means that it holds up well to syrups without getting soggy. The richness of the butter and deep woody sweetness of the maple syrup gather in the waffle pockets, ensuring pure flavor in each bite.

2.) Nutella or Chocolate sauce

As a crowd favorite, Nutella adds the rich, creamy flavor of chocolate hazelnut without compromising flavor.

For European flair, simply add a light layer of hazelnut chocolate spread over the waffle. The nutty taste of the spread works well with the crunch of the waffle’s outer layer, and accentuates the fluffy tangyness of the inside. As a crowd favorite, Nutella adds the rich, creamy flavor of chocolate hazelnut without compromising flavor. For a deeper, more pared-down chocolate flavor, substitute hazelnut spread with chocolate sauce, which can easily be drizzled over the top of your delicacy. The slight crunch of the waffle complements the rich taste of chocolate, making a perfect sweet snack or dessert. Mixing chocolate with the Belgian waffle pays homage to these two famous Belgian specialties.

3.) Powdered Sugar

Why mess with a good thing? As a simple solution to topping, sprinkle powdered sugar on your waffle to accentuate the natural flavor palette of the waffle. This option is ideal for guests with less of a sweet tooth, and can be adjusted easily by adding more or less sugar. This option is traditionally sold as street food and is a slightly healthier alternative to deep fried funnel cake.

4.) Ice Cream

As a dessert, simply top your waffle with a few scoops of your favorite ice cream flavor. The deep reservoir of the waffle will catch the ice cream as it melts, making this a delicious solution to your after-dinner sweet tooth. You can easily combine your ice cream with other toppings, or–if you really want to show off–make a banana split atop your waffle.

5.) Caramelized Bananas

The rich sugary tones enriches the banana slices, while the banana flavor is released into the caramelized sauce.

This topping is made by melting brown sugar and butter in a saucepan, then adding one banana (sliced) and cooking on low until caramelized. The rich sugary tones enriches the banana slices, while the banana flavor is released into the caramelized sauce. Pour the warm banana topping over your waffle and enjoy!

6.) Strawberries

As another popular fruit topping for Belgian waffles, strawberries are usually freshly sliced or served in a simple syrup. The freshness and slight tart of the berry works well with the waffle, and adds a beautiful pop of red to the plating of your dish.

7.) Whipped cream with sprinkles

Festive, fun to eat, and easy to prepare, Belgian waffles with whipped cream and sprinkles are a great way to jazz up your breakfast or dessert. Use your whipped cream canister to make shapes, or do a traditional swirl; add your favorite colored sprinkles, and voila! It’s a work of art every time, and tastes as good as it looks.

8.) Cinnamon Roll Icing

This Belgian waffle topping is really two sauces combined to replicate the delicious taste of a cinnamon roll, and there is a great recipe for this sauce on the Frugal Foodie Mama website. First, the vanilla icing base is made with 1/2 stick of softened butter, 2 oz of cream cheese, 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 2-3 tbsp milk, which is mixed and drizzled over the Belgian waffle. Next, the cinnamon sauce is made by combining 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 stick of melted butter, and 3/4 cup brown sugar, which is then drizzled over the vanilla sauce. These two flavor notes combine to turn your waffle into an all-time breakfast favorite.

The Belgian Waffle as your canvas for great toppings!

The Belgian waffle is hearty and well-designed to suit a variety of toppings and plate designs. As your canvas, the Belgian waffle provides plenty of opportunity for creative food pairings and adventurous topping experiments. Mix and match the ideas above to find your new favorite topping to share with the ones you love, or develop your signature waffle topping style. Bring a piece of Europe home with you by creating decadent Belgian-inspired combinations, such as chocolate and whipped cream, or add modern flair by adapting your topping style to an American flavor palette. Either way, the topped Belgian waffle is an ideal treat, and will impress your friends and family with its rich ingredients and stunning visual presentation. This dish is a great way to start your day, or a fabulous way to end it.

Drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a pat of butter, waffles are hard to resist. And with homemade, from a mix and frozen options, you can enjoy this satisfying breakfast on lazy weekend mornings as well as when you’re rushing out the door for work or school. But as much as the butter and syrup combo is a good one, it’s really just one way to top your waffles.

These 11 recipes for waffle toppings will get you excited for breakfast again. Each one is quick and easy and they all work equally well with homemade, from a mix or frozen waffles. Whole wheat or whole grain versions will make for an especially hearty and healthy breakfast. Of course, with toppings this enticing, you may want to enjoy waffles for lunch, dinner or even dessert.

Waffles with strawberries, yogurt and chia seedsLauren Salkeld

The recipes here are designed to serve four people with each person getting two waffles, but feel free to scale the quantities up or down as needed. If you’re making waffles from scratch or with a mix, you may find it easier to prepare them first and keep them warm in a 200 degree F oven while you work on your toppings. All that’s left is to waffle over which recipe to make first!

1. Strawberries, yogurt and chia seeds: Cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Top each serving with thinly sliced strawberries and a large dollop of low-fat Greek yogurt. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and sprinkle with chia seeds.

2. Cinnamon roll: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, 4 teaspoons vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until smooth and syrup-like. Add 2 tablespoons raisins and the zest of 1 lemon (optional) and stir for another 30 seconds. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Drizzle the cinnamon roll syrup over the waffles.

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3. Ricotta, mascarpone and berries: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta, 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese and 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar. Cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the ricotta mixture among the waffles, top with fresh berries and drizzle with honey or maple syrup.

4. Chili: On the stove or in the microwave, heat 1 (14.7-ounce) can or 2 cups homemade meat or vegetarian chili. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions and assemble your favorite chili toppings, such as chopped scallions, grated cheese and sour cream. Divide the hot chili among the waffles and serve with the toppings alongside.

Elvis waffles with peanut butter, banana and baconLauren Salkeld

5. The Elvis (peanut butter, banana and bacon):Peel 2 bananas and cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cook 4 slices of bacon until crispy then let cool and cut each slice in half crosswise. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each waffle then top with bacon and bananas.

6. Spinach, egg and cheese: In a medium skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add 5 large handfuls of baby spinach and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, poach 4 large eggs and cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the spinach among the waffles, top each serving with 1 poached egg and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Waffles with apples and pecansLauren Salkeld

7. Apple and pecan: Peel, core and thinly slice 2 apples. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the apples and 2 tablespoons brown sugar and sauté until the apples are soft but not falling apart, 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the apple slices and any liquid from the pan among the waffles and sprinkle each serving with chopped, toasted pecans.

8. Sausage and pepper: In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, sauté 4 chopped breakfast sausage links (or your favorite precooked sausage) for 5 minutes. Add 1 sliced bell pepper and sauté until softened, 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Season the sausage mixture with salt and pepper, divide among the waffles and drizzle with maple syrup.

Waffles with broccoli and cheeseLauren Salkeld

9. Broccoli and cheese: In a foil-lined baking dish, toss 4 cups of small broccoli florets with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree F oven until starting to brown, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the broccoli with about 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese and return to the oven to melt the cheese for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the broccoli and cheese among the waffles.

10. Avocado and egg: Halve and pit 2 ripe avocados then spoon the flesh into a small bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and crushed red pepper to taste, and gently mash everything together. Fry 4 large eggs and cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Divide the avocado mixture among the waffles, top each serving with 1 fried egg and season to taste with salt and pepper.

11. Nutella and mango: Peel 2 mangoes then cut them into long, thin wedges. Cook waffles per your recipe or the package instructions. Spread about 1 tablespoon Nutella on each waffle then top with mango slices.

This article was originally published Mar. 2, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. ET.

Happy National Waffle Day! These 5 Topping Ideas Won’t Disappoint

Happy National Waffle Day! Today marks the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent issued 148 years ago in 1869. Celebrate this genius creation by serving waffles hot and fresh from the iron (we recommend following these five guidelines for best results when you use a waffle maker). Don’t twiddle your thumbs while you wait; instead, we suggest you make one of the topping ideas below to truly gild the lily.

Topping Idea #1: Yes Pecan!

You know what’s better than a pat of butter on that waffle? A pat of butter enhanced with rich, buttery pecan halves, maple syrup and—if you’re really going for an over-the-top pecan pie effect—our signature Pecan Pumpkin Butter.

Topping Idea #2: Peaches and Cream

If it’s a hard candy flavor, it probably deserves to be a waffle topping, too. Simmer peach slices with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water soft and syrupy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Top with whipped cream.

Topping Idea #3: Waffles Benedict

Should your heart beat for savory treats over their sweet counterparts, bust out the waffle iron to make a version of eggs Benedict. Top a waffle with lightly grilled ham, a sunny-side-up fried egg, and hollandaise sauce.

Topping Idea #4: Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

For the perfect end-of-summer treat, make two waffles instead of one, and sandwich them with a slab of your favorite ice cream flavor.

Topping Idea #5: Chocolate-Dunked

For an after-dinner treat, melt your favorite style of chocolate—ours is semisweet chocolate—over a double boiler. As your water boils, make waffles; once they’re ready, dunk them in melted chocolate and sprinkle them with pistachios, almonds or your choice of chopped nuts. Dessert is served!

Maybe you like the idea of waffles, but in reality they really aren’t your thing. If that’s the case, check out these seven genius things to make with a waffle iron that aren’t actually waffles.

7 Best Waffle Toppings

No waffle is complete without a delicious topping, especially the crispy, indulgent waffle ironed-cinnamon rolls featured in this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips! Here, seven of Food & Wine’s best toppings that will complete any wonderful waffle stack.

1. Brandied Apricot Butter
This fruit-filled butter is wonderful on waffles but it’s also great on crusty bread, warm popovers, pancakes and muffins.

2. Perfect Blueberry Syrup
A huge virtue of homemade syrup is that, unlike the store-bought kind, it can taste much more like fruit than sugar.

3. Belgian Chocolate-Fudge Sauce
This rich sauce is a perfect topping for crispy, classic Belgian waffles.

4. Wild Berry Compote
Get hold of some wild berries if you can, but this is a good treatment for any berry.

5. Stone-Fruit Butter
Fruit butters are made with less sugar than jam, so they have a less candied fruit flavor. The yield here will vary slightly; when the fruit is especially juicy, there is more water to evaporate before the butter thickens, and the yield is smaller.

6. Berries with Lemon Mint Syrup
For this delicious compote, crushed mint leaves and strips of lemon peel are steeped in a sugar syrup, which is then tossed with fresh berries. We’ve used the more readily available spearmint here, but if you happen on pineapple mint, by all means use it instead.

7. Bourbon Whipped Cream
Brandy will also do the trick here.

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Waffles (especially these whole-grain Wonderful Waffles), French toast (like this whole-grain vegan French toast) can be a great part of a healthy breakfast – until we put the typical fatty/sugary toppings on them, like butter and syrup. Then their benefits for health and weight loss go downhill pretty fast.

Most pancake syrups are made from corn syrup, caramel color, and artificial flavors. Lots of refined sugars, no vitamins, no minerals, no fiber.

And the sugar-free varieties are even worse.

Is natural pancake syrup healthy?

Even the so-called “natural” syrups, such as Wholesome and Log Cabin All Natural Table Syrup are basically flavored sugar and will add inches to your waistline.

Is fruit syrup healthy?

And don’t be fooled by blueberry or blackberry pancake syrup. They’re mostly sugar with very little fruit.

Is pure maple syrup healthy?

While 100 percent pure maple syrup is most definitely a better choice than maple-flavored pancake syrup, it is still a very concentrated sweetener and has no fiber. There are better options if you’re wanting to lose weight or just eat healthier.

Some super healthy waffle toppings to start your day off right:

Berry Berry Sauce

Berry Berry Sauce is one of my favorite waffle toppings. Deliciously sweet and yet full of fiber – perfect for a weight loss plan.

The Best Applesauce

The richest, smoothest, creamiest, and most flavorful applesauce ever! This is probably the topping that we eat most often on our waffles. Start with a hot waffle, spread on almond butter, add two, three, four, or five large spoonfuls of this lovely sauce, and enjoy!

Creamy Orange Cashew Butter

Creamy Orange Cashew Butter spread on waffles and topped with applesauce makes a delicious and hearty breakfast that will stick with you all through the morning.

Berry Chia Jam

This luscious jam is not only sugar-free, but it takes less than 10 minutes to make, and it tastes great over waffles!

Fabulous Fruit Salad

You wouldn’t typically think of putting fruit salad on your waffles, but when this rich and creamy sauce gets mixed in with the sweet, diced fruit, it makes a luscious and fancy topping for waffles.

Banana Carob Smoothie

Turn your waffle into a healthy dessert by topping it with this luscious Banana Carob Smoothie.

More Smoothies

Smoothies are a yummy and healthy alternative to ice cream, but have you ever tried smoothie on waffles? Sweet and fruity, they’re one of my favorite waffle toppings.

I have a lot more smoothie recipes. Check them out here.

Sugar-Free Pear SauceWe like applesauce, but we looooove pear sauce! If you make pear sauce according to my recipe, you have a high-fiber, super nutritious waffle topping.

Peach Soup

Pour some creamy, slightly tangy, slightly sweet peach soup over your morning waffles – oh yum!

Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam

PB&J for breakfast! And it’s sugar-free. Waffles with some of this Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam on them make a good breakfast-on-the-go.

Fresh Peach Smoothie

In the summer months when fresh peaches are in abundance and at their peak of flavor, whip up this very healthy, sugar-free smoothie for a light and refreshing waffles sauce.

Strawberry Applesauce

Applesauce and strawberry applesauce are the waffle toppings we use the most often at our house. Simple, quick, healthy. And with my recipe you get an added fiber boost, which is super helpful for weight loss.

Maple Date Syrup

This delicious syrup with a lovely maple flavor (due to the pure maple syrup in the recipe) gives you a good dose of fiber, plus other helpful nutrients.

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So there you have it. Healthy, whole-grain, high-fiber waffles + healthy, sugar-free waffle toppings = a great way to start your day!

How 14 chefs take waffles to the next level

  • Chefs from across the US shared with INSIDER their favorite waffle toppings.
  • Recommendations ranged from classic (like fried chicken) to creative (like BBQ sauce).
  • The list includes a mix of both sweet and savory flavor combinations

Whether you want to go sweet or savory, classic or over the top, the possibilities are limitless for the breakfast staple waffles. We asked chefs from all over the US to weigh in on their favorite waffle toppings — here are some of our favorites.

Lucky Charms marshmallows make a magically delicious addition

Troy Guard, chef-owner of TAG Restaurant Group in Denver, sees waffles as “a great blank canvas” and had many great ideas, but our favorite topping suggestion was Lucky Charms— “just the marshmallows, of course” — with fresh whipped cream and fruit.

“If you’re making the batter from scratch, you can also grind the Lucky Charms into a powder and add to the waffle batter for a magically delicious touch,” Guard added.

Layering technique is key

“For me, it’s not just about the toppings — it’s about how you layer them,” said Mike Reilly, chef de cuisine at The NoMad. “You have to start with butter while the waffle is hot so that it starts to melt and create a solid base layer, then add whipped ricotta for delicious creaminess, followed by chopped lemon candied walnuts for tang and crunch. Finished with maple syrup, obviously.”

Swap maple syrup with savory sauces

BBQ waffle. Instagram/ Funk n’ Waffles

“You can push the envelope and go with BBQ or pesto sauces,” said Kyle Corea and Adam Gold, founders of Funk ‘n Waffles in Syracuse. “The BBQ really sinks into the waffle and gives it a truly Southern flavor, and the pesto sauce is a fitting, counterbalancing zest to the spongey, sweet dough of the waffle.”

Try Middle Eastern flavors like dates and tahini

For Mike Solomonov, chef/owner of the acclaimed Zahav in Philadelphia, his ideal waffle toppings — date molasses and raw tahini — are connected with his Israeli roots.

Fried chicken is a no-brainer

Becky Quan, pastry chef at NoMad Las Vegas, enjoys both sweet and savory waffle combinations. If she’s going savory, fried chicken and maple syrup on a waffle is her go-to.

“It’s a classic combination of sweet and savory, and just straight up delicious,” Quan told INSIDER. “Really, how can you say no to fried chicken?”

Don’t be afraid to go big

WTF waffles. Clinton Hall

Waffles aren’t exactly health food, so go big or go home, right? At Clinton Hall in New York City, waffles come in high stacks accented with everything from sparklers to cotton candy to entire slices of cake.

“Waffles are the perfect dish to play around with,” Darryl Harmon, executive chef at Clinton Hall and mastermind behind the appropriately named WTF waffles, told INSIDER. “It has a strong base you can build on and be creative with.”

Harmon listed lavender honey butter, smoked persimmon compote, and brown butter powder as some options.

Get creative with the batter

“I think less about what to put on waffles what’s in them,” said Public House chef Jasmine Hughes, who dreams up seasonal waffle specials with inventive toppings and batters.

“I love alternative flours like buckwheat and spelt for earthier flavors. Big chunks of dark chocolate and banana in a nutty, toasty batter is next-level.”

When it comes to savory waffles, Hughes notes, “Crispy serrano ham and bites of melty manchego in the batter, topped off with an olive oil fried egg? That’s the one I make when I want to make ’em fall in love.”

Bacon, egg, and cheese is always a winning combination … even on a waffle

The American waffle from Press Waffle Co. Instagram/ Press Waffle Co

Bryan Lewis, the founder of Press Waffle Co. in Fort Worth, Texas, combines two breakfast staples for a creation that he calls The American, “because it is oh so very American.” The American is a Liège-style waffle topped with melted Cheddar, bacon crumble, maple syrup, and a fried egg.

Sometimes simple is best

No fancy fruit compotes or streaky bacon on hand? No problem. Tim Love, chef/owner of several Fort Worth, Texas restaurants, including Lonesome Dove Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, and Love Shack, said, “I like the classics on my waffles, just some Aunt Jemima syrup and butter.”

Drizzle waffles with honey instead of maple syrup

Greg Proechel, executive chef of Ferris in New York City, uses honey flavored with tea as a lighter alternative to maple syrup, describing it as “super floral” with a “unique sweetness.”

“We simply put honey into a pot and warm it with about 5% of its weight with water and then pour the honey over the tea bags,” said Proechel. It’s ready to use after about 20 minutes.

This chef’s homemade sauce with Asian-influenced flavors is perfect for a savory waffle

General Tso fried chicken waffle. Henry Lu/ Loosie’s Kitchen

“Recently, for brunch, I’ve been making a savory scallion sesame waffle and topping it with General Tso’s fried chicken, sesame seeds, and a maple habanero syrup,” said Henry Lu, executive chef of Loosie’s Kitchen.

Caramelized bananas add an appealing flavor and texture

Jay Calimlim, the executive chef of Della’s Kitchen at Delano Las Vegas, likes to top waffles with caramelized bananas “because of the contrast of textures and flavors.”

“I slice the bananas in half and sprinkle sugar over the top, then caramelize the sugar with a torch,” said Calimlim. “This gives a crunchy, glass-like texture to the sugar, similar to a crème brûlée, that cuts through the creamy texture of the banana.”

Maple syrup is a must

Whether she’s leaning sweet or savory, for Natalie Saben, pastry chef at Chicago’s Pacific Standard Time, a waffle isn’t complete without copious amounts of maple syrup.

“When I want to be a purist, I love a waffle with butter and strawberries drowning in maple syrup. The more maple syrup the better,” said Saben.

For savory, chicken and waffles are her go-to move, “especially if the fried chicken has a little bit of heat in the dredge.” She continues, “You have this great combination of sweet and salty because, of course, mine again is drowning in maple syrup.”

Frozen waffles make a sweet base for a homemade ice cream sandwich

Freezer waffles have a special place in this chef’s heart.

“When I was younger, my mom always had frozen waffles in the freezer,” said Caitlin McMillan, chef at Goldie. “I’d pop them in the toaster oven, scoop a heap of vanilla ice cream on top, and fold it over. To this day it makes the most comforting and perfect ice cream sandwich.”

10 Waffle Toppings

With the holidays around the corner, there’s possibly a brunch or two in your near future. (And if not, there should be – plan one now!) We thought we’d share some fun ideas of what to do with your waffles, which definitely should be on your brunch menu if they’re not already. Don’t get us wrong, a homemade waffle topped with butter and maple syrup is delicious (we used pure Vermont Maple syrup on ours – yum!), but sometimes it’s fun to go a little crazy and pile on some different and delicious toppings. So here are 10 ways to top your waffles that are worth trying out!

Pumpkin Snap
A delicious pumpkin spice waffle topped with crushed ginger snaps, maple cream sauce (recipe below), maple syrup and fresh whipped cream.
Tutti Frutti
Top waffles with raspberries, bananas, fresh whipped cream and maple syrup for this fun creation.
Baked Potato
Gather all the fixings for a delicious baked potato and top your waffle with some hashbrowns, cheddar, crispy bacon, sour cream and some scallions.
Banana Split
Keep it classic with an old school banana split. Cut up some bananas, scoop a few generous scoops of vanilla ice cream and add chocolate syrup, a few peanuts and mini chocolate chips, and whipped cream. And don’t forget the cherry on top!
Apple Crisp
Top your waffle with homemade apple crisp (we’ve got a yummy recipe for that here), fresh whipped cream and some salted caramel sauce drizzled on top.
‘Merica
Proudly top your waffle with some red, white and blue – strawberries, fresh whipped cream and blueberries! (And don’t forgot that maple syrup too!)
The Lumberjack
This loaded waffle is sure to satisfy the hungry lumberjack in your life. Mix some cooked sausage into your waffle batter and cook it. Add generous helpings of sausage gravy, hashbrowns, a couple fried eggs and some crispy bacon.
Kiddie Sundae
A waffle that the kids are sure to love! Drizzle some chocolate syrup over your waffle and let the kids throw on some of their favorite snacks – whipped cream, chocolate chips, gummy bears, sprinkles…whatever their little heart desires!
Maple Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwich
Spread maple cream cheese frosting between two waffles, top with sugarmon (cinnamon and sugar mixed together), and salted caramel sauce.
Southwestern
For those that enjoy huevos rancheros, top your waffle with seasoned black beans, eggs, avocado, salsa, sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese.

Maple Cream Sauce*:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1-2 drops maple extract

In a medium saucepan, combine the syrup and butter and cook over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved and remove from heat. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, soften the cream cheese until it can be stirred smooth by hand. Gradually pour the maple butter mixture into the softened, stirred cream cheese, mixing well as you add the maple mixture. Add a drop or two of maple extract (or as much as you would like to taste) and stir until combined.
Leftover sauce should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. To use, heat in the microwave until it reaches desired consistency.

*This recipe makes a good amount. Feel free to cut in half. Or make the whole batch and use it on maple blondies, ice cream, pancakes, or just eat it straight from the jar because it’s that good!

If you enjoy topping your food – be sure to check out our Hot Dog topping post!

Go enjoy some waffles…who needs to wait for a brunch – breakfast for dinner is always a hit! Caitlin, Manda and Marla

    At The Original Pancake House we are all about the toppings. Whether it’s our famous pancakes or our crispy Belgian waffles, the meal is made so much more tasty with a variety of toppings (and ingredients cooked inside, for that matter). When it comes to waffle toppings, butter and maple syrup are the king and queen of breakfast. Those deep pockets in the waffle are just made for pooling up the good stuff. Whipped cream and strawberries are the classic choices when it comes to Belgian waffle toppings. But what else are Americans putting on their waffles? The website National Today surveyed 1,000 Americans to discover their top 10 favorite waffle toppings and here is what they found.

    1. Maple Syrup – 62%
    2. Butter – 10%
    3. Fresh Fruit – 8%
    4. Peanut Butter – 4%
    5. Fruit Sauce – 4%
    6. Nutella – 4%
    7. Chocolate – 3%
    8. Honey – 2%
    9. Jam/Jelly – 2%
    10. Apple Butter – 2%

    If you’re making waffles at home (try them for breakfast or dinner!) and looking for some unexpected and delicious toppings, here’s a few you may want to try.

  • Cream cheese and jam/jelly
  • Lemon curd and fresh blueberries
  • Peanut butter and bacon
  • Ice cream
  • Avocado, tomato and onion
  • Poached eggs, Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce
  • Turkey and gravy