Cinnamon-sugar chocolate waffles — like eating churros for breakfast

One of the best food experiences of my life was eating churros and chocolate when I studied abroad in Spain in college.

It was at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Casa Aranda in Malaga, and no other churro has come close to replicating it.

The chocolate dipping sauce was so thick it would coat your throat as you sipped the extra left over in the cup after dipping every inch of those churros into it. They were piping-hot, with a perfectly crisp exterior, a soft, cakey inside and a blissful coating of sugar and cinnamon. Eating them was pure bliss, and I’m salivating thinking about all the weekend mornings I spent there over 12 years ago.

These waffles are an homage to those churros, but in a breakfast-y, gluten-free kind of way.

Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles

Gluten-free cinnamon-sugar chocolate waffles recipe

These chocolaty waffles are rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a warm chocolate sauce. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast!

Serves 2

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes


For the waffles

  • 1 cup gluten-free flour mix
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

For the cinnamon-sugar coating

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

For the chocolate sauce

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Heat the waffle iron.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the waffles.
  3. Grease the waffle iron, and cook according to the waffle maker instructions. I prefer these waffles to be a bit crispier than normal, so you might want to cook them a little longer than usual. Set aside on a cooling rack.
  4. In a shallow dish, mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the coating.
  5. Break the waffles into quarters (or whatever makes sense given the shape of your waffle maker), and brush each waffle piece with the melted butter.
  6. Roll the waffle in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat, and place back on the rack.
  7. In a small bowl, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, and stir until combined. Add the milk, and stir until drippy.
  8. Serve the waffles with the chocolate sauce. Best served warm, immediately after making.

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