Chocolate Cherry Waffles

According to my Flavor Thesaurus, cherry and chocolate are, "A winning combination."  The cherry has both a fruit and nut flavor component which enhances the chocolate.  But I'm guessing most of you already knew that.  Cherry season is here in California and I needed to take advantage.  We eat egg based something almost every morning, so when the weekend comes, Ian most often requests waffles.  It's good to know at least one of my BP (before-paleo) kitchen appliances can still get some love.  I haven't figured out how to make paleo pasta with the pasta-extruder attachment for my Kitchen Aid, so that remains in the drawer.  This recipe calls for almond extract, instead of vanilla.  I got this idea from one of Ian's Mom's recipes that he loves, Chocolate Cherry Bars.  It is a combination of chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling with melted chocolate on top.  They are like cake and brownies and fudge mixed together, delicious.  When I told him what was in these waffles, he immediately asked if the bars were my inspiration.  I aim to please.

Chocolate Cherry Waffles
(Print Recipe)
1 1/2 cup Almond flour
1/3 cup Cocoa powder
1 cup Cherries, chopped (1 cup AFTER chopping)
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
5 Eggs, separated

Note:  Eggs are separated (yolk from white), by beating the egg whites separtely before adding them to the batter results in a lighter consistency.  Also, you could add 1-2 tsp of raw honey to the batter if you like, I opted for a little maple syrup on top instead.

Preheat waffle iron.
To a large bowl, add almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, almond extract, cinnamon and egg YOLKS, mix well.  Set aside.  Add your egg whites to a medium bowl and whisk until very frothy.  Not quite soft peak status, but close.  Gently fold your egg whites and cherries into your batter.

Cook waffles according to your waffle iron instructions.  I was able to get 4 - 8" round waffles out of this batch.  Top with more cherries and a drizzle of maple syrup...enjoy!




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