Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles

coconut waffles with cranberry sauce

Remember when I posted Alice Waters’ recipe for whole wheat waffles a few months ago and said they weren’t quite as crispy as I’d like them to be? Apologies to Ms. Waters, but these waffles totally trump hers. They are as crisp as can be, with an incredible crunch and an impossibly fluffy interior, not to mention a heavenly coconut fragrance and flavor. They’re everything I dreamed they could be.

how to make whole wheat coconut waffles

I discovered King Arthur Flour‘s recipe for whole wheat waffles last month through the commenters on Orangette. I had just finished reading (and falling in love with) Molly Wizenberg’s book, A Homemade Life (quick aside: she grew up in Oklahoma City, not far from where I grew up!).

Hungry for more of Molly’s wonderful writing, I visited her blog and came across a post in which she asked her readers for their favorite waffle recipe. She received over 200 suggestions; her people know their waffles. Being the whole grain nerd that I am, I scanned through all of the comments for the words “whole wheat” and noticed that the clear consensus was this whole wheat waffle recipe by King Arthur Flour. It seemed almost too simple, too basic with no special tricks, but the five star rating and glowing reviews convinced me that this recipe might just be “the one”. The perfect whole wheat waffle recipe.

Of course, being me, I had to change it up a little. You may have noticed that I’ve been on a coconut kick lately, so I couldn’t resist trading the regular butter and milk for coconut oil and coconut milk. Success! These waffles are quite possibly the best I’ve ever tasted, and most certainly the best I’ve ever made.

cinnamon cranberry sauce recipe

I have also been on a cranberry kick lately, so I decided to make a quick and easy cranberry sauce. The recipe below doesn’t make a ton, enough for a big spoonful for each waffle. It’s really delicious, but to be honest, these coconut waffles don’t need anything special. Real maple syrup is just right.

Cranberry Cinnamon Sauce Recipe
Adapted from Green Market Baking Book‘s recipe for Blueberry Ginger Syrup (seen here)


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly for about three to five minutes, until the cranberries pop, the sauce thickens and turns red. That’s it!

whole wheat coconut waffles recipe

whole wheat coconut waffles

coconut waffles with cranberry sauce recipe

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles
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Serves: 2 to 3
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado (raw) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ cups room temperature light coconut milk (or lukewarm milk)
  • ⅓ cup melted virgin coconut oil (or butter or vegetable oil)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (egg, coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract).
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. The batter will be a little lumpy, which is fine.
  5. Cook the waffles as directed by the waffle iron manufacturer.
  • Adapted from King Arthur Flour's recipe for whole wheat waffles.
  • Yields about 3½ Belgian waffles.
  • Since light coconut milk has a higher fat content than low fat cows milk, I suspect you could reduce the amount of coconut oil to ¼ cup. Remember, though, waffles need enough fat or they won't get crispy (source: On Food and Cooking). Nobody likes a soggy waffle!


  1. says

    Ohhhhh looks like a fabulous recipe! I have never thought to try coconut oil in a waffle batter! This is going in the must try folder! “A Homemade Life”…what a book! Have you tried the Winning Hearts and Minds Cake?!

    • says

      No, I haven’t tried the Winning Hearts and Minds Cake yet but it sounds amazing! I love the little powdered sugar heart you put next to yours.

  2. Jacqui says

    I never make waffles for that exact reason! They have to be crispy, otherwise I’ll just make pancakes! Thanks so much for posting these, they sound delicious! I’m so getting my waffle making on soon : )

    • says

      You’re welcome, Jacqui! I’m so glad I found the King Arthur waffle recipe. I’m sure the waffles are just as crispy made with regular milk and oil if you’re not in the mood for coconut. Enjoy!

  3. says

    These waffles sound so awesome! I love how you made them coconut! Also, I would have never though to put cranberry sauce on waffles – great idea!

  4. says

    I love how little sugar your cranberry sauce uses! I wish I could make these waffles, especially since they’re whole grain, but we don’t have a waffle iron. They’ll go on my list for the wonderful day we get a waffle maker! Your pictures are lovely. :)

    • says

      Hey Erin, I hope you get a waffle iron soon! For Christmas, perhaps? I got lucky and inherited one from a friend. By the way, that cranberry sauce is great on lots of other things, too. Toast, oatmeal, and so forth.

  5. Kathy says

    Just made these for dinner, since I had the ingredients and was looking for something uncomplicated. These were awesome! I didn’t make the cranberry topping, so I just put on a little butter and drizzled some agave syrup. Next time I’ll put some chocolate chips in for the kiddos for a fun breakfast.

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the coconut waffles! Chocolate chips sound like a terrific addition, I will have to try that next time, too!

  6. says

    Try using coconut flour or almond flour instead of whole wheat…. that makes some REALLY FANTASTIC, and not to mention gluten free, waffles! :)

  7. Christina says

    Made these waffles for supper and they were super crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle! Thanks for the great recipe. It’s a definite keeper.

  8. Sarah says

    These look amazing! I’m a sucker for good waffles ;) Wondering if the sauce could be made with blueberries instead? They’re all I have in the freezer right now. I think I’ll give it a try :)

  9. Elina says

    very tasty waffles, thank you! one question though…my dough was kinda watery and I had to add additional flour. is it suppose to be watery?

    • says

      Hmmm. I don’t recall the dough being watery, although it is more of a “batter,” so it shouldn’t be super thick, either. Are you sure you didn’t have any big lumps of flour in there?

      • Elina says

        It was kinda like pancake dough and resulted in flat, tasty, pancake like waffle. :). I mixed it well. The proportion liquid/flour is 1:1plus oil plus an egg so it should be thin. I will try again without extra flour. maybe it is my waffle maker.

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