How many waffle toppings can you name? Think about it for a minute. Most families have a weakness for waffles and the creative toppings that can be piled on freshly made waffles. Is it just me, or is “waffle season” real?
The best thing about the following waffle toppings is that they’re easy to find at any store, and you probably already have many of them in your pantry. Here are fifteen toppings for waffles, some sweet and some savory, to ensure that there’s something on this list that you’ll want to try no matter what mood you’re in.
1. Whipped Cream and Chocolate Syrup
The usual syrup and butter are replaced by whipped cream and chocolate syrup on waffles! Add chopped nuts or cacao nibs for a textural element with a pop of flavor. While it may not be the healthiest option, it is arguably one of the most delectable sweets.
When you order waffles at a restaurant, they’re likely to be served to you with whipped cream on top. Enjoy this presentation at home, or try it on top of a sweet waffle with whipped cream. Whether you prefer store-bought whipped cream or you like to make your own, homemade whipped topping is ideal for fruit toppings like peaches and strawberries.
If you’re a waffle connoisseur, try putting fruit directly into the batter instead of as a topping. You’ll find that all you need to complete this delicious breakfast is a dollop of whipped cream!
Looking for a healthy dessert? We have got you covered! Get your waffles topped with some peach slices and drizzle over pure honey. People love combining the tangy flavor of peaches with the sweet, smooth taste of honey.
Of course, you can combine different fruits like strawberries or bananas. As always, let your taste buds lead the way!
3. Maple Syrup
Pure maple syrup is not the only thing that can be used to flavor waffles; some people find that plain waffles with syrup are a great way to get back to basics.
Best of all, both table syrup and pure maple syrup have a long shelf life, so even if the initial investment for pure maple syrup seems costly, you can keep returning to this treat repeatedly.
The crispy Belgian waffle’s crust makes it ideal for soaking up maple syrup without becoming soggy. The rich butter, the deep, woody sweetness of the syrup, and pockets in the waffle ensure pure flavor in each bite.
4. Cinnamon Sugar
Cinnamon sugar makes a great topping for any breakfast treat and is especially popular amongst kids. If you combine it with bananas and whipped cream, you can create a healthy and delicious dessert.
You can make cinnamon sugar at home with two ingredients: cinnamon and sugar. This is a useful and easy recipe to have on hand, especially if you’re out of store-bought cinnamon sugar.
To make cinnamon sugar, pour some white sugar into a bowl, using a fork to break up any formed chunks. Next, pour in the desired amount of cinnamon (start with a few dashes and work up from there) and mix thoroughly until the mixture has a uniform consistency. Making your own cinnamon sugar is easy and fun, and the results are delicious.
Save leftover cinnamon sugar to add to pancakes or waffles another time, or pour it straight into your waffle batter for a sweet and spicy treat.
5. Ice Cream
You will probably love ice cream even more if you love whipped cream on your waffles. Ice cream makes a sweet topping for waffles, and whipped cream goes well with strawberries. The best way to enjoy ice cream on your waffles is by putting it on as soon as you take the waffle out of the waffle iron so that the ice cream melts and coats the waffle.
This method melts some of the ice creams into the waffle, creating a creamy and delicious result while still allowing you to savor the remaining frozen portion in each bite. The deep reservoir of the waffle will catch melted ice cream, making this a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of a meal.
You can easily combine your ice cream with other toppings to create a dessert that pleases everyone. If you want to show off, you can make a banana split atop your waffle.
If you want to make your waffles a little healthier, consider adding bananas as a topping. Bananas have a naturally-occurring sweetness, so they make a great option if you try to avoid adding sugar to your diet; pair bananas with peanut butter for a healthy, sweet, and salty breakfast option.
If you’re not worried about a super-sweet breakfast, bananas are a fantastic topping for waffles when paired with Nutella or honey. You can also sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on your waffles with bananas. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top for a little extra sweetness.
This caramelized banana topping is made by melting brown sugar and butter in a saucepan, then adding one banana (sliced) and cooking on low until it caramelizes. The rich, sugary banana topping enriches the flavor of the bananas, while the bananas release their own flavor into the caramel sauce. Pour the warm topping over your waffle, and enjoy!
Topping your waffles with strawberries is a delicious way to make any meal memorable. To do so, simply chop up the fresh berries and top your waffles with them, topping it all off with a dollop of whipped cream. Strawberries are one of the most classic and beloved waffle toppings, partly because they’re so sweet and fresh tasting that they complement waffles perfectly.
If your taste buds prefer sweeter waffle toppings, try chopping strawberries up, putting them in a bowl, and adding a tablespoon or two of white sugar.
To prepare the strawberries, mash them with sugar until they reach a juicy consistency, then leave them in a bowl until you’re ready to serve your waffles. Stir the strawberries one last time and drizzle them over your waffles for a fresh, fruity topping!
You can save time and money by purchasing a jar of strawberry topping in your refrigerator whenever you make waffles.
Honey is the perfect topping for waffles because it’s sweeter than maple syrup and has a more subtle flavor. The use of honey as a sweetener is relatively healthy, and it complements many dishes, from savory to sweet.
You can add honey to waffles that have bananas, nuts, or peanut butter on them if you want a sweet treat for breakfast.
9. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is not a typical waffle topping, but it makes the perfect addition to this tasty breakfast treat. Peanut butter is a delicious topping for waffles, opening up a whole new world of breakfast possibilities for anyone who likes to add a little protein to their morning meal.
You can add peanut butter to your waffles or honey or Nutella to sweeten your morning meal. For a delicious, healthy breakfast, spread peanut butter, chopped nuts, and sliced banana on your waffles.
If you or someone you know is allergic to peanut butter, there are many options for nut butter substitutes, including almond butter and sunflower butter.
10. Fried Eggs
Fried eggs are an integral part of a savory waffle, making the dish much better. Savory waffles are delicious and a potentially healthier alternative to traditional waffles. You can prepare your savory waffles in many different ways, making them a great accompaniment to meals.
You can make a big, satisfying meal with a single fried egg on top of your waffle. Poaching or frying the egg will give you different textures to enjoy. You can also fry up some bacon and top it with sweet maple syrup for a savory-sweet breakfast treat.
If you want to add some protein to your breakfast, try frying an egg! It’s the perfect building block for a more substantial breakfast.
11. Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is a classic topping for waffles, and few foods complement each other quite as well as fried chicken and waffles. Chicken and waffles are a classic dish, but there are endless ways to prepare this combination. You can enjoy the traditional version with fried chicken and waffles drizzled in maple syrup or dress them up any way you want to.
Add a fried egg and smother the dish in hollandaise sauce to transform a traditional fried chicken into a benedict, or make some sausage gravy to pour over it. No matter how you prepare your fried chicken and waffles, a combination of the two will go down in history as one of the most iconic duos.
12. Chocolate Chips
Even adults can’t resist the temptation of chocolate chips on their waffles. They add a new dimension of flavor to the batter and taste great when cooked along with the waffle.
Although some people add chocolate chips as a topping, others prefer them added to the waffle batter because that way, the chocolate chips melt in the waffle iron and seep into the batter. No one can argue with the deliciousness of homemade chocolate chip waffles.
You can top the waffle with a variety of toppings, from maple syrup to powdered sugar and bananas. Add chocolate chips to your waffle batter for a decadent dessert, and top it all off with Nutella.
Nutella’s delicious flavor makes it the perfect topping for crepes. Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread, and it tastes great on waffles. If it tastes so good on French toast, imagine how great it will taste on waffles! If you’re looking for a new way to make your breakfast a bit more exciting, give Nutella a try!
Your waffles are never complete without a dab of Nutella, but you can enjoy this chocolate hazelnut spread drizzled over your breakfast treat in whatever way you like most!
Blueberries are as classic as strawberries when it comes to waffle toppings, and you can enjoy this summery fruit in numerous ways. You can make a simple and delicious breakfast by pouring fresh blueberries directly onto your waffles, or you can cook them down into a berry compote.
Berry compotes make a perfect topping for waffles because you get the sweet berry flavor of the fruit with an almost syrup-like consistency. If you want to keep things simple, consider buying a bottle of blueberry syrup and using it as a topping on your pancakes year-round.
15. Cinnamon Roll Icing
The Belgian waffle topping on this recipe combines two sauces to replicate the delicious taste of a cinnamon roll. First, make the vanilla icing base by mixing 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. Next, you drizzle this mixture over a Belgian waffle.
The cinnamon sauce is made by combining 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 stick of melted butter, and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Drizzling this over the vanilla sauce will make your waffle an all-time breakfast favorite.
Tips For a Great DIY Waffle Bar
When having guests over for brunch or an afternoon snack, a waffle bar can help provide your guests with more variety. It is easy to host a DIY waffle bar for kids’ parties. Here are some tips that will help make it a success.
- Sorting your toppings by flavor and texture makes it easy for your guests to choose which part of the bar to go to. If you have a variety of toppings, place your sweet ones on one side and savory ones on another. Also, create groups for solids and liquids.
- If you have a waffle maker that makes different sizes, prepare some smaller ones for the kids or anyone who wants to sample some toppings. So if your customers love the taste of your toppings, they’ll also need bigger waffles!
- Try to provide a good amount of topping options to your waffle bar because the more guests you have, the more topping options they will want.
If you love waffles, then you’re probably looking to expand your waffle toppings repertoire. There are plenty of toppings on this list that are sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
If you have guests over or are in the mood to go all out, try topping your waffles with fried chicken or fresh peach “cobbler.” If you’re feeling lazier and just want to enjoy a simple breakfast, cinnamon sugar and maple syrup do the trick just as well.
We hope the list of topping suggestions was helpful and inspired you to try something new.