In February, the kids have an entire week off school and we’re heading to Hawaii for some fun in the sun. This time we’re hitting the Big Island and for the last few days of our trip, we’ll be staying at Volcano house inside Volcano National Park. Our mission is to see hot, molten lava — we can’t wait!
I also can’t wait for macadamia nuts. I love them. I love them with chocolate.
While researching things to do on the Big Island, I found a macadamia nut farm tour, which got me thinking of macadamia nuts, which got me thinking about White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies, which then gave me the idea to make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles. OMG. We even had strawberries in the fridge already, so the only thing I needed at the store was the macadamia nuts — and I needed to go to the store anyway because we were out of coffee creamer. So this was definitely happening.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles
Because I decided not to make the waffle batter from scratch (I just didn’t want the mess), these waffles were fast and easy to make.
While the waffle iron was preheating, I chopped most of the macadamia nuts, setting some aside to put on top of the waffles. I also cut up the strawberries — I really wanted to leave the strawberries whole, but if I’m being totally honest, they had been in the fridge a while and some icky parts needed to be cut off. We aren’t super fancy over here.
I made the waffle batter using the pancake mix we already had. They key to using pancake mix for waffles is to make the batter thin and a bit runny. You don’t want it thick like you do for pancakes. I also added about 1 tablespoon of sugar to the batter for every 1 cup of batter made to give the waffles a bit more sweetness — there were going to be for dessert after all!
I then added a handful of white chocolate chips and the chopped macadamia nuts to the batter and mixed it together until just combined. The batter then went straight into the waffle iron, a little at a time so I wouldn’t overfill it and make a huge mess. The waffles cooked for about 3-5 minutes, until they were a deep golden brown.
To serve, I stacked the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles and topped them with powdered sugar, strawberries, and whole macadamia nuts.
Holy Moly They Were Delicious
The White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles were sweet enough to make a fantastic dessert, but not too sweet. It was like enjoying a fluffier White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie!
The extra sugar added to the batter was perfect and chopped macadamia nuts mixed inside the batter gave it a nutty crunch that was just fantastic. My only wish is that I wanted more strawberries. I wanted the strawberries piled all over the top of these babies and falling off the sides.
I have to be honest, at first I pondered mixing the strawberries into the waffle batter right along with the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, but decided against it for a couple reasons:
- I didn’t have enough strawberries on hand.
- I wasn’t sure how they would do inside the waffle iron — I was worried the sugary juice would crystallize in the waffle iron and make a huge mess, and I really didn’t want to clean that up.
If you make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles, get twice the amount of strawberries you think you’ll need and don’t skimp on the mix-ins. You want A LOT of macadamia nuts in the batter.
Serving a large crowd? If you’re making a lot of waffles, preheat your oven to 200 degrees and places waffles on a baking sheet in the oven to stay warm until all waffles have finished cooking and you’re ready to eat.
If you’re a waffle lover like we are, you should also check out these delicious waffle recipes:
- Fluffy Blackberry Toasted Almond Waffles
- Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake Waffles
- Milk Chocolate Pound Cake Waffles
- S’Mores Waffle Sandwiches
- Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Dessert Waffles
- Pepperoni Pizza Waffles
- Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles With Chili
- Cinnamon Roll Waffles
- Nutella Stuffed Dessert Waffles
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles
- Stuffed Taco Waffles
- Parmesan Spaghetti Bolognese Waffles
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffles With Strawberries
Pairing pancake mix with a little extra sugar makes the perfect base for these sweet and delicious waffles.
- Pancake mix
- White chocolate chips
- Roasted macadamia nuts
- Powdered sugar
- Preheat waffle iron on medium heat. Chop the macadamia nuts in halves or quarters, reserving some to garnish the cooked waffles.
- Make the pancake batter according to the directions on the package for the amount of waffles you want to make, but add a little extra water. You want the batter to be thin not thick.
- Add one tablespoon of sugar to the batter for every one cup of batter made. Add a handful of white chocolate chips and the chopped macadamia nuts to the batter and mix until just combined.
- Pour batter into each waffle well, being careful not to overfill the waffle iron and cook the waffles until they turn deep golden brown. (About 3-5 minutes.) Top with powdered sugar, strawberries, and whole macadamia nuts and serve immediately.
If you're making a lot of waffles, preheat your oven to 200 degrees and places waffles on a baking sheet in the oven to stay warm until all waffles have finished cooking and you're ready to eat.