Masterful Works of Waffles (Leslie Knope Would Approve)

Are waffles breakfast? Are they dessert? Whatever (or whenever) they are, they're delicious. Here are 10 reasons to get out your waffle iron and have you asking, "why WOULD anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?"

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1. Dark Chocolate Waffles with Ganache and Strawberries

Crispy on the outside, gooey and chocolatey on the inside. This is the breakfast chocolate lovers (and probably Leslie Knope) dream of.

Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan

 

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2. Churro Waffles

The delicious flavors of a classic cinnamon and sugar churro are cooked up in a waffle iron. Drench with maple syrup and enjoy the best churro you've ever had! (This one probably wasn't on the menu at JJ's Diner!)

Get the recipe from Cupcake Diaries

3. Banana Bread Waffles

Your favorite sweet bread, transformed into the ultimate waffle. These waffles taste just like a slice of hot banana bread. Top with grilled bananas for a decadent bonus! (Don't forget the whipped cream. Leslie never would!)

Get the recipe from Diethood

4. Whole Wheat Apple Pie Waffles

The all-American dessert just turned into Sunday brunch! These over-the-top waffles have a secret ingredient that packs them with protein. And even though there is fruit and whole wheat flour ("health foods" in Pawnee), we think the sweetened maple cream and pecans would win Leslie's breakfast-loving heart.

Get the recipe from Tried and Tasty

5. Blueberry Orange Waffles

Light and fluffly homemade waffles are flavored with orange juice, then topped with fresh blueberries, orange zest, and warm vanilla syrup. This recipe screams Sunday breakfast.

Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling

6. Brownie Waffles

Pour in the batter and in just minutes you have a chocolatey dessert in the waffle maker. Whipped cream and sprinkles are Leslie-approved toppers for this waffle.

Get the recipe from Rachel Cooks

7. Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Enjoy a cinnamon roll and a waffle in one (smooth cream cheese frosting and all). Two breakfast foods at once--how could Leslie NOT love this mashup? This could possibly be the easiest waffle recipe ever. 

Get the recipe from Cupcake Diaries

8. Coconut Cream Pie Waffles

Crispy coconut waffles are topped with whipped coconut cream and toasted coconut flakes. It's pie for breakfast! This is an exceptional way to turn dessert into the first meal of the day.

Get the recipe from Cafe Delites

9. Honey Nut Oatmeal Waffles

A bowl of oatmeal is transformed into a healthy and hearty waffle. Top with fresh fruit and other favorite waffle toppings for the perfect a.m. meal.

Get the recipe from Magnolia Days

10. Vanilla Orange Waffles

Classic and soft vanilla waffles are given a touch of citrus flavor and topped with butter syrup. Use regular milk in this recipe to make these waffles crispy.

Get the recipe from Butter with a Side of Bread

Homemade Waffles Just Like Mom Used to Make

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