Neapolitan Waffles

Neapolitan Waffles

Serves: 10 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Neapolitan Waffles


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips melted
  • 2/3 cup of freeze dried strawberries ground into a powder in the food processor
  • 2-3 drops of red food coloring optional
  • Chocolate sauce vanilla yogurt and fresh strawberries for serving
  • Cooking spray


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Waffles come in many shapes and sizes, but this breakfast take on the classic Neapolitan ice-cream flavor deserves a place among your personal favorites. These tasty breakfast treats are easy to make, deliciously nutritious, and hold a high presentation value to boot! Originally part of a recipe networking event called Waffle Week, this creation by Sara (@dinneratthezoo) has endured to gain fans and fame.

The process is simple, and yields a wonderful result. You will need to prepare three separate bowls of batter: one flavored with melted chocolate, one with vanilla extract, and one with ground freeze-dried strawberries—but you can start with just two bowls, and eventually divide the batter equally into three. In one bowl, mix the dry ingredients first—flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, butter, and eggs. Add in the dry mixture and blend.

Assuming you have made some version of waffles before, you will be comfortable with a waffle iron. Heat that baby up, lightly greased, and lay down one large scoop of batter from each of the three bowls so that the waffle ends up striped red, yellow, and brown to echo the iconic Italian ice cream. Make sure the batters are touching each other, lest your beautiful waffle becoming a beautiful mess.

Once the waffle is cooked (times will vary according to the instructions of your waffle-iron manufacturer), serve it up with fresh strawberries, vanilla yogurt, and chocolate sauce. If you’re feeling like this would be better off served as a dessert, swap out the get-up-and-go breakfast toppings for some ice cream!

  1. Preheat the waffle iron. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter and eggs; add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between three bowls. In one bowl, stir in the vanilla extract. In another bowl, stir in the melted chocolate until thoroughly combined. In the third bowl, stir in the strawberry powder and red food color if using.
  4. Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray. Take a heaping spoonful of the strawberry batter and pour it into a stripe in the waffle iron; use the back of the spoon to spread it into place if needed.
  5. Spoon a stripe of the vanilla batter next to the strawberry batter, spreading it into place. Put a stripe of chocolate batter next to the waffle batter. All three lines of batter should be touching each other.
  6. Close the waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer instructions (my waffles cook for 4-5 minutes). Repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter.
  7. Serve the waffles with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, a dollop of vanilla yogurt and fresh strawberries.