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Chai Spiced Waffles on a flowered plate topped with Maple Cinnamon Apples ands softly whipped Cream

Chai Spiced Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Apples

Extra crispy buttermilk waffles, infused with warm Chai spices, topped with tender apples cooked in a maple cinnamon syrup are all you need for breakfast or brunch!
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Waffles, Chai Spice Waffles, Chai Waffles, Cinnamon Apples, Maple Cinnamon, Maple Cinnamon Apples
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 Belgian Waffles
Calories: 497kcal


  • Belgian Waffle Maker


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (195g)
  • ½ cup cornstarch (60g)
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk (360g)
  • ½ cup whole milk or half and half (120g)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (120g)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted (60g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (extract or paste)
  • 2 large eggs, whisked

Maple Cinnamon Apples

  • 3 large apples
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (50g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Optional topping

  • Homemade or store bought whipped cream


  • Preheat oven to 200°F. Set a wire rack into a large sheet pan and place in the oven. This will be the staging area for your waffles as they finish cooking and await devouring!
  • Peel, core, and cut apples into 1/4 inch slices. Whisk together the cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and kosher salt. Toss apples in a nonstick pan with butter, lemon juice, and the sugar and spice mixture. Simmer over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, or until apples are soft on the outside, but still crisp in the middle.
    Pour in 1/4 cup maple syrup and bring back up to a simmer. Allow to reduce for about 5 more minutes until apples are softened and the syrup has thickened. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, whisk well, and set aside. In a large measuring cup whisk together buttermilk, whole milk (or half and half), oil, melted butter, vanilla, and whisked eggs.
    Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. There will be some lumps, but that’s fine. Allow batter to rest for at least 10 minutes. That’s just enough time to heat your waffle iron.
  • Pour about 3/4 cup of batter (unless your waffle maker’s specifications say otherwise!) onto preheated waffle maker. Cook to manufacturer instructions, or about 4-5 minutes. Remove the waffle and place on sheet pan you set up in the oven. Repeat until all the batter is done.
  • Serve warm with Maple Cinnamon Apples and a dollop of whipped cream.


Nutrition information provided is only an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutritional values calculated with whole milk. Values do not include optional whipped cream.


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg