Hawaiian Waffles bursting with fresh pineapple, roasted macadamia nuts and sweet coconut flakes smothered in Pineapple Coconut Syrup!
Cold weather leaving you dreaming of Hawaii lately?
I had been dreaming of Hawaii – in food form – for some time and finally couldn’t wait. It was 8:30 at night and I had to make our second dinner.
Fresh pineapple, roasted macadamia nuts and sweet coconut flakes are sprinkled throughout the coconut milk waffle batter so every single bite makes you want to do the hula. And if you have never roasted macadamia nuts before, they are insanely good! I seriously could eat them by the handfuls. The batter is also mixed with Greek yogurt which adds the perfect contrast to the sweet pineapple and makes the waffles super moist!
After devouring most of the waffles, I saved a few so I could take pictures of them the next morning…it was pure torture! (these aren’t those pictures – I’ll explain below – wish I would have eaten them all that night!)
And the syrup. Coconut pineapple syrup – every bit as delicious as it sounds – rich, creamy and sweet; made with coconut milk, brown sugar, granulated sugar and pineapple – pure ingredients, purely delicious taste. You are going to want to put this on everything!!! (including these crepes – crazy good!)
And now I have a confession to make. The pineapple in the syrup does not look as vibrant as in these pictures. When I cheerfully made these a second time (waffles do not keep pretty overnight for pictures), I did not add the pineapple and coconut to the syrup because they caramelize in the syrup (yes, delicious!) and soak up the brown sugar so the pineapple is no longer as colorful. Having made the syrup both ways – pineapple in the syrup and pineapple added after – I can definitely attest it is better in the syrup!
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