Easy Orange Waffles with Pecans: Start a New Tradition

Sneak Peek: Easy Orange Waffles with Pecans are Belgian waffles with orange juice, zest, and pecans. Breakfast was never so much fun.

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Do you have food traditions related to specific activities or particular people? What I like about food traditions is that they remind me of people or events from my past.

Several of our favorite recipes have come from camping with close friends:

Part of the fun was always making these waffles with Joan’s non-electric Belgian waffle iron (paid link). Instead of using electricity, heat it directly over a burner or campfire.

I bought a manual waffle iron for myself but haven’t used it much. It requires constant attention–something I can only manage when I’m away from home. So, as you can probably guess, I use an electric waffle iron to make the waffles pictured here.

What Are These Waffles Like?

They are not fussy waffles. No separating eggs or folding in the whites. No mixer is needed. You can stir the mixture by hand.

This easy recipe produces thick Belgian waffles with a relatively dense, muffin-like texture. Leftovers make great snacks later in the day.

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Use a wire whisk to combine the ingredients.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • FLOUR: Use either bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour. I have not tried any non-gluten flours with this recipe.
  • SUGAR: Granulated sugar is specified in the recipe.
  • EGGS: I always use large eggs. If you use a different size, you may need to adjust the amount of liquid (orange juice in this case).
  • SALT: Use table salt or sea salt. Add a quarter of a teaspoon more if you want to use Kosher salt.
  • ORANGES: Although you could use reconstituted frozen orange juice instead of freshly juiced oranges, you wouldn’t have easy access to the grated rind. The rind is important to get a spectacular orange taste.
  • BUTTER: Substitute margarine if you don’t have butter.
  • PECANS: Try almonds or walnuts if you prefer. Toasting them will bring out the flavor no matter which nut you choose. You can toast nuts quickly with a microwave. In the end, nuts are optional.

How To Make Easy Orange Waffles with Pecans

  1. Whisk or stir all the dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, orange juice, rind, and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir until all the ingredients are moistened.
  3. Gently fold in the chopped and toasted pecans.
  4. Preheat the waffle iron.
  5. When the waffle iron is hot, spray it with cooking spray or brush it with vegetable oil and pour batter onto the bottom according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

FAQ About Orange Waffles

What can I do with leftover waffles?

If you leave them out on the counter, they will disappear all by themselves. Otherwise, double-wrap and freeze any leftovers.

Why aren’t my waffles crispy?

They probably weren’t cooked long enough. So leave the waffles in the waffle iron a bit longer. As the waffles cool, they will get softer.

What can I serve with waffles?

The traditional accompaniments include honey, maple syrup, powdered sugar, or warm butter. Dress them with whipped cream, fresh fruit, creme fraiche, or yogurt. I like to serve these warm microwave cinnamon apples on top.

Can I make the waffle batter ahead of time?

I don’t recommend mixing up the batter much earlier than you plan to use it. However, measuring the dry ingredients and storing them together will save time when you get ready to stir up some waffles.

What is the difference between pancake batter and waffle batter?

According to Mash, waffles have more butter and sugar than pancakes.

What makes these Belgian waffles?

Belgian waffles are thicker with oversized pockets. Those pockets hold even more of the good stuff you put on your waffles. You need a Belgian Waffle maker to make Belgian Waffles. You can still cook this recipe on a standard waffle iron, but your waffles won’t be as thick.

Parting thoughts: I hope you make delicious traditions for your family or friends. If not, these orange waffles would be a fun way to start. Add these easy mini sausage kabobs to the menu for added protein.

Help at Your Fingertips: For questions or suggestions, email Paula at saladinajar.com. If you need help, I’m happy to troubleshoot via email (faster than leaving a comment). Attach pictures and as many details as possible for the best advice.

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Yield: 6 servings

Easy Orange Waffles with Pecans Recipe

Orange Pecan Waffles are Belgian waffles flavored with orange juice, zest and pecans. Breakfast was never so much fun.

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5 from 4 votes
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups (180 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large (100 g) eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated rind from two small oranges
  • cup (64 g) orange juice
  • ¼ cup (57 g) butter
  • ½ cup (54 g) pecans, toasted and chopped


  • Whisk or sift together 1-1/2 cups (180 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add 2 large (100 g) eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon grated rind from two small oranges, ⅔ cup (64 g) orange juice , and 1/4 cup (57 g) butter to flour mixture. Stir with a spoon just until mixed. Carefully fold in 1/2 cup (54 g) pecans, toasted and chopped .
  • Cook on a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg

All images and text ©️ Paula Rhodes for Salad in a Jar.com

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  1. I have looked everywhere for a waffle maker that can make the belgian heart shaped waffles (the rounder heart shape, not the connected, straight on the side versions) and have had no luck.

    Can anyone help me find the waffle maker she used in this recipe?

    Thanks a bunch!!

  2. oh wow–could these BE any cuter? and they look delicious too!

  3. Indie.tea says:

    Those sound really amazing! And the pictures are drool-worthy.
    It IS hard to make ‘couple friends’, even before marriage (at least for me).

  4. Heart shaped waffles. How cute. And they sound so delicious.

  5. Paula,
    What fabulous memories you must share. I have a waffle iron just like Joan’s that I use both when camping and in the kitchen. I would love to have a cute heart shaped one like you have. The waffle recipe sounds delicious. I love your photos.

  6. steph (whisk/spoon) says:

    sounds heaps better than the camping trips my folks took my brother and me on! they sure never made us such yummy-looking waffles!

  7. These look AMAZING! My husband adores waffles-I am more of a pancake person. These might get me off the fence. I am bookmarking the orange iced yeast rolls-those look SO good!

  8. UrMomCooks says:

    Always on the lookout for non-fussy waffle recipes! These look delicious! Lovely post about good friends. We can relate – lucky indeed to have those friends who survive the years and the kids and all the changes. The couple we have travelled with are named Jan and Rob. We have gotten sunburned at the beach, short of breath in the mountains and even camped – but only once! Great post and pics!

  9. These sound delicious! I can’t wait to make them, granted it won’t be over a campfire but I’m sure it will still be just as tasty!

  10. Got waffle maker, haven’t made enough waffles!! gotta make this 🙂

  11. Health Blog says:

    Waffles are a delightful breakfast, brunch or dinner selection, and orange pecan waffles all the more festive, with very little more work.

  12. Oh these look so good. The combination of orange and pecans sound delish!
    It is a must try recipe.

  13. We just got back from a vacation with another couple and their kids. It went fairly well, but I bet it would have gone better if we’d had some of these waffles!

  14. Wow, what delicious-looking waffles! I want a bite!

  15. looks absolutely delicious!

    have a nice time!

  16. [wow… what name for a blog… above] 🙂
    ahem…. I have been looking for a waffle maker (why are the so darn expensive)? But have seen this heart one – it’s wonderful! It’s the photo though – that’s stunning! TM is a favorite haunt of my mom’s… I’ll have her check there for me! Great post – great memories – great waffles!

  17. The Bitch Stopped Cooking says:

    These look delicious! I love the heart-shaped waffles, great idea.

  18. What is the cute heart shaped waffle iron you used? Too cute, I want one.

    1. The waffle iron is by VillaWare. Got it at Tuesday Morning in the last year. Probably available on the internet too.

  19. the urban baker says:

    these are oh-so very cute!

  20. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    I am coveting your heart shaped waffle iron! Those sound delicious!

  21. I love waffles and these look great. I am sure mine would not turn out so well but we can always hope…Have not seen the electic waffle iron that makes heart shaped waffles. How fun!!

  22. I know these must taste wonderful not to mention the heart shape that means made with love. Awsome. Have a great trip next month. Let’s hope it’s cooled off by then.

  23. Good memories of Rhodes/Hastings camping trips! Speaking of, maybe we’ll all plan to go camping together again someday. As for the waffles, I bet your favorite grandson would enjoy these! haven’t heard about where you are vacationing to this year…..sounds fun!

  24. I don’t think our camping waffles ever looked that pretty. However, how would we know, they were eaten as fast as we took them out of the waffle iron!

    What fun memories!

  25. TheKitchenWitch says:

    What a lovely tribute to your friends–you’re lucky to have each other. I’d never heard of a campfire waffle iron; that’s genius!