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Easy Orange Waffles with Pecans

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

Do you have food traditions related to specific activities? or particular people? For example, many food traditions in our family have originated from camping with close friends.

We consistently rewarded ourselves with homemade ice cream after setting up camp. These frosted cinnamon jumbles always made an appearance. Traditionally, we prepared my friend’s Easy Orange Waffles with Pecans for breakfast at least one morning.

Easy orange juice Belgian waffles

Part of the fun was always making these waffles with Joan’s non-electric Belgian waffle iron. 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.

These 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.

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).
  • ORANGES: Although you could use reconstituted frozen orange juice instead of fresh juiced oranges, then 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. No matter which nut you choose, toasting them will bring out the flavor. You can toast nuts quickly with a microwave. In the end, nuts are optional.

ingredients including oranges and orange zest for waffles

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 and rind, and the 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, pour the 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 are sure to 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 up 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 top of 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.

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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.
Paula Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour - 180 gr
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar - 28 gr
  • 2 large eggs - 100 gr
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated rind from two small oranges
  • cup orange juice and rind from two small oranges - 170 gr
  • ¼ cup butter - melted 57 gr
  • ½ cup pecans - toasted and chopped 54 gr


  • Whisk or sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, orange juice, rind and butter to flour mixture. Stir with a spoon just until mixed. Carefully fold in pecans.
  • Cook on preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.


Serving: 1gCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 424mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 370IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Belgian waffles, breakfast recipes, Orange waffles, waffle maker, waffles with pecans
Cuisine American
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Thursday 5th of July 2012

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!!


Friday 4th of February 2011


I featured your recipe on my blog today.


Sunday 22nd of August 2010

oh wow--could these BE any cuter? and they look delicious too!


Wednesday 18th of August 2010

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


Wednesday 18th of August 2010

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