Throw together an easy DIY waffle bar to celebrate Galentine’s Day this February or weekend brunch with your favorite people.
Valentine’s Day is cool and all, but have you celebrated Galentine’s Day? Galentine’s Day is a holiday that Leslie Knope, the main character of Parks & Rec came up with. Essentially, it’s a day to celebrate with your best girlfriends. In one episode, Leslie hosted a breakfast themed party complete with her favorite food-waffles. So, obviously when I celebrate Galentine’s Day with my favorite friends, it’s got to include waffles, and pizza, and 90s-2000’s rom-coms.
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how this DIY waffle bar fits into my lifestyle
Since moving into my own place, I’ve recognized the importance of having people over to my house. Since my life revolves around food and I love to cook and eat with friends, I’ve made an effort to have at least monthly dinner parties with a few more people than the 4 people I regularly get together with. Connecting with friends, meeting new ones, and having low key dinners are integral to my wellbeing, and I hope to give you a bit of inspiration if you’d like to make an effort to connect more with your friends. My dinner parties are often potlucks so I don’t have to spend a full day preparing, and then cleaning up afterward.
How it’ll make your life easier
As fun as dinner parties sound and are in the moment, they do take a lot of preparation AND time. That’s why I’m 100% for potluck style dinner parties. All I do is choose a theme & decide what I want to contribute, then create a simple sign up sheet with general dishes like vegetable, grain/starch, drinks, and dessert. That way we don’t end up with 4 people bringing fruit and no main dish (been there, done that) and it’s slightly cohesive AND guests can see what others are bringing and avoid duplicating a dish.
This DIY waffle bar is the perfect way to do a fun potluck that’s easy for everyone. Have your guests bring toppings & you just need an hour or so (before OR more realistically, during the dinner-right?!) to make the waffles. Have friends bring waffle irons if they have any, this will save you lots of time to have a few!
Quick Notes on This Recipe
What waffle mixes should I get?
You 100% can make your own waffle mix, but honestly, there are lots of great ready to mix pancake/waffle mixes out there. Here are a couple of my favorites-
- Kodiak Cakes (literally ALL the flavors), they taste sooo delicious, have whole grains, and you only have to add water (and a bit of oil for waffles)
- Bob’s Red Mill whole grain pancake/waffle mix
- Simple Mills Gluten Free mix
How can I save time making the waffles?
Use a mix saves you time, and also have guests bring their own waffle iron. You can invite everyone over to prep their dish or have a few people come early to make waffles.
Also, turn the oven to 200 degrees, put a large (covered) pan in there, and add waffles as they’re done. This will help keep them warm as you’re making more.
What toppings should we include?
My absolute favorite waffle toppings are fresh (or thawed frozen) fruit, chocolate whipped cream, and syrup. But you can also top your waffles with chopped nuts, chocolate syrup, jam, bananas, caramel, ice cream, yogurt, or make them savory with cheese and bacon. Really there is no wrong way to top a waffle.
What if I want a more round meal?
I get it, waffles with sweet toppings are great and all, but sometimes you just want something savory to go along with them. I’d recommend making eggs of some kind, scrambled are easiest, and you can keep them warm in the oven too! I’m also a huge fan of breakfast sausage &/or bacon. The meatiness and saltiness in these breakfast classics pair really well with sweet waffles & the other toppings. Again, you can keep them warm in the oven too!
How do I make this a potluck breakfast bar?
I love making spreadsheets, and for potlucks this makes everything SO MUCH easier. I write down a few dish ideas (or just leave it blank for your guests to fill out) on a google spreadsheet, text the link out, and have people sign up for the dish they’ll bring. For a waffle bar where your guests will all bring waffle toppings, you can just leave it blank and people can fill in what they’ll bring.
Using a sign up spreadsheet allows me to streamline the potluck process, and people can all have access to see what we’ll be eating since everyone is writing down what they’ll bring on one document. No duplicates unless you want them, and you’ll have lots of options! it’s a win win, and it’s really easy for you as the host.
How do I make easy chocolate waffles?
Oh, this is so easy. I add cocoa powder and sugar to my regular waffle mix, here’s the recipe. It’s delicious, chocolatey, and best of all, really easy!
DIY Waffle Bar
- 2 cups Pancake/Waffle mix
- 2 cups fresh berries sliced if needed
- fresh whipped cream
- peanut butter
- chocolate chips
- chopped nuts
- maple syrup
- ground cinnamon
- Mix waffle mix according to box directions. Heat up waffle iron, and spray waffle iron with cooking spray before pouring batter in. Cook waffles. While waffles are cooking, heat up oven to 200 degrees, place a large baking pan in oven with a lid. Transfer cooked waffles to baking pan to keep them warm as the others cook.
- Cut up fruit and toppings, put toppings in serving bowls.
- Place bowls of toppings on a table, add waffles right before serving. Serve and enjoy.
easy ways to repurpose this recipe
Well, you can’t quite repurpose these items, but you can freeze the waffles for quick breakfasts. That’s what I do & they’re awesome! If the fruit gets soggy, mix it all together and use as ‘jam’ it’s great on toast, over oatmeal, or on those waffles you froze for later!
Want more ideas for a Galentine’s Day party? I’ve got ’em here!
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- Do you celebrate Galentine’s day?
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