How to Make Krusteaz Waffles Better

Ingredients ready to improve Krusteaz waffle mix

Author: Tosh Lubek Published: 13th December 2021 is supported by its readers. Please assume links on this site are affiliate links or ads, and that I get commissions for purchases made through these links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you if you use any of the links.

Everyone likes waffles, and in recent decades box mix waffles have completely revolutionized the easiness of whipping up a delicious breakfast. Popular brands, such as Krusteaz, may be good, but some believe that they are not as good as homemade waffles and may wonder how they can have some extra flair.

Krusteaz waffles can be improved by adding milk or melted butter instead of water or cooking for a richer and more delicious taste. Additionally, some people choose to add cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, pure vanilla extract, or lemon zest. These waffles can be even further improved by getting creative with toppings.

It is commonly said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and waffles are a wonderful way to start your day. Keep reading to learn more about how you can make Krusteaz waffles that much better and create a breakfast that will leave you happy and ready to take on the day ahead.

What Can You Add to Krusteaz Waffles?

Krusteaz is a common form of waffle and pancake mix that is celebrated for its comforting and delicious flavor and its ease to make. Whether you are a devoted Krusteaz fan or just trying out the batter for the first time, you may wish to know how you can up your waffle game that much more.

There are a few different strategies to make box mix waffles better. These usually include the following things:

  • Substitution: Changing out one ingredient for another can be the key to a great breakfast.
  • Adding to the mix: The addition of one or two key flavors can enhance your waffles.
  • Adding to the finished product: No waffle is complete without toppings, and these can make a reliably good base waffle an excellent meal.

You do not have to be a professional chef to create amazing breakfast waffles from Krusteaz mix. All it will require is a little experimentation and patience.

Common Substitutions for Krusteaz Waffle Mix

The amazing thing about Krusteaz waffles is that they usually require just a few household ingredients to make—often, they call for just these everyday ingredients:

  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Oil

Inexpensive and accessible though these ingredients may be, substituting some of these for other, richer ingredients will result in an amazing waffle.

Use Butter Instead of Oil


Butter serves many of the same purposes as cooking oil and has a creamy fresh taste in addition that simply cannot be beaten. If you want to make your waffles delicious and creamy, consider substituting the recommended amount of cooking oil with butter.

If you do choose to substitute butter for oil, make sure you are melting it as the runny consistency will be key for creating waffles that are fluffy and flavorful.

Should you decide to stay with oil, you may wish to use a standard vegetable or canola oil rather than specialty oils such as olive or sunflower oil. Specialty oils can have a distinctive flavor that may interfere with your desired waffle taste.

Swap Water for Milk


While liquids are necessary to give the Krusteaz batter the texture it needs to cook properly, you do not have to stick with water. Consider substituting water with whole milk for amazingly creamy and rich waffles.

If you are lactose intolerant, you may choose to substitute nut milk instead. While this is perfectly fine and will still result in really yummy waffles, make sure your batter still achieves a pourable consistency.

Common Additions to Krusteaz Waffle Mix

Krusteaz waffle batter is simple, and it gets the job done, but you may wish to branch out by adding the following delicious ingredients.

Add Cocoa Powder


Chocolate lovers in your household will delight at the addition of just a little bit of cocoa powder to Krusteaz batter. This will create delicious, chocolate-flavored waffles that will feel more like a dessert than breakfast!

Be sure not to add too much cocoa powder, though, as this can cause the waffles to become bitter. Add just enough so that the batter achieves a medium-brown tone, usually not more than a tablespoon.

Give it a Pinch of Salt


Salt is sweetness’s best friend, and this is very true when it comes to waffles. Though your Krusteaz batter likely already contains some salt, try adding just a teaspoon or two of coarse-ground sea salt to give some extra saltiness to your waffles. This will create an amazing flavor combination when combined with the sweet goodness of syrup or fruit toppings.

Add a Bit of Vanilla


Vanilla extract smells like heaven and can have an amazing effect on waffle mix. Add just a capful of pure vanilla extract to your waffles and you will taste the incredible results. Some of the best vanilla extracts come from the following countries:

  • Mexico
  • Madagascar
  • Tahiti

Search for pure vanilla extract at your grocery store that comes from one of the above locations. Though you can get imitation vanilla, it will not be quite the same.

Stir in Some Lemon Zest


Lemon zest has the incredible quality of adding a slight tanginess and freshness that will work wonders on your Krusteaz waffles. If you are cooking waffles, zest about a tablespoon of lemon peel into the batter for some delicious flavor.

Additionally, you can top your waffles with whipped cream and a little more lemon zest for a waffle that tastes like it should be from a fancy restaurant!

Remember the Toppings


Toppings can truly transform a waffle from a good breakfast to an amazing one. If you are making Krusteaz waffles, the following toppings are often used to create next-level breakfasts:

  • Fruit (dried or fresh)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Fruit syrups

If you want to get creative, you can even make your own fruit syrups easily by boiling fresh fruit with sugar and water.


Boxed waffles do not have to mean boring waffles, and with a few substitutions and additions, your Krusteaz waffles will look and taste like they came from a five-star restaurant. It may take some sampling to find the perfect ratios, but when you do, your breakfast game will be on a whole new level!

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Tosh learned how to cook while watching his Polish Mom at home. He also worked in a family-owned restaurant while a student and learned much from the chefs. Cooking has always interested him, especially the hearty Polish recipes he learned from his mother. He has helped create and appeared on cookery shows on radio stations in Scotland.

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