1In 1-quart saucepan, heat syrup ingredients over low heat, stirring constantly, until hot. Keep warm while making waffles.
2Heat waffle iron. (Waffle irons without a nonstick coating may need to be brushed with vegetable oil or sprayed with cooking spray.) In large bowl, stir all waffle ingredients except nuts with wire whisk or fork until blended. Stir in chopped and whole nuts.
3For each waffle, pour batter onto center of hot waffle iron. (Check manufacturer's directions for recommended amount of batter.) Close lid of waffle iron. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle. Serve waffles with syrup.