An easy vegan waffle recipe for a comforting weekend breakfast. You will love these fluffy vegan waffles and all the possible healthy options to make this recipe. Keep reading to learn more!
How to make vegan waffles?
Vegan waffles are egg-free and dairy-free waffles. They are fluffy vegan waffles like regular Belgian-style waffles but without butter, eggs, or milk. Of course, this is an easy vegan waffle recipe, no flax egg or chia egg needed, made with less than 10 simple ingredients:
- Flour – great news the recipe works with either unbleached white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. The texture changes slightly depending on the flour you are using. White wheat waffles are chewier and fluffier, while the whole-wheat waffle recipe is heavier, darker in color, and crispier. You can also use oat flour with this recipe but make sure you use thin oat flour for the best result. Coarse oat flour makes the waffles fragile.
- Baking powder – for a little raise or half the amount of baking soda. Note that baking soda is a great gluten-free option if you use baking soda.
- Coconut sugar or unrefined cane sugar. Other options are sugar-free crystal sweeteners like Erythritol or Monk fruit. Regular sugar will work, but it’s less nutritious.
- Unsweetened applesauce – this acts as an egg replacement in the recipe. You can also replace the applesauce with pumpkin puree to make pumpkin waffles.
- Coconut oil – or any light vegetable oil you love. Options that are light in flavors are almond oil, avocado oil, or canola oil. Note that refined coconut oil doesn’t have a coconut taste, or you can use vegan butter.
- Unsweetened coconut milk – any plant-based milk would work in the recipe. Soy milk and canned coconut milk contain more fat and will make the waffles fluffier. You can also use unsweetened almond milk or oat milk, but the waffles will be crispier. Note that you can boost the fluffiness of your waffle by adding 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the soy milk to create vegan buttermilk.
- Vanilla extract
Easy vegan waffles steps
This is the easiest vegan waffle recipe you will find online. All you have to do is combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients together. That’s it!
In a large mixing bowl, whisk coconut oil or vegetable oil along with soy milk, applesauce, and vanilla extract. For fluffy waffles, add 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. In fact, this addition turns soy milk into vegan buttermilk and creates a fluffy, crispy waffle.
In another mixing bowl, combine flour of your choice with sugar and baking powder (or baking soda), salt, and any healthy addition you want. You may like 1 tablespoon of chia seed or flaxseed to boost the recipe with omega 3.
Healthy vegan waffle recipe options
Of course, we all want healthy vegan breakfasts to start the day. So let me share with you some healthy swap you can make in this recipe to make it more nourishing:
- Swap white flour for whole wheat flour or thin oat flour. The recipe will work with the same ratio of whole wheat flour or oat flour. The result will be crispier, denser, and darker in color. Whole wheat flour or oat flour waffles are much more nutritious and recommended to add fiber to your breakfast!
- Make it sugar-free – use erythritol or xylitol instead of coconut sugar and serve with low-carb fruits like berries and sunflower seed butter.
- Make it oil-free – swap the oil for more applesauce! Oil is the key for a crispy waffle, so if you remove oil, these easy vegan waffles will be heavier and fluffier but still delicious!
- Low fat – choose low-fat milk like unsweetened almond milk. The waffles will be crispier with this option.
How to make vegan waffles that are fluffy?
The trick to make your waffles fluffy is to use coconut milk! Indeed, coconut milk contains more fats than unsweetened almond milk, and therefore coconut milk waffles are fluffier.
Another option is to use soy milk. Obviously, unsweetened almond milk and oat milk would work too, but the waffles will be crispier with them.
Waffle topping ideas
There are so many possibilities when it comes to waffle toppings. The best vegan waffle toppings are:
- Nut butter or seed butter – sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter.
- Refined sugar-free liquid sweetener – brown rice syrup (low GI), Monk fruit syrup (sugar-free), maple syrup, or agave syrup.
- Jam & spread – any fruit jam, apple sauce, or chocolate vegan spread.
- Fresh fruit – banana slices, raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. You can basically add any fresh fruit on top of this vegan waffle recipe.
- Cream and yogurt – add a dollop of homemade vegan whipped cream, coconut yogurt, or soy yogurt. Make your own vegan whipped cream using coconut cream on top of a can of coconut cream.
- Nuts and seeds – sliced almonds, desiccated coconut, vegan chocolate chips, or a pinch of chia seed!
Can I make a gluten-free, vegan waffle?
The best flour options to make vegan, gluten-free waffles are:
- All-purpose gluten-free flour blend
- Gluten-free certified oat flour
- Another option is a combination of 1/3 rice flour, 1/3 almond flour, and 1/3 oat flour. However, note that gluten-free waffles are much more chewy, dense, and fragile.
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Vegan Waffles Recipe
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, coconut sugar.
- Preheat the waffle iron. Make sure you grease your waffle iron just before adding the waffle batter and repeat this before baking each batch of waffles. You can either brush some coconut oil or spray some oil.
- Make a well in the center. Pour the unsweetened almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and applesauce.
- Whisk all the ingredients together until it forms a consistent waffle batter with no lumps.
- Ladle the waffle batter into the preheated and greased waffle iron.
- Cook the waffles for 3-4 minutes (time very much depends on your waffle iron) or until golden and crispy. The longer they bake the crispier they get.
- Serve immediately with the toppings of your choice like icing sugar, peanut butter, or jam.
- Store the waffle batter for up to 24 hours in the fridge in an airtight container and use the next day for breakfast.
- Store the cooked waffles in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container. You can also freeze the waffles and defrost them the day before serving.
- Stored waffles get softer. I recommend rewarming them for a few minutes in a toaster or in a preheated waffle iron to bring back their crispiness.