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Easy Vegan Waffles made with 5 ingredients cook up fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside for a quick and delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Easily customizable to be oil-free or gluten-free.
If you love waffles as much as I do and can eat them all day, every day, you’ll love thisquick and easyvegan waffle recipe that’s eggless, dairy-free and delicious.
They make a great addition to the recipe collection along with these healthyApplesauce Waffles,Vegan Belgian Wafflesand gluten-free Buckwheat Chocolate Waffles. All are delicious and perfect for your breakfast, lunch or dinner meal rotation!
Made with just 5 simple ingredients,these vegan waffles cook up fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. And they are ready in just 15 minutes!
Serve your waffles with pure maple syrup and an assortment of toppings. I have a convenient list of serving suggestions below so you can mix and match anything you like.
Break out the waffle iron and let’s make waffles!
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Ingredients + Substitutions
In this recipe, flour, sugar, and almond milk are mixed into a batter, poured onto a hot waffle griddle and cooked until light and crispy for a healthy breakfast that’s quick and easy to make.
Here is everything you will need, plus ingredient variations (measurements are in the recipe card below):
- Flour –These were made using spelt flour, but sub in your favorite. I’ve also used both all-purpose and whole wheat flours, both worked well.
- Sugar – Organic pure cane sugar is what I used, but coconut or turbinado is great too.
- Baking Powder – This is how we will make the waffles light and airy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk – This is my favorite when baking, but use your preferred non-dairy plant milk (oat, soy, cashew, etc.). If you’re in a pinch, water will do fine too. If using non-vanilla flavor, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla with the milk.
- Oil –I used light flavored olive oil, but melted vegan butter (I recommendMiyokos), coconut oil, or your favorite baking oil will do. For an oil-free version, see notes.
- Waffle Maker – I used this classic waffle maker from Cuisinart(affiliate link). It’s super easy to use and cleans up well. The instructions say to set the temp at #3, but I prefer my waffles with a little golden color and set it at #5. If using a different waffle maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
How To Make Vegan Waffles
Making vegan waffles is easy as can be! Here is a quick look at the steps with photos. (Note, the full printable recipe is at the bottom of the post)
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder into a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine.
- Combine the milk and oil/applesauce together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
- If waffle iron isn’t nonstick, spray with cooking oil.
- Next, scoop up the batter and pour in the center of a preheated waffle maker and close the lid.
- Wait for the light to turn green and gently remove the waffle with the tip of a fork. Repeat until the batter is gone. Makes about 5 waffles.
And there you have it, vegan waffles made easy and delicious!
Now it’s your turn! I encourage you to start (or end) your day with a plate of these freshly made waffles. The whole family will love them!
- Make vegan buttermilk waffles. To make vegan buttermilk, add the juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the milk and let it rest for 10 minutes. The acid will curdle the milk and give it a tang.
- Add extra flavors. Try adding 1 tsp vanilla (especially if you are using plain milk) or up to 1 tsp of cinnamon. You can also toss in 1/4 – 1/3 cup of chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter for variation.
- Crispy waffles. I find letting the waffles cook a little longer, about 10 – 15 seconds, will crisp them up nicely so you don’t end up with floppy waffles. Just be sure to test with your waffle iron as the time may vary.
- Super fluffy waffles. For extra fluffy waffles, reduce the non-dairy milk to 1 1/2 cups, instead of 1 3/4 cups.
Commonly Asked Questions
Can I add tasty add-ins?
Absolutely! Toss in a small handful of cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup (338 ml) of peanut butter for every cup of flour, a handful of blueberries or other diced or small berries, or 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
Yes! To make gluten free vegan waffles, use any gluten-free flour blend, oat flour or buckwheat flour 1-1 for perfectly, light and crispy waffles. The only flour I do not recommend is using only coconut flour, it’s super tricky to work with.
Can I make oil-free waffles?
Yes! For vegan oil-free waffles, simply replace the oil with unsweetened applesauce! And be sure your waffle maker is non-stick so you don’t need to coat it with oil.
Can I make vegan Belgian waffles with this recipe?
You sure can! To make belgian waffles, pour 1 1/4 cups of the batter onto the belgian waffle iron. Recipe will make 2 belgian waffles.
Why do my waffles split in half when opening the waffle maker?
This could be due to the waffles being undercooked. You may need to turn up the heat or leave the waffles a few seconds extra so they cook thoroughly before opening the waffle lid.
How To Store + Freeze
Waffles can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer with these easy instructions. You can even make extra waffles to store for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.
- Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 – 10 days, in a covered container.
- Freezer: For longer storage, keep vegan waffles in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in sealed freezer safe containers or ziplock bags, removing as much as possible before sealing.
- Reheat: To reheat, simply pop frozen or refrigerated waffles in the toaster or toaster oven and enjoy! For larger batches, warm waffles in a preheated oven set to 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes on a lightly greased or lined baking sheet.
Adding a drizzle of pure maple syrup is a classic way to serve waffles. Here a few more delicious options:
- Fresh fruits: Top with fresh blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries and/or blackberries.
- Warm fruits: Serve topped with delicious warm and tender Cinnamon Apples or homemade Blueberry Compote.
- Flavored topping: Add a drizzle of vegan chocolate syrup, Sweet Cashew Cream, or a dollop of whipped coconut cream.
If you try this vegan waffle recipe or have a question, please let me know!Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.
BEST VEGAN WAFFLES (EASY + HEALTHY)
Start, or end your day, with this quick and easy vegan waffles recipe. They’re light, fluffy, made with 5 simple ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes!
- Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 5 waffles 1x
- Category: Breakfast, Entree
- Method: griddle
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 2 cups (250g) flour (spelt, light whole wheat, all-purpose flour, or GF flour blend), see notes
- 2 tablespoons sugar (coconut, pure cane, or turbinado)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups (403ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil, applesauce (see notes), or vegan butter (I recommend Miyoko’s)
- pinch of mineral salt, optional
Prep: Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Also, preheat oven to 200 degrees F., for keeping the waffles warm.
Mix batter: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, oil and non-dairy milk, mix well, until most of the flour lumps are gone.
Scoop, pour + cook: If not using a non-stick waffle iron, spray waffle plate with cooking oil. Using a 1/2 measuring cup (amounts will vary depending on your waffle iron), scoop up batter and pour in the center of waffle plate. Close the cover and cook as directed by manufacturer’s instructions. For crispier waffles, let cook 5 – 12 seconds longer, depending on your waffle iron.
Remove + keep warm: Gently remove with the tip of a fork and place on a wire rack in the oven until the remaining waffles are made.
Serve: Pair your waffles with fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, and top with pure maple syrup or this easy homemade Blueberry Compote. You may even like to drizzle with vegan chocolate syrup and add a dollop ofwhipped coconut cream.
Makes 4 – 5 waffles.
Store: Leftover waffles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, or store in the freezer for up to 1- 2 months. When ready to eat, pop them in the toaster oven. Larger batches can be warmed in a preheated oven set to 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes, using a greased or lined baking sheet.
If using applesauce, be sure to use a waffle maker with a non-stick surface or spray the waffle iron with cooking spray.
Make vegan buttermilk waffles. To make vegan buttermilk, add the juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the milk and let it rest for 10 minutes. The acid will curdle the milk and give it a tang.
Flour notes: These were made using light spelt flour, but sub in your favorite. I’ve also used both all-purpose and whole wheat flours, both worked well. Make them gluten free by using a gluten free flour blend, oat flour or buckwheat flour in a 1-1 ratio. When adjusting for different weights of flour, use this King Arthur Ingredient Weight Chart as a guide.
Optional add-ins: Toss in a small handful of cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of peanut butter for every cup of flour, a handful of blueberries or other diced or small berries, or 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Belgian waffles: Use 1 cup of batter instead of 1/2 cup. Recipe will make 2 belgian waffles.
Equipment: My waffles were made using this Cuisinart waffle maker (affiliate link). Your results may vary depending on the waffle iron you are using.
UPDATED: This recipe was updated with slightly more and non-dairy milk for a slightly thicker batter. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups (210 g) of spelt flour and 1 1/2 cups (338 ml) of milk for a lighter waffle. Both are amazing so use your favorite!
Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.
Updated:Vegan Waffles was originally published in September 2018. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in January 2021. Recipe ingredients have been slightly changed as seen in the recipe card notes above.
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What is the secret to good waffles? ›
Cornstarch is our secret ingredient for making the crispiest waffles. Cornstarch guarantees that the waffles will be perfectly crisp and tender. Baking powder and baking soda help the waffles rise and brown. For the lightest waffles, I recommend using both.Why are my vegan waffles sticking? ›
Not having your waffle iron properly preheated or skipping the non-stick spray may be the reason why your waffles are sticking. Spray generously and add batter only to a preheated iron.How do I stop my vegan waffles from sticking? ›
If your waffle iron is not equipped with non-stick plates, use a pastry brush and some canola oil or vegetable oil to grease the plates before each round of waffles.What are vegan waffles made of? ›
These vegan waffles are made with basic staples, like all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, plant-based milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.How do I get my waffles crispy? ›
- Make Sure Your Waffle Iron Is Hot. A hot waffle iron makes a huge difference when it comes to crispy waffles, even more than brushing the iron with butter (though that is, of course, delicious). ...
- Swap Half the Buttermilk for Milk. ...
- Bake the Finished Waffles in the Oven.
If you use flour that has too much protein in it, you'll end up with the opposite of a light and fluffy waffle. Bread flour, for example, is much too heavy to use in your waffle mix. All-purpose flour is the best way to go when making waffles as it creates the right texture.Should you spray nonstick on a waffle maker? ›
If your waffle iron or pan has a nonstick surface, you should not use cooking spray. Cooking spray builds up on nonstick surfaces and eventually becomes tacky–rendering the non-stick coating useless. Brush oil lightly over the surface of your pan instead: if the spray build-up hasn't ruined the pan, this should work.Should I spray the waffle maker? ›
Yes, the waffle iron is nonstick, but you still should hit those plates with either cooking spray, or brush on some neutral oil. I don't recommend butter since it can actually make the waffles stick. You might need to grease the plates before cooking every waffle after that; you might not.Should I put oil on my non-stick waffle maker? ›
Non Stick Waffle Irons
These waffle iron plates are made specifically to prevent waffles from sticking so you should stay away from seasoning or greasing them. Resist the urge!
Your waffles may be dry because you are using the wrong flour, over-mixing the batter, cooking the waffles for too long, or using a waffle iron that isn't hot enough. We're going to cover some of the common mistakes associated with making waffles, so you can avoid them and get perfect waffles every time.
Why are my waffles sticking to my non-stick waffle maker? ›
A build-up of cooking spray on the non-stick surface. Too much or not enough fat content in the batter. The batter is too thin. Undercooked waffles.Do you spray oil on a waffle maker before or after warming? ›
Basically, manufacturers and waffle makers alike agree that if you have a solid cast iron waffle iron, you should season it before every use. That is, warm the iron then spread olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil or melted butter on the plates before you drop the batter onto them.What are fluffy waffles called? ›
Belgian Liege waffles are a style of waffle made with yeast dough and pearl sugar. This style of waffle results in a chewy and puffy yeasted waffle with caramelized bits of sugar on the surface.What are good toppings to put on waffles? ›
- Whipped Cream.
- Maple Syrup.
- Cinnamon Sugar.
- Ice Cream.
Unfortunately, no. Kellogg's Eggo waffles are not vegan.Why are my waffles never crispy? ›
If your waffle iron isn't hot enough to sear the batter and help the moisture evaporate, you'll end up with soggy waffles no matter how long you cook them for. Your waffle shouldn't sit on a warm iron; it needs to hit a sizzling hot metal surface in order to get a good, crispy shell.Should you let waffle batter rest? ›
Be sure to let the batter rest the full 30 minutes, and if they end up resting almost 40 minutes, that's still fine. If you don't let the batter rest, you get a full waffle LESS than if you wait, plus they're more chewy and not as delicious.What does adding oil to waffles do? ›
But when baking cakes, muffins, and waffles you don't want too much gluten to form, otherwise the baked product won't be light, airy, and fluffy. To prevent too much gluten formation, we normally add fat or oil to the batter.Should waffle batter be runny or thick? ›
Regular waffle batter shouldn't be runny like water or oil, but not as thick as dough, either. When poured it should move slowly, but readily, with a consistency like that of honey.What type of flour is best for waffles? ›
On the flip side, waffles aren't as flaky-delicate as baked goods, making pastry flour too fine for the job. Good old AP, or all-purpose, flour is where it's at. If you want to sprinkle in a tablespoon or two of buckwheat or rye flour for added nutty heft, go for it.
Are waffles better with milk or water? ›
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.Why do you have to flip a waffle maker? ›
Flip waffle makers help to evenly distribute the batter so that you get a consistently perfect looking waffle, faster, every time. To use a flip waffle maker, you rotate it immediately after pouring in the batter and closing it so that gravity will work to fill the waffle iron's cavity completely.What can I use in my waffle iron if I don't have Pam? ›
The best alternatives to using non-stick cooking spray on your waffle iron are vegetable oil or butter. You'll still be able to make your favorite breakfast treat without the waffles sticking. Butter is a natural fat that won't leave a thin greasy layer on the waffle iron.Can I use parchment paper in waffle iron? ›
Parchment paper is not designed for high-heat cooking.Can I use melted butter on waffle maker? ›
Simply use a basting brush with melted butter or oil to grease your waffle maker, and cleanup will be a breeze. Your waffle maker will last longer, and it won't be sticky.What do you coat a waffle maker with? ›
To re-season your waffle iron, if needed, take pieces of bread, coat with unsalted shortening or unsalted butter and place one in each section of the cooled iron. Close the lid and then turn it on. Cook until the bread is browned, then take it out, wipe and that's it!What setting should I put my waffle maker on? ›
A waffle machine must always be used when it is at its hottest temperature. This to ensure the crispy goodness is created inside, whilst cooking the middle to a lovely fluffy consistency. The ideal temperature for a waffle iron to be cooked on is 180⁰C.Why do you put oil in waffle mix but not in pancake mix? ›
The extra fat helps the waffle develop that crispy surface. Extra sugar helps with the caramelization of the waffle surface too. However, this batter is perfectly sweet, so I didn't want to add any extra sweetness. The extra oil also makes the waffle batter runnier than the batter for pancakes.What oil is best with waffles? ›
However, to be more specific, Canola oil makes a good choice for waffles. It lacks flavor, meaning that whatever toppings you want to put on your waffle, you won't notice any lingering aftertaste or incompatibility. Most vegetable oils are predominantly canola oil, which is derived from rapeseed.Does oil make waffles less or more dry? ›
Opt for oil instead of butter.
For crispier waffles, use vegetable oil or coconut oil instead of melted butter in your recipe. Unlike butter, oil doesn't have any water content, which adds moisture and hinders a crust from forming.
Can you over mix waffle batter? ›
Yes, you want your batter to be nicely mixed but you do not want to over stir it too much! Over mixing will cause the gluten in the flour to develop and get tougher, leaving you with chewy waffles.How do you keep waffles soft? ›
Grab a wire cooling rack and a warm oven.
Before you start whipping up any batter, place the cooling rack inside a baking sheet. The wire cooling rack, raised above the baking sheet, allows air to circulate freely, which helps to keep pancakes and waffles warm and prevents them from becoming soggy.
Essentials: The right ingredients
Some waffles contain yeast or buttermilk for a fluffier end result. Top tip: As any baker will tell you, always, always, always sift your dry ingredients to get rid of any clumps.
The best way to grease a waffle iron is to use a soft brush, such as a silicone basting brush or a pastry brush. This will get between the grids easily, leaving every area of the waffle iron suitably non-stick, without having to spend ages working the oil or butter into the cracks.How long do you cook waffles in a waffle maker? ›
Spray the preheated waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown and the iron stops steaming, 3 to 5 minutes.What temperature do you cook waffles at? ›
There are no two ways about it: the best way to get delicious waffles is to have a properly heated waffle iron. And by properly heated, we mean 375°F (191°C). Only by heating your waffle iron enough, but not too much, can you get that crisp outside and that steamy inside that everyone wants in a waffle.Why do my waffles stick to the waffle iron? ›
Too much oil or a lack of oil. Batter may stick if there is no egg yolk in it; must have egg yolk or oil for non-stick. It is always recommended to spray a non-stick product on the plates. This helps reduce the chances of sticking.How do you keep waffles warm and crispy? ›
Keeping waffles warm for the whole family is easy with this trick. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees while making the batter, then turn the oven off. As each waffle is done pop it into the warm oven, right on the rack. The waffles stay warm and crisp so everyone can sit down to eat together.How do you make a delicious waffle? ›
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. ...
- Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp.
The good news is that you do not actually have to use milk in your homemade waffles. You may be surprised to hear that using just a little bit of water will work just fine!
Is oil or butter better for waffles? ›
You may find this just results in a little extra browning on your waffle, but if you cook on a very high heat, you would be better using a substitute with an oil with a higher smoke temperature. However, butter is great in waffles, and you can slice up and add softened butter to any waffle recipe.What is the most popular waffle? ›
One of the most popular varieties of waffles, Belgian waffle has a light batter, large squares, and deep pockets. It is often eaten as a breakfast food. The Belgian waffle is topped with whipped cream, confectioners' sugar, soft fruit, and chocolate spread.What mix does Disney use for waffles? ›
Using Golden Malted Waffle Mix means that the same waffle that you indulge in at Disney can now be enjoyed at home. This is the same family recipe that's been around for over 80 years. The mix is made with real malt and vanilla and the highest quality wheat.What does adding oil to waffle mix do? ›
But when baking cakes, muffins, and waffles you don't want too much gluten to form, otherwise the baked product won't be light, airy, and fluffy. To prevent too much gluten formation, we normally add fat or oil to the batter.What can you put in waffle mix to make it better? ›
- Bacon! ...
- A handful of blueberries or other small or sliced berries.
- Miniature chocolate chips. ...
- Miniature cinnamon chips. ...
- Peanut butter (about 1/4 cup peanut butter for every cup of flour). ...
- 1/2 cup cocoa with 1/3 cup sugar.
- 1 cup crushed pineapples (drained well); top finished waffles with whipped cream and coconut flakes.
The yolks are mixed in with the other wet ingredients and the egg whites are whisked separately, then folded into the batter. This method helps the waffles to rise during cooking, making them lighter and fluffier.Do waffles need baking powder or soda? ›
Sometimes, what makes waffles fluffy and light, is the leavening agent such as baking powder or soda, but you actually do not need them to make delicious waffles at home.Should I let my waffle batter sit? ›
Be sure to let the batter rest the full 30 minutes, and if they end up resting almost 40 minutes, that's still fine. If you don't let the batter rest, you get a full waffle LESS than if you wait, plus they're more chewy and not as delicious.Should waffle batter be cold or warm? ›
Waffle tip #2: Warm your liquid ingredients.
Second, liquid ingredients blend together more easily and completely when they're all around the same (warm or room) temperature. Consequently, when you add them to the dry ingredients, you won't have to stir as long to make a smooth batter.
The extra egg in a waffle batter makes a crispy exterior surrounding a moist fluffy inside with lots of air pockets. While you certainly can cook pancake batter in your waffle iron, they won't have the same texture or flavor that classic waffles have.
What is the difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle? ›
Belgian waffles are usually thicker than their American counterparts. These Belgian beauties are made with a recipe that includes yeasted batter and crunchy pearl sugar. Belgian waffles have extra-deep pockets—the better for filling with butter, jam, maple syrup, or whipped cream.Why do my waffles come out hard? ›
If your waffle iron isn't getting hot enough, you'll have to cook the waffles for longer to make sure they're done, and that can cause the batter to dry out. The moisture will evaporate, leaving you with dry, chewy waffles. Make sure you turn on your waffle maker before you start making the waffle batter.