From breakfast to dinner waffles are everything! Discover your new favorite plant-based breakfast, brunch, and beyond with this amazing recipe for Vegan Waffles!
What You Will Love About These Waffles
- Fast and Delicious – These tasty waffles don’t take much time! That makes these waffles perfect for a lazy morning or sweet evening treat!
- Tasty Anytime – Morning, afternoon, or late night every time is the right time for waffles! This easy recipe makes the perfect waffles for any occasion or time of day!
- Easy Vegan Flavor – This simple recipe is made with common plant-based ingredients and easy techniques so home chefs of all skill levels can make a show-stopping vegan meal with ease!
- Fun For All Ages – Waffles are the perfect easy recipe to make with your little chef. Kids like mixing and pouring the batter, but they will fall fully in love with the flavor of these perfectly gridded cakes!
- Endless Yummy Options – Everyone knows waffles and syrup, but these perfect cakes can be so much more! From fruit toppings to fried veggies, the only limit to these waffles is your imagination!
Vegan Waffle Ingredients
Unsweetened Plant Milk – This delicious recipe uses an amazing trick to turn your favorite vegan milk into buttermilk! This makes the waffles luscious, fluffy, and just a little tangy.
So start with your favorite non-dairy milk. Coconut milk and soy milk are both great options, but any delicious plant-based milk will do the job, just make sure it is unsweetened and unflavored! Unsweetened and flavor-free milk will allow you to control the flavor and sweetness of the batter.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Awesome apple cider vinegar is a versatile ingredient with the power to add sweetness and acidity to any recipe! That is why it’s just the thing to turn up the flavor in these amazing waffles! Apple cider vinegar combines with the vegan milk to make the buttermilk.
If you do not have A.C.V., do not panic! You can substitute this ingredient with red or white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, or even lemon juice in a pinch!
All-Purpose Flour – Flour is the cornerstone of airy and delicious waffles. For this recipe, choose the familiar favorite of all-purpose flour. This staple has just the right protein content to make a batter that is sturdy yet light and tender. This ingredient is so crucial that it is best not to substitute this ingredient without testing the replacement first.
Baking Powder – Baking Powder is an awesome leavening agent. It is made from an acid and baking soda; which means that it has all the power of baking soda but with an extra dose of acid. This makes it the perfect leavening agent to add delicious airiness and rise to the waffle batter.
In a jam, you can swap this ingredient with a blend of baking soda and cream of tartar. These two bring the soda and acidity needed to mimic baking powder.
Sea Salt – Just a hint of salt balances all the sweet and creamy flavors in this recipe. Using sea salt is a great choice because it is a natural and pure salt, but you can swap this ingredient with any salt you have on hand if needed.
Brown Sugar – Waffles just wouldn’t be the same without a little sweetness, so add some sugary flavor with brown sugar or maple syrup. Both work well, but some brown sugars are made with white sugar that is refined with bone char. If this is a concern, opt for maple syrup to sweeten these lovely cakes.
Vegan Butter – Melted coconut oil or vegan butter acts as the fat in this recipe. Either option brings richness, creaminess, and satisfying flavor to the mix. Choose your favorite but remember to melt it before adding it to the batter.
Vanilla Extract – This common flavoring agent brings tons of luscious vanilla flavor in a small dose; however, flavor extracts are made with alcohol so they can have an unpleasant or unnatural flavor. To avoid this choose a pure, natural vanilla extract whenever possible or swap it with vanilla bean paste or dried vanilla bean. And if you like a more toasty and nutty taste, swap the vanilla extract for almond or hazelnut extract.
Mixing Bowl and Tools – This awesomely easy recipe relies on basic tools, so reach for a couple bowls, a rubber spatula, and a whisk.
Measuring Tools – Easy and tasty waffles start with the right measurements. You can use standard measuring cups or for a more exact measurement grab your kitchen scale and weigh your ingredients.
Waffle Iron – You cannot have waffles with a waffle iron! You can cook this decadent waffle batter in any style of waffle iron you like! Have fun and use a heart-shaped iron, a miniature waffle iron, a traditional countertop iron, or the classic Belgian waffle maker.
Make sure that your iron is set up on a flat surface and clean inside and out. Grease the waffle iron very well and keep the lid closed whenever it is not in use to ensure the iron stays at temperature. If your waffle iron has multiple settings, medium is your safest choice but you know your appliance the best, so preheat it to your favorite setting.
Tips and Tricks
- You can turn your oven or toaster oven on while you mix the batter so it is nice and warm when the first waffle is ready!
- Be sure to sift the dry ingredients very well. This helps cut down on the lumps in the final batter and ensures that everything is evenly incorporated.
- When it comes to waffles you should never mix, always fold! When combining wet and dry, be careful to use a folding motion rather than a stirring or whipping motion. Folding will trap air in the batter that stirring would beat out of the batter.
- Do not overmix the batter! Fold gently and leave the lumps alone!
- When filling the waffle iron with batter, don’t worry about spreading the batter all the way to the edge. When the lid closes the batter will be pressed down and fill in all the gaps with yummy waffle goodness!
Tasty Recipe Variations
- Nuts for Flavor – If you love texture and flavor try this tasty twist, swap the vanilla for almond extract and finely chop your favorite toasted nuts to fold into the batter before cooking. Serve this delicious rendition topped with candied nuts and syrup for a perfectly sweet, crunchy, and toasty meal.
- Chock Full of Chocolate – Turn your perfect vegan waffles into a chocolatey delight by folding in some chopped vegan chocolate or vegan chocolate chips. Top them with coconut whipped cream and fresh strawberries for an unforgettable brunch or dessert!
- Sweet on Citrus – Bring some brightness to your day by folding some lemon zest into the waffle batter. Top this unforgettable dish with marmalade and fresh blueberries to make a sweet and tart treat!
- Crazy for Caramel – Sweeten the deal with this delicious rendition! Prepare the waffles as directed and then make an easy vegan caramel by placing a can of coconut heavy cream in boiling water until it becomes thick and gooey. Use this as a luscious topping for these perfect vegan waffles.
- Fun and Fruity – Make your waffles into a fruity, textural treat by folding some finely chopped dried fruit into the batter before cooking. Top these chewy and fruity waffles with warm maple syrup.
How To Make Vegan Waffles
(1) Combine plant milk, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture rest for a few minutes.
(2) Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt in a big bowl. Sifting makes the waffles fluffy!
(3) With a mixer add the brown sugar, vegan butter, and liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Do not overmix the batter! Leave the lumps alone! The batter is best when it is nicely thick and scoopable.
(4) Your waffle iron should be turned on and preheated. The medium setting makes for beautifully fluffy yet crispy waffles.
(5) Scoop the batter into an extra large measuring cup, then working one at a time, pour or spread it into the center of the greased waffle iron.
(6) Close the lid and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Vegan waffles are the ideal indulgence for any occasion! They are so easy to make and pair up with other tasty elements that you really cannot go wrong! Serve them warm for the best flavor but mix up the timing and toppings to make this meal more fun!
These gorgeously golden brown waffles can be served with maple syrup for a classic breakfast or topped with vegan ice cream to make an amazing dessert! You can even get wild with these waffles by serving them topped with battered mushrooms or cauliflower and sweet mustard for a vegan take on chicken and waffles!
Or make things more hands-on by building a gorgeous brunch-themed snack board with these vegan waffles as the centerpiece! Add fruits, jam, syrups, nut butters, and sauces to make a fun and interactive waffle-tastic snack!
No matter the time of day or how many people you need to feed, these waffles are the right choice to bring some fun flavor to the party!
To store these yummy waffles, first allow them to cool. Once cooled, they can be moved to an airtight container or wrapped in plastic and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you are not going to enjoy all the leftovers in the next few days you can consider freezing these yummy waffles!
To freeze, allow them to cool and then wrap each waffle in plastic and then again in foil. Place the foil-wrapped waffles in a freezer-safe bag, label the bag, and freeze. These waffles can be frozen for up to 3 months and they can go straight from the freezer to reheating without thawing.
To reheat waffles, place them in an air fryer or toaster oven set to 400°F for 2 to 4 minutes or until warm and crispy. Alternatively, reheat them in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
Are Vegan Waffles Nut-Free?
Yes, this awesome recipe is nut-free, as long as you choose a vegan milk option without nuts. Just remember when cooking for allergy sufferers, always double-check the labels because even ingredients that seem nut-free can sometimes be made in the same facilities as nuts.
How Do I Get the Waffles Out of the Waffle Iron?
The tried and true way to remove a waffle is with a dinner fork. Grab a standard fork and gently poke the edge to grab it or slide the fork underneath the waffle. You can also use tongs or a spatula, but never use your hands!
A burn from a countertop waffle iron is no joke, so it’s important to use caution when preparing these delicious breakfast cakes. Never touch the inside of the waffle iron and never leave tools resting on the hot surfaces of the iron.
Can I Make These Gluten-Free?
Different flours behave very differently so it can be tough to take a standard recipe and convert it to gluten-free. This recipe is designed with wheat flour and has not been tested with gluten-free ingredients. Any home chef wanting to make it gluten-free should expect a little trial and error.
That said, if you are experimenting with swapping the flour for an alternative it’s advised you start with gluten-free all-purpose flour. This product has the most versatility and similarities with wheat flour, so it is likely the best choice.
Vegan Waffles (without milk and egg)
- 360 ml Unsweetened Plant Milk
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 245 g All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 60 g Vegan Butter
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Combine plant milk, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture rest for a few minutes.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt in a big bowl. Sifting makes the waffles fluffy!
- With a mixer add the brown sugar, vegan butter, and liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Do not overmix the batter! Leave the lumps alone! The batter is best when it is nicely thick and scoopable.
- Your waffle iron should be turned on and preheated. The medium setting makes for beautifully fluffy yet crispy waffles.
- Scoop the batter into an extra large measuring cup, then working one at a time, pour or spread it into the center of the greased waffle iron.
- Close the lid and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.