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Made with only 7 simple and affordable plant-based ingredients, these vegan waffles are perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside! Serve with fresh fruits and a generous drizzle of maple syrup for a fantastic breakfast!

Vegan waffles topped with maple syrup, blueberries, and bananas.

⭐️ Why You Should Try It

  • It’s a classic. I believe everyone should have a good waffle recipe. These vegan waffles taste just like the classic ones, minus the eggs! It’s also a quick recipe that requires just one bowl and seven simple ingredients. Plus, it’s a fun after-school snack to whip up with the kids!
  • Crispy, light, and flavorful. With a crispy outside and a tender crumb, this recipe offers a contrast of textures that is simply irresistible.
  • Everyone loves them. From kids to grownups, these will surely satisfy everyone. We even asked non-vegans to try them alongside regular waffles; they couldn’t tell the difference!

🧇 What Are Waffles

A waffle is a popular breakfast dish that consists of a dough cooked between two patterned plates. The first reference to waffles appeared in the early Middle Ages. At this time, waffles were flatter and were called wafers or “oublies.” Waffles, as we know them, appeared later, in the 13th century, in Belgium and France.

There are many different types of waffles, varying in texture and flavor. Here are a few types of famous waffles:

  • Brussels waffles: Made from a batter leavened with yeast, this waffle is fluffier and usually larger than Liège waffles, although both originate from Belgium.
  • Liège waffles: As opposed to Brussels waffles, Liège waffles do not contain yeast and are leavened with either baking powder or eggs. They tend to be denser and a bit sweeter as well.
  • Bubble waffles: Relatively new, bubble waffles, also known as Hong Kong waffles, have a bubble-wrap appearance. They are cooked in a special waffle iron with spherical molds.
  • Stroopwafels: This Dutch waffle consists of two thin wafers filled with caramel sauce infused with cinnamon. It is served warm while the caramel is still gooey and the wafers soft.

🥛 Ingredient Notes

Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare vegan waffles:

  • Flour – Use the good old all-purpose flour. If you want to make these gluten-free, you can use your favorite 1:1 gluten-free flour mix. Please note that depending on the brand, you might have to adjust the ratio of wet to dry ingredients slightly.
  • Plant-based milk – Use your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk. Soy, almond, oat, or cashew milk are good options.
  • Sugar – While sugar acts as a sweetener, it also helps with caramelization, giving the waffles a golden brown.
  • Butter – After testing both butter and oil, we greatly prefer the former. Vegan butter yields a richer flavor and a less cakey texture.
  • Vanilla – For extra flavor. You can use store-bought or homemade vanilla extract. For even more vanilla flavor, replace the sugar with vanilla sugar.
  • Baking powder – To help the waffles rise.
  • Salt – Just a pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor.
Ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and baking powder.

🥣 How to Make It

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in the wet ingredients. Add the plant-based milk and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  1. Stir in the melted butter. Melt the vegan butter in a small saucepan or the microwave until just melted. The butter should not be hot. Pour the melted butter into the batter.
  2. Whisk until combined. Whisk once again until the butter is combined. Do not overmix.

Cook

  1. Heat a waffle maker. Heat your waffle maker for at least 4 minutes or until hot.
  2. Grease the waffle maker. Using a pastry brush, slightly grease the waffle maker with vegetable oil. Alternatively, you can use a non-stick spray.
  1. Cook the waffles. Using a measuring cup, pour about 1/3 cup of the batter into each cavity of your waffle maker. Close the waffle maker and cook the waffles for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer the waffles to a cooling rack and repeat with the remaining batter.

📗 Variations

While these waffles taste amazing as is, feel free to go one step further and try these flavor variations:

🍫 Double Chocolate

  • Replace 1/4 cup of the flour with unsweetened cocoa powder and stir about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips into the batter.

🫐 Blueberry

  • Stir 3/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries into the batter.

🍵 Matcha

  • Dissolve 1 tablespoon of matcha powder in 2-3 tablespoons of warm milk and add it to the batter.

🍓 Toppings

Looking for ways to garnish your waffles? We have got you covered. Here are a few ideas:

  • Nut butter: Drizzle with peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter.
  • Dark chocolate: Top warm waffles with shaved chocolate or melted chocolate.
  • Fresh fruits: Sliced bananas or berries like blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries.
  • Jam: Spread raspberry, apricot, strawberry, or even fig jam on your waffles. A drizzle of maple syrup or salted caramel sauce is delicious as well!
  • Crushed nuts: Garnish with roasted peanuts, slivered almonds, or roasted cashews.
  • Ice cream: Top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, or even matcha ice cream!

Not into sweets? How about serving these waffles with savory toppings?

  • Pesto and mushrooms: Spread a generous amount of vegan pesto on top of a waffle and top with sautéed mushrooms.
  • Tofu scramble: Top with scrambled tofu and chopped scallions.
  • Kimchi cheese: Garnish with vegan kimchi and sprinkle with grated vegan cheese or cheese sauce. Place in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
Top view of waffles with bananas and blueberries.

📔 Tips

  • Ensure your butter is not hot. If the melted butter is too hot when added to the batter, it will activate the baking powder, and you will end up with denser waffles. Make sure the butter is just melted. Another thing: measure the butter once it is melted (you should use 1/3 cup of melted butter).
  • For super crispy waffles. Do not be afraid to oil your waffle maker generously. It will result in crispier waffles.
  • Keep the waffles warm. Waffles tend to cool very quickly. To keep them warm, place them in a 200°F (93°C) preheated oven.
  • Use a high-quality waffle maker. For the best results, do not use a cheap waffle maker. The one I am using is getting old, and as you can see, the waffles are not evenly brown. A higher-end waffle maker will give you crispier and more evenly golden-brown waffles.

❄️ Storing and Freezing

  • To store: You can store waffles for up to 1 day at room temperature or 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • To freeze: Once the waffles are completely cool, transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 3-4 hours before transferring to a freeze bag. Frozen waffles will keep for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: You can reheat waffles in a toaster or in a 300°F (150°C) preheated oven for 7-10 minutes.

How To Air-Fry Frozen Waffles

You can reheat frozen waffles directly in an air fryer without thawing beforehand. To do so, place them in a 350°F (180°C) preheated air fryer for 5-7 minutes.

💬 FAQ

Can I make the batter ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the batter up to 3 days ahead. Store it in the fridge, and add a few more tablespoons of milk if it has thickened too much.

Can I bake these waffles in the oven instead of using a waffle maker?

Yes, you can pour the batter into a silicon waffle mold and bake the waffles for 13-15 minutes in a 355°F (180°C) preheated oven.

My batter is too thick. What should I do?

Depending on the type and brand of flour used, you might have to adjust the liquid-to-dry ingredients ratio. Add a few extra tablespoons of milk if your batter appears too thick.

If you are looking for a fantastic vegan waffle recipe, look no further! These waffles are perfectly crispy, super tender on the inside, and not overly sweet!

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Vegan waffles with blueberries and sliced bananas.
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Recipe

Perfect Vegan Waffles (Light & Crispy!)

5 from 2 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Made with only 7 simple and affordable plant-based ingredients, these vegan waffles are perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside! Serve with fresh fruits and a generous drizzle of maple syrup for a fantastic breakfast!
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 30 minutes
Total Time : 50 minutes
Servings 9 waffles
Calories 193 kcal

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together the dry ingredients. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour in the wet ingredients. Add the plant-based milk and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in the melted butter. Melt the vegan butter in a small saucepan or the microwave until just melted. The butter should not be hot. Pour the melted butter into the batter.
  • Whisk until combined. Whisk once again until the butter is combined. Do not overmix.
  • Heat a waffle maker. Heat your waffle maker for at least 4 minutes or until hot.
    Grease the waffle maker. Once hot, slightly grease the waffle maker with vegetable oil using a pastry brush. Alternatively, you can use a non-stick spray.
  • Cook the waffles. Using a measuring cup, pour about 1/3 cup of the batter into each cavity of your waffle maker. Close the waffle maker and cook the waffles for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer the waffles to a cooling rack and repeat with the remaining batter.

Notes

  • Ensure your butter is not hot. If the melted butter is too hot when added to the batter, it will activate the baking powder, and you will end up with denser waffles. Make sure the butter is just melted. Another thing: measure the butter once it is melted (you should use 1/3 cup of melted butter).
  • For super crispy waffles. Do not be afraid to oil your waffle maker generously. It will result in crispier waffles.
  • Keep the waffles warm. Waffles tend to cool very quickly. To keep them warm, place them in a 200°F (93°C) preheated oven.
  • Use a high-quality waffle maker. For the best results, do not use a cheap waffle maker. The one I am using is getting old, and as you can see, the waffles are not evenly brown. A higher-end waffle maker will give you crispier and more evenly golden-brown waffles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Waffle | Calories: 193 kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.7 g | Protein: 3.2 g | Fat: 8.1 g | Saturated Fat: 4.6 g | Cholesterol: 19 mg | Sodium: 159 mg | Potassium: 245 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 4.4 g | Calcium: 146 mg | Iron: 2 mg
Course : Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine : Belgian, French
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About the Author

Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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5 stars
I’ll try this recipe for my family this weekend. Thank you for sharing.

5 stars
Chocolate waffles with caramel sauce (your recipe) and raspberries perhaps? I love your recipes.
Love that you’re are on my computer. You’re a delight, Thomas.