Waffles feel like the ultimate breakfast treat, don’t they? My vegan waffles recipe brings you the comfort you crave with dairy and egg-free swaps that make this a plant-based alternative. This has been tested until I could confidently dub it the best vegan waffles around!

best vegan waffles on a white plate with fresh berries, a knife and a fork.

My favorite part about making waffles is freezing them to have throughout the week. Since waffles require a special appliance, I often double the recipe and then toss the finished extras in a freezer-safe bag to grab throughout the week.

Just toss in the toaster to reheat when you’re ready!

Table of Contents
  1. How to Make the Best Vegan Waffles
  2. Waffle Toppings
  3. How to Make Vegan Buttermilk
  4. Vegan Waffles FAQs
  5. Plant-Based Breakfast Options
  6. Vegan Waffles Recipe
ingredients for vegan waffle recipe including oat milk, vanilla, whole wheat flour, oat flour, vinegar, cinnamon and unsweetened applesauce.

How to Make the Best Vegan Waffles

Traditional waffles are light and fluffy due to the gluten, eggs and dairy milk. While my recipe makes a denser waffle, It doesn’t lose the fluff due to the vegan buttermilk I add. To keep the batter moist without eggs, I add unsweetened applesauce.

whisking dry ingredients together in a glass bow with a stainless steel whisk.

Using a mixture of flour gives the best flavor and texture. I use part whole wheat flour and part oat flour to ensure I end up with the right texture.

pouring batter into a waffle iron, cooking the batter, then putting the waffles on a cooling tray.

Finally, I use coconut sugar instead of refined sugar to give it a richer flavor and cut down on the sugar content.

breakfast waffles topped with blueberries and strawberries on a white plate.

Waffle Toppings

Let’s be honest. Who here makes waffles just to bury them in toppings? I do! Here are my go-to toppings:

How do you like to top your waffles? I choose the toppings based on how hungry I am and if I need to take my breakfast to go or am able to enjoy it sitting down.

maple cashew cream in a jar, getting stirred with a stainless steel spoon.

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk

Learning how to make dairy-free buttermilk changed the way I bake. It turned my flattened pancakes into fluffy clouds. It turns this recipe into the best vegan waffles I’ve ever had!

To make ‘buttermilk’ take your favorite plant-based milk (can be store-bought or homemade) and add in 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar. Stir it in lightly then let it sit for five minutes. You know it’s ready when you get a curdled effect. So easy!

homemade vegan waffles topped with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries.

Vegan Waffles FAQs

Are waffles vegan friendly?

Traditional waffles are NOT vegan. In my recipe, I swap in oat milk and unsweetened applesauce to replace the animal products. The result is a super fluffy, tasty waffle where you don’t miss the dairy or the eggs!

Can you use water in place of milk in waffles?

You can in a pinch, yet you’ll lose a lot of fluff. Instead, use plant-based milk (whatever you have on hand works!) and add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Let this sit for five minutes and you’ve got yourself vegan buttermilk!

What’s in a vegan waffle?

Replace the dairy milk with plant-based milk of your choice (I use oat milk) and replace the eggs with unsweetened applesauce to turn your waffles vegan. Top with cashew cream or coconut whipped cream for a vegan-friendly breakfast.

Plant-Based Breakfast Options

While I love starting my day with a green smoothie, I know not everyone does… and I like having other options for brunches, special breakfasts or holidays. Here’s my list of loved recipes:

I can’t wait for you to try this vegan waffles recipe. Will you leave a rating and review to let me know how you enjoyed them? And don’t forget to tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies on social media to share the waffle love!

5 from 1 vote

Vegan Waffles

Get ready for weekend brunch the right way with my vegan waffles. Fluffy, delicious, comforting and dairy and egg-free. You'll be shocked at how wonderful these are and how much you don't miss the dairy.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: dairy-free, Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 4

Equipment

  • waffle maker

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ cups oat milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • cup applesauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted

Instructions 

  • Mix oat milk and vinegar then allow to sit for five minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients to milk and ACV mixture and mix well.
  • Use waffle iron according to appliance settings and measurements.
  • Top with your fresh berries, cashew cream, banana and almond butter, etc.

Notes

  • If you don’t have oat flour on hand, you can easily make it with your blender. Just add one cup of old-fashioned oats to your blender and blend on high until fine powder forms. 
  • Each waffle maker is different so make sure to read instructions before pouring the batter in to ensure you don’t overfill yours.
  • Swap oat milk with the plant milk of your choice. 
  • Swap coconut sugar with the natural sweetener of your choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 531mg, Potassium: 251mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 12IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 166mg, Iron: 3mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these this morning. I made my own oat flour. I used “Not Milk” for the plant based milk. I had frozen some apples off my tree last fall & I blended those for the applesauce. They were too thick for my upright waffle iron so I added more plant milk. They tasted very good although they weren’t as crispy as I would normally like my waffles. Maybe they would have been more crispy if I had baked them more.