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!
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!
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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.
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.
Finally, I use coconut sugar instead of refined sugar to give it a richer flavor and cut down on the sugar content.
Let’s be honest. Who here makes waffles just to bury them in toppings? I do! Here are my go-to toppings:
- Almond butter with healthy granola
- Coconut whipped cream and fresh berries
- Nut butter and jam
- Maple cashew cream
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.
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!
Vegan Waffles FAQs
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!
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!
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:
- Savory Breakfast Bowl
- Breakfast Smoothies
- Cereal Bars
- Steel-Cut Oats
- Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Muffins
- Homemade Protein Bars
- Gluten-Free Crepes
- Vegan ‘Yogurt’ Parfaits
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!
- waffle maker
- 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.
- 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.