Easy Vegan Waffles

published Jan 14, 2022
Vegan Waffles Recipe

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.

Makes6 to 8 waffles

Prep10 minutes

Cook15 minutes to 20 minutes

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vegan waffles, garnished with berries, being drizzled with maple syrup
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Anna Stockwell

If you’re looking for the fastest, easiest vegan waffle recipe — ready, start to finish, in less than 30 minutes — you’ve found it. The batter comes together in just one bowl, you can use whatever type of waffle maker you’d like, and you likely already have everything you need to make them. Let’s get started.

How Do You Make Vegan Waffles from Scratch?

You’ll start by whisking together the dry ingredients — all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt — before adding plant-based milk (I prefer oat milk), coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Using both types of leavener is crucial, as the powder helps the waffles rise and become fluffy, while the soda enhances caramelization, giving these waffles their irresistible golden hue.

Add the batter to a heated, greased waffle maker and cook until the waffle is golden-brown. Repeat with remaining batter, then dig in!

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Anna Stockwell

3 Tips for Making the Best Vegan Waffles

  1. Don’t over-mix the batter. To avoid tough waffles, fold the batter just until everything is evenly incorporated and there are no dry clumps of flour.
  2. Grease your waffle iron generously. I like to brush my waffle iron in between batches — even if it doesn’t look like it needs it — using melted coconut oil and a pastry brush. This prevents each waffle from sticking.
  3. Don’t open the iron until it stops steaming. Steam coming from the waffle iron signals there’s excess moisture in the waffles and they’re not cooked through yet. If you open the iron too early, your waffles might break apart.

What Should I Serve with Vegan Waffles? 

These fluffy waffles are great with berries and maple syrup. A dollop of coconut yogurt or some chia jam are also delicious options! Alternatively, go the savory route and top them with roasted cherry tomatoes or sautéed mushrooms.

Can I Make Vegan Waffles in Advance?

Yes! For short-term storage, cook and cool the waffles completely, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days. For a longer-term option, place into a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, pop them in the toaster or toaster oven until hot and crispy.

Vegan Waffles Recipe

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.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes to 20 minutes

Makes 6 to 8 waffles

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons

    granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    baking soda

  • 1 3/4 cups

    unsweetened plant-based milk, preferably full-fat oat milk

  • 1/4 cup

    melted virgin or refined coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • Melted coconut oil or cooking spray, for the waffle iron

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Add 1 3/4 cups plant-based milk, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir just until the mixture is combined and there are no large lumps left.

  3. Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions to high or medium-high and brush with melted coconut oil or cooking spray. Add the amount of batter recommended by the manufacturer and cook until the waffle is golden-brown. Be sure to wait until it has stopped steaming before opening the iron, otherwise the waffle may stick and break apart. Remove from the waffle iron and repeat cooking the remaining batter, brushing the iron with more oil before each waffle. If not eating right away, keep the waffles warm in a 200ºF oven.

Recipe Notes

Oil: Instead of coconut oil, you can use any neutral-tasting oil, such as avocado.

Storage: Waffles are best if served immediately, but re-heat well in the toaster. Leftovers can be kept refrigerated for up to a week. Leftover waffles can also be frozen for up to 3 months and toasted straight out of the freezer.