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CHOCOLATE VEGAN BELGIAN WAFFLES

Chocolate Vegan Belgian Waffles are fluffy, decadent, and made with 7 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry! Serve with fresh cut strawberries and pure maple syrup for a delicious start to your day!

head on view of vegan chocolate belgian waffle on a plate.

Why We Love Belgian Waffles

Every now and then I get a craving for waffles. They’re a terrific alternative to pancakes and cook up just as fast.

You may already be familiar with these Best Vegan Waffles, Best Applesauce Waffles, and Buckwheat Chocolate waffles. All are delicious!

Belgian waffles are much thicker than classic waffles due to the Belgian waffle makers deeper, larger grid pockets. This makes them perfect for holding toppings and pools of syrup.

Made with 7 simple ingredients, these amazing vegan Belgian waffles are full of chocolate flavor and a perfect addition to the collection of vegan waffle recipes.

We love how quick and easy this recipe is to make. Plus, it includes options for different flours, making the plain and/or oil-free. There are options for everyone!

Serving your Belgian waffles with fresh sliced strawberries and pure maple syrup will take them over the top, making for a healthy and delicious meal. So from my kitchen to yours, enjoy!

top down ingredients used to make vegan chocolate waffles recipe.

Ingredient Notes

Here is everything you’ll need to make these delicious chocolate waffles. Included are ingredient substitutions when possible. Measurements can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Flour – I used whole wheat for this recipe, but spelt and all-purpose will do just fine in this recipe.
  • Cocoa – Organic preferred, but use your favorite cocoa powder.
  • Sugar – I used pure cane, but coconut, turbinado, date, or sugar-free monk fruit sweetener all work well.
  • Baking powder – Preferably aluminum free.
  • Salt – Just a pinch to enhance the flavors, my favorite is pink mineral salt.
  • Unsweetened almond milk – Any non-dairy milk will do so use your favorite (oat, cashew, soy, etc.)
  • Oil – I’ve used light flavored olive oil, but any neutral oil will do. Also room temp coconut oil work. Can also sub with unsweetened applesauce.
  • Vanilla – Can skip if using a vanilla flavored plant milk, or add extra to taste.
side by side photos showing the process of making vegan chocolate waffle batter.

How To Make Vegan Belgian Waffles

  • Preheat Belgian waffle maker to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add non-dairy milk, oil and vanilla, mix until combined.
side by side photos of fresh mixed batter being poured onto belgian waffle maker.
  • Pour batter onto the waffle iron, close and cook about 3 – 4 minutes (or according to your waffle maker’s instructions). Gently remove waffles and serve right away. You can also keep waffles warm in a preheated oven at 200 degrees F., keep waffles on a cookie sheet until all waffles are ready.
top down view of healthy vegan chocolate belgian waffle on a plate with syrup being poured overtop.
  • Serve waffles with pure maple syrup. Pairs perfectly with fresh sliced strawberries but any seasonal berry will be great too.

And that’s it!

Sinfully delicious, yet oh so healthy!

Tips + FAQ’s

  • Make your waffles oil-free. Replace the oil with applesauce or extra milk. I’ve done this many times with great success! Just be sure your waffle maker is non-stick.
  • Why do my Belgian waffles split when opening the waffle maker? This may happen when waffles are undercooked. You may need to turn up the heat or cook the waffles a few seconds extra before opening the lid to make sure they are done.
  • Make regular flavored Belgian waffles. If you don’t have chocolate on hand, you can easily make these plain by replacing the cocoa powder with flour. Also, use half of the sugar called for.
  • Use a classic waffle maker. This Belgian waffle recipe can also be made with a regular sized waffle iron and will yield 4 smaller waffles.
head on view of vegan chocolate belgian waffle on a plate with slice cut.

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CHOCOLATE VEGAN BELGIAN WAFFLES (HEALTHY)

Healthy vegan chocolate Belgian waffles are made with pantry staples and are perfect with fresh cut strawberries and pure maple syrup!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: waffle iron
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat, spelt, all-purpose, or 11 GF flour blend)
  • 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (organic pure cane, coconut, date, raw, or monk fruit sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch of mineral salt
  • 1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup light flavored olive oil or room temp coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat waffle maker to manufacturer’s instructions.

Mix batter: In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt. Add non-dairy milk, oil and vanilla, mix until combined.

Cook: Pour batter onto the waffle iron, close and cook about 3 – 4 minutes (or according to your waffle maker’s instructions). Gently remove waffles and serve right away. You can also keep waffles warm in a preheated oven at 200 degrees F., keep waffles on a cookie sheet until all waffles are ready.

Serve: Top waffles with pure maple syrup. Pairs perfectly with fresh sliced strawberries, but any seasonal berry will be great too. For variation, try this Nut Butter Maple Syrup.

Makes 2 Belgian waffles (as shown) or 4 regular ones if using a classic waffle maker.

Store: Leftover waffles can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days, or in the freezer for 2 – 3 months. Reheat in the toaster oven.

Notes

Vegan buttermilk: Make vegan buttermilk: Add juice of 1/2 large lemon to non-dairy milk and let set for about 10 minutes.

Using coconut oil: Be sure to warm the milk or use room temp milk. Cold milk will solidify the coconut oil making it lumpy. For best results, warm the milk and coconut oil together.

Oil-free: I’ve made these many times with no oil and have had great results. Add a little extra milk if like, up to 1/4 cup, or use unsweetened applesauce. Just be sure your waffle maker is non-stick.

Updated: Vegan Belgian Waffles was originally published in August 2012. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in January 2021.

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24 Comments

  1. This was fantastic! Exactly what I needed for my snack this evening. I halved the recipe, used whole wheat pastry flour, and maple syrup in place of sugar. I also added 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom and cinnamon. Next time I will half it again and add 1/2 tsp of cardamom and cinnamon. Thank you for a simple recipe!

  2. Su Cheen Theng says:

    Does this recipe work with a regular waffle maker? Thank you.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, just adjust the amount of batter used for each waffle to your waffle maker size. Enjoy!

  3. HI!
    THIS LOOK AMAIZING
    WHICH WAFFLE MAKER DID YOU USE TO GET THAT KIND OF THICK WAFFELS?
    WHERE CAN I FOUND WAFFLE IRON LIKE THIS?
    THANK YOU

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Hi, Liraz! I used a nonstick ceramic-plated Belgian waffle maker. It was an inexpensive brand and works just fine for the amount we use it. We love the ceramic-plated ones, but any non-toxic nonstick belgian waffle maker will do. I hope that helps! :)

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