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EASY VEGAN WAFFLES (5 INGREDIENTS)

Easy Vegan Waffles made with 5 ingredients cook up fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside for a quick and delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Easily customizable to be oil-free or gluten-free.

head on view of easy vegan waffles with blueberries and syrup.

If you love waffles as much as I do and can eat them all day, every day, you’ll love this quick and easy vegan waffle recipe that’s eggless, dairy-free and delicious.

They make a great addition to the recipe collection along with these healthy Applesauce WafflesVegan Belgian Waffles and gluten-free Buckwheat Chocolate Waffles. All are delicious and perfect for your breakfast, lunch or dinner meal rotation!

Made with just 5 simple ingredients, these vegan waffles cook up fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. And they are ready in just 15 minutes!

Serve your waffles with pure maple syrup and an assortment of toppings. I have a convenient list of serving suggestions below so you can mix and match anything you like.

Break out the waffle iron and let’s make waffles!

top down view of ingredients used to make the best vegan waffles.

Ingredients + Substitutions

In this recipe, flour, sugar, and almond milk are mixed into a batter, poured onto a hot waffle griddle and cooked until light and crispy for a healthy breakfast that’s quick and easy to make.

Here is everything you will need, plus ingredient variations (measurements are in the recipe card below):

  • Flour – These were made using spelt flour, but sub in your favorite. I’ve also used both all-purpose and whole wheat flours, both worked well.
  • Sugar – Organic pure cane sugar is what I used, but coconut or turbinado is great too.
  • Baking Powder – This is how we will make the waffles light and airy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk – This is my favorite when baking, but use your preferred non-dairy plant milk (oat, soy, cashew, etc.). If you’re in a pinch, water will do fine too. If using non-vanilla flavor, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla with the milk.
  • Oil – I used light flavored olive oil, but melted vegan butter (I recommend Miyokos), coconut oil, or your favorite baking oil will do. For an oil-free version, see notes.
  • Waffle Maker – I used this classic waffle maker from Cuisinart (affiliate link). It’s super easy to use and cleans up well. The instructions say to set the temp at #3, but I prefer my waffles with a little golden color and set it at #5. If using a different waffle maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
side by side photos showing the process of making vegan waffle batter.

How To Make Vegan Waffles

Making vegan waffles is easy as can be! Here is a quick look at the steps with photos. (Note, the full printable recipe is at the bottom of the post)

  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder into a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine.
  • Combine the milk and oil/applesauce together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
side by side photos of vegan waffle batter added to hot waffle griddle.
  • If waffle iron isn’t nonstick, spray with cooking oil.
  • Next, scoop up the batter and pour in the center of a preheated waffle maker and close the lid.
top down view of vegan waffle on waffle iron.
  • Wait for the light to turn green and gently remove the waffle with the tip of a fork. Repeat until the batter is gone. Makes about 5 waffles.

And there you have it, vegan waffles made easy and delicious!

Now it’s your turn! I encourage you to start (or end) your day with a plate of these freshly made waffles. The whole family will love them!

Top Tips

  • Make vegan buttermilk waffles. To make vegan buttermilk, add the juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the milk and let it rest for 10 minutes. The acid will curdle the milk and give it a tang.
  • Add extra flavors. Try adding 1 tsp vanilla (especially if you are using plain milk) or up to 1 tsp of cinnamon. You can also toss in 1/4 – 1/3 cup of chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter for variation.
  • Crispy waffles. I find letting the waffles cook a little longer, about 10 – 15 seconds, will crisp them up nicely so you don’t end up with floppy waffles. Just be sure to test with your waffle iron as the time may vary.
  • Super fluffy waffles. For extra fluffy waffles, reduce the non-dairy milk to 1 1/2 cups, instead of 1 3/4 cups.
top down view of vegan waffles cooling on a wire rack with items surrounding.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I add tasty add-ins?

Absolutely! Toss in a small handful of cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup (338 ml) of peanut butter for every cup of flour, a handful of blueberries or other diced or small berries, or 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! To make gluten free vegan waffles, use any gluten-free flour blend, oat flour or buckwheat flour 1-1 for perfectly, light and crispy waffles. The only flour I do not recommend is using only coconut flour, it’s super tricky to work with.

Can I make oil-free waffles?

Yes! For vegan oil-free waffles, simply replace the oil with unsweetened applesauce! And be sure your waffle maker is non-stick so you don’t need to coat it with oil.

Can I make vegan Belgian waffles with this recipe?

You sure can! To make belgian waffles, pour 1 1/4 cups of the batter onto the belgian waffle iron. Recipe will make 2 belgian waffles.

Why do my waffles split in half when opening the waffle maker?

This could be due to the waffles being undercooked. You may need to turn up the heat or leave the waffles a few seconds extra so they cook thoroughly before opening the waffle lid.

How To Store + Freeze

Waffles can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer with these easy instructions. You can even make extra waffles to store for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to  7 – 10 days, in a covered container.
  • Freezer: For longer storage, keep vegan waffles in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in sealed freezer safe containers or ziplock bags, removing as much as possible before sealing.
  • Reheat: To reheat, simply pop frozen or refrigerated waffles in the toaster or toaster oven and enjoy! For larger batches, warm waffles in a preheated oven set to 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes on a lightly greased or lined baking sheet.
top down view of best vegan waffles on a serving platter with items surrounding.

Serving Suggestions

Adding a drizzle of pure maple syrup is a classic way to serve waffles. Here a few more delicious options:

top down view of vegan waffle on a plate with syrup being poured over top.

If you try this vegan waffle recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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BEST VEGAN WAFFLES (EASY + HEALTHY)

Start, or end your day, with this quick and easy vegan waffles recipe. They’re light, fluffy, made with 5 simple ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Entree
  • Method: griddle
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups (250g) flour (spelt, light whole wheat, all-purpose flour, or GF flour blend), see notes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (coconut, pure cane, or turbinado)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups (403ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, applesauce (see notes), or vegan butter (I recommend Miyoko’s)
  • pinch of mineral salt, optional

Instructions

Prep: Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Also, preheat oven to 200 degrees F., for keeping the waffles warm.

Mix batter: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, oil and non-dairy milk, mix well, until most of the flour lumps are gone.

Scoop, pour + cook: If not using a non-stick waffle iron, spray waffle plate with cooking oil. Using a 1/2 measuring cup (amounts will vary depending on your waffle iron), scoop up batter and pour in the center of waffle plate. Close the cover and cook as directed by manufacturer’s instructions. For crispier waffles, let cook 5 – 12 seconds longer, depending on your waffle iron.

Remove + keep warm: Gently remove with the tip of a fork and place on a wire rack in the oven until the remaining waffles are made.

Serve: Pair your waffles with fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, and top with pure maple syrup or this easy homemade Blueberry Compote. You may even like to drizzle with vegan chocolate syrup and add a dollop of whipped coconut cream.

Makes 4 – 5 waffles.

Store: Leftover waffles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, or store in the freezer for up to 1- 2 months. When ready to eat, pop them in the toaster oven. Larger batches can be warmed in a preheated oven set to 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes, using a  greased or lined baking sheet.

Notes

If using applesauce, be sure to use a waffle maker with a non-stick surface or spray the waffle iron with cooking spray.

Make vegan buttermilk waffles. To make vegan buttermilk, add the juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the milk and let it rest for 10 minutes. The acid will curdle the milk and give it a tang.

Flour notes: These were made using light spelt flour, but sub in your favorite. I’ve also used both all-purpose and whole wheat flours, both worked well. Make them gluten free by using a gluten free flour blend, oat flour or buckwheat flour in a 1-1 ratio. When adjusting for different weights of flour, use this King Arthur Ingredient Weight Chart as a guide.

Optional add-ins: Toss in a small handful of cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of peanut butter for every cup of flour, a handful of blueberries or other diced or small berries, or 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Belgian waffles: Use 1 cup of batter instead of 1/2 cup. Recipe will make 2 belgian waffles.

Equipment: My waffles were made using this Cuisinart waffle maker (affiliate link). Your results may vary depending on the waffle iron you are using. 

UPDATED: This recipe was updated with slightly more and non-dairy milk for a slightly thicker batter. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups (210 g) of spelt flour and 1 1/2 cups (338 ml) of milk for a lighter waffle. Both are amazing so use your favorite!

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

Updated: Vegan Waffles was originally published in September 2018. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in January 2021. Recipe ingredients have been slightly changed as seen in the recipe card notes above.

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71 Comments

  1. Followed the recipe with Pamela’s GF flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and oat milk instead of almond… it was like bread dough so I added at least twice the oat milk and even some water to get it to the pictured consistency, and then it still turned out crispy on the outside but gummy on the inside. Not sure what went wrong but this was a disaster.

    Update: I followed a completely different recipe even using eggs and it was also gummy. It’s the oat milk! So don’t use oat milk!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Sorry, you had issues, K! It sounds like too much liquid. I would suggest trying the recipe again with only adding an extra 1/2 cup of liquids.

  2. Hi just wondering can I use banana or apple sauce instead of sugars I want to make these for my toddler :) thanks!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Great question, Robyn! Yes, you can the sugar with banana or apple sauce. Enjoy!

  3. I recently made these for my cousins brunch. They came out light, but everyone enjoyed them.

  4. Holy. Crap. These are amazing.

  5. lylliane sprock says:

    I used Bob’s Red mills gluten free cup for cup flour and almond milk. Excellent recipe with no eggs!! Highly recommend.

    1. Did you adjust anything with the GF flour? I tried making them and they were gummy on the inside. Tried baking longer and they were hard as a rock. New to the GF vegan world since my baby has allergies.

  6. Easy recipe. Used whole wheat flour, pancakes were dense and pretty revolting. Would not try again.

  7. Joanna M Harger says:

    Excellent! Fluffy and yummy!!

  8. These were great! Fluffy, easy to make, and delicious. I put bananas and peanut butter on top which was really good. Highly recommend!

  9. Made using Great Value gluten free flour. Added some cinnamon to the batter too. Loved how easy this recipe was and it made delicious Belgian waffles!

  10. I tried this with coconut flour and it was too absorbent and the batter was too thick, I recommend using almond flour instead!

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