How to Make Perfect Vegan Waffles

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How to make perfect vegan waffles. I have only recently discovered the joys of making your own waffles. Sure, I have eaten Birds Eye Potato Waffles (waffley versatile) in my misspent youth, and have indulged in an ice-cream laden waffle dessert, but I have never really tried them as an actual breakfast dish.

I have definitely missed out! Homemade waffles are crisp, fluffy and good enough to eat with syrup, without syrup, sweet, savoury or reheated the next day in the toaster. Click here for my web story on waffles!

I have also listed some additions to your delicious waffles, stirring through some chocolate chips, for example, or chopped fruits, or even pumpkin spice waffles!

Now, I have worked through quite a few vegan waffle recipes to find the perfect one. Some use flaxseed egg, some use egg replacer. Even more use lots and lots of sugar and oil.

This recipe doesn’t need a vegan egg, it doesn’t need a lot of sugar (although I use sugar, because I love my waffles sweet!) and it uses only a small amount of oil, which helps with the rise and the texture.

How to make light and fluffy vegan waffles

How to Make Perfect Vegan Waffles
  • Self-raising flour and baking powder. Good old fashioned ingredients that our grandmothers used, and that work really well. As you might imagine, they help with a great rise.
  • I experimented with mixing plant-based yogurts and milk in the batter, but I have found that milk, slightly soured with a little apple cider vinegar gives the best results too.
  • A little oil in the batter. I have suggested melted coconut oil, but I’ve also used vegetable oil with no noticeable difference in the taste or texture.
  • A good quality, or well-oiled waffle maker makes a huge difference. My waffle maker was very cheap on Amazon, but I lightly oil the waffle irons after each use, just before putting away again.
  • I use 3/4 cup of batter in my particular waffle maker. 1 cup is too much, and the batter will ooze out the sides, too little and it won’t fill the irons properly, so through trial and error, that’s just enough for me. Your machine will no doubt take a little more or a little less than mine!
  • The texture of your waffle batter needs to be quite thick, almost like cake or muffin batter. If it’s too runny, your waffles will not rise, and, whilst they’ll taste fine, they will be pretty flat! If you find your batter is quite thin, add another quarter cup of flour.

Are waffle and pancake batters the same thing?

How to make perfect vegan waffles

No they are not. I applied a logic when I was first starting out making waffles, that waffles are simply a crispier pancake and therefore the batter must be the same. Nope.

Whilst the intrinsic ingredients are the same, the quantities are quite different. Waffle batter really needs to be quite thick to fill the irons but to puff up at the same time. Don’t forget that they are also cooked in an enclosed space, as opposed to in a frying pan or on a griddle.

However, I am not sure if this methodology fails in reverse. I think that you could use waffle batter to make pancakes, but I haven’t tried. If anyone has, let me know in the comments below!

Customising your waffles

  • Add different spices, such as cinnamon, pumpkin spice, ground ginger
  • Add chocolate chips to the batter
  • Add some diced banana or blueberries to your batter
  • Add some chia seeds to your batter for a little extra crunch

Some essential equipment for making waffles

How To Make Vegan Waffles

How To Make Vegan Waffles

The easiest, fluffiest vegan waffles
5 from 86 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegan Breakfast, Vegan Waffles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 553kcal



  • 350 g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 500 ml Soy Milk (or plant-based milk of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 60 ml Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat your waffle maker according to manufacturers instructions
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the sugar.
  • In a large jug, whisk the milk and apple cider vinegar together. Leave for 5 minutes, then add the vanilla and melted coconut oil.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined.
  • Leave batter to stand for 5 minutes
  • Cook on your waffle maker, again, as per manufacturers instructions
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Serving: 90g | Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Waffles are always a favorite breakfast item at home. I will try your recipe for a vegan option. My stepdaughter is vegan, and she’ll appreciate the yummy dish! I love the waffle maker you used to form a shape of a flower.

  2. 5 stars
    I love waffles, could eat them every day. And this is the perfect recipe for vegan waffles. We really enjoyed them for breakfast!

  3. 5 stars
    These waffles are so fluffy and delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I love waffles and I can’t wait to try this one. I never thought to eat them with strawberry jam. That’s a great tip too! Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    I keep saying that I need to buy a waffle maker! Waffles are a treat at our house, but a little someone would like them every day for breakfast, perhaps more with ice cream, like the younger you, or a dollop of whipped cream!

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you for answering the question that was always nagging me about the difference between pancake and waffle batters. I notice that the boxed varieties usually say that the batter can be used for both. But, I never had great waffle results with boxed mixes. I’ll definitely will try your recipe with oat milk and some fall spices. My mouth is already watering!

  7. 5 stars
    I’m a big fan of waffles and love making them when I get the chance. The idea of pairing them with strawberry jam sounds delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    We love our breakfast waffles and am always looking for new recipes to try. You have so many great tips on make waffles and some add-ins.

  9. 5 stars
    love that its easy to prepare, sometimes I make it advance too… Thanks for the recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. I tried to make vegan waffles before and they just stuck to my waffle maker. I will try yours next time, it sounds lovley

  11. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! Thanks for such a great recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Girrrlll I love waffles! Like the way Leslie Knope loves waffles… these were so delicious and fluffy, yet crisp at the same time! 100/100!

  13. 5 stars
    Waffles are my favorite breakfast! Very easy to make and so good, could not desire more!

  14. 5 stars
    These waffles are so golden crispy!

  15. 5 stars
    These waffles came out perfect! Fluffy and soft inside with lovely crisp on the outside!

  16. 5 stars
    My kids loved these.

  17. 5 stars
    Waffles are amazing and I can’t get enough of this recipe! It is on breakfast rotation for sure!

  18. 5 stars
    These waffles look amazing. Perfectly baked. I’m going to make this for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks!

  19. 5 stars
    I love that this is all vegan and plant based! It makes it so much easier for everyone 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration!

  20. 5 stars
    Such a lovely recipe! I hadn’t made waffles in a while, and these were terrific. We had a fantastic breakfast today. Thanks for sharing such a soli recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    These vegan waffles are the perfect breakfast. I love all the different variations you provide too, I can’t wait to try them all.

  22. 5 stars
    These waffles are easy and delicious! I like to add a little pumpkin pie spice on chilly fall mornings. Yum!

  23. 5 stars
    Thank you for this easy recipe! Those waffles turned out perfect.

  24. 5 stars
    Finally got to try this recipe! It was SO good! We love waffles but have been waiting for a good vegan option. These were great!

  25. 5 stars
    This waffle recipe was delicious! I can’t wait to try these with pumpkin spice and chocolate chips next!

  26. 5 stars
    This waffle recipe was so good! My whole family loved it! Thank you!

  27. 5 stars
    Great recipe – thank you! Fluffy, golden and delicious!

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