The best vegan waffles recipe - light, fluffy, crispy and sweet. Oh and they're eggless, dairy-free and so delicious! If you're looking for the perfect vegan waffle recipe, you've found it!
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 maple syrup, without syrup, with fresh fruit, sweet, savoury or reheated the next day in the toaster. This is definitely one of my best vegan breakfast recipes!
I have also listed some additions to your delicious, eggless 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 flax egg, some use egg replacer. Even more use lots and lots of sugar and oil.
This recipe doesn't need vegan egg replacer, 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 crispy waffles texture. This is just a delicious and easy recipe for homemade waffles.
How to make light and fluffy vegan waffles
- Self-raising flour and baking powder. Good old-fashioned ingredients that our grandmothers used, and that work well. As you might imagine, they help with a great rise.
- Adding a little cornflour to the dry ingredients helps with a nice crisp waffle.
- I experimented with mixing plant-based yogurts and milk in the batter, but I have found that soy milk, slightly soured with a little
apple cider vinegarlemon juice (making a sort of vegan buttermilk) gives the best results too. Use the plant milk of your choice.
- 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. Melted vegan butter is also great.
- A good quality or well-oiled waffle maker makes a huge difference. My Belgian waffle maker was very cheap on Amazon, but I lightly oil the waffle irons after each use, just before putting them away again.
- I use ¾ 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?
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!
This makes enough batter for about 8 waffles.
- Self-Rising White Flour. You could use all-purpose flour, but add another teaspoon of baking powder. Using this type of flour gives you fluffy waffles.
- Cornflour. This helps with the lightness and gives you crispier waffles.
- Baking Powder.
- Sugar. You can completely omit this if you want to make savory waffles.
- Milk. I use soy milk, but you could use almond milk or oat milk, or coconut milk.
- Lemon Juice to "sour" the milk.
- Melted Coconut oil. I sometimes use melted vegan butter, canola oil, or olive oil if you prefer
- Vanilla Extract
(This is ONLY a list of ingredients for the recipe; please see recipe card below for complete printable recipe. Or if you use the JUMP TO RECIPE at the top of the page, it will take you directly to the complete recipe.)
- I start by souring my soy milk with the lemon juice in a large jug. I like to leave it for at least 5 minutes.
- Whilst your milk is souring, sift the flour, cornflour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the vanilla extract and oil to the milk/lemon juice and whisk well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until you have no more lumps of flour visible.
- Preheat your waffle iron and make your waffles by the manufacturer's instructions.
- Place your waffles on a cooling rack to ensure that you still have crispy waffles once you've completed the batch!
Customising your waffles
These perfect vegan waffles are just delicious on their own, however, change is sometimes a good thing, and here are some suggestions for ways to make your waffles amazing!
Some essential equipment for making waffles
Try some of my other delicious vegan breakfast recipes
- My delicious and simple Tiramisu Pancakes
- Vegan Crepes Recipe
- Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes
- Gluten-Free and Vegan Granola
- Vegan Black Forest Protein Smoothie
- Crispy Cornmeal Waffles
- Blueberry and Lemon Pancakes
How To Make Vegan Waffles
- 300 g Self Raising Flour
- 50 g Cornflour
- 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 4 tablespoon Sugar
- 500 ml Soy Milk (or plant-based milk of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 60 ml Coconut Oil melted
- 1 teaspoon 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 lemon juice 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
Nutritional Information Disclaimer
The automated nutritional information on my recipes can often be inaccurate due to the limitations within the programming. For exact measurements, there are lots of apps and websites that can calculate this information more accurately.
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.
Andréa Janssen says
I love waffles, could eat them every day. And this is the perfect recipe for vegan waffles. We really enjoyed them for breakfast!
These waffles are so fluffy and delicious! Thank you for the recipe!
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!
Mihaela | https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says
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!
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!
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!
Jere Cassidy says
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.
love that its easy to prepare, sometimes I make it advance too... Thanks for the recipe!
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
Megan Ellam says
Easy and delicious! Thanks for such a great recipe.
Kayla DiMaggio says
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!
Waffles are my favorite breakfast! Very easy to make and so good, could not desire more!
These waffles are so golden crispy!
These waffles came out perfect! Fluffy and soft inside with lovely crisp on the outside!
My kids loved these.
Kayla DiMaggio says
Waffles are amazing and I can't get enough of this recipe! It is on breakfast rotation for sure!
Amy Roskelley says
Love these waffles!
These waffles look amazing. Perfectly baked. I'm going to make this for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks!
I love that this is all vegan and plant based! It makes it so much easier for everyone 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration!
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!
These vegan waffles are the perfect breakfast. I love all the different variations you provide too, I can't wait to try them all.
These waffles are easy and delicious! I like to add a little pumpkin pie spice on chilly fall mornings. Yum!
Thank you for this easy recipe! Those waffles turned out perfect.
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!
This waffle recipe was delicious! I can't wait to try these with pumpkin spice and chocolate chips next!
This waffle recipe was so good! My whole family loved it! Thank you!
Great recipe - thank you! Fluffy, golden and delicious!
I've been looking for a good waffle recipe, and I think I finally found one!! Thanks so much for the recipe, I will definitely be making this more often!!
These waffles were so easy to make and my grandkids loved them! Great recipe!