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Vegan Breakfast Waffles

30 min

Breakfast

One-bowl / one-pot

Freezer-friendly

Pancakes for breakfast are a weekend ritual for us, and now we'll be adding waffles to the menu! These waffles make for a warm and crunchy base, on top of which you can pile on your favourite fruits, nut butter, plant-yogurts, and syrups. If you don't have a waffle maker, no sweat - just add a couple of spoonfuls of the batter to a preheated skillet on the stove to turn these into little mini pancakes. Enjoy!

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Total

30 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

20 min

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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups (360 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 2 cups (252 g)
    whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp (7 g)
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
  • ½ tsp
    salt

Optional toppings

  • any nut butter of choice
  • mixed fresh berries
  • powdered sugar
  • unsweetened coconut yogurt
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Directions

  1. To a large bowl, add the milk and vinegar, mix, and let this rest for 5 minutes. The milk will start to slightly curdle, and this is normal.
  2. Heat the waffle maker. Then, returning to the bowl, add the flour, applesauce, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt, then mix until just combined.
  3. Brush the waffle pan with some oil. Add a few spoonfuls of the waffle batter until the element is filled near to the top. Gently close the lid, and let it cook for 4 - 5 minutes, or until golden. Repeat this with the remaining batter.
  4. Add desired toppings to your waffles, and enjoy!

Notes

  • We recommend using either soy or pea milk for this recipe, as the high protein content of these milks are what allows the milk to curdle to create vegan buttermilk. We can't guarantee other plant-based milk will be successful.

Storage

  • Best if enjoyed immediately.
  • The waffles can be stored separately from the toppings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Batch make and store these waffles in the freezer for up to 2 months. Simply pop in the toaster or oven to reheat and serve for a speedy breakfast.

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Grains & Starches 52%

whole wheat flour

Proteins 39%

unsweetened soy milk

Fruits & Veggies 9%

unsweetened applesauce

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Debbie - July 21, 2022, 3:44 p.m.

What started as a simple search for a recommended waffle iron led me to this recipe. I bought the iron and made these delicious and hearty waffles this morning with bananas and maple syrup. The leftovers will be great for tomorrow and the day after.

PUL Team - July 22, 2022, 7:29 a.m.

Beyond happy to hear, Debbie, enjoy the new waffle iron and leftovers 🤗


Anna - July 11, 2022, 9:47 p.m.

My family and I are loving this recipe!! They always turn out perfectly - fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Although I always double the recipe, they’re all gone after a few days. Also love that you can freeze them. Even defrosted (in the toaster) they taste as good as the freshly made ones (or even better/crispier). Would recommend 100%. And you can get really creative with the toppings. I like to top them with soy yoghurt, a bit of dark chocolate and dried raspberries or fresh fruit. Thanks so much for the effort you put into your website and your recipes! I already tried a lot of them and they always worked out so well.

PUL Team - July 13, 2022, 5:30 a.m.

We appreciate the kind words and glowing feedback so much more than we can express, Anna! The toppings sound delicious 😃


Charlotte - June 13, 2022, 9:40 p.m.

I swapped the wholewheat flour for gluten free oat flour at the weekend and they turned out incredibly! So light and delicious and not dense at all! My top tip for using oat flour so the mix is thick enough, is to allow it to sit first (I left it for a few hours) for the oats to absorb some of the liquid. I can't wait to use this adaption again! 🙌🏻

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 2:16 a.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Charlotte, we appreciate it so much! Enjoy 🥰


Erica - June 9, 2022, 8:32 p.m.

Yes to the freezable breakfast options! Delicious way to enjoy waffles with whole food ingredients.

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 9:31 p.m.

Woop woop! Thanks a bunch, Erica 💛


Violet - March 25, 2022, 1:58 a.m.

Measurements are perfect and the waffles are delicious! My non-vegan family was clueless and thought they were scrumptious!!! Thank you for all your tasty and healthy recipes!!!

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 6:29 p.m.

We're so glad the waffles were enjoyed by everyone, Violet, thank you :D


Diana - March 20, 2022, 3:26 p.m.

I made
These for my family and they are
Phenomenal!

PUL Team - March 21, 2022, 1:10 a.m.

So happy they were enjoyed, Diana!


Cassie - Feb. 27, 2022, 6:05 p.m.

We used a round waffle maker and they still came out perfectly. I caramelized bananas in maples syrup and topped with pecans, oh so tasty. Thanks for the yummy idea.

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 7:35 p.m.

Mmm sounds incredible, Cassie, thank you!


Irta - Feb. 27, 2022, 10:11 a.m.

Loved them. So nice and fluffy 😍


Lieze - Feb. 19, 2022, 6:13 p.m.

These are so yum! I made half the batch to try this morning but made some extra to hopefully freeze (if they aren't gone before the evening ;) ) I made these with white spelt flour and a little bit of oil in the dough so I didn't need to oil the waffle iron. They are just like you remember them from the non-vegan times. For sure a staple!

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2022, 10 p.m.

Lovely ideas, Lieze, thanks for sharing your experience with it! So glad they're being enjoyed 😃


Johanna - Feb. 7, 2022, 11:22 a.m.

This is the first PUL recipe I'm disappointed about. I was surprised to read that only whole wheat flour is used but thought you've probably tested it beforehand. I used the exact portions but unfortunately the waffles were a disaster: no matter how long I kept them in the waffle maker or which temperature setting I used - the waffles were too soft and "not done" inside, even when the outside had turned golden. I had planned to make a big batch to freeze some of it and had to stop and throw it away. Any chance this recipe could be improved by mixing the whole grain flour with a different kind of flour?
What could I have done wrong?
I feel bad about leaving a bad review here because there are other recipes I really love (e.g. the Vietnamese Sandwich). However I would like to spare others the experience of wasting food.
Maybe you can help me find the mistake or adapt the recipe.
Love your videos and creative recipes though!

PUL Team - Feb. 8, 2022, 8:03 p.m.

Hi Johanna, we're so sorry to hear that the waffles didn't turn out as planned. We indeed always test the recipe at least 3x before posting it to the website. Even still, after reading your comment we took the time to re-make this recipe as written. Luckily, it was successful for us, but we came up with some suggestions on why it could have not worked for you, and we hope it helps in case you decide to try again:

One thing that comes to mind, is perhaps the skillet was too hot. This can cause the outside of waffles to crisp up without giving enough time for the inside to cook through. It could also be the case that the wells in your waffle maker were deeper than ours, requiring a longer cooking time, ideally then at a lower temp. Another possible culprit is that the batter may have been too liquidy. Did you measure using the gram/mL amounts listed, or the cup/Tbsp amounts? When possible, using gram/mL measurements result in more accurate baking/results. We hope this helps!


Jess - Jan. 22, 2022, 9:07 p.m.

For some reason, my waffles turned out extremely dense and chewy. It has put me off waffles entirely.

PUL Team - Jan. 23, 2022, 8:28 p.m.

Hey there, Jess, how disappointing to hear! We're so sorry to hear about the negative experience with the waffles. If you kindly remember, were the listed ingredients and portion sizes used when making the recipe? We'd love to help get to the bottom of it if able 😊


Josefa - Nov. 27, 2021, 3:55 p.m.

Omg, such a good recipe!
I love that I can modify depending on the things I got home, and the waffles taste amazing either way.
Thank you PUL team!

PUL Team - Nov. 27, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

So glad to hear, Josefa, it means so much ✨😃


Marie - Oct. 26, 2021, 2:07 p.m.

I loved this recipe! They made a total of 7 waffles, and my (non-vegan) guests loved them as well :)! I normally don't eat processed sugar, but I added 2-3 tbsp and opted for 50/50 all-purpose and whole wheat flour because I was concerned they would turn out tasting "too healthy" for my guests, haha. Next time i'll make the original recipe for myself for breakfast and I'm already excited!
Those that were 5min. in the waffle maker were very crispy, and those that i baked for 4min. were perfect for my taste.
I'm so thankful for your recipes, PUL! They never disappoint!

PUL Team - Oct. 27, 2021, 2:14 a.m.

Aw, Marie, we're so glad the waffles were enjoyed! Thank you for the review and for helping make our PUL community so special 🙂


Elli - Oct. 24, 2021, 8:53 a.m.

Soooooo delicious


Heather - Sept. 24, 2021, 6:58 p.m.

Could I swap the whole wheat flour for almond or oat? Thanks :)

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2021, 7:43 p.m.

Hi there, Heather! Thanks for the question. We haven't tested it out so we can't say with certainty. We have heard some positive reviews with oat flour although the batter will turn out more runny. Letting the batter sit or adding a touch more flour or ground seeds may help it thicken. Do let us know how it goes if you experiment with it 😃


Sarah - Sept. 18, 2021, 4:25 a.m.

I just got my first ever waffle maker, and whereas would I turn for a vegan waffle recipe to try? Once again, I love the scaling feature - it’s a real bonus for us singles (who want two waffles)!

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 5:06 a.m.

Ooo we hope you enjoy the waffle maker and recipe, Sarah! So glad the new site features are helpful too 😃


Lisa - Sept. 16, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

Hi guys,

Can you also make this in an oven?
I have to molds but no wafle maker.

Let me know, I'm dying to try these.

Thanks!

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:17 p.m.

Hi there, Lisa, thanks for the question! We can't say for certain as we haven't had a chance to test out the waffles in the oven. Perhaps trying at 350°F (175°C) in an oven-safe pan for 5-10 minutes (or until crispy) would be a good start. We'd recommend keeping a close eye on the waffles and adjusting the time and temperature accordingly though 😊

Alternatively, you could use a pan on the stove and make waffles that resemble the shape of pancakes if desired. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you give it a try 🤗


Jocelyn - Sept. 6, 2021, 12:08 a.m.

These were great, my favorite waffle recipe so far. They turned out a bit to crispy but thats my own human error, I used water instead of soy milk, definitely doing these again.

PUL Team - Sept. 6, 2021, 5:57 p.m.

A huge compliment, Jocelyn, thank you!


lara - Sept. 5, 2021, 1:45 p.m.

these waffles were soooo dreamy and delicious! i actually made pancakes instead of waffles but they turned out just as great. i opted for a mix of oat + spelt flour. the batter was a tad too runny so i added some puffed amaranth and oat bran. incredible how easily adaptable everything was and still turned out fluffy and golden 💛

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2021, 8:34 p.m.

Thanks so much for sharing your experiance with this recipe, Lara! It's so appreciated :D


Kieran - Aug. 22, 2021, 1:34 p.m.

I just made them for the first time and they turned out amazing! I'll definitely return to this recipe many, many times in the future, thank you for sharing 💙

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:15 a.m.

Woohoo! We appreciate this so much, Kieran 💚


Michelle - Aug. 5, 2021, 12:33 p.m.

Made these last weekend with my boyfriend and they were delicious! We were about to give away our waffle iron but now that we found this recipe I think we’ll be using it a lot more. 😊


Bridget - July 25, 2021, 3:57 a.m.

Made these as pancakes, turned out really delicious. Definitely going to make more of these. Thank you for the recipe^^.

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 11:05 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Bridget, thanks for sharing!


Tanja - July 21, 2021, 7:54 p.m.

They are so yummy! I made them with gluten-free flour :) What I love about them is that they get really crispy but still fluffy, and they don't stick to the waffle iron!

PUL Team - July 22, 2021, 6:03 a.m.

Thanks for sharing the insight, Tanja, it means so much 🙂


Amy de Ruiter - July 14, 2021, 2:32 p.m.

I make these very often, about once a week I make the batter and then throughout the week I bake the waffles for breakfast. I have a lot of food intolerances, but I can eat these waffles without any problem & they’re really good!

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:18 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the waffles, Amy, thank you for sharing!


SRK - July 9, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

Pretty good waffles, kids enjoyed them with syrup and strawberries. I had to sub AP flour, cane sugar and oatmilk because that's what I had on hand. Overall, simple to make and tasty.

PUL Team - July 14, 2021, 9:54 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your substitutes with us, SRK, glad you were able to adjust the recipe :D


L. - July 9, 2021, 3:08 a.m.

I love the mild apple-y flavor of these waffles! I don't think I'll be needing eggs for waffles again


Patrycja - July 8, 2021, 7:28 p.m.

I swear, this is the best waffle recipe I’ve ever tried! ❤️ I highly recommend it


Becca - July 8, 2021, 6:17 p.m.

This is one of my go-to recipes for a healthy and delicious breakfast! I always make them into pancakes since I do not have a waffle maker and they turn out superb.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 3:13 p.m.

Mmm we love them as pancakes too! Thanks so much for sharing, Becca 🤗


Ivy - July 3, 2021, 3:15 p.m.

Hi, would I need to reduce the amount of liquid if I use regular all purpose flour instead of whole wheat?

PUL Team - July 3, 2021, 10:05 p.m.

Hi Ivy, that's a wonderful question! Whole wheat flour generally absorbs a bit more liquid than all-purpose flour so you may need less. We can't say for certain how much as we haven't tested out the recipe with all-purpose flour. Perhaps if you're finding the batter too runny after step 3 you could try adding more all-purpose flour as an alternative approach 🤗

Ivy - July 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m.

I tried it with all purpose following the amount of liquid in the recipe and the waffles still turned out great!

PUL Team - July 8, 2021, 5:23 a.m.

Thanks for the update, Ivy! So glad to hear 😃


Zita - June 13, 2021, 9:58 p.m.

Indeed, love this recipe! Is there a reason to add the vinager or can i leave it?

PUL Team - June 14, 2021, 6:20 a.m.

Hi Zita, that's a lovely question, and so glad you're enjoying the waffles! The vinegar helps the milk thicken and curdle to form plant-based buttermilk. This helps the waffles rise with a nice and fluffy texture. You could swap the vinegar for lemon juice for the same result though 🍋 Alternatively, you could leave it out for more dense waffles☺️


Inès - May 16, 2021, 2:46 p.m.

This recipe is amazing!! I hadn't made waffles in so long and this is my first vegan waffles recipe, I don't think I'll try another one because I loved them

PUL Team - May 17, 2021, 4:08 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Inès, and we're so thrilled the waffles were enjoyed! 😃


Claudia - May 13, 2021, 11:14 a.m.

These are hands down the best waffles ever and so easy to prepare. We enjoy them whenever there is enough time for a long breakfast to really indulge! Thank you for all the tasty recipes.

PUL Team - May 14, 2021, 8:40 p.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share this with us, Claudia! So happy to hear 😀


Dominika - April 23, 2021, 11:50 a.m.

This is the best recipe so far 😍 these are so tasty and easy to make, highly recommend!

PUL Team - April 24, 2021, 3:22 a.m.

So happy you enjoyed the waffles, Dominika!