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Easy Waffles recipe without milk – best vegan waffles

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The best gluten-free waffle recipe without milk – These easy vegan gluten-free waffles are fluffy, light, crispy-on-the-outside fluffy on the inside. They’re the quintessential irresistibly delicious Belgian waffles with deep pockets to catch all your favorite waffle toppings in the nooks and crannies. And to make it all better these delicious oat waffles are gluten-free – and you can freeze them and pop them in the toaster just like Eggo’s. 

These easy oat waffles are the stuff foodie dreams are made of. Best of all, these homemade waffles are gluten-free and vegan! That means that you can share them with all of your friends without worrying about food allergies. Get ready to enjoy the best vegan waffles!

If you, like me, have been disappointed by other gluten-free vegan waffle recipes in the past (or waffle recipes in general, really), give these a try! You won’t be disappointed if you like golden crisp on the outside, and soft, light, and fluffy on the inside dairy-free waffles. 

Melt in your mouth amazing vegan waffles!

They are just the right amount of sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The first few times I ate them, I ate them completely PLAIN. As in, no vegan butter, no syrup, no nothing. They were so good that I was eating. them. plain. Fluffy waffle goodness. Crisp pockets that hold all your toppings. Vegan melted Butter. Sweet Syrup drizzled all over. Lots of fresh berries = foodie homemade crispy waffles heaven! 

The secret to this homemade waffles recipe’s success is letting the batter rest for 10 minutes while your waffle iron heats up. The resting time gives the oat flour time to soak up some of the moisture, and the flax eggs time to work their magic so you get crispy golden on the outside, and fluffy on the inside waffles when it’s baking time.

In the best crisp easy vegan gluten-free homemade waffle recipe, we’re covering

Simple Ingredients for making the best fluffy gluten-free vegan waffles 

Oat flour – this easy waffle recipe only requires the most basic ingredients. We’re using oat flour which is naturally rich in fiber and gluten-free. You can easily make your own oat flour by blending rolled oats until they’re a fine powder, or grab a certified gluten-free oat flour at the grocery store. If you don’t need these delicious waffles to be gluten-free you can substitute the oat flour with regular all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour.

Flax egg – we’re using flax eggs to bind all the ingredients together. Make the flax eggs by mixing 6 tablespoons hot water with 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds and set the mixture aside to thicken for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use another vegan egg substitute (check out my guide on vegan egg substitutes here)

Non-dairy milk – I adore the rich fluffy texture that using plant-based milk like unsweetened almond milk adds to the waffles. It makes them moist, fluffy, and extra rich. Cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and oat milk also work great in this waffle recipe. 

Seasoningsalt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract are the only seasonings I use in these fluffy vegan waffles. They give the waffles sweetness, a hint of fragrant rich vanilla, and just a little salt to bring out all the flavors. You can easily add more seasoning if you like. Other great seasonings you can add to your waffles are: 

  • Cinnamon 
  • Cardamom 
  • Thyme
  • Lemon or lime zest 
  • Sesame seeds 
  • Poppy seeds 

Tools needed to make homemade waffles

Mixing bowls – You need two mixing bowls. One large mixing bowl for combining all the wet and dry ingredients, and one mixing bowl just for the wet ingredients. 

Waffle Maker – You need a waffle maker such as a Belgian waffle maker or Belgian waffle iron to make fluffy waffles that are crispy on the outside. 

Cooking spray (optional) – A cooking spray is great for preventing the waffles to stick to the hot waffle iron. You can also brush the waffle iron with vegetable oil, or vegan butter.

How to make your own oat flour 

These waffles are so easy to make because they use only one type of flour. No need to get a ton of different ingredients and flour types just so you can make a gluten-free waffle. And as a bonus oat flour is actually the easiest most affordable gluten-free type of flour you can get – and it’s very easy to make at home. 

All you need to make homemade oat flour in one easy step is a food processor or blender. Let’s break it down step-by-step:

Grab some old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats and pour them into your blender or food processor. Blend until they are a fine oat flour.

Transfer any leftover oat flour to a clean jar or container with a lid and cover until you’re ready to use. The oat flour will keep in a cool cupboard for up to 3 months.

How to make the best easy vegan and gluten-free waffles – the perfect waffle every time

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: oat flour, baking powder, and salt. 

In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: plant milk, melted coconut oil or avocado oil, flax eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, gently heat the wet mixture in the microwave in ten seconds intervals, stirring in between, until it melts again.) 

Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a big spoon until just combined (the batter will still be a little lumpy).

Now for the secret tip: The secret to these waffles’ success is letting the batter rest for 10 minutes while your waffle iron heats up. The resting time gives the oat flour time to soak up some of the moisture, and the flax eggs time to work their magic so you get crispy golden on the outside, and fluffy on the inside waffles when it’s baking time.

Different ways to make the best dairy-free waffle recipe for light and fluffy waffles

Best way to make waffles in a waffle iron 

Preheat your waffle iron (if your waffle iron has a temperature/browning dial, set it to medium-high). 

Once the waffle batter has rested for 10 minutes, stir the batter again before pouring the batter onto the heated waffle iron, enough to cover the center and most of the central surface area, and close the lid. Once the waffle is deeply golden and crisp, transfer it to a cooling rack or baking sheet. Don’t stack your waffles on top of each other, or they’ll lose their delicious crispness. Repeat with the remaining batter. 

Serve waffles with maple syrup and nut butter, or any other toppings like my favorite vegan almond ice cream with fresh berries combo!

How to make the best waffles in the microwave 

Grab your silicone microwave waffle forms and pour the batter into the forms until it covers all the surface area and spots. Cover with the lid and bake the waffle batter in the microwave for 3 minutes. The waffles will be very light and fluffy. Note: if you like your waffles golden and crisp on the outside simply pop them in the toaster and toast until golden brown. A quick toast will give you the best results for fluffy on the inside and crispy edges waffles. 

8 amazing waffle topping ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 

Whipped Cream and Chocolate Syrup – I adore whipped coconut cream (but whipped soy cream is also a house favorite) drizzled with vegan chocolate syrup-covered waffles. They’re decadent and irresistibly good and you can even add chopped nuts and cacao nibs for extra crunch and chocolate goodness. 

Ice Cream, fresh fruit or fresh berries, and Chopped Nuts – a large scoop (or two scoops) of creamy cooling ice cream topped with fresh berries and chopped nuts. Yes, please. I don’t even know if there was a question there. But the answer is definitely yes! Just load up my waffles with my favorite creamy almond ice cream and fresh berries and I’m a very happy woman. 

Blueberries and Yogurt – or your favorite fresh berries. For a healthier alternative to ice cream, you can opt for yogurt. Try my homemade vegan yogurt or add a dollop of your favorite yogurt. It’s fresh, delicious and so good with a warming cup of tea or coffee. 

S’mores ice cream – Everybody loves s’mores, so why not try my homemade s’mores ice cream with your waffles? Get ready for a decadent waffle that will make everyone want s’more (sorry for the bad pun, but it had to be said) 

Breakfast and brunch favorite toppings

Peanut Butter and Jelly – who doesn’t love a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Now, try adding fluffy waffles to the mix and you’ve got a pure winner. We’re talking peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a whole other level of deliciousness. Nutty creamy peanut butter with sweet vegan jelly and crisp golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside waffles. It’s so good!

Avocado waffle toasts – if you adore avocado toast you’re going to go nuts for this combo. The crisp golden waffles are the perfect combination of creamy rich avocado meets fluffy crisp waffles.

Scrambled eggs, but make it tofu eggs – savory, rich and so satisfying! Top your waffles with vegan tofu scrambled eggs and enjoy a healthy, protein-packed vegan breakfast that tastes incredibly good.

Chili-topped waffles – A festive, Mexican twist on the humble waffle: try my vegan Chili as a topping! My easy vegan Chili turns the tasty waffle into a savory feast. Top your waffles with a cup of chili for a tasty, savory, and hearty meal. This one is great whether you have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it’s filling too!

How to reheat a large batch of waffles in the oven

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and lay out your waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet. Heat for ten minutes, until warm, 15 minutes if frozen.   

Easy way to reheat waffles in the microwave 

  • Reheating in the microwave works best when you’re only reheating a few waffles at a time as you can only heat one waffle at a time.
  • Place a refrigerated waffle on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. 
  • Heat it for a minute. 
  • Check the waffle if they’re reheated through. If not, place it back into the microwave and heat it for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until warmed through.

How to reheat waffles in the toaster 

Reheating waffles in the toaster is my favorite way. It works equally well with leftover waffles that have been refrigerated and frozen waffles! You can simply grab a frozen waffle from the freezer and reheat it in the toaster like Eggo’s. It’s so easy and a great tasty way to start the day.

If you adore the fluffy, freshly made waffles and want to bring back that crispiness on the outside and softness on the inside to your waffles when reheating, then you should reheat them in the toaster! For large batches of waffles you can reheat them in a toaster oven. 

Easy way to reheat waffles in a toaster to get freshly made waffle taste and texture 

  • Put the pre-baked waffles in the toaster. 
  • Reheat the waffles for a minute. Make sure they’re reheated through. Keep an eye on the waffles to get them to the crisp golden brown color you prefer. 
  • Once the warm waffles are nicely crisped, remove them from the toaster and serve with all your favorite toppings.

How to freeze waffles 

  • Place the baked waffles on a cooling rack and allow them to cool to room temperature. 
  • Put them on a baking sheet with wax paper. Cover the baking sheet with another wax paper, then carefully place it in the freezer until the waffles are entirely frozen (should be about 1-2 hours). 
  • Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the frozen waffles into a plastic freezer bag or ziplock bag. Make sure to use a square of wax paper between the waffles to separate the waffles from each other and keep them from sticking together.
  • Freeze in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.

FAQs – All your vegan gluten-free questions answered

How to make flax eggs

We are using two flax eggs to bind all the ingredients together. Make the flax eggs by mixing 6 tablespoons hot water with 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds and set the mixture aside to thicken for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use another vegan egg substitute (check out my guide on vegan egg substitutes here)

Can I make regular waffle mix into bubble waffles?

Yes! The bubble waffle originated as street food in aging Kong and is traditionally made with an egg-based waffle batter and baked in a bubble waffle pan. But you can just as easily make this vegan gluten-free waffle batter as a bubble waffle.

How to make waffles without eggs

These waffles are made with flax eggs to make them extra fluffy. But you can simply omit the flax eggs if you prefer. I’ve made the waffles without flax eggs and they are a little more tender but just as delicious!

Are waffles meal prep friendly?

Yes! You can easily make these waffles in advance and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.

How many calories are in gluten-free waffles?

There are just around 250 calories per serving in these waffles. 1 waffle = 1 serving

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Easy Waffles recipe without milk – best vegan waffles

The best gluten-free waffle recipe without milk – These easy vegan gluten-free waffles are fluffy, light, crispy-on-the-outside fluffy on the inside. They’re the quintessential irresistibly delicious Belgian waffles with deep pockets to catch all your favorite waffle toppings in the nooks and crannies. And to make it all better these delicious oat waffles are gluten-free – and you can freeze them and pop them in the toaster just like Eggo’s. 
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine Belgian, German
Keyword Gluten-free, vegan dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 large waffles – 12 small waffles
Calories 250kcal
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Equipment

  • Waffle Maker

Ingredients

  • cups (128 grams) Oat Flour certified gluten-free if necessary 
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¾ cup Milk of your choice (light coconut milk, nut milk, or oat milk works best)
  • 2 Flax Eggs or another vegan egg substitute like mashed bananas or similar
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp Coconut Oil melted, or other vegetable like avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup or other dark syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or vanilla powder

Instructions

Making the waffle batter

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: oat flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: plant milk, melted coconut oil or avocado oil, flax eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, gently heat the wet mixture in the microwave in ten seconds intervals, stirring in between, until it melts again.) 
  • Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a big spoon until just combined (the batter will still be a little lumpy).
    Now for the secret tip: The secret to these waffles’ success is letting the batter rest for 10 minutes while your waffle iron heats up. The resting time gives the oat flour time to soak up some of the moisture, and the flax eggs time to work their magic so you get crispy golden on the outside, and fluffy on the inside waffles when it’s baking time.

Making waffles in a waffle iron 

  • Preheat your waffle iron (if your waffle iron has a temperature/browning dial, set it to medium-high). 
  • Once the waffle batter has rested for 10 minutes, stir the batter again before pouring the batter onto the heated waffle iron, enough to cover the center and most of the central surface area, and close the lid. Once the waffle is deeply golden and crisp, transfer it to a cooling rack or baking sheet. 
  • Don’t stack your waffles on top of each other, or they’ll lose their delicious crispness. Repeat with the remaining batter. 
    Serve waffles with maple syrup and nut butter, or any other toppings like my favorite vegan almond ice cream with fresh berries combo!

How to make waffles in the microwave

  • Grab your silicone microwave waffle forms and pour the batter into the forms until it covers all the surface area and spots. Cover with the lid and bake the waffle batter in the microwave for 3 minutes. The waffles will be very light and fluffy.
    Note: if you like your waffles golden and crisp on the outside simply pop them in the toaster and toast until golden brown.

Notes

Making flax eggs: we’re using flax eggs to bind all the ingredients together. Make the flax eggs by mixing 6 tablespoons hot water with 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds and set the mixture aside to thicken for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use another vegan egg substitute 
Baking tip:
Don’t stack the waffles on top of each other, or they’ll lose their crispness. 
When cooking in batches, you can keep the waffles warm by placing them in a 200-degree oven until you’re ready to serve.
Tip: make an extra large batch of waffles and freeze them for later. Then just pop them in the toaster when you want waffles for breakfast. So easy and delicious.
Note: you can freeze the microwave waffles after baking in the microwave. Wait with toasting them until you defrost and are ready to serve. That will give you that really fresh, fluffy on the inside, crisp on the outside waffles.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love! Love! Love! My fave waffle recipe ever. Fluffy, light, and delicious! I served my waffles for brunch with coconut syrup and fresh berries. Everyone loved the recipe!

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