Waffles are a classic breakfast food. They can be soft like pancakes or crisp, sweet, or savory. Since going vegan, have you been missing waffles? Or did you just have some amazing waffles at a vegan cafe and want to try making them at home? It’s surprisingly easy to make vegan waffles.
While it’s fairly easy to substitute margarine for butter and use your favorite milk substitute in a recipe, making a regular recipe into a vegan breakfast doesn’t always turn out as you want. The texture can be strange, and it’s hard to sub anything for eggs successfully.
The good news is that there are hundreds of easy vegan waffle recipes on the internet, just waiting for you to try them! Here are seventeen of the best vegan waffle recipes you should consider adding to your cookbook. Happy waffling!
1. Vegan Waffles by the Simple Veganista
This recipe strips waffles back to the basics. All it requires is flour, sugar, baking powder, almond milk (or a milk of your choice), and oil. With these five ingredients and a waffle iron, you can whip up some incredible vegan waffles.
These waffles are slightly sweet, fluffy, and a perfect accompaniment to fruit or a breakfast smoothie. They are great on their own or with any flavorful twist – I love putting a little cinnamon in the batter.
These waffles are fluffy and crisp. If you like them softer, you simply need to turn your waffle iron down a bit. Always follow the instructions on your specific waffle maker, but play around with the settings for your ideal level of doneness.
2. Buttermilk Vegan Waffles by Jessica in the Kitchen
Vegan buttermilk waffles might seem like an oxymoron. And in a way, they are. Buttermilk is generally made with milk or cream and vinegar. However, it can also be made as a milk alternative, as Jessica does in this recipe. She uses soy milk, but any milk alternative works.
The benefit of vegan buttermilk is that it creates a lightness and creaminess to the waffles. If you’ve never had a buttermilk waffle, you have to try this recipe–it recreates the fluffiness of buttermilk waffles without the butter or the milk. It’s simple to make as well. Moreover, once you try this false buttermilk, your cooking will be changed forever!
This site also offers a low-carb vegan waffle recipe, a gluten-free waffle recipe, and multiple other kinds (vegan or not). Furthermore, she has options for vegan mixins and toppings and offers several excellent waffle-making tips.
3. Best Ever Vegan Waffles by Nora Cooks
This recipe tackles one of the most difficult vegan substitutions in baking: eggs. Eggs make baked goods light and fluffy and keep the batter together while it’s cooking. Of course, eggs are an animal by-product and aren’t part of the vegan diet. However, there are other ways to create the same fluffiness in a waffle.
Nora uses flax seeds to make flax “eggs” in this vegan waffle recipe. However, she has other options readily available if the idea of flax eggs scares you. This eight ingredient recipe offers substitution options for nearly every step. You really can make it with whatever;’s in your pantry!
Some of the unique ingredients in this recipe are flax (of course) and apple cider vinegar, which helps the waffles rise and become fluffy and soft. The website claims that these are the best vegan waffles, but we’ll let you decide on that one.
4. Light, Fluffy Vegan Waffles By Chocolate Covered Katie
Chocolate Covered Katie has a chocolate option for these waffles, to no one’s surprise. She offers several different varieties of vegan waffles, including banana waffles and strawberry waffles. The base recipe is the same.
These waffles work perfectly in a mini waffle maker because they are based on a childhood favorite: Eggo waffles. You can make a dozen mini vegan waffles and freeze them for a lazy breakfast morning or eat them as you make them.
Katie’s recipe lives up to the name – these waffles are light and fluffy, with the classic light yellow color of Eggo waffles. They are sweet without being too sweet and work perfectly with some peanut butter and syrup.
5. Easy Vegan Waffles by The Kitchn
Every vegan waffle recipe has a different opinion on which kind of milk alternative to use. Most choose almond or soy milk because it has the most similar texture to cow’s milk. However, this recipe takes a different approach and uses oat milk.
The oat milk adds a heavier flavor, which isn’t bad for these waffles. They remain light and fluffy but taste warm and comforting, like the oatmeal of our childhood. The recipe also adds vanilla for warmth and flavor.
These waffles are easy to make and have a crisper outer shell than several other options on this list. If you like waffles with a warm oaty flavor and crisp edges, The Kitchn’s recipe is the one to try.
6. The Best Vegan Waffles by Loving it Vegan
With only seven ingredients and an easy gluten-free option, these waffles are great for the beginning baker who doesn’t want to try anything too fancy. With a well-stocked pantry, you should have most of the ingredients already.
As with many online recipes, this one offers tips for making your favorite breakfast food. However, this recipe has tips that are specific to vegan waffles. You shouldn’t overmix the batter, for one, as it won’t rise or get crispy.
Loving it Vegan is a great resource for curious or beginning vegans. The site offers more than just breakfast food – you’ll be able to find all kinds of vegan recipes that you didn’t know existed before!
7. Vegan Waffles with Blueberry Sauce by The Pretty Bee
At first, these waffles look like any other vegan waffles – fluffy and delicious but normal. However, the Pretty Bee adds some of the most scrumptious blueberry sauce we’ve ever tasted.
This recipe is completely vegan and makes a point of explaining every dairy or egg substitute in the recipe. If you’re new to veganism or making these waffles for a vegan loved one, this link is incredibly helpful.
And did we mention the blueberry sauce? It’s sweet, tart, and perfect for a summer breakfast. Of course, it’s optional and if you don’t like blueberries, skip it. However, toss some vegan whipped cream on top of this, and you have the perfect blueberry breakfast.
8. Vegan Breakfast Waffles by Pick Up Limes
With whole wheat flour and unsweetened almond milk, these waffles are hearty and sweet without being unhealthy.
This recipe uses standard applesauce as an egg substitute. While it might sound strange, applesauce helps the batter stick together and gives the waffles a sweeter flavor. There is also faux buttermilk in these waffles, making them creamy and soft.
If you are looking for a healthier breakfast option, this is a great choice. You can even add other grains or seeds (like chia or flax seeds) to the batter to increase the nutritional value of these waffles.
9. Vegan Waffles by A Couple Cooks
With this plant-based waffle recipe, you can use a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour to make your waffles a little heartier and healthier. They leave the milk choice up to you (but suggest almond as a smooth option).
With interchangeable ingredients, it’s no surprise that the waffles are as tasty as they are. Suppose you prefer a slight oat taste or have a nut allergy, exchange almonds for oat milk. You can also make the accompanying strawberry sauce (also vegan).
The recipe includes storage instructions, topping ideas, and sauce tips. However, you don’t need anything other than the waffles to find satisfaction – they are thick and fluffy, perfect for a weekend breakfast.
10. One Bowl Vegan Waffles by Vegan Richa
If you’re like me, you love making waffles but don’t love cleaning up. Washing dishes and the waffle iron can be a pain, especially if you want to sit and enjoy your breakfast foods. An easy way to avoid excessive dishes is to make your recipe all in one bowl.
This recipe helps you to do just that – by mixing the dry ingredients first, you can create a one-bowl recipe and only wash the necessary dishes. It is as tasty as the other recipes and has as many customization options. However, it’s all made in one bowl.
11. Easy Vegan Waffles by the Carrot Underground
The Carrot Underground has not only created a tasty waffle recipe: the website has an entire post with tips on how to make delicious vegan savory waffles. In a world of chicken and waffles, waffles eggs benedict, and waffles with bacon, it’s easy to think that savory waffles aren’t for vegans.
However, these vegan waffles are perfect for a vegan hollandaise sauce or sauteed veggies. They are sweet but not so sweet that a savory breakfast sandwich doesn’t fit perfectly between the crisp outside of the waffles. Also, these waffles don’t use oil, so they are lower in fat.
Note: these waffles call for an egg replacement. If you don’t have a one-to-one egg replacer, you might need to add some oil or applesauce!
12. Vegan Waffles by Holy Cow Vegan
Some of the healthiest waffles on this list, these vegan waffles boast whole wheat flour and the option for several different kinds of health benefits. You can add vegan yogurt, protein powder, or gluten-free flour to make them your own, and it won’t change the texture or flavor too much.
Holy Cow Vegan has been producing vegan recipes for over a decade and is a go-to stop for many people looking for vegan options. Waffles are one of the original recipes on the website and have proven to be popular. They are fluffy and perfect for a lazy morning in!
13. Three Ingredient Vegan Waffles by Cheap Lazy Vegan
Cheap Lazy Vegan is a great site if you are trying to save money or don’t want to spend too much time learning to make a new recipe. You can find multiple types of vegan foods without going to the organic grocery store or spending lots of money on specialty ingredients.
These waffles don’t have as thick and rich of a flavor as some of the other waffles on the list, but if you don’t have the time or energy to make it to the store, they will do in a pinch! They also make great breakfast sandwiches.
14. Scratch Vegan Waffles by Vegan Runner Eats
If you’re worried about the fat level in waffles, try this oil-free recipe. In addition to being completely vegan, the only oil you’ll need is the oil to grease the waffle maker (and don’t skimp on that, or else your waffles will stick to the machine).
It’s a simple recipe that can be made in ten minutes but is incredibly low in fat and pretty high in protein. So if you’re looking for an easy after-run meal, a vegan waffle recipe developed by a couple of fitness enthusiasts is the perfect choice for your Saturday morning pick-me-up.
15. Vegan Belgian Waffles by Plant-Based on a Budget
Belgian waffles are like regular waffles but richer. They are thicker and fluffier due to the way they are made. This recipe makes some of the softest vegan Belgian waffles ever. They are delicious and feature affordable ingredients.
The one downside to Belgian waffles is that you need a Belgian waffle maker. Because they have different shapes, you can’t put the batter into regular waffle iron and expect Belgian waffles. However, you can use the batter in a regular waffle maker.
If you decide to try this, note that you might need to mix the batter a little more to make the waffles work in a regular waffle iron. Of course, you can always heat a griddle and make them into pancakes.
16. Homestyle Vegan Waffles by Plant Power Couple
The Plant Power Couple is a real-life vegan couple who make plant-based recipes from their home kitchen. If you’re more of a visual learner, they include video tutorials with all of their recipes!
These homestyle vegan waffles are buttery (vegan buttery), fluffy, and crisp. They melt in your mouth and taste like they’re from a restaurant. Like many waffle choices, these have a milk alternative and apple cider vinegar to make a vegan buttermilk waffle.
The ingredient that makes these waffles stand out is maple syrup. The syrup is not on top of the waffles (although you’re welcome to do that as well) but inside the batter. It adds a sweetness that pairs well with vegan bacon, savory vegetables, or sweet fruits.
17. Plant-Based Waffles by Wicked Kitchen
Last but certainly not least, these waffles by Wicken Kitchen come straight from the chef’s mind. They are served at Wicked Kitchen restaurants around the nation and are restaurant-quality waffles.
They’re last on this list, but not because they aren’t delicious waffles. Trust me, they are. They’re last because they’re not quite as easy as the rest of the waffle recipes available. While these waffles taste like they’re straight from a restaurant, they are a little more difficult to make.
However, if you are up for the challenge and can follow a recipe, this one is worth the extra time. Your guests will ask for the recipe, and your family won’t believe they’re vegan (yes, even your bacon-loving uncle). These waffles are that good.
Easy Vegan Waffle Recipes, Final Thoughts
Whether you choose chocolate vegan waffles or one-bowl waffles, your vegan breakfast game is about to change forever. All you need are a few ingredients and a waffle maker, and you can make the fluffiest syrup holding waffles of all time.
If you are looking for more breakfast ideas, check out these vegan pancake recipes.