Vegan Waffles – Fluffy + Comforting Brunch Recipe

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Waffles feel like the ultimate breakfast treat, don’t they? My vegan waffles recipe brings you the comfort you crave with dairy and egg-free swaps that make this a plant-based alternative. This has been tested until I could confidently dub it the best vegan waffles around!

My favorite part about making waffles is freezing them to have throughout the week. Since waffles require a special appliance, I often double the recipe and then toss the finished extras in a freezer-safe bag to grab throughout the week. Just toss in the toaster to reheat when you’re ready!

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How to Make the Best Vegan Waffles

Traditional waffles are light and fluffy due to the gluten, eggs and dairy milk. While my recipe makes a denser waffle, It doesn’t scrimp due to the vegan buttermilk I add. To keep the batter moist without eggs, I add unsweetened applesauce.

mixing dry ingredients together for breakfast

Using a mixture of flour gives the best flavor and texture. I use part whole wheat flour and part oat flour to ensure I end up with the right texture.

using a waffle iron for breakfast

Finally, I use coconut sugar instead of refined sugar to give it a richer flavor and cut down on the sugar content.

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Waffle Toppings

Let’s be honest. Who here makes waffles just to bury them in toppings? I do! Here are my go-to toppings:

How do you top your waffles?

maple cashew cream in a jar

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk

Learning how to make dairy-free buttermilk changed the way I bake. It turned my flattened pancakes into fluffy clouds. It turns this recipe into the best vegan waffles I’ve ever had!

To make ‘buttermilk’ take your favorite plant-based milk (can be store-bought or homemade) and add in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar. Stir it in lightly then let it sit for five minutes. You know it’s ready when you get a curdled effect. So easy!

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Vegan Waffles FAQs

Are waffles vegan friendly?

Traditional waffles are NOT vegan. In my recipe, I swap in oat milk and unsweetened applesauce to replace the animal products. The result is a super fluffy, tasty waffle where you don’t miss the dairy or the eggs!

Can you use water in place of milk in waffles?

You can in a pinch, yet you’ll lose a lot of fluff. Instead, use plant-based milk (whatever you have on hand works!) and add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Let this sit for five minutes and you’ve got yourself vegan buttermilk!

What’s in a vegan waffle?

Replace the dairy milk with plant-based milk of your choice (I use oat milk) and replace the eggs with unsweetened applesauce to turn your waffles vegan. Top with cashew cream or coconut whipped cream for a vegan-friendly breakfast.

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I can’t wait for you to try this vegan waffles recipe. Will you leave a rating and review to let me know how you enjoyed them? And don’t forget to tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies on social media to share the waffle love!

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Get ready for weekend brunch the right way with my vegan waffles. Fluffy, delicious, comforting and dairy and egg-free. You’ll be shocked at how wonderful these are and how much you don’t miss the dairy.

Total Time35 minutes



  • 1 ½ cups oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)


  • Mix oat milk and vinegar then allow to sit for five minutes.

  • Add remaining ingredients to milk and ACV mixture and mix well.

  • Use waffle iron according to appliance settings and measurements.

  • Top with your fresh berries, cashew cream, banana and almond butter, etc.


  • If you don’t have oat flour on hand, you can easily make it with your blender. Just add one cup of old-fashioned oats to your blender and blend on high until fine powder forms. 
  • Each waffle maker is different so make sure to read instructions before pouring the batter in to ensure you don’t overfill yours.
  • Swap oat milk with the plant milk of your choice. 
  • Swap coconut sugar with the natural sweetener of your choice.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 394kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 63g (21%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 12g (18%) Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 531mg (23%) Potassium: 251mg (7%) Fiber: 7g (29%) Sugar: 10g (11%) Vitamin A: 12IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 166mg (17%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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