These easy and delicious gluten free vegan waffles are the perfect quick vegan breakfast for your weekend brunch! Just 5 simple ingredients, super fluffy, undetectably eggless and dairy free, and perfect for all eaters and kids alike!

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Why you’ll love this gluten free vegan waffle recipe

If you love making vegan buttermilk pancakes in the morning, then you need to try out these quick and easy gluten free vegan waffles. Along with these amazingly fluffy vegan pumpkin waffles and vegan sweet potato waffles, these naturally gluten free waffles are just a dream to make and eat for a quick and easy weekend vegan breakfast

The batter is just all too easy to make, with just 5 simple ingredients that you probably already have!

You can easily customize these waffles to be nut free, and if you’re not gluten free, then you can easily swap in all purpose flour for just a classic vegan waffle recipe!

Plus, they’re perfect for kids too, making them a great healthy breakfast option for all ages, whether it’s at a fancy brunch or just a weekend breakfast in your jammies. Freeze a few for an even more hassle-free morning and quickly pop them in the toaster or toaster oven to reheat and serve!

5 Simple Ingredients:

For these waffles, you’ll need:

  • Oat flourI used store bought oat flour here for a super fine texture that will resemble a classic waffle. However, I have a post on how to make your own oat flour. If you are gluten free and cannot consume oats, then you can swap in a gluten free 1:1 baking flour, such as bob’s red mill gluten free one to one baking flour in the blue bag. If you are not gluten free, then you can swap in all purpose flour! Please note: this recipe will NOT work with almond flour nor coconut flour.
  • Vegan buttermilkThis is a combination of dairy free milk and apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. It will make our waffles super fluffy! I recommend using soy milk or almond milk for the best results, but really any non-dairy milk will work.
  • Applesauce: You can also use dairy free yogurt or flax eggs (just ground flaxseed mixed with water).
  •  Sugar: Just a touch of organic granulated sugar, such as Florida Crystals, or coconut sugar or turbinado sugar gives our waffles a slight amount of sweetness!
  • Baking Powder: To help our waffles rise.
  • Optional ingredients: Vanilla extract (I use this if I’m not using a vanilla-flavored dairy free milk), arrowroot starch (to help yield even fluffier waffles!), or ground cinnamon (for flavor!).
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Overview: How to make gluten-free vegan  waffles in 10 minutes:

What I love the most about these gluten free waffles is that not only are they incredibly easy, but they’re the perfect recipe for anyone to make, whether you’re new to vegan cooking or a seasoned pro.

Plus, kids can help out with the batter mixing (just make sure they’re not near the hot waffle iron!).

To make this healthy vegan waffle recipe:

  1. Whisk: In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour with the baking powder, coconut sugar, and optional cinnamon and arrowroot powder.
  2. Mix: To the bowl with whisked dry ingredients, add in the vegan buttermilk mixture, applesauce, and optional vanilla extract, and whisk together the ingredients until they’re just mixed.
  3. Heat: Turn the the waffle maker on and heat according to the waffle maker directions, and use a pastry brush to brush melted coconut oil, melted vegan butter, or cooking oil into the hot waffle iron (letting the oil heat for 20-30 seconds on the hot iron).
  4. Cook: Place about 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of batter into the waffles machine, spread it evenly, close the waffle iron and flip to cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the waffle maker says it’s ready. (Make sure that you’ve set your waffle maker hot enough!).
  5. Serve: Carefully remove from the waffle maker with a silicone spatula, and serve. Repeat for the remaining batter.

Vegan Waffle Toppings:

That’s it! Now you get to top with whichever toppings you’d like. Here are a few of my favorite vegan waffle toppings:

For toppings, I recommend fresh berries and coconut whipped cream, maple syrup and vegan butter, chocolate chips and nut butter, or even sprinkles and coconut whipped cream!

vegan gluten free waffles being drizzled with maple syrup

Storing & Freezing Tips:

You can serve these vegan Belgian waffles straight off the iron and top with your favorite toppings, and if you have any leftovers, you can absolutely store these waffles for later. 

  • Refrigerator: Allow the waffles to fully cool, then place them into an airtight container or bag. Place the waffles into the fridge to store for 3-4 days. Reheat when you’d like to enjoy!
  • Freezer: Allow the waffles to fully cool, then place them into a freezer-safe airtight container or bag. Place the waffles into the fridge to store for up to 3 months. Reheat when you’d like to enjoy!

To reheat: You can either preheat the oven to 350F and place the waffle onto a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and into the oven for 5-7 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat in the toaster or toaster oven. And finally, you can place the waffle onto a microwaveable plate, and heat the waffle for 1-2 minutes.

Once the waffles are cool (repeat: do not put hot waffles into a plastic bag), simply place them into an airtight sealable freezer bag, squeeze all the air out, and seal the bag. Place the bag into the freezer and store the waffles for up to a month.

How do I prevent my waffles from splitting?

This particular waffle recipe is designed not to split, but if yours does, this is most likely the result of your waffle machine either not being heated properly and not being brushed with enough oil. Please make sure that you really heat the waffle to a hot temperature, that you use a good waffle machine, and that you also brush your waffle maker with oil!

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How do I make vegan Belgian waffles?

You can absolutely use this gluten free waffle batter to make vegan Belgian waffles as well! The vegan buttermilk used in the batter lends itself well to homemade Belgian waffles. Simply use a Belgian waffle maker, and cook according to the instructions!

Pro Tips & Tricks

  • Use a butter brush and brush the oil onto the hot waffle maker. This is the key to ensure that your waffle doesn’t stick. Many purchase nonstick waffle makers, assuming that you don’t have to use any kind of oil to prevent stickage, but you still do! I use coconut oil, and brush it onto the waffle iron while it’s still hot, allow the oil to heat for 20-30 seconds, then place the batter into the hot iron.
  • Don’t over mix the batter. Mix the batter until it’s just right. These waffles really don’t take a lot of work!
  • Get a good waffle maker! This is so key. I have tried both the Oster waffle maker and Cuisinart, and I like them both. I really LOVE my Cuisinart one, as I’ve had that for a few years now, and continuously holds up. Previously, I used to have the Flip It waffle maker, which was okay, but created a lot of mess. However, I do recommend getting a waffle maker that will flip to ensure equal cooking. The Cuinsinart one does this.
  • Add in fun toppings: like vegan chocolate chips, banana slices, sprinkles, nuts, and more!
  • Go with a high quality maple syrup. You guys have heard me talk about this before, but I’m a huge fan of investing in quality maple syrup. My favorite is Crown Maple, and you can really taste the difference.
  • If you’re using flax seeds for the egg replacement: Let the flaxseed mixture sit for 5-7 minutes. This ensures that the flaxseed begins to coagulate and act like an egg while cooking.
plate of gluten free vegan waffles

You are just going to absolutely love these homemade gluten free vegan waffles! If you make them, let me know down below in the comments section. As always, I love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!

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vegan gluten free waffles being drizzled with maple syrup

Quick & Easy Gluten Free Vegan Waffles (5 Ingredients!)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 7 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Machine
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These easy and delicious gluten free vegan waffles are the perfect quick vegan breakfast for your weekend brunch! Just 5 simple ingredients, super fluffy, undetectably eggless and dairy free, and perfect for all eaters and kids alike!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 cups (330 g) store bought or homemade oat flour (see notes for all purpose flour and gluten-free 1:1 baking flour)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or organic granulated cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) unsweetened applesauce or dairy-free yogurt (see notes for flax eggs option)
  • 1 1/3 cup (320 mL) vegan buttermilk
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tbsp arrowroot starch, or ground cinnamon for flavor
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil for waffle machine
  • Toppings of choice: berries, coconut cream, chocolate chips, nut or seed butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and optional cinnamon and arrowroot (if using) together.
  2. Add in the applesauce , vegan buttermilk, and optional vanilla extract. Mix just until combined (it’s okay for there to be clumps!). 
  3. Heat the waffle machine and brush the cooking oil onto the waffle machine. Close the waffle machine, and let the oil sit there for a minute to heat. Make sure to follow the instructions for the manufacturer of your waffle maker, but typically, I give it a few more seconds after the light has gone on indicating that it’s ready. Please also make sure you’re heating the waffles to a hot temperature!
  4. Prepare the waffles according to your waffle machine. I recommend using 1/2 cup-2/3 cup batter per waffle. 
  5. Gently remove the waffle from the machine with a silicone spatula (never metal) and serve with desired toppings!
  6. See blog post for storage and freezing tips!

Notes

Flour options: You can also swap in 2 1/2 cups (330 g) all purpose flour or 2 1/2 cups (350 g for Bob’s Red Mill in the blue bag) gluten free 1:1 baking flour.

Vegan flax eggs: Swap in 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed *mixed with 1/2 cup water, set for 5 minutes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 waffle
  • Calories: 233
  • Sugar: 5.6 g
  • Sodium: 53.5 mg
  • Fat: 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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