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The Best Vegan Belgian Waffles Recipe: Crispy, Fluffy, & Delicious


My husband and I have always been waffle people. Some of the first ones I ever made were sourdough waffles from a King Arthur Flour recipe, and we fell in love.

Top down view of round vegetarian flax seed Belgian waffle with milk, maple syrup, and powder sugar.

Unfortunately my sourdough starter has fallen by the wayside lately, so I’ve had to come up with other recipes to satisfy us. That’s okay, because these are much easier, don’t require a starter, and only take 10 minutes to throw together!

Top down view of a sifter full of powdered sugar sitting on a maple cutting board.

My mother recently gave us a Belgian waffle maker – one of the flippy kinds. I was pretty nervous to try it, I must admit. We had always had the thinner waffles and I was a bit worried that the batter wouldn’t rise up to fill the upper nooks & crannies.. But it worked! [[That’s what the whole flippy feature is for, right?]]

A side view of flax seed Belgian waffles with a sifter full of white powdered sugar.

These waffles have really good flavor. The first time we made them I think I ate my fill of waffles just by nibbling at the cooked ones before we even sat down to eat –> read: you don’t really need much syrup to make them tasty.

A human hand pouring maple syrup from a white measuring cup over a stack of vegan flax seed Belgian waffles.

But! When you do top them with a bit of butter, drown them in real maple syrup, and sprinkle with powdered sugar, they become downright irresistible.

Human hands using a sifter to spread powdered sugar over the top of flax seed Belgian waffles.

And these just aren’t for vegans; I guarantee your carnivorous friends and family will find nothing to complain about with the taste or texture. Light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside with a slight nutty taste thanks to the flax seed.

Close up oblique view of a stack of flax seed Belgian waffles on a blue and white ceramic plate.

With our calculations, one batch makes about 5 waffles and feeds 3 people. If you don’t eat as much as we do, then you could get away with feeding one batch to 4 people.

Top down view of a stack of vegan Belgian waffles on a bamboo cutting board. A cup of coffee sits to the upper left.

Or just make two batches, throw the extras in the freezer, and have tasty waffles ready for the next week! This is what I usually do… there can never be too many waffles around here.

Ever.

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Top down view of a stack of vegan Belgian waffles on a bamboo cutting board. A cup of coffee sits to the upper left.

Crispy Vegan Belgian Waffles


Description

This vegan Belgian waffle recipe is full of healthy and tasty flax seeds and whole grains! So good right off the iron, and even better topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar!


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbsp melted vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine the flax seed and water in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup, set aside.
  4. Add the flours, baking powder, salt, & sugar to a medium bowl and mix well.
  5. Melt the butter in another medium bowl. Slowly add the almond milk mixture to the butter, whisking vigorously while pouring it in. Add the flax mixture and the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well, until few lumps remain (but don’t go too crazy).
  6. Cook the waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions.*
  7. Eat right away, or let cool on a wire rack and freeze in a zip-top bag for future enjoyment!

Notes

My waffle maker uses a heaping 1/2 cup of batter per waffle. I try to spread the batter all over the iron to get the best shape waffles.

My iron will also say that the waffles are done well before they are actually ready… these take about 4 mins 30 seconds each with my iron medium-high. I suggest figuring out how long your iron takes and set a timer so you know when to check it.

What about you? How do you like your waffles? Be sure to let us know in comments below and please rate this recipe!


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Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Raquel Smith on May 30th, 2014. Last updated: April 15, 2018 at 10:34 am.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog “My California Roots” (now being merged into Foodal).




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