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Based on this title you may think we’re bragging, but once you taste our Best Ever Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles, we’re sure you’ll agree to its name! Gluten-free and lite certainly deserves mention.  And plant-based and refined oil-free turn heads, too! These vegan waffles are all of those good things and more which makes preparing them a terrific pleasure.

After years of enjoying waffles only during family vacations, we finally purchased a waffle maker to use at home. While we have fond memories of making waffles in all sorts of locations, we’re decidedly happy to be making them our way at home. We’re glad we finally connected the dots or squares, as the case may be!

5-Easy Steps to Making the Best Ever Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles!

  • Preheat the oven, waffle iron and holding plate or pan for the prepared waffles.
  • Mix the wet ingredients.
  • Gather and measure the dry ingredients.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients thoroughly to create the waffle batter.
  • Cook the batter in your waffle iron & load with your favorite toppings.

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You see, there’s something magical about making waffles!  What begins as a wet bowl of batter quickly takes shape into something with lines and edges that demand attention, respect, and awe.  All of those fancy squares form to hold your toppings like a perfectly sized hug.

In fact, during the holiday season, you can have our share of the presents, religious services, and fancy-pants parties.   This year with its usual variety of ups, downs and the hard work of launching VEEG, has brought what matters most to the forefront. Time shared with those you love means more than any dollar spent.

Come to find out, when time allows, we sincerely enjoy hanging out and chatting it up over breakfast. Whether it be a humble bowl of overnight oatmeal, a delicious slice of banana bread, or our yummy all in one baked frittata, the food doesn’t matter nearly as much as the experience of sharing a bit of precious time at the beginning of the day. And of course, nothing says you’re happy about the morning quite like preparing a piping hot waffle and dutifully loading it with heaps of fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. 

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5-Facts That Make TheseThe Best Ever Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles:

  • Dairy and refined oil-free mean that this recipe has far less fat and calories than other waffles.
  • Eggless batter reduces the risk of contamination and eliminates artery-clogging cholesterol. Check the nutrition label to be wowed!
  • Gluten-Free, nut-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free makes these waffles something that people with different dietary restrictions can enjoy these waffles.
  • Waffles made using this recipe freeze well making this a perfect make-ahead breakfast.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom give these waffles depth of flavor and high character. (That’s right; we used the term “character” about food.)

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Given our happy waffle making memories, you’d think we’d have multiple models of waffle irons and numerous grades of pure maple syrup to recreate more of those tasty morning memories But until about three years ago, another gadget to stow away in the kitchen seemed like overkill.  That is until one fateful morning, after searching a few websites and reading reviews, we found ours.

And when Christmas morning arrives, and on many fabulous gathering days before and after, you guessed it… we’re making waffles!

If you’re familiar with it, be sure to say those last three words in Donkey’s voice from the film, Shrek.

Happy eating!

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best ever, vegan, gluten free, plant based waffles

Best Ever Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles

  • 10
  • 20
    Cook Time:
  • Yield: 4 Servings

In our experience, there’s just something magical about making the Best Ever Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles.  Maybe it’s because what begins as a wet bowl of batter quickly takes shape into something with lines and edges commanding attention, awe, and toppings… loads of your favorite toppings! When we make these waffles we usually double the recipe since the leftovers freeze well. And whether it be while enjoying a humble bowl of overnight oats, a delicious slice of our practically famous banana bread, or our yummy all in one baked frittata, what you’re eating for breakfast doesn’t matter.   What matters is the experience of sharing a bit of precious time with people you care about at the beginning of your day. So, find where you stashed that beloved iron because it’s time to make some memories!


  • one 14 oz can of unsweetened lite coconut milk or 1 3/4 cups of a creamy unsweetened non­dairy milk - We've found that unsweetened cashew milk is a terrific substitute for lite coconut milk as is unsweetened macadamia milk.
  • 1/4 cup of tahini - We've had good results using this brand of organic tahini.
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract - Here's our favorite trusted brand of organic pure vanilla extract.
  • 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend - We love this Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flour!
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon - Our experience causes us to trust the quality of this brand.
  • 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • a generous 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom - If you use cardamom often you may want to buy this organic brand in bulk to save.
  • 1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt or another salt - We use pink Himalayan sea salt because it is rich in trace minerals.
  • optional fresh or frozen berries, plain plant-based yogurt, nuts, and pure maple syrup for topping


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to a warming setting of about 200° F to keep your finished waffles toasty and crisp as they accumulate.  Place an empty sheet pan in the oven to have it ready to go as soon as the first waffle is complete.
  2. When it comes to waffle irons, each iron comes with its own set of instructions, so be sure to follow yours. Settings will vary depending on your particular waffle maker and how crisp or soft you prefer your waffles. So, our only instruction here is to turn on your waffle maker to desired temperature setting and allow it to preheat.
  3. Next, in a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk the plant-based milk, tahini, vanilla, ground flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, and pure maple syrup together in a medium­-sized bowl. Set this mixture aside to rest for about 5­-minutes or so while you gather and measure out the dry ingredients.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir to combine the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt.
  5. Now, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir while scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl well to be sure that everything is fully incorporated.
  6. Yay, the moment you've been waiting for has arrived as it's now time to cook your waffles while being sure to follow the directions provided by your particular model!  Ladle enough waffle mixture into your waffle maker so that the nooks and crannies of the bottom of your maker are full. Close your waffle maker and proceed to cook according to your waffle iron's directions.
  7. As each waffle comes to completion, place it on the sheet pan or other large ovenproof vessel waiting in the warm oven to keep it nice and toasty.  Serve your delicious gluten-free plant-based and refined oil-free waffles with berries, plain plant-based yogurt, and pure maple syrup or other toppings, as preferred.


  • Use just a dab of additional plant-based milk if your batter seems too thick to pour or ladle.
  • The nutritional content provided below is for the waffles only as topping preferences and quantities of toppings, vary.  Use cashew milk to get these numbers.  Use lite coconut milk for equally delicious results with an increase in the fat.


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 347
  • Total Fat 11.6 g 18 %
  • Saturated Fat 1.4 g 7 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 635.5 mg 26 %
  • Carbohydrates 55.7 g 19 %
  • Fiber 7.7 g 31 %
  • Sugar 8.6 g ---
  • Protein 9.8 g 20 %
  • Vitamin A 4 %
  • Vitamin C 0 %
  • Iron 23 %
  • Calcium 52 %

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  • Would sunbutter work instead of tahini?

    1. Since we haven’t tried using sunflower seed butter in place of the tahini, we cannot say for sure that it will work, Lee, but it’s a pretty good bet that it will; same goes for any other kinds of nut or seed butter. Thanks for asking – knowledge is power, and we’re sure your question will be helpful to others.

  • I am WFPB but not gluten free; can I use other flour (I.e. whole wheat) and if so, what kind?

    1. Most any flour should work just fine in this recipe, although to be 100% clear, we have not used wheat flours to test it out. But we certainly believe that your waffles will turn out tasting wonderful, DeVonna. Thank you for asking such a thoughtful question that I’m sure others will find beneficial, too!

  • Hello, what brand is your waffle iron?

    1. Hi, Anon – Thanks for checking out this delicious recipe. Here is a link to the waffle iron that we use.