Cacao Nib & Strawberry Vegan Waffles

Vegan waffles with cacao nibs folded into the batter and topped strawberries and mint. Healthy superfood breakfast!

Cacao Nib & Strawberry Vegan Waffles /

It’s national doughnut day, so obviously, I have waffles. The thing about doughnuts is that I like them best when other people make them.  Waffles – I like at home, piping hot right off of the waffle maker. (or the next day out of the toaster).

I love being able to decide what goes in my waffles – this time I folded cacao nibs into the batter and topped them strawberries with a little bit of mint. Cacao nibs are like little crunchy pieces of dark chocolate. I like them in here because first, they don’t gunk up my waffle maker and second, I guess they’re a good source of fiber and other sort of superfoodie things. Feel free to sub in chocolate chips if you like.

Cacao Nib & Strawberry Vegan Waffles /

These are vegan, because I actually like how they get crispier around the edges without any eggs in the batter. I use spelt flour, because that’s what I keep on hand. I like it because it’s not quite as dense as whole wheat flour.

I know many of you don’t have a waffle maker – so I have to tell you about this new one that I just got that I’m pretty excited about. It flips so the top and bottom of your waffle cook evenly, it’s pretty affordable, and best of all, you can store it standing upright! I was always mad at my last waffle maker because it took up an entire shelf, but this one can slide in right next to your cereal box. Ok, sales pitch over. Happy friday and go make waffles!

Cacao Nib & Strawberry Vegan Waffles /

4.6 from 5 reviews
cacao nib & strawberry vegan waffles
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Serves: serves 4
  • 1.5 cups almond milk, at room temp
  • 1.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups loose-packed spelt flour (or white/wheat mix)
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teeny pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs (optional)
top with:
  • strawberries
  • sliced mint (optional)
  • more maple syrup
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, flax meal, cinnamon, salt and cacao nibs.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop batter into your waffle maker and cook for the length of time required by your waffle maker (mine takes 3-4 minutes).
  6. Serve with strawberries and maple syrup. These are best hot.
  7. Let extra waffles cool, then store them in the freezer and pop them into the toaster to reheat.
For a gluten free version, check out this waffle recipe.



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  1. I’m happy to see waffles on donut day! Honestly, if given the choice between the two of them I would be hard pressed to decide!! These look lovely!

  2. oh i love the addition of cacao nibs to this! they are one of my favourite things especially with strawberries. great idea. xo

  3. Kelly

    This will be perfect for my post run meal tomorrow! Do you think almond or coconut flour would work just as well as spelt? I haven’t experimented enough with these different gluten free flours yet. Thanks!

    • jeanine

      Hi Kelly, here are some suggestions!
      – a 50/50 mix of almond/oat flour since almond flour is so dense by itself.
      – Coconut flour would require a different dry-to-liquid ratio, so I would skip that or find a recipe that specifically uses it.
      – Check out this recipe where I used a mix of rice flours and oat flour:
      – or a good gf mix could sub in well – I like Pamela’s Artisan flour.
      hope that helps!

  4. Erin from

    Oh, saving this one!

  5. Rachel

    Hi there. these look great. I’m from NZ so I don’t know a lot about waffles and the batter – would this recipe be ok for pancakes? I’ve been looking for an egg-free, GF, DF pancake recipe forever. Many thanks.

    • jeanine

      I haven’t tried it with pancakes, so I can’t say…

  6. Sarah from

    Wow these look awesome! I was just looking for a good brunch recipe for this weekend…

  7. Rosemary from

    Really beautiful waffles! Lovely to include fresh and in season fruit with them.

  8. Love the sound of adding cacao nibs for a bit of crunch and deep chocolate flavour! The sweetness of strawberries must work super well and I bet it would be delicious with a dollop of coconut yoghurt!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Millie! it would be – great idea 🙂

  9. Gemma from

    Should I be seeing this delicious recipe late at night and hungry as a wolf? Probably not! hahaha, but once I opened my e-mail inbox and saw your newsletters I couldn’t help myself. These waffles look so good, oh my goodness!
    I must get a waffle maker ASAP.

    • jeanine

      haha :). Sorry!

  10. Emma from

    Ahh these look so good! I wish I had a waffle iron to make these. Luckily it is my birthday soon 🙂 Do you think it would also work if I would turn these into pancakes?

    • jeanine

      I’m not sure, I haven’t tried, so I can’t guess… I’ll try next time and report back…

  11. Your recipe looks so beautiful and delicious.It makes my mouth water.I am so excited to make this recipe and I will try this very soon..Thanks for sharing such delicious recipe.

  12. Awesome !!! I will try this at home. Thanks for sharing.

  13. These look divine! Love that they’re vegan, I agree with the lovely crispy texture they get without the eggs. Cacao nibs are my new favorite ingredient (I like to sprinkle them on my acai bowls), but I’ve never tried them in waffles before. Guess it’s time to get back in the kitchen! Do you ever have a problem with vegan waffles sticking to the iron? 90% of the time they come out no problem, but once in a while, they will completely stick… Any tips?

    • jeanine

      Hi Maddy, I’ve never had a problem with them sticking – I preheat the waffle iron until it’s very hot. After I put the batter in and close it, I don’t open it for awhile (3-4 minutes). Sometimes I’ll brush the waffle iron lightly with oil (or spray oil), before I start the first waffle. Hope that helps, happy waffling!

  14. Looks delicious! Beautiful photos and great recipe 🙂

  15. Jennifer from

    Strawberries + chocolate = love then + the mint = sensational!
    Oh add the yoghurt – I will be in gustatory heaven!

    Thanks for sharing, Jeanine!

  16. Emily from

    love this idea! Going to add cacao nibs into my next batch of waffles. 🙂 Just picked a big batch a strawberries as well…

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