Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles

A squeeze of lemon gives these whole wheat vegan waffles a lovely buttermilk flavor and light texture. A great healthy weekend brunch!

Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles

Fall happened for me last night. I stepped off the plane at Midway Airport (in shorts) and immediately thought “they really have the AC blasting here.” Until I realized, oh wait, that’s just Chicago.

As I write this, I’m sitting in the kitchen I grew up in (with a few sweaters on), thinking about some of my warmest fall memories… Saturday mornings with pancakes and waffles are definitely at the top the list. Crisp, cool air, hot waffles… and most likely the Muppet Babies on TV in the background.

Whole Wheat Vegan Waffle recipe ingredients Whole Wheat Vegan Waffle batter in a glass bowl

These vegan waffles are great right off the waffle iron, but lately (especially because I’ve made so many test batches), I’ve been freezing the extras for easy-waffling any day of the week. Let them thaw just slightly and then pop them in the toaster. Because sometimes you want a waffle on a Wednesday.

Vegan Waffle recipe batter in a waffle iron Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles on a waffle iron

This vegan waffle recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour, which I love because it’s whole grain but not too dense. I used my non-dairy milk of choice – Almond Breeze – with a squeeze of lemon to create a vegan “buttermilk” flavor. These waffles are soft on the inside, crisp on the outside, and best with maple syrup and tons of fruit!

Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles on a plate with fruit

Love waffles? Try these carrot ones or these with pumpkin!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles
 
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Whole wheat pastry flour and a squeeze of lemon give these vegan waffles a light texture and slight buttermilk flavor. We love these on the weekends, but extras freeze well for breakfasts during the week!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Original Almond Breeze Almond Milk, at room temp
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups loose-packed whole wheat pastry flour (or white/wheat mix)
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • Teeny pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Serve with:
  • Maple syrup & butter (vegan butter)
  • Seasonal fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron (I use setting #5 on mine - the second to highest setting)
  2. In a small bowl, combine Almond Breeze and lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, flax meal, cinnamon, sugar, and salt).
  4. To your small bowl (with the almond milk), add the melted coconut oil and vanilla and whisk together. Then pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don't over mix).
  5. Spray your waffle iron with a little cooking spray and scoop in the batter. I let my waffles cook for about a minute after the beep for an ideal crispy-on-the-outside texture.
  6. Serve waffles immediately (while they're piping hot!), with butter, maple syrup and fruit.
  7. Let leftover waffles cool and freeze for easy weekday waffles later.
Notes
These freeze and toast well - if you have a Belgian waffle maker with deep squares, you may want to let them thaw a bit before toasting so they toast evenly.

 

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  1. Lauren
    09.12.2014

    Survey complete! love your blog! xo!

  2. Molly
    09.12.2014

    Completed the survey! It just got cold here in Colorado (with snow!), so I’ll have to try these this weekend!

    • jeanine
      09.12.2014

      omg, snow!? And I’m complaining about the rain 🙂

  3. Callie Ward
    09.12.2014

    Survey done! Love your recipes.

  4. Bayley
    09.12.2014

    survey done, think I deserve waffles as a reward?

  5. Ana
    09.12.2014

    I so want waffles now! PS: I filled out the survey.

  6. Krystina
    09.12.2014

    Excited to try this waffle recipe – freezing will be a great option to have ready-to-go breakfast for my two year old. Survey submitted!

    • jeanine
      09.12.2014

      Thanks! I love a good grab-and-go breakfast 🙂

  7. Oh these are the waffles I would have done if I had a waffle iron 😀 I save your recipe for when I’ll own that wonderful machine 😉

  8. Ellie from withlovefromellie.wordpress.com
    09.12.2014

    survey complete! and these waffles look scrumptious

  9. L
    09.12.2014

    Just filled out the survey. I just discovered your blog fairly recently and really love it. I guess what I like the most (which there wasn’t really space to say in the survey) is how flexible the recipes are – most are very open to substitutions based on personal preference/diet restrictions/what’s on sale or in season, etc. I also love how simple to make many of the recipes are – I love to cook and it’s easy for me to get carried away with complicated recipes, which I don’t really have time to make these days, so it’s been great to find recipes which are just as tasty without all the added stress. And I love how healthy they are too!

    • jeanine
      09.12.2014

      Thank you SO much – this is so nice of you to say. I’m so glad you’ve been able to use & adapt the recipes so well (that’s always my goal when I create them!). This is such great feedback to hear…

  10. Erika from thepancakeprincess.com
    09.12.2014

    Lovely looking waffles! Just wanted to let you know that I tried to do the survey, but couldn’t drag the statements on the 1-5 scale question, so I wasn’t able to finish. Not sure if that’s just user error or a bug in the survey!

    • jeanine
      09.12.2014

      thanks for letting me know Erika!

  11. Kristen B
    09.12.2014

    Completed the survey. Welcome back to Chicago!

  12. Mary Pat from marypatturner.com
    09.12.2014

    Hello, I wanted to say that I completely agree with “L”. I usually have no problem taking the recipe and then working in the ingredients from my CSA. The recipes are adaptable, beautiful, and delicious. Speaking of – can I use whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour? Baking is my weak point, and I’m not sure if that is an acceptable substitute. I completed your survey, because I wanted to let you know that I appreciate the work you put into this site.

    • jeanine
      09.12.2014

      I might try 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 white. (or 3/4, 1/4) so they don’t become too dense. Thank you so much for appreciating all of our hard work! xo

  13. Cheyenne from wanderfulways.blogspot.nl
    09.12.2014

    these look so delicious! now i really need to get a waffle iron…
    xo, cheyenne

  14. Lanita Ward-Jones
    09.12.2014

    survey complete. keep up the good work!

  15. Melinda Preve
    09.12.2014

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a waffle recipe like this for ages!! I already love almond Breeze, so having yet another avenue to use it in is always appreciated! (the giveaway isn’t a bad touch either) 😉 Thanks!!

    • jeanine
      09.12.2014

      Thanks Melinda 🙂

  16. Amanda
    09.12.2014

    I took the survey, and will be trying this recipe! Love your blog!!

  17. Sharon
    09.12.2014

    These waffles look like a wonderful start to a morning, especially topped off with some delicious fresh fruit. Thanks for sharing this recipe and for the survey giveaway!

  18. Beth
    09.12.2014

    There’s just something about hot, delicious waffles for breakfast. These look easy and scrumptious! I may make them this weekend. 🙂 Survey done, also!

  19. Elizabeth
    09.12.2014

    Survey completed!

    I am on the other side of the world so we are staring Spring! Yay! So I’ll be searching your spring recipes 🙂
    Thank you for making al this cooking so fun and pretty.

    • jeanine
      09.15.2014

      Ha, so lucky! Spring is my favorite 🙂

  20. Joyce
    09.12.2014

    Survey complete! I don’t have a waffle maker, but this recipe sure makes me want to buy one.

  21. Clarissa from Bakingintheattic.blogspot.com
    09.12.2014

    Freezing in Chicago with you! At least it puts me in the mood to bake. Took the survey!

  22. Jordan
    09.12.2014

    Seems like I need to get a waffle maker, unless I can just make these as pancakes! I took your survey 🙂

  23. Sam
    09.12.2014

    Filled out the survey! These waffles look great!

  24. Delicious! These look so wonderful. I want to try them out for my next weekend brunch 🙂

  25. Kaitlyn Winn
    09.12.2014

    Done! These look so good!

  26. Sis Adger from lemonsandlavender.blogspot.com
    09.12.2014

    Survey complete! I had to say no to some of the questions that will eventually be yes’s, because I only found your blog recently! lol

    • jeanine
      09.15.2014

      ha, it’s ok, welcome!

  27. Natasha Red from jordanandnatasha.blogspot.com
    09.12.2014

    Beautiful site 🙂 Been looking for new breakfast options, thanks!

  28. Welcome back to the Windy City! I’m feeling the same breeze you are, so I know how bittersweet it tastes. But these waffles! I don’t think I’ve ever seen vegan waffles so golden and.. fluffy. I’ll definitely have to get out my waffle maker, along with my sweaters, for this one. (Survey done. Thanks for the chance at winning.)

  29. Lacey Kloster
    09.13.2014

    Did the survey – made me really think about all the influences I get from the blogs I read… they’ve really made an impact on the food I eat and products I purchase overall, even if the individual promotions don’t necessarily get me to buy that brand.

  30. Whole wheat pastry flour is so versatile. Love making waffles to freeze too and these look wonderful! The drag and drop feature for the ranking question is not working for me. Any tips?

    • jeanine
      09.13.2014

      so sorry you’re having trouble!

  31. Yes, weekend pancakes and waffles were a favorite at my house, too! Cooking is the best when it brings back those fond memories. Have fun at home!

  32. Coco
    09.13.2014

    Survey submitted! (DC is not included in list of states.)

  33. Heather
    09.13.2014

    Survey complete. Wanted to add that I love the vegan & vegetarian ideas. Often they are quick to make and pack up for lunches for the week.

  34. Heather
    09.13.2014

    took the survey & I love your blog!

  35. YounginWA
    09.14.2014

    Survey done. Love the waffles

  36. jade
    09.14.2014

    finished the survey, thanks for posting again missed you over the past few weeks

  37. zoë
    09.14.2014

    I want to eat all the waffles! and survey complete!

  38. Bri
    09.14.2014

    Survey done. Love the idea of freezing these waffles so I don’t have to buy them from the grocery store!

  39. Kera
    09.14.2014

    Any substitute for a waffle iron?

  40. What beautiful waffles!! Love all the colorful fruit you put on top. Pinned!

  41. Amy S
    09.14.2014

    Survey completed!

  42. Meredith
    09.14.2014

    Great recipe, can’t wait to try it!
    Are you happy with your waffle iron? I’m in the market and trying to get a read on what people like. Thanks!
    Finished the survey too 🙂

    • jeanine
      09.15.2014

      I like it – but I haven’t owned any others so I have nothing to compare it to. It makes great waffles. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s sort of a pain to clean because none of it comes apart.

  43. Audrey
    09.14.2014

    Took the survey. Thanks for the recipe, the waffles look delicious!

  44. Rachel
    09.14.2014

    Survey complete! These waffles look scrumptious!

  45. Chelsea
    09.14.2014

    Just finished the survey. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Fee from thevegetariancenter.com
    09.14.2014

    OMG – I’m in love …. with the food!!! As soon as I started reading this, I started to drool. I’ll be back to this blog, that’s for certain.
    And, many congrats for getting Readers Choice in this year’s Best Food Blog – that’s how I found you 🙂

    • jeanine
      09.15.2014

      thank you 🙂

  47. brittany from joziuncooked.com
    09.15.2014

    I took the survey. I’m going to buy a waffle iron asap so I can try this recipe. Looks great!

  48. Heather
    09.15.2014

    Survey completed.

  49. Sarah
    09.15.2014

    Survey complete! Wish I had a waffle iron! They look amazing 🙂

  50. Kelly
    09.15.2014

    Survey completed. And I think I now may have to put a waffle iron on my Christmas wish list!

  51. Tarin
    09.15.2014

    Just took the survey!

  52. Victoria
    09.15.2014

    These look delicious!

  53. Rianna
    09.16.2014

    These have been bookmarked, for sure! I freeze waffles, too, mostly because there’s usually only one person (me) to eat them. I’ve tried other vegan waffles and for some reason I think they taste better than the regular kind, so I’m keen to give these a go. Survey done, thanks for the recipes!

  54. Caitlin McGonagle
    09.16.2014

    Survey done! Love this blog! I live local so I love all the inspiration, places and recipie ideas that feel so close to home!

  55. Maggie
    09.16.2014

    Just completed the survey! I love easy weekday breakfasts. I might have to switch up my smoothie routine now that it’s getting cooler. Waffles seem like a great mid-week pick me up!!

  56. kam
    09.16.2014

    survey done! new to your blog…and I love it! already told friends about it!

    • jeanine
      09.17.2014

      aw, thanks! It really makes my day to hear that 🙂

  57. Amanda
    09.16.2014

    I completed the survey!

  58. Uma
    09.16.2014

    Survey done ! 🙂

  59. Kristin
    09.16.2014

    Thanks for taking time to ask for our thoughts! Survey complete … aaaand these waffles look delightful!

    • jeanine
      09.17.2014

      thank you for taking a minute to give your thoughts!

  60. Love your tip for creating vegan “buttermilk”. Thanks!

  61. Casey
    09.16.2014

    Did the survey–happy to help! I need more waffles in my life, too!

    • jeanine
      09.17.2014

      ha 🙂 thanks!

  62. s.w.
    09.17.2014

    Took the survey, your blog is amazingly beautiful and filled with a variety of things

  63. Diane
    10.01.2014

    what can I sub for the oil? Could I use an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce?

  64. Diane
    10.01.2014

    What can I sub for the oil? Could I sub an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce?

    • jeanine
      10.04.2014

      You could try (or just try cutting the oil in half) – I think they’d be a bit dry without any oil.

      • Diane
        10.04.2014

        I have had success with replacing oil in pancakes with unsweetened applesauce so I am going to try subbing the coconut oil for the applesauce as it will save me a lot of saturated fat and calories and hopefully will not effect the taste.

  65. Alice
    10.07.2014

    When I saw this recipe I ran to buy a waffle maker. Because I was looking for a healthy waffle for long time. I make the waffles and believe me they are delicious and simple to make. But the most important very healthy.

  66. Barbara
    03.15.2015

    Just discovered your “Love and Lemons” blog. I am vegan and always trying
    healthy and delicious new recipes, so I appreciate this new find. Your photos are wonderful and recipes look amazing and easy to follow. I’m looking forward to more of your posts. From Kelowna, British Columbia – the west coast of Canada.

  67. Maria F
    07.21.2016

    Hi! I just bought your cookbook and am SO excited to read through it, your blog is amazing!! One quick question – is the almond milk supposed to curdle when you add the lemon juice? That happened to me and I assume its so it has a thicker texture, but I want to make sure it’s okay to use!

    Thanks.

  68. Angie
    02.25.2018

    Just made these, and they turned out really well – very light and fluffy. They have just the right amount of sweetness without adding syrup. No need to oil my ceramic waffle iron; there was no sticking. The only modifications I made were using an unsweetened almond milk from Whole Foods, and sucanat in place of the cane sugar, which has a 1:1 substitution ratio. For me, this recipe made 3 Belgian waffles. This is only my second attempt at vegan waffles, the first being with ground oatmeal and banana…which was not good. I don’t think I need to look any further.

    Thanks for the yummy recipe Jeanine.

  69. Kiai
    03.01.2019

    I don’t use any of the conventional vegan milk brands because they contain stabilizers that act like laxatives. I tried this recipe using Westsoy soy milk and sprouted whole red wheat flour, and in spite of my forgetfulness, it came out great. I forgot to add lemon juice, but added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar at the end. And I forgot the salt. [sigh] (PTSD memory problems.) Next time I will try a non-soy nut milk and add a tablespoon of starch, like tapioca. Waffle came out fluffy.

    • Kiai
      03.01.2019

      Oh yeah, and instead of adding the flax with the flour, I let it soak in a half cup of milk for a good long time. Does this mean I didn’t follow the recipe? I guess so. Still. Proportion of ingredients produced the right viscosity of batter for a waffle maker. So many other recipes are too liquidity requiring extra flour. But not this recipe. Hence five stars. Excellent. Thank you!

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        03.01.2019

        Hi Kiai, I’m glad the batter came out perfectly! I often use lemon juice and apple cider vinegar interchangeably so I’m glad that worked out for you. Thanks for coming back to comment!

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