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

Make-Ahead Vegan Waffles

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

What’s in these vegan waffles?

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. A dash of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla give them warm depth of flavor, while coconut oil adds richness and flax and baking powder make them nice & puffy.

These vegan 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

If you love these vegan waffles…

Try these pumpkin waffles, banana pancakes, or zucchini bread next!

4.8 from 4 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!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • 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
  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.
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

    Survey complete! love your blog! xo!

  2. Molly

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

    • jeanine

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

  3. Callie Ward

    Survey done! Love your recipes.

  4. Bayley

    survey done, think I deserve waffles as a reward?

  5. Ana

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

  6. Krystina

    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

      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

    survey complete! and these waffles look scrumptious

  9. L

    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

      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

    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

      thanks for letting me know Erika!

  11. Kristen B

    Completed the survey. Welcome back to Chicago!

  12. Mary Pat from marypatturner.com

    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

      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

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

  14. Lanita Ward-Jones

    survey complete. keep up the good work!

  15. Melinda Preve

    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

      Thanks Melinda 🙂

  16. Amanda

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

  17. Sharon

    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

    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

    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

      Ha, so lucky! Spring is my favorite 🙂

  20. Joyce

    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

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

  22. Jordan

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

  23. Sam

    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

    Done! These look so good!

  26. Sis Adger from lemonsandlavender.blogspot.com

    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

      ha, it’s ok, welcome!

  27. Natasha Red from jordanandnatasha.blogspot.com

    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

    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

      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

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

  33. Heather

    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

    took the survey & I love your blog!

  35. YounginWA

    Survey done. Love the waffles

  36. jade

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

  37. zoë

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

  38. Bri

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

  39. Kera

    Any substitute for a waffle iron?

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

  41. Meredith

    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

      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.

  42. Audrey

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

  43. Rachel

    Survey complete! These waffles look scrumptious!

  44. Chelsea

    Just finished the survey. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Fee from thevegetariancenter.com

    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 🙂

  46. brittany from joziuncooked.com

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

  47. Heather

    Survey completed.

  48. Sarah

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

  49. Kelly

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

  50. Tarin

    Just took the survey!

  51. Victoria

    These look delicious!

  52. Rianna

    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!

  53. Caitlin McGonagle

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

  54. Maggie

    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!!

  55. kam

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

    • jeanine

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

  56. Amanda

    I completed the survey!

  57. Kristin

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

    • jeanine

      thank you for taking a minute to give your thoughts!

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

  59. Casey

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

  60. s.w.

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

  61. Diane

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

  62. Diane

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

    • jeanine

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

      • Diane

        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.

  63. Alice

    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.

  64. Barbara

    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.

  65. Maria F

    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!


  66. Angie

    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.

  67. Kiai

    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

      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

        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!

  68. April Parekh

    Waffles were good but I had to add a whole cup of almond milk to get a waffle batter consistency.

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