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.

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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!

4.9 from 8 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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Diane

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

  8. s.w.

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

  9. Casey

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. Amanda

    I completed the survey!

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. Victoria

    These look delicious!

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