I had a new waffle maker for Christmas and I want to share my three favorite healthy vegan waffle recipes so far.

I’ll be sharing the recipe for

  • Deep Roast Almond Butter Waffles
  • Crunchy Pecan Waffles
  • Banana Buckwheat Waffles

But first – I’m going to be talking about waffle makers, so scroll down if you want to get straight to the recipes.
HEALTHY VEGAN WAFFLE RECIPE - deep flavour of almond butter

 

Which waffle maker to buy?

I used to have one that made heart shaped waffles, but it was TERRIBLE! It worked for a couple of times but then the batter started to stick and I couldn’t get the waffles out without breaking them. I don’t think that it helped that I try and make healthy vegan waffles- so the batter might not be quite the same as the ordinary eggs and white four kind (I don’t know the science of it, but I’m sure it would affect how it cooks). I have seen other people make perfect waffles in the heart shaped makers, for examples @veesfitnessfood but her waffle maker seems to have bigger holes than mine did- mine was more like tiny little diamond shapes on the surface.

A fellow food blogger @healthyjon recommended that I use a coconut oil spray to stop the waffles from sticking, but that didn’t work either! In the end I made the batter stick so much that I just couldn’t be bothered to even try and clean it and I threw away the whole waffle maker! Unfortunately, I can’t remember what brand it was and surprisingly I don’t have any photos of it, so I can’t warn you against buying a specific one. But personally, I will be avoiding that type in the future.

My new waffle maker!

This year, my boyfriend bought me the VonShef Quad Belgian Waffle Maker 1100W – Compact Design with Non-stick Coating & Automatic Temperature Control I think it’s a fairly reasonable price and I liked the shape of the waffles- no more little grooves to get the batter stuck in!

So far it has been great – I’ve used it 6 times and NONE of the waffles have stuck. Plus it’s really easy to clean. We had to rearrange our cupboard to fit it in, but I think we were just being inefficient with the space before because it has fit in nicely.

FYI- I haven’t been paid by VonShef for this mini review, but I have put in an Amazon affiliate link above, so I would get a small commission if you wanted to buy this waffle maker through that link.

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What makes a healthy vegan waffle recipe?

I have tried to make these waffles healthier by using nutritious flour and less sugar than a traditional recipe. They are made vegan by using plant-based milk instead of dairy milk and banana instead of eggs. Please note, the ripeness of the banana will affect your waffles. If you use a very ripe banana with brown spots the waffles will be sweeter and you will be able to taste the banana quite distinctly. If you use a yellow banana with no spots then the waffles won’t be as sweet and you won’t be able to taste the banana as much. I wouldn’t ever use a banana that’s still green.

I’ve also made the portion size suitable for 1-2 people, rather than some ridiculous recipes that make 20 waffles.

“What if I like Belgium waffles with loads of chocolate?” you say

Then eat Belgium waffles with loads of chocolate. I wanted to share these recipes because I find them delicious and I prefer them to typical waffles that you might get in a cafe. I’m not trying to say that you can’t include traditional Belgium waffles in a healthy balanced diet or that you shouldn’t eat them – it’s your choice what you want to eat. Also, just because you want to eat those it doesn’t mean you can never switch it up and try these three healthy vegan waffle recipes.

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On to the Recipes!

Deep Roast Almond Butter Waffles

They are called ‘deep roast’ almond butter waffles because I wanted to get across the rich and deep almond taste and not because you need to buy a special kind of roasted almond butter to make them. I used My Protein Almond Butter from my 1kg tub, which I brought with the money that I won from being picked as My Protein Fitness Award Winner in the vegan category! Wooo-Hoo!

My Protein Fitness Award Winner 2017 Vegan BlogIf you want to get a 30% discount at My Protein use the not very catchy code RACHEL-R7G5. This is an affiliate code and I would get credit to use at My Protein, but as soon as you purchase something you will automatically get your own link created that you can share with your family, friends and followers.

Healthy vegan waffles with almond butter and berries

Almond butter vegan waffle recipe

Ingredients
Serves 1-2
(1 or .5 of your 5 a day without toppings)

  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/8 cup extra flour (I used buckwheat but you can use spelt flour or protein powder)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or essence
  • 1 small banana (mashed)*
  • 1 heaped tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp coconut nectar or liquid sweetener such as maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup rice milk

Method

  1. Turn on your waffle maker so it can be fully heated when you want to put the batter in.
  2. Mix together the flour and baking powder. Then carefully stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix until the batter is smooth.
  3. Make the waffles according to the instructions on your waffle maker – I sprayed the waffle maker with coconut oil, put in the batter and cooked the waffles for 8 minutes. This recipe made 4 complete waffles in my waffle maker, but you might need to cook them in 2 batches.
  4. Transfer the waffles to a plate and add your toppings. I used maple syrup and berries. I would have added more maple syrup but that was all I had!

Crispy pecan vegan waffles

Crispy pecan vegan waffle recipe

I made these just before Christmas, so that’s why I made them look like a reindeer! Also, the texture of these waffles is denser than the others because of the pecans.

Ingredients
Serves 1-2
(1 or .5 of your 5 a day without toppings)

  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or essence
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla rice milk
  • 1 tsp coconut nectar or liquid sweetener such as maple syrup

Method

  1. Turn on your waffle maker so it can be fully heated when you want to put the batter in.
  2. Pulse the pecans and oats in your blender or food processor until they turn to flour.
  3. Pour the flour into a mixing bowl and stir in the baking powder and vanilla. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix in carefully.
  4. Make the waffles according to the instructions on your waffle maker – I sprayed the waffle maker with coconut oil, put in the batter and cooked the waffles for 8 minutes. You might need to make them in 2 batches.
  5. Transfer the waffles to a plate and add your toppings. I used unsweetened soya yogurt, frozen raspberries, peanut butter, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes.

banana buckwheat healthy vegan waffles

Banana and buckwheat vegan waffle recipe

Ingredients
Serves 2
(.5 of your 5 a day without toppings)

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats or oat flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup vanilla rice milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Natvia sweetener
  • Coconut oil spray

Method

  1. Turn on your waffle maker so it can be fully heated when you want to put the batter in.
  2. If you’re using oats then you will need to blend them into a flour using a food processor or blender.
  3. Mix the oat flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder and sweetener.
  4. Blend together the banana and rice milk until it’s smooth. Then mix with the flours.
  5. Make the waffles according to the instructions on your waffle maker – I sprayed the waffle maker with coconut oil, put in the batter and cooked the waffles for 8 minutes.
  6. Transfer the waffle to a plate and add your toppings. I used unsweetened soya yogurt, frozen raspberries, peanut butter, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes.

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