Monday, December 31, 2012

Best Vegan Waffles Ever


It's New Year's Eve today and as I look back at 2012, I can't help but feel incredibly grateful for all the wonderful moments that happened this year.  Hubby and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We had our first family vacation at Disneyland.  We bought our home.  And my blog reached over one million visits.  It's been such an amazing year and now I'm looking forward to what 2013 has in store.

 

So on my last post for this year, I thought I'd try to come up with some decadent, mindblowing dessert.  Maybe something with chocolate.  LOTS of chocolate.  Truffles perhaps?  Eh. That was so last year. Or maybe a towering cake with tons of frosting and fancy decorations?  Nah.  Been there. Done that. Aha! How about putting my own little spin on a trendy ingredient, like...kale.  Uh...Nope.  Not gonna go there.  To be honest, all I could really think of is how I can make a better waffle?
 


Okay, as much as I love my first recipe for vegan waffles, I can't say with 100% conviction that it tastes exactly like the kind of waffles you'd get at a waffle house or you'd make at home.  The distinct flavor and aroma of the coconut milk comes out too much and it keeps it from truly tasting like a "regular" waffle.  Also, they were a bit more dense and chewy than I'd like them to be. This really bothered me so I had to go back and rework the recipe again.


So what's so different about these waffles? Well, I kicked the coconut milk to the curb (sorry, I 'll save you for something else) and brought back rice milk, which has a much neutral flavor. I took my vegan pancake recipe, adjusted the amounts of some of the ingredients and tried it again.  This time, the waffles turned out even better than the coconut milk ones.  The dough is a lot lighter and airier inside and it has a nice crispy outside.  But the most important thing is they taste exactly like a waffle.  Dare I say, these are the best vegan waffles ever!


Another important change I made with these waffles is that I invested in a really good waffle maker. My brother has been using a Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker for a while and he's been telling me time and time again, "You need to get this waffle maker!"  After hemming and hawing about it, I finally got one for myself. And I'm soooo glad I did. It's true. It really does make the perfect waffles.  I love that you can flip it over and it beeps when it's fully cooked.  It takes the guesswork out of wondering if the waffles are done or not.  I can't even count how many times I've burnt waffles with my old waffle maker because I left it in too long.  I also had the opposite problem where I'd open it too early and the waffle splits in the middle and I'd have to scrape it off from the waffle plates.  Well, I don't have those problems with this waffle maker.  Wow, do I sound like an infomercial or what?


Seriously, I'm kind of obsessed with waffle making now.  Good thing my kids haven't grown tired of eating them (yet).  I love making a batch for Sunday brunch and freezing any leftovers for later in the week.  And even though my 3 year old can't have whipped cream on top of his waffle, he's more than happy to top it with tons of fruit instead :-)


I'm so happy to share this new and improved vegan waffle recipe with you.  I hope you'll like it and maybe it will become a part of your Sunday brunch tradition :-)

Happy New Year!
 
Best Vegan Waffles Ever
Makes about 8 waffles
Allergy note: contains wheat ingredients

3 cups flour
2 Tbs baking powder
1-2 Tbs sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups rice milk
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

cooking spray or cooking oil

garnish with:
confectioner's sugar, maple syrup, agave syrup
allowed margarine
fresh fruit

Preheat waffle maker (if you're using a Waring Pro, set it between 4 or 5).

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients until smooth. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush with oil . Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Serve plain or garnish with fresh fruit and syrup.

29 comments:

Shannon said...

Those waffles look terrific! I have considered upgrading my waffle iron several times for a nicer one that makes thicker waffles like these. I don't make waffles enough to justify it yet, but someday!

Claire said...

I never comment on people's blogs but I am so happy I just have to this time!
I came online to get the recipe for vegan waffles that I hadn't copied down yet (it's 9am here right now in the UK) and I find this! an even BETTER recipe
I am so happy. What a great start to 2013 :-D

Tracy {pale yellow} said...

I want to try more vegan recipes, and this looks like a great breakfast. I love the fruit on top!

Sarah Y. said...

This looks amazing! I would love a waffle maker :) Great pics.

Anonymous said...

These were fantastic, my family couldn't get enough!

Unknown said...

These ARE the best Vegan waffles ever! My son recently decided to eat Vegan. But, he's really not about health, health food, in fact, I'd call him a vegan junk foodie. I've been trying different vegan recipes, but they have been more on the side of healthy food (whole wheat flour, ground almonds, ground flax seed, wheat germ). They are great! Thanks!!

Marian Krueger said...

These were so delicious! I love that they have very little sugar and came out light and crisp. Super yum!

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome recipe. Just made it this morning!

TwoTonedTigger said...

These are indeed the best Ever! My whole family just loved them and we already have the waffle maker, so it makes it even better!!!
Thanks!

TwoTonedTigger said...

These are indeed the best Ever! My whole family just loved them and we already have the waffle maker, so it makes it even better!!!
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

These really are the best vegan waffles! Thank you for this amazing recipe! We have milk/egg allergies, and top it off with coconut whip cream! one can full fat coconut milk chilled. carefully scoop out coconut milk leaving the water behind. whip in a chilled bowl with 2/3 cup icing sugar.

ssk. said...

we love this recipe! I subbed the flour with whole wheat pastry flour. my whole family enjoyed the waffle, the little ones loved that I sprinkled a few choco chips in the waffle. thanks for such a great recipe!!!

Andrea G. said...

Loved this recipe! I used vanilla almond milk instead of rice milk (because that's all I had in my house) and these waffles were extraordinarily delicious. Thanks!

Allen said...

Thank you Rianne for this wonderful recipe. Since being diagnosed with IBS several years ago I'm always on the lookout for non-dairy (vegan) baked goods recipes.

Not to quibble but I would chance the name of the recipe to "The Best(and easiest)waffle recipe (that just happens to be vegan)", Of course that's a bit long so I guess you should stick with the original name. Allen

Jala Duta said...

Yup, these are the best vegan waffles ever! Thanks for putting up this recipe and doing the work to make them great.

Unknown said...

These waffles were awesome!They are good with almond milk as well. I made them a special treat for a slumber party group by using chocolate almond milk :) Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Awesome waffles. I used soy milk and avocado oil but left out the sweetener in my first batch, which turned out fantastically fluffy with a good chewiness. For the second batch I used virgin coconut oil, and they turned out just as good. In my enthusiasm with the recipe, I tried this batter as pancakes, too because I just haven't found a perfect vegan pancake recipe yet. I would stick with this for waffles as the pancakes were a bit too dense. Must be something about the double sided iron that makes this work for waffles but not pancakes. Regardless, fantastic recipe. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

These are the best waffles I have ever had!(vegan or otherwise). I have made them twice in the last 2 weeks! The first time was for my husband's parents (who are not vegan), and they loved them. I've even been eating them plain and they are so delicious! I substituted melted coconut oil and they turned out great! Delicious! And it is a wonderfully simple recipe! Thank you for sharing!

Bobbi said...

Made these for brunch today...fast, easy, and oh, so delicious..no one noticed they had no dairy or eggs. Thanks so much !!

Tracie said...

I made these yesterday morning for Christmas brunch. They were AWESOME!! My dad and brother -- neither vegan -- both loved them. I will be making these again. Yummy!!

Anonymous said...

My son is allergic to eggs and I've been struggling to find a waffle recipe that tastes great, and doesn't come in a box that costs 6$. These were awesome!! I used almond milk and added cinnamon!

rachelbarlow1 said...

Great job on this recipe! I had to stop having dairy and eggs because my baby is highly allergic...and it was really hard for me not to be bummed out about not having some of my very favorite foods.
So thanks for taking the time to make this recipe amazing. We decided they are the best waffles we've ever had!

Anonymous said...

I just made these waffles today for my son who is allergic to eggs and dairy. He and I loved them, they are perfect in every way. Thank you for ending our search.m

Kelly C. said...

Bravo! I've made these twice now, and I've never had a more fluffy, tender, crispy-on-the-outside waffle! This is my go-to recipe now, thanks!!

Ally said...

I have been a vegan for a long time and never found a good waffle recipe ...but now I did! This is a very good recipe that is simple to make. I used apple sauce instead of oil and they were terrific!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Perfect..thanks!!!

kimickeyhouse said...

These are the BEST waffles ever!!! Nomnomnom

Anonymous said...

I just made these! Even my carnivore husband loved them! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I have been making batches of these for a month straight for my sister and myself. We're both lactose intolerant and trying to eat healthy. These are our favorite breakfast. I add a mashed banana or a grated apple and a good tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture and they turn out amazingly each time, no matter the slight alterations to the recipe. They are fool-proof. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe!

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