December 19


Vegan Belgian Waffles | Oil-free & Whole-grain

By Laura Nunemaker

December 19, 2021

Now that I have a little more space in my kitchen, one of the first things I went out and bought was a waffle maker. And the first thing I made in that waffle maker were these Vegan Belgian Waffles.

vegan belgian waffle topped with bananas with tempeh bacon.

What waffle maker did you get?

So, let's back up a bit before we get to the recipe. If you want to make waffles without oil, what's a good waffle maker to get that is really non-stick?

After agonizing over reviews, I settled on the Presto Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker. At about $40 retail, it's a mid-to-low-priced waffle maker that's very highly rated by sites that do comparison tests.

I wasn't in any hurry to get a waffle maker. But while in Walmart one day I cruised through their clearance aisle and they had these for $29. Well, I can't ignore that.

Yep, it went in the cart. And so far I've had no regrets.

I think the flip side business is a bit of a gimmick. It does enable you to store it laying down or standing up, though.

And I can't deny that every waffle I've put in it has come out perfect. Not only is no oil required but the manufacturer specifically recommends that you NOT use it.

How do you make waffles without eggs, milk, and oil?

a small yellow bowl containing ground flaxseed sitting on a counter.

Milk is easy. There are loads of plant-based milks available these days. Use the one you normally keep on hand. For me, that's soy milk.

There are all kinds of fancy vegan eggs on the market now. But as a long-time vegan, my favorite egg replacer for baked goods and similar recipes is flax eggs.

How do you make flax eggs?

Flax eggs are perfect for replacing up to 2 eggs in a baked good recipe. They work well in cookies, muffins, sweet breads, etc.

Mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of warm water for each egg needed. Set aside and allow to "gel up" before using.

In this recipe, I needed the equivalent of two eggs and I used two tablespoons of ground flaxseed with six tablespoons of warm water.

If you want to reduce or eliminate the oil in a baking recipe, you can often replace it one to one with applesauce. It works great in this recipe. You'll never notice the missing oil.

What do you serve with Vegan Belgian Waffles?

vegan belgian waffle, impossible sausage and kale on a plate.

Often we stick to what we normally have on hand. We're big fans of maple syrup on waffles and pancakes and always have it in the house. A sprinkle of walnuts gives a little texture difference and healthy fat.

Fruit is tasty on top or along side waffles. We like banana or blueberries on top or sliced apple or orange on the side.

If you want a little savory along with your sweet, try vegan sausage or tempeh bacon on the side. In the photo at the top of the page you can just barely see the corner of a Beyond Meat breakfast sausage on the plate. If you're looking for a sausage substitute that really tastes like the meat version, this is one you've got to try.

Can you make these waffles ahead?

part of a vegan belgian waffle on a blue plate with vegan butter and maple syrup on top.

Absolutely! As a matter of fact, if you've got the time, I suggest making extra while you've got the waffle iron out. Meal Prep Sunday could begin with a delicious breakfast that also happens to be your breakfast meal prep for the week.

Any waffles you don't eat can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer in a sealed zipper bag or container for at least a month. 

When you want a waffle, just pop it in the toaster and cook until it is just crisp.

part of a vegan belgian waffle on a blue plate with vegan butter and maple syrup on top.

Vegan Belgian Waffles

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Oil-free, vegan, and whole grain Belgian waffles are not only possible - they're amazing! They're perfect and you won't miss a thing.



  1. Mix ground flaxseed with the warm water in a small bowl and set it aside to thicken.
  2. Preheat nonstick waffle iron.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together both flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Add in milk, maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and reserved flaxseed mixture. Stir until all ingredients are combined and all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Let the batter sit for about 5 minutes while the waffle iron heats up.
  5. Spray your waffle iron plates with oil only if required. {I have the Presto Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker and it does NOT need oil.) Pour about 1/2-3/4 cup of batter onto the center of your waffle iron.
  6. Close the waffle iron and cook according to your waffle maker's directions until golden brown. That takes about 4 minutes in my Presto. Repeat until all the batter has been used. You should get 4 full Belgian waffles.
  7. Add your favorite toppings. Try bananas, walnuts, and maple syrup. Or blueberry compote and a dollop of vanilla soy yogurt or vegan whipped cream.


Serving size: 1 waffle

I like to keep white whole wheat flour in my pantry, You can also use regular whole wheat, whole wheat pastry, or spelt flour here.

If you don't have oat flour on hand, grind up old-fashioned oats in a blender or food processor until they are broken down into a powder.

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Nutritional information will vary due to specific ingredients used. While these values are as accurate as possible, they should only be considered a guide.

Are you a waffle or pancake person? ("Both" is an acceptable answer.) How do you top them?

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About the author

Meat-free since 1996. Cow petter. Former vegan bakery owner. Full-time traveler for 5 years, usually in an RV, but not always. Half of VeganRV. Instant Pot lover. Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Completed January 2022, eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

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