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These dairy free waffles are soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and so easy to make! Made with no milk, these waffles are the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch.
On the weekends, you can usually find me making dairy free biscuits or pancakes. But every once in a while I pull out my waffle iron to make dairy free pancakes, and I always wonder why I’m not making waffles more often!
This homemade waffle recipe is super easy, can be made with any size or shape of waffle iron, and they are even easy to store for leftovers!
No one will even know these waffles are made without milk - they are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day brunch, or just a regular lazy Sunday.
Why You'll Love These Dairy Free Waffles
- These dairy free waffles are ready in just 20 minutes and can be made using a Belgian waffle iron or a regular waffle iron.
- These waffles have a soft, light, and fluffy texture on the inside, but have a nice crisp on the outside. You can make them even crispier by cooking them a little longer.
- These waffles are freezer friendly, so they can actually be made ahead of time and then reheated for weekday breakfasts - because waffles don’t have to be just for the weekend!
- You can make this recipe using whole wheat flour if you’d like to make the dairy free waffles a little healthier!
- This recipe is a great base, and you can easily add chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter to switch it up!
- Flour: This recipe uses all-purpose flour, but white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour can be used as well. You can also make the waffles gluten free by using oat flour - you’ll need an extra 2 tablespoons.
- Oil: You can use any neutral oil you’d like (for example, grapeseed, canola, or even melted coconut oil), or you can swap the oil for melted dairy free butter applesauce at a 1:1 ratio
- Dairy Free Milk: I love using oat milk in this recipe, but you can use any dairy free milk like almond milk, soy milk, or cashew milk.
- Sugar: you can use white granulated sugar, or for refined sugar free you use coconut sugar.
- Vanilla Extract: Real vanilla extract is best, since it’s the main flavor in the waffles.
- Eggs: To make these as vegan waffles, omit the eggs and add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and an extra ⅓ cup of vegan milk.
Step By Step Instructions
Step One: Preheat your waffle iron (spray lightly with cooking spray if your waffle iron requires it). Add dairy free milk, vanilla extract, oil, and eggs to a large measuring cup and whisk until combined, then set aside.
Step Two: In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, then whisk. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl and whisk together with the dry ingredients until just combined.
Step Three: Pour the batter into your waffle iron and cook according to the directions on your specific waffle maker (each waffle iron is different!). The amount of batter you use for each waffle will also depend on the size of your waffle maker!
Step Four: Add toppings and enjoy!
If you’re looking to make pancakes instead of waffles, I recommend this dairy free pancake recipe - it’s very similar but has been specifically tested for pancake consistency.
If you want to make waffles with no milk, these waffles can be made with a variety of substitutes, like soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, or rice milk. You can even use water if you don’t have any of those, but using a dairy free milk substitute adds more flavor.
- Properly measure the flour: I recommend weighing the flour for best results (you can use a $10 kitchen scale) or using the scoop and level method.
- Make sure your waffle iron is fully pre-heated before you add the batter to it: adding batter to a lukewarm waffle iron will affect the crispiness.
- Watch the heat: Keep a close eye on the waffles, especially if you’re using a new waffle iron. Every waffle iron has different recommended heats and instructions to follow!
Storage and Freezing Instructions
The dairy free waffles can be stored in a ziploc bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze any leftover waffles in a ziploc bag for later, then either let them thaw in the fridge before reheating in the microwave or microwave and enjoy right away!
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Dairy Free Waffles
- 1 waffle iron
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ Tablespoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1¼ cup dairy free milk of choice
- 6 Tablespoons neutral oil (grapeseed, canola, or coconut)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- Preheat your waffle iron (spray lightly with cooking spray if your waffle iron requires it). Add dairy free milk, vanilla extract, oil and eggs to a large measuring cup and whisk until combined, then set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, then whisk. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl and whisk together with the dry ingredients until just combined.
- Pour the batter into your waffle iron and cook according to the directions on your specific waffle maker (each waffle iron is different!). The amount of batter you use for each waffle will also depend on the size of your waffle maker! As a general rule, cooking your waffles for longer will make them crispier.
- Add toppings and enjoy!
The calorie information provided for this recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.