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by Raquel Smith

My husband and I have always been homemade waffle people. Starting with one of the first batches that I ever made, a sourdough-style recipe from King Arthur Flour, we fell in love.

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Unfortunately my sourdough starter has fallen by the wayside lately, so I’ve had to come up with other recipes to satisfy us. That’s okay, because these are much easier to make, don’t require a starter, and only take 10 minutes to throw together!

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My mother recently gave us a Belgian waffle maker, the kind that flips over to cook. I was pretty nervous to try it, I must admit. We had always made the thinner kind before, and I was a bit worried that the batter wouldn’t rise up to fill the upper nooks and crannies.

But it worked! We soon discovered that’s actually what the flippy feature is for!

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These waffles have really good flavor. The first time we made them, I think I ate my fill just nibbling at the cooked ones in the kitchen before we even sat down to eat. They’re so good on their own, you don’t really need much syrup to make them tasty.

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But, when you do top them with a bit of butter or vegan margarine, drown them in real maple syrupto fill in all of those little squares, and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, they become downright irresistible.

They’re also delicious with fresh berries sprinkled on top, a scoop of homemade vegan ice cream, or maybe a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

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And these aren’t just for vegans; I guarantee your friends and family who do consume dairy and eggs will find nothing to complain about with the taste or texture. They’re light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, made with almond milk and with a slight nutty taste thanks to the ground flax seed.

Plus, this awesome vegan egg replacement adds healthy omega-3s that you wouldn’t find in regular waffles. Just make sure you use seed that is ground rather than the whole version to make your flax egg. Since seeds can spoil quickly, I like to buy a big bag and store it in the freezer, scooping out a tablespoon or two at a time when I ned to add it to a recipe.

You’ll also notice that there’s a little bit of apple cider vinegar in this recipe. Mixed with the almond milk and allowed to sit for about 5 minutes, this serves as a buttermilk replacement. Adding an acid like apple cider vinegar to your batter will react with the baking powder, creating a fluffier finished product.

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According to our calculations, one batch makes about 5 Belgian waffles and feeds 2-3 people. If you don’t eat as much as we do, then you could get away with feeding one batch to 4 people.

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Or just make two batches, throw the extras in the freezer, and have tasty pre-made breakfasts ready for the next week! Heat them up in the toaster before serving, and they’ll be delicious. This is what I usually do – there can never be too many waffles around here.



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Crispy Vegan Belgian Waffles

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  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 waffles 1x


This vegan Belgian waffle recipe is full of healthy and tasty ground flax seeds and whole grain flour! So good right off the iron, and even better topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar.



  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp vegan granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 5 Tbsp vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine the flax seed and water in a small bowl to make a flax egg. Set aside.
  3. Combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup, and set aside.
  4. Add the flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar to a medium bowl and mix well.
  5. Melt the margarine in the microwave in a heatproof medium-sized bowl. Slowly add the almond milk mixture to the butter, whisking vigorously while you pour it in. Add the flax mixture and the vanilla, and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well, until few lumps remain (but don’t go too crazy).
  6. Cook the waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions.*
  7. Eat right away, or let cool on a wire rack and freeze in an airtight zip-top bag for future enjoyment!


My waffle maker uses a heaping 1/2 cup of batter per waffle. I try to spread the batter all over the iron to get the best shape.

My iron will often indicate that the waffles are done well before they are actually ready. These take about 4 1/2 minutes each to cook with my iron on medium-high. I suggest figuring out how long your iron takes and set a timer so you will know when to check it.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast

For even more vegan egg replacement options, check out our informative post on egg-free baking. And if you’re interested in trying your hand at growing your own flax at home, our friends at Gardener’s Path can help you to get started.

What about you? How do you like your waffles? Be sure to let us know in comments below and please rate this recipe!

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Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Raquel Smith on May 30th, 2014. Last updated: May 5, 2020 at 13:40 pm.

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About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).

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How to make waffles crispier in waffle maker? ›

Cornstarch is the secret to crispy waffles. It guarantees that your waffles will be perfectly crisp and tender. Separating the egg is optional but is recommended (especially for deeper waffle irons). This recipe makes 4 standard waffles (1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick).

Why are Belgian waffles so crispy? ›

Texture – In Belgian waffles, the eggs are separated. The yolks are whisked together with the other wet ingredients, while the whites are whipped to stiff peaks and then folded into the batter at the end. This creates a texture that is crisp on the outside and light and tender on the inside.

How do you keep Belgian waffles crispy? ›

Bake Them in the Oven for That Crisp Finish

You probably already know the trick to keep your waffles warm by placing them in a 200°F oven until you're ready to eat. But if you set your oven a little higher, to 300°F, this trick will crisp waffles even further in addition to keeping them nice and warm.

Why are my waffles not fluffy? ›

Making pancake and waffle batter ahead of time is a huge no-no and will lead to flat, dense results every time. Even letting your batter hang out for just a few minutes after you've mixed it before you start ladling it onto the griddle will lead to less fluffy results.

What type of flour is best for waffles? ›

On the flip side, waffles aren't as flaky-delicate as baked goods, making pastry flour too fine for the job. Good old AP, or all-purpose, flour is where it's at. If you want to sprinkle in a tablespoon or two of buckwheat or rye flour for added nutty heft, go for it.

Why are my waffles never crispy? ›

Other Ways to Keep Waffles from Getting Soggy

Here are some other ways to keep the sogginess at bay: Place your waffles on a cooling rack in a low-heat oven (don't stack the waffles on top of each other). Throw your waffles in a toaster to refresh their crispiness. Make sure your waffle iron is very hot.

Does oil or butter make waffles crispy? ›

When you compare the two, one of the best ways to get the waffles to crisp up perfectly with a golden crust is to use oil instead of butter. Though butter tastes better, and you can always smear some on top to add flavor, oil will give you the best texture.

Should you let waffle batter rest? ›

Recommended overnight or 2 hr resting – for the tastiest waffles, rest the batter overnight in the fridge or for at least 2 hours. This makes the flour grains absorb the liquid so it makes the inside of the waffles softer.

Why do restaurant waffles taste better? ›

A restaurant, on the other hand, will have an industrial cooker with a higher wattage plugged into a circuit designed for heavier loads. If you are asking about the waffle itself, my answer will be that most restaurants make their batter from scratch. Home waffles are usually made from a boxed mix like Bisquick.

What makes Belgian waffles so good? ›

The secret ingredient in Belgian waffles is the pearl sugar, which gives the waffles a unique texture and slight, satisfying crunch. Belgian waffles are also fantastically light, which adds to their perfection. Fun bonus fact: traditional Belgian waffles are usually eaten with your hands, not a fork and knife.

How to spice up Belgian waffles? ›

Cinnamon or Nutmeg: Sprinkle ground cinnamon or nutmeg into the batter to give your waffles a warm and cozy flavor. Citrus Zest: Grate the zest of an orange, lemon, or lime into the batter for a citrusy kick. This adds a bright and refreshing element to your waffles.

Why do Belgian waffles taste different? ›

Preparation and Cooking

However, you'll notice some differences: Belgian waffles start with a yeasted batter, require a leavening agent and tend to include more butter, milk and sugar. If you try to make the Liege style, larger sugar granules are added for more crunch.

What can I add to waffle mix to make it better? ›

Any tips on how to make waffles from mix taste better?
  1. Use clarified butter to cook them.
  2. Add orange zest.
  3. Add some cardamom.
  4. Try almond extract in place of vanilla.
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Do you need to grease a Belgian waffle maker? ›

Belgian waffle makers typically have non-stick plates, which means you may not need to use cooking spray to prevent the waffles from sticking. However, if your waffle maker is old, or if the non-stick coating is worn down, you may need to use cooking spray to prevent the waffles from sticking.

What should you do to ensure that waffles are crisp and do not stick? ›

Use a non-stick spray preferably made with canola oil to handle the high temperatures. Butter and olive oil have too low of a smoke point and will scorch after the waffle is removed. Spray the griddle plates after they are warm and right before you add the batter.

How do you keep homemade waffles from getting soggy? ›

Waffles toward the bottom of that stack will have no choice but to go limp. To keep a cooked batch of waffles warm, place them in a low oven directly on the oven rack, or on a wire rack where the air can circulate—never on a sheet pan, where they'll trap that steam and go soggy on the bottom.

Why do you put cornstarch in waffles? ›

But they are a bit of work and you want that work to pay off with the perfect waffles that are light and fluffy on the inside and just the right amount of crispy on the outside. Fortunately, a little bit of cornstarch can go a long way toward the perfect texture throughout. Never end up with mushy waffles again.

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