Simple, super tasty, healthy and wholesome Oatmeal Waffles. The batter can be whipped up quickly and easily in your blender. Make fresh or keep a stash in the freezer for quick breakfasts throughout the week!
It's just me and these deliciously crispy and simple Oatmeal Waffles. And the good news is they are healthy enough to eat for breakfast, lunch or brinner.
We're talking flour-free and oil-free with wholesome ingredients, and we're talking perfectly golden, crispy, fluffy in the middle, waffle perfection!
What ingredients & equipment do I need?
Want to know how to make oatmeal waffles without flour? Here's what you'll be needing:
- Oats - Healthy, hearty and tasty and they are going in just as they are. No need to turn them into flour. Wondering what kind of oats to use? Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) or quick oats are the ones you want for this recipe. Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need the waffles to be gluten-free.
- Nut or seed butter - Whichever one you like or have at home already. Any will do.
- Applesauce or banana - Your choice which. Applesauce you can't taste in them, banana you can. If you use banana watch out in the instructions though because you need a touch more plant milk.
- Salt, vanilla & cinnamon - Essential for flavour
- Baking powder, baking soda & apple cider vinegar - Essential for puff and fluff.
- Plant milk - Any will do. Don't use water or you'll end up with flat, weird waffles.
Ideally you will also need a blender. This is a throw it all in, no mixing and be done in a minute or two, lazy girl/boy type blender waffle recipe. But if you don't have a blender you can still make them. Just use oat flour instead of oats ;O)
And of course you will need a waffle maker. I have this Cuisinart Waffle Maker and I'm very happy with it. I've never had a waffle stick yet and it's a good few years old now.
How to make healthy oatmeal waffles from scratch
Wondering how to make healthy waffles from scratch? Here's how it's done:
Step 1 - Add E-verything to a blender
Step 2 - Blend it all up
Step 3 - Pour into your well greased and preheated waffle iron
Step 4 - Let them cook then top with lots of delicious things!
Ways you can adapt this recipe
There are all kinds of ways you can adapt this oatmeal waffle recipe so have fun and make it your own! They can be sweet or savoury and as healthy or not healthy as you want.
Here are some suggestions for how to take your oatmeal waffles from basic to next level:
- Only got oat flour and no oats? That's fine. It's safer to use the weight measurement in that case though so you know you get the exact right amount.
- Add other spices. Maybe some ground ginger or nutmeg?
- Use pumpkin, butternut squash or sweet potato puree instead of the banana/applesauce
- Add a bit more sugar if you're not sweet enough already ;O)
- Once the batter is blended, throw in a few tablespoons of chopped nuts, fresh blueberries, chopped apple or chocolate chips and stir through.
- Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the batter.
- Add a tablespoon of lemon zest to make them pop.
- Use almond extract instead of vanilla and serve with fresh or defrosted frozen cherries or raspberries.
- Add lemon zest as above and also maybe some lavender buds ... A bit like my Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies ;O)
- Make savoury waffles. Omit the sugar. Use the applesauce option and not the banana one. there are some savoury topping suggestions below.
How to serve
What toppings can you put on your waffles? There so many ways to serve them and you can eat them sweet or savoury.
- A big ol' slab of vegan butter and a generous drizzle of real maple syrup.
- Fresh berries
- A powdered sugar and plant milk or lemon juice, lime juice or orange juice glaze/drizzle. Like the one on this lemon blueberry loaf.
- Brush warm waffles in vegan butter and dip in cinnamon sugar for a donut type effect
- Vegan cream cheese frosting
- Vanilla Roasted Strawberries
- Blueberry Lavender Sauce
- Vegan Lemon Curd with fresh or frozen raspberries
- Date Caramel with sliced banana
- With dairy-free ice cream for dessert
- With my easy mango banana ice cream
- Chocolate sauce
- Chocolate shavings/chips
- Fruit sauce
- Vegan Scrambled Eggs
- Vegan Chick'n and maple syrup
- Roasted tomatoes (like the recipe in my cookbook)
- Coconut cream
- Coconut flakes and fresh pineapple and coconut cream
- Chopped nuts
- Stewed apples, pear or rhubarb
- Any of the above with a side of vegan breakfast sausage and vegan bacon
These vegan oatmeal waffles are easy to make but following these success tips will give you even better results:
- Getting waffles right can take a bit of experimentation because every waffle iron cooks a little differently. Follow my instructions the first time then tweak settings and time as you go next time.
- Do not use a non stick oil spray like Pam or Frylight on your waffle iron (or any other nonstick cooking surface). It might reduce calories, but the chemicals in it cause a build up that is impossible to remove with washing and it quite quickly makes your non stick surface ineffective. I just brush my oil on with a silicone brush. If you want to spray oil, invest in an oil mister.
- Don't be tempted to omit the nut/seed butter. The natural oils in it are integral to the success of this recipe.
- Make sure the waffle iron is very hot before you add the batter. If it's not hot enough they will stick. When it says it's hot enough, leave it for an extra 5 minutes to be sure.
- Make sure you put enough batter on the waffle irons. It should be quite thick but not so much it runs out the sides.
- Do not lift the lid too early. See below for more info.
Why don't my waffles come out crispy or why do they split?
My biggest tip for getting crispy waffles every single time is to not listen to your waffle maker. A lot of them have a signal for when they waffles are ready. Mine beeps. Some have a light that comes on. Your waffle maker cannot accurately know when your waffles are ready.
The way you can know for sure that they are properly cooked and crispy is to watch the steam escaping from the sides of the waffle maker. Do not even attempt to open it while there is steam coming out, even if your waffle maker is telling you otherwise. As soon as there is no steam present at all it is safe to open and you will have crispy waffles. Every. Single. Time.
That's because the steam is the moisture on the outside of the waffles evaporating. If you take them out before this process is finished they won't be crispy because there will be too much moisture there. Wait for the steam to go and you know for sure that all of the moisture from the outside edges has evaporated.
This tip helps with splitting waffle issues too. Nine times out of ten they split because you open the waffle maker too soon before they've finished cooking properly and have got crispy.
Storage, freezing and reheating tips
These oatmeal waffles can easily be made ahead and leftover oatmeal waffles can be stashed away for another time. That means you can treat yourself any time, not just on lazy weekend mornings!
Prep ahead - Make the batter and cook the waffles as per the instructions. Allow to cool on a wire rack then store in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How to freeze - Make the batter and cook the waffles as per the instructions. Allow to cool on a wire rack then transfer them to a freezer safe container or freezer bag and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to reheat refrigerated or room temperature waffles - To reheat refrigerated or room temperature waffles, simply put them in a toaster on a lowish setting. You can also microwave them for 20 seconds or so if you don't mind them not being crispy.
How to reheat frozen waffles - Put the waffles in a toaster. If your toaster has a frozen button/setting use that and if it doesn't put it on a lowish setting but when they pop up you will lilkely need to put them back down for one more go before they are defrosted and hot right the way through.
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- 1½ cups / 135 g rolled oats or quick oats
- ¼ cup / 60 g nut or seed butter
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda in the UK)
- 1½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar , or lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract , (omit if you are using savoury toppings)
- ½ cup / 125 g unsweetened applesauce , or mashed banana
- 1 cups plant milk of choice , add an extra 2 tablespoons if using mashed banana
- Thoroughly grease a waffle iron and heat it to a medium setting. Once it reaches temperature let it sit for an extra 5 minutes to make sure it is really hot.
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into the waffle iron, adding enough batter to cover it thickly without it coming out the sides.
- Put the lid down and leave to cook until there is absolutely no steam escaping from the sides. This is usually a good few minutes after your waffle iron tells you that they are ready. Ignore its signal and wait until any trace of steam stops.
- Carefully open the lid and remove the waffles. Put the lid down and let the waffle iron heat up well again before adding the remaining batter. Cook as before.
- Cool any waffles that aren't being eaten immediately on a wire rack. See notes for storage tips.
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