Who doesn’t love a good waffle?! If you don’t like waffles, we can’t be friends. Its that simple 😆
Okay, that might be a tad dramatic of me, what can I say, I love the theatrics. But seriously, I do love me some waffles. I am a big breakfast person. I think I’m opposite to most, I’ll never skip breakfast but have no problem skipping out on lunch or dinner. I’ve always been a breakfast gal. From pancakes, crepes, parfaits, lattes, waffles, French toast (vegan of course!), tofu scramble, potato hash, ahhh my mouth is watering as I type this up. It was only a matter of time until I came up with a bomb .com waffle recipe. And heck yes I’m tooting my horn like that!
The first kitchen item I ever received was a waffle iron. Once I hit the age of part-time jobs and making my own money I was buying everything I wanted, so when it came to birthday and Christmas gifts from other people, I never knew what to tell them I wanted. This problem, tagged along with the other – I wanted to get out of my parents house as soon as I could but had crippling anxiety about adulting, concocted the perfect solution. I would just ask for items I would need to live on my own. And that’s how I ended up with a waffle iron as my first houseware item. Practical eh? I’m telling you I have ZERO, zilch, zip, nada! regrets about it, and this thing is coming up on 12 years old!
I have to come clean…
These waffles are made with both real pumpkin purée and a pumpkin spice seasoning, but I promise you they don’t have a pumpkin flavour. To prove it to you, I served them to my younger sister who hates pumpkin (of course without disclosing that I had added pumpkin) to get her honest feedback and she loved them! When I mentioned casually that there was in fact pumpkin in them, she said she couldn’t tell and went for another! So if you’re weary because its July and its not pumpkin season or maybe you’re just not a fan of pumpkin, don’t be fooled!
But if you still are not sold on the idea, can’t eat it or can’t find it, don’t fear! You can easily swap the pumpkin spice seasoning with cinnamon and maybe a bit of nutmeg if you’re up to it. The pumpkin itself can be substituted by adding another banana or by adding 1/4 cup extra of your non dairy milk.
This recipe also calls for ground chia and ground flax. I like using the variety of both as they offer so many health benefits but in the end you just need something to bind everything together and help thicken up the batter. If you have egg replacer or unground chia seeds, those work great as well, just ensure you get 4 tablespoons total.
Vegan Homemade Waffles
- high power blender
- 2 cups your choice of flour I like using spelt flour to boost nutritional content
- 1 cup oats
- 2⅓ cup non dairy milk of choice I prefer soy milk for extra protein
- 1 banana
- ½ cup pumpkin puree can subsitite with extra banana or ¼ cup extra milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed see above paragraphs on how to subsitute flaxseed and chia
- 2 tbsp ground chia
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 cup hemp hearts optional - i love to add hemp hearts whereever I can for extra hidden nutrients
- If you have a high power blender that holds up to 10 cups then oss all ingredients into the blender and blend together. Let your batter sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken, then pour batter into your waffle iron as directed by the manufacturer. If you don't have a blender continue reading further.
- In a large bowl, mix all your dry ingredients together then set aside
- In a separate small sized bowl, mash your banana and mix in your pumpkin puree. Once well blended, toss the banana pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients adding the milk slowly until your batter is mixed well.
- Let your batter sit for 5-10 minutes then pour your batter with a large ladle into your waffle iron as directed by the manufacturer