Waffles. Aren’t they best? Especially when the waffles are vegan, gluten free and absolutely crispy and delicious. These waffles are made from oat flour, packed full of flavor and nutrition and are a beautiful addition to your breakfast table.
Contrary to what my posts on Maple-Vanilla Granola and Banana Muffins appear to reveal, I am usually a savory breakfast person. But, every Sunday I pull out my waffle maker and go to town making these babies. I am a breakfast chef at my day job, so it is such a joy to make breakfast for my family on my day off. And they always want these waffles. It’s become a tradition.
What is Oat Flour?
Oat flour is made from ground oats. Oat flour can be purchased pre-made or made at home in your food processor or blender. I prefer to make my own at home because it is much cheaper and only takes a few extra minutes.
To make oat flour, I add 2 cups of oats at a time to my blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Once it is ground into a fine flour it is ready to use!
How to make Vegan Gluten Free Waffles
Making the batter for these waffles is fairly straight forward and comes together quickly. So, pull out that waffle iron, turn it on high and get ready for some amazing waffles!
First, make your flax eggs and set it aside to thicken. If you’re new to vegan baking, my post on how to make a flax egg will be a useful resource to you. I know a lot of my readers are not vegan, and regular eggs will work here too!
Next, add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine.
Once your flax egg has thickened, add all of your wet ingredients to a separate bowl and whisk to combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk again to combine. At this point, set the batter aside for about 10 minutes. Oat flour is very absorbent and the batter will thicken up considerably after letting it sit.
How to cook vegan gluten free waffles
Once the batter has thickened, scoop out enough batter to cover the surface of the waffle maker and put the lid down. If the batter seems too thick to spread onto the waffle maker, add more milk to thin it out.
Cook the waffle according to the instructions for your waffle maker. I’ve found that these waffles cook a bit longer than other waffles I’ve made with wheat flour. My waffle maker has a light that turns green when the waffle is ready, and I usually let this go two times before removing the waffle. The waffles should be crispy and easy to remove from the waffle maker.
Now, the fun part! Eating them. I love my waffles with a little butter and lots of real maple syrup. For an added protein and flavor boost, I spread peanut butter all over the top sometimes. Enjoy!
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