Vegan Gluten Free Chai Spiced Waffles

Vegan Gluten Free Chai Spiced Waffles

These Vegan and Gluten Free Chai Waffles are the most delicious and easy breakfast. These are dairy-free and made with a wonderful blend of chai spices, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves. These waffles are healthy and wholesome made from oat flour, walnut butter and coconut milk. They are so much better than any store-bought mix!

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First, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to the overwhelming response you all gave me when I announced that I'm writing a cookbook! I was completely moved and the responses on my Facebook page, IG and this blog had me in shock. I am so super happy to hear so many of you are excited about the book. BUT, I have to admit, that makes me more nervous! Talk about pressure. So many thoughts going through my head....will they love it....hate it...will it meet their expectations?? On and on. But my hubby told me this and wow, it is so true. "You can't please everybody, but you must please yourself!" He is so right. Obviously, I will bust my butt to give you all a wonderful cookbook with the same passion that I deliver here on my blog, but even moreso. But I know that it will be impossible to 100% please everybody. Some will love it, some will complain about details I can't control. But if I can turn in my manuscript and be proud of the work I did, that really is the most important "detail" of it all.

What I can promise you, is that I will do my best and hope for the best and I'm always here for questions!!

So, let's get to these waffles, shall we? I served these with freshly squeezed orange juice and the most perfect cappuccino. It was like a resort-style breakfast right in my own home, haha! My daughter and I were so happy eating and drinking all of this.

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN GLUTEN FREE CHAI WAFFLES

As always, these waffles couldn't be more simple to make. Just mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet in another bowl and then mix everything together. Warm up your waffle iron while the batter sits and cook in just a few minutes. So much quicker and easier than pancakes I must say.

I have to say that these are probably the most delicious waffles I've ever eaten. The chai spices are so aromatic and so delicious. I absolutely love these spices. I also used 2 key ingredients to give these vegan waffles a wonderful crispy texture and buttery flavor.

Cornstarch and Walnut Butter

Cornstarch gives oomph to the crisp factor, whereas just using oat flour makes them more soft and almost rubbery I found. Sorry, but I like my waffles to be crispy, not rubbery. The cornstarch balances out the oat flour in these waffles.

The walnut butter gives AMAZING BUTTERY flavor. I tested these with both almond butter and walnut butter and while the almond butter ones were certainly delicious, the walnut butter was a taste and mouth-feel that was undeniably better and delicious. Also, walnuts are SO MUCH healthier than almonds. They are a great source of Omega-3 fats, whereas almonds are not. Optimally, we should have a balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fat ratios in our diet for healthier hearts and most nuts are extremely high in omega-6 and not omega-3. Diets too high in omega-6 fat can increase inflammation in the body, whereas omega-3 is much healthier. Obviously, too much fat period is bad and should be greatly reduced for those with heart disease or obesity according to most plant-based doctors. However, since my daughter's doctor said this is very important in her diet, I have been focusing more on Omega-3 rich foods, like chia and flaxseeds as well. I don't eat nuts daily, but with her I definitely give her more fats than my hubby and I eat.

These waffles have so much goodness in them and are soooo filling because of the following ingredients:

  • Oat Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Powder
  • Chai Spice Blend
  • Coconut Milk
  • Walnut Butter
  • Maple Syrup

I love these made with the oat flour because it's an easy flour to find or to make your own. No weird textures or flavors and has great health benefits. However, if you don't want to use oat flour, spelt flour works as well.

The walnuts and oats really made these super filling and I only ate about 1 1/2 waffles. So delicious.

If you do not own a waffle maker, then I have a ton of vegan pancake recipes on the blog!

And if you are in the mood for a chai dessert, then you gotta try these Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal Cookies! Easy and super quick to make.

For those that are curious, this is the waffle maker I use. I absolutely LOVE it. The waffles come out amazing and crispy and there is 7 different heat settings.


Yields 3 large 7 inch round waffles

Vegan Gluten Free Chai Spiced Waffles

Vegan and Gluten Free Chai Waffles are the most delicious and easy breakfast. These are dairy-free and made with a wonderful blend of chai spices, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves. These waffles are healthy and wholesome made from oat flour, walnut butter and coconut milk. They are so much better than any store-bought mix!

10 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    This recipe will make 2-3 waffles using a 7 inch waffle maker so please double if you have more than 2 people!
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (112g) fine oat flour (I use Bob's)
  • 2 tablespoons (17g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7g) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Chai Spice Blend (Use store-bought or my blend below)
  • 3/4 cup (180g) canned "lite" coconut milk (Do not use full-fat. Cashew also works)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (70g) maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons (48g) walnut butter (See Note below)
  • Chai Spice Blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • small pinch ground cloves
  • Note: I make my own walnut butter at home because it only takes a few minutes in the food processor. It gives SUCH a delicious buttery taste to these waffles and they are a good dose of Omega 3. To make the walnut butter, add 2 cups raw walnuts to a food processor and process for several minutes, scraping the sides and bottom as needed until it reaches a VERY smooth, RUNNY consistency. Do not stop at the thick stage, but it should be runny, like a buttercream frosting. You can sub roasted almond butter if you like, but make sure it is a runny/drippy texture and not super thick/stiff and know that the waffles will not have near the same buttery taste.
    This is the waffle maker I use. I love it so much!

Instructions

  1. Add the oat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, pepper and chai spices to a large bowl and whisk very well until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. In a medium separate bowl, add the milk, syrup and walnut butter and whisk until smooth. Pour the liquids over the dry and whisk just until mixed and smooth. Don't over-mix it, as oat flour can get too thick if overly mixed. Now let the batter sit while you heat up your waffle machine. The batter will thicken some as it sits, that is normal. I used a 7 inch round waffle maker and got 3 of the large round waffles. Obviously, this will vary if your machine is smaller. If using the same size as my machine, once your machine beeps that it is ready and hot, spray with nonstick spray on the top and bottom plates. If you don't spray, they will stick. Even though it says "nonstick surface", mine stuck without spray. May also be because I don't use oil in the recipe. You will add about 2/3 cup of batter and quickly spread out the top with a spoon being careful not to spread it too close to the edge to prevent overflowing. With my machine, I used the setting 4 and it beeps when they are done. I always let it go about 20 seconds after the beep and then remove. I get nice and crispy results. They seem soft right at first, but crisp up almost immediately once the air hits them. Yours may totally vary if you have a different machine.
  3. Waffles are obviously best eaten immediately, as they do soften if they are left out awhile. If I have leftovers, I just pop them into my toaster oven to bring back the yummy crispy texture! I love these with a drizzle of maple syrup.
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39 Comments

  1. Somehow I'd missed your cookbook announcement! Congrats! I know it will be amazing. I totally understand the pressure to perform, but remember, we already love what you do. If you are true to your work, we'll no doubt love that too. The waffles look phenomenal! When it comes to waffles versus pancakes, I'm very much in Team Waffle. All of the nooks & crannies, please!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww, thank you so much Cadry for your kind words!
  2. And with a cappuccino too, I honestly cannot imagine a better breakfast! They look perfect. I have never even had walnut butter let alone put it in a waffle, but it sounds so rich and delicious. I have actually been loving walnut milk lately (so much more flavor than the almond), so if the butter tastes anything like that I imagine it is marvelous with all the chai spices. And the maple syrup of course, but that goes without saying :) Besides the crispy edges, waffles are way faster than pancakes now that you mention it...perhaps that's actually why I love them so much--impatience! Ah I can't imagine all the thoughts and worries that would probably be going through my head too with a cookbook in the works. But your hubby is 100% correct, and knowing you and your standards and your always high quality content (not to mention those delicious teasers you've already share on IG!) it will be wonderful no matter what!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      You are so sweet my friend, thank you so much for such kind words! I just keep telling myself to focus on creating what I love and enjoy it and it can only turn out to be my best work if I stay focused on that! And yes, you gotta try walnut butter! It doesn't taste all that great plain on it's own, but oh boy, it does some buttery magic in baked goods! Can't wait to try a cake next!
  3. I can not wait to check out the cook book! And these waffles!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Michelle!
  4. I love waffles for breakfast and these are quite different. Chai spiced all the way - which I also love.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Ginny!
  5. No waffle iron, but these look fantastic! But now I'm drooling over the cinnamon chai oatmeal cookies. Have all the ingredients but rice flour---not sure I can grind a T of rice that fine. Can it be left out? Or any subs for it? What does it do in the cookies? I was thinking about your cookbook having just a few of your greatest hits (hint: the perfect chocolate chip cookies!) But everything of yours is so excellent not sure how you can decide what will make the cut.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Ellen! The flour makes the cookies come together and give them structure. You could just sub with oat flour maybe 1-2 tablespoons and that should work!
  6. Look fantastic! I love all the spices! I hate to ask for substitutions, but I have a walnut allergy. Is the almond butter ok? Or should I try something else?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Paige! Yes, I have listed under "Note" and also in the post that I tested with almond butter and that works too :) It's not as buttery of a flavor, but still delicious!
  7. You put the words "chai spice" with anything and my senses perk up! And those waffles look like carby breakfast perfection!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Alisa! Yes, these are SO filling, yet pretty darn healthy thanks to the oats and walnuts, making them really satisfying. One waffle is fairly filling.
  8. Ooh chai waffles are pure genius! I am all about the chai spices!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Becky! Chai spices are one of my favorite combo of flavors..it makes everything taste so rich and full of depth! I love spices so much and these are definitely my favorite waffles because of it.
  9. Congrats on the cookbook! I wish I could go back and redo my breakfast - I wish I had started the day with these waffles!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Dianne!
  10. So funny story, the other day I made these scones and threw in a bunch of random spices I had here, along with some fresh peaches. When the scones were ready and I tried one I thought to myself, hmm, these taste like chai flavor. But I forgot to look up the spices used in chai and now seeing your post I was right! I used every single one of those spices in you chai spice blend. Ha!! Will need to try the waffles because I am way more into waffles than pancakes on weekends since my monster of a family devours all the darn pancakes as they cook before I get any. Humph.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Mmmmm, chai scones!? I want some of those! To me, you put chai spices in anything, I'll eat it! I'm a HUGE chai fan!!
  11. I love your recipes so much, they are always on point with how I prefer to eat and how my health requires me to. Thank you! I enjoy rotating my plant fats as well, especially by limiting nuts which I find to give my tummy a fit if I eat them daily. Chia and flax provide the perfect balance of omega-3's, and I like to toss in a few hemp seeds too a few times a week just for kicks. :) Anywho, these waffles look like a dream! Chai spices make everything taste so much better, in my opinion, too. Can't wait for your cookbook either, and don't be nervous! I know it will be amazing and am thrilled for you. Your honesty and genuineness come through in everything you do and I know that will be the case for the cookbook as well. Good luck!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh Heather, you are a sweetheart! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a kind and thoughtful comment. I really appreciate it so much. I know, right? I think Chai makes everything taste better. I love that warm deep flavor it gives and while I love plain waffles, chai is just 10 times better. Thank you again!
  12. Brandi......these are AMAZING!! I will definitely be making them again BUT will be doubling the recipe since I only got 2 waffles out of my batch. And I loved that I didn't even need to use any syrup.....they are a great "snack"!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Woohoo, thank you so much Penny! So very happy to hear you loved these! Yes, I agree, I barely use any syrup because they are just so yummy by themselves. Thank you for the feedback!
  13. Hi, just ordered a waffle maker so nearly ready to go! Could I make the batter the day before and keep it in the fridge? Ideally, is like to make a batch to last 2-3 days. Do you think that would work? Many thanks :-)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Claire! No, I would not make the batter ahead, it will thicken up way too much because of the oat flour and make the waffles too dense. This really is a batter that needs to be used right away. What I do is double the batch and store extra waffles in the fridge and toast them the next day!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      You could also (to save time) prep the dry ingredients the day before and then just add the wet the morning of and that will save a few minutes too.
  14. What food processor do you use? Mine is a 12 cup hamilton beach processor - when I tried to make the walnut butter the walnuts flew around the processor before wedging themselves in the edges where the blade couldn't reach. After mixing them around about 20 times with no progress (happens often when I try to process a small amount of things) , I wanted to know if maybe a smaller processor or different processor would work better?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi James! It sounds like yours is too big or maybe not powerful enough, but likely the size. If there isn't enough ingredient in there, it won't be able to process it. I would just add more nuts. But I do use a Cuisinart food processor that is very powerful and I use it for all of my nut butters, dips, spreads, etc. This is the one I use and love. http://amzn.to/2ueKiaA
  15. Yay, You makes the absolute best waffles! I love it and my mouth dropped open when I saw your photo, gorgeously delicious looking. Great share ..
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So sweet, thank you so much for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed the photos!
  16. These waffles are really fantastic. All of us, including my 16 year old, absolutely loved the flavors. We couldn't stop talking about how good they are. Really THE best waffles we've ever made. BUT you might want to make a double batch because they are that good and you'll want another serving that day or possibly the next morning!! What a winner!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Estee, I'm so happy these were so delicious for everybody!!
  17. Hi Brandi..... I can't wait to make these waffles! I was wondering if I could sub the cornstarch with Potatoe Starch or Tapioca???? I have a corn allergy.... but totally want to try these waffles! Thank you, Brenda
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Brenda, potato starch will work fine!
  18. These waffles are so delicious! I have a big jar in my kitchen where I keep several servings of the dry ingredients on hand so that I'm able to make them often :) I just suggest doubling or tripling the recipe. One batch only makes two whole waffles for me.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay Melanie! So happy to hear that, thank you so much for the feedback! I always get three waffles using the 1/3 cup measurement with my waffle maker that I suggest in the directions so if you use more than that it will make less waffles. I'll add a note though to double the waffles for a larger family.
  19. YOU DID IT AGAIN!!!! The waffles are amazing. Thank you for all your talent.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! So happy you loved these Barbara, thank you so much for the review! And if you get a chance to star rate them, I would really appreciate it, thank you!!

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