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!
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
- 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.