These Vegan Gluten-free Chai Spiced 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.
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! 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
What I can promise you, is that I will do my best and hope for the best and I'm always here for questions!!
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.
WHY DO THESE TASTE SO AMAZING?
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 an 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.
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. To learn more about replacing oil with whole food fats, check out How to Cook and Bake Without Oil.
THE BEST INGREDIENTS FOR THESE VEGAN WAFFLES
These vegan gluten-free chai spiced 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
If you do not own a waffle maker, then I have a ton of vegan pancake recipes on the blog!
Other Chai and Spice Recipes:
I hope you all really love these Vegan Gluten-free Chai Spiced Waffles!
Other Vegan Waffles and Pancakes to try:
- Vanilla Cake Waffles
- Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Waffles
- Fluffy Vegan Blueberry Pancakes
- Best Vegan Fluffy Pancakes
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Vegan Gluten Free Chai Spiced Waffles
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!
- Add the oat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, pepper and chai spices to a large bowl and whisk very well until thoroughly incorporated.
- 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 setting 4 for the perfect crispy waffles. I 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.
- 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.