Boston Cream Pie Waffles with Dairy-Free Pastry Cream and Homemade Chocolate Sauce


Updated! This is another fabulous recipe from my friend Sarena of The Non-Dairy Queen. She shared these Boston cream pie waffles with us six years ago, but the recipe was buried in our news. Today I’m giving it a brand new home in our recipe section in honor of Mother’s Day.

Boston Cream Pie Waffles Recipe with Dairy-Free Vanilla Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Sarena has a culinary degree. She uses her training to create restaurant-worthy dairy-free, soy-free, and often gluten-free recipes.

I loved my pastry class and I remember to this day the first time I made a pastry cream. I am completely fascinated with the pale yellow color and the velvety texture that develops as the egg yolks and sugar combine.

But be careful when you temper the eggs and milk beverage. Do it slowly, otherwise, you will end up with sweet scrambled eggs. Which my son seems to like, ever since he discovered that French toast is made with eggs. But that is not what you are looking for here. The end result should be creamy, smooth and sweet with a hint of vanilla!

Boston Cream Pie Waffles Recipe with Dairy-Free Vanilla Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Choosing Your Dairy-Free Waffles

This Boston cream pie waffles recipe is all about the dairy-free pastry cream and chocolate sauce, so you can use whatever waffles work for you.

Sarena uses this dairy-free variation of a beloved waffle recipe for the Boston cream pie waffles shown here. You might also like this simple dairy-free, gluten-free waffle recipe, or my easy whole wheat waffles. Or you could take the flavor up a notch with Lindsay’s naturally gluten-free flourless peanut butter waffles.

You can also work from a mix. Bob’s Red Mill makes several dairy-free and gluten-free varieties. Alternately,  Cherrybrook Kitchen and Enjoy Life Foods offer allergen-safe options.

But for the ultimate convenience, you can buy pre-made waffles! Nature’s Path and Van’s both make some great dairy-free freezer waffles.

Boston Cream Pie Waffles Recipe with Dairy-Free Vanilla Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Special Diet Notes: Boston Cream Pie Waffles

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

Boston Cream Pie Waffles with Dairy-Free Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce
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Sarena uses almond milk beverage in both the pastry cream and the chocolate sauce, but you can swap in another milk beverage, if needed. But I do not recommend using a milk beverage with added protein. Please note that the Prep and Cook times in this recipe do not include the waffle preparation.
Serves: 1 cup pastry cream (about 6 servings)
  • Dairy-free Waffles (store-bought or homemade, see post above)
Vanilla Dairy-Free Pastry Cream
Chocolate Sauce
  1. Prepare your waffles.
Vanilla Dairy-Free Pastry Cream
  1. Place the milk beverage in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, then remove it from the heat.
  2. Add the egg yolks and sugar to a mixing bowl and whisk until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the starch and whisk until there are no lumps.
  3. Whisk a little bit of the hot milk beverage into the egg mixture until thoroughly combined. Slowly pour the rest of the milk into the egg mixture while whisking.
  4. Pour the egg mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the saucepan.
  5. Place the saucepan over medium heat. Cook, while whisking, until it just reaches a boil and has thickened. Remove it from the heat and stir in the stevia.
  6. Pour the pastry cream into a container and cover the surface with lightly greased plastic wrap. Let it cool.
  7. Once cool, the pastry cream can be used immediately. If you are making the pastry cream ahead, refrigerate it and remove it about an hour before using.
Chocolate Sauce
  1. Place the chocolate chips and milk beverage in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on high for 35 seconds and stir to combine.
  2. If not melted, heat in 15 second intervals, stirring well in between, just until melted. Do not overheat the chocolate, it will scorch.
Waffle Assembly
  1. Plate the waffles. Generously dollop them with the dairy-free pastry cream and drizzle with the chocolate sauce, to serve.
Boston Cream Pie Waffles Recipe with Dairy-Free Vanilla Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce

About Author

Sarena is a graduate of The School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, and she has worked in various fields in the culinary industry since 1995. Sarena discovered that she was lactose "challanged" in 2005, and soon after began creating recipes for her dairy-free (and now gluten-free) blog, The Non-Dairy Queen.


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  3. Can you tell me if I can use an egg substitute for the egg yolks? I’ve never used one when calling for just the yolks before.

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