The number one complaint I hear about homemade vegan waffles is “they didn’t crisp up!”. Oil and sugar are keys to that indulgent texture, but eggs also play an important role. Recipe creators have struggled for years to find the perfect egg replacer for this breakfast favorite, but the answer has finally arrived. As cookbook author Zsu Dever has discovered, aquafaba is the solution to many egg-free recipes, including classic vegan waffles.
The recipe for these classic vegan waffles is from Zsu’s new cookbook, which is aptly named Aquafaba: Sweet and Savory Vegan Recipes Made Egg-Free with the Magic of Bean Water. If you cook or bake without eggs, then this title is a must buy. It starts with an essential primer on making and using aquafaba, and then jumps into the wonderful recipes. All are vegan, and there is a little notation at the end of each recipe to help identify gluten-free (GF), nut-free (NF), and soy-free (SF) recipes at a glance. There are many to choose from, and Zsu even goes out of her way to create a few special free-from recipes, like Gluten-Free Artisan Bread and Nut-Free Macaron Shells.
The recipes in Aquafaba cover all the bases. Below is just a sampling of ones that immediately intrigued me:
- Butter (yes, dairy-free!)
- Caesar Dressing
- French Toast
- Eggroll Wrappers
- Chile Relleno Quiche
- Portobello Schnitzel
- Swedish Meatballs
- Marshmallow Creme
- Fantasy Fudge
- Lemon Meringue Pie
- Caramel Praline Cashew Ice Cream
- Meringue Cookies
- Strawberry Shortcake Macarons
- Dutch Butter Cookies
- Autumn-Spiced Bread Pudding
But if you still aren’t ready to take the inexpensive leap into purchasing Aquafaba, try these classic vegan waffles. One bite, and you just might be sold.
Special Diet Notes: Classic Vegan Waffles
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons organic sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup dairy-free milk beverage (your choice of type)
- ½ cup aquafaba (see Note below)
- ¼ cup non-GMO canola oil or other neutral-tasting oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk or sift to distribute the ingredients equally.
- Combine the milk beverage, aquafaba, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and mix well. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk gently into a smooth batter. Set the batter aside to hydrate while the waffle iron heats up.
- Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the required amount of batter to the hot iron (usually about 1 cup of batter). Cook until the desired doneness is reached and transfer the waffles to a wire rack. The waffles will become crisp in about 30 seconds.
- Serve hot with dairy-free buttery spread, maple syrup, or preserves.
This recipe with photo is reprinted with permissions from Aquafaba, copyright © 2016 by Zsu Dever.