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Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Waffles (easy, healthy)

Vegan gluten-free oat waffles, made with some help from chickpea flour. Fast, easy and healthy, they are a great new take on classic waffles!

Gluten-Free Oat Waffles without Eggs

Oats and chickpea flour work in structural and delicious harmony in egg-free recipes. For example, these multipurpose, 3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour and Oat Crepes, as well as this winning Chickpea Flour and Oat Quick Bread.

The reason is simple: in the absence of the binding protein of eggs, many an oat flour (or any gluten-free flour) recipe can fall flat, apart, or both.

Protein-rich chickpeas to the rescue! Chickpea liquid (from cans of chickpeas) can be used to mimic egg whites (the magic of aquafaba) in eggless recipes, and chickpea flour (+ water) can replace the structure of whole eggs.

Adding to the list of examples here at Power Hungry is this simple, versatile recipe: Healthy Oat Waffles, which are vegan, gluten-free, easy, and delicious!

Ingredients for the Oat Waffles

How to Make the Waffles

The batter is quick, and begins with whole oats.

Step One: Preheat Waffle Iron

Preheat your waffle iron (medium-high) so that it ready to use as soon as the waffle batter is prepared.

Step Two: Grind the Oats

Grind 1 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats in a food processor until they are a fine flour. If you are using ready-to-use oat flour, you can, of course, skip this step.

Step Three: Whisk the Dry Ingredients

Next, whisk the oat flour with 1/2 cup chickpea flour, as well as baking powder, and salt. You can always add sweet spices, like cinnamon or ginger, but I kept the essential recipe just that: essential.

Step Four: Add the Wet Ingredients

These are waffles do have some oil, which helps them become crisp and, most importantly, prevents them from sticking to the waffle plates. No one needs to clean up stuck-on waffle batter! For that reason, I have not experimented with an oil-free option.

Water, a bit of sweetener (coconut sugar), and vanilla (yes, I consider vanilla essential :)) finishes the smooth, moderatly thick batter.

Step Five: Add Batter to Waffle Maker

Next, ladle the batter into your preheated waffle maker according to the directions. I find that medium-high works best to make a browned, crisp-edged waffle when using oats.

Step Six: Repeat with Remaining Batter

Repeat adding batter to the waffle make until all of the batter has been used.

Breakfast is served!

I love to make waffles ahead of time and then toast them later. You can freeze them, too, so why not make a double, or triple batch!

Don’t waffle; make these ASAP!

Yield: 5 waffles

Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Waffles (easy, healthy)

vegan oat waffle on a plate topped with blueberries

Gluten-free oat waffles, made vegan with the help of some chickpea flour for structure. Sweetened with coconut sugar and scented with vanilla, they are a delicious new take on classic waffles.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (135 g) rolled oats (certified GF, as needed)
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) chickpea flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (310 mL) water (more, as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) vegetable oil (of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or high speed blender, process the oats into a fine flour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, chickpea flour, baking powder and salt. Add the water, oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla, whisking until blended and smooth.
  3. Preheat a standard waffle maker to medium-high heat.
  4. Spray the plates of the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray; ladle or pour in about 1/2 cup (125 mL) batter.
  5. Cook the waffle according to waffle maker directions (for most makers, until a light changes color). The waffles should be a deep golden color (adjust settings as needed).
  6. Remove waffle and repeat with remaining batter.

Notes

Keep the waffles warm: You can keep the waffles warm in a 200˚F oven as you prepare all of the waffles.

Storage: Store the completely cooled waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months. Rewarm the waffles by toasting (pop-up toaster or toaster oven).

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1/2 waffle

Amount Per Serving Calories 99Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0.2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 104.1mgCarbohydrates 13.6gFiber 3.4gSugar 3.4gProtein 2.6g

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Kari

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

These are wonderful! Thank you :)

Camilla

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

So glad you like them, Kari!

Vickiy

Friday 31st of January 2020

I read the recipe to say 1.5 all chick pea flour but you talk about a combination of oat and chickpea flour. Will you please clarify for me? Thank you, I want to try these!!

Vickiy Van Beek

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

@Camilla. Thank you!! I sooo appreciate how you share so many allergy free and realistic recipes. With great appreciation.

Camilla

Friday 31st of January 2020

Sorry about that Vickiy, it was showing my recipe for grain-free waffles (all chickpea flour). I have corrected the problem. Enjoy!

Annika

Monday 21st of October 2019

Hi there, thank you for the recipe. would it still work if I leave out the chickpea flour, the sugar and vegetable oil?

Or maybe use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil? What is its purpose? Thanks

Camilla

Monday 21st of October 2019

Hi Annika,

The recipe will not work without the flour. You could experiment with other types of flour, but I am not sure how they would work here. The sugar adds flavor, as well as helps the waffles brown. It also makes the waffles more tender. The waffles will still work without it (i.e., come out as waffles), but the flavor and texture will be different.

Yes, you can use coconut oil (any type of neutral vegetable oil works here). Oil adds tenderness to baked goods. You could leave it out, but the waffles will be less tender. This is minimalist, alternative recipe, so there is not a lot of room for leaving things out. But you are always welcome to experiment!

Amy D.

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

Looks tasty and nice and easy. Can I use oat flour (like from Bobs Red Mill) instead of grinding oats? Thx!

Camilla

Thursday 12th of September 2019

Sure, Amy!

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