Delicious, crisp-tender, 1-ingredient Vegan Flax Waffles! They are gluten-free, grain-free, oil-free, sugar-free, keto & Paleo.
Vegan Flaxseed Waffles Made Easy
So, why not use it to make waffles? Specifically, vegan flax waffles?
I have stumbled across recipes for keto and Paleo flaxseed waffles, all made with multiple eggs, added oils or butter, and sweeteners. But, based on some of my previous flax recipes, I suspected I could strip down my rendition of flax waffles to the bare bones. After all, flaxseed meal is:
- An egg replacement in and of itself (bye-bye eggs)
- Already rich in natural omega-3 fats (so long, added oils)
As for sweeteners, I prefer to add mine later in the form of a drizzle or downpour of maple syrup :).
I am so pleased to announce that after many (oh, so many) experiments later, I made my hunch a reality: 1-Ingredient Vegan Flax Waffles!
- 1 ingredient for the batter (plus water & optional salt)
- Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
- Zero Net Carbs
- High in heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids
- High in fiber
- Easy to make
Ingredients for Vegan Flax Waffles
A complete list of the ingredients, with amounts and instructions, is located in the recipe card below.
Step by Step Instructions
The flax waffles are very easy to prepare! However, it is imperative that all of the steps be followed. It took about 2 dozen test rounds of waffles to get the process right, so it is unwise to improvise.
Step One: Preheat the Waffle Iron to MEDIUM
Preheat a waffle iron to medium heat. Not medium-high, and definitely not high. This is very important for reasons that will be explained below.
Step Two: Finely Grind the Flaxseed Meal
Do not skip this step. The irregular pieces of flax in flaxseed meal do not stick together well in waffle form. The waffle pulls apart when the waffle maker is opened, creating a gooey mess (trust me on this one!
Step Three: Mix the Waffle Batter
Whisk the water into the flaxseed meal to create a smooth, blended batter.
Step Four: Let Batter Rest for 5 Minutes
The batter will be loose upon initial mixing. Within a few seconds, it will begin to thicken. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes to thicken more.
Following the 5 minutes of rest, the batter will be thick and gelatinous.
Step Five: Spray the Waffle Plates
Open the preheated waffle maker and spray the plates (both top and bottom) with nonstick cooking spray. Do not skip this step! Even if you have a non-stick waffle iron (I do), you need to use some nonstick spray.
These are not usual waffles. Trust me when I say that I have gone through all of the hard and messy work of testing to make sure these work for you.
The waffles will stick like heck if you do not spray the plates. If sprayed, they release with ease.
Step Six: Spoon & Spread the Batter
Things are about to get a little bit weird. Not hard, but weird. Stay with me.
Spoon the batter onto the sprayed plate or plates. I have a 4-plate maker, so I spoon 1/4 of the batter onto each of the 4 plates. If you have a round maker (about 9-inch/22.5 cm) maker, I suggest spooning in HALF of the batter into the center.
Use the back of a spoon to spread the batter evenly over the plates. The batter is thick and gooey and will not spread like a regular batter. It needs this extra nudge.
Do not worry about working with speed to spread the batter! Take your time. You will understand why in the next step.
Step Seven: Cook the Waffles (ignore the waffle timer!)
Close the lid on the waffle maker and set a timer for 15 minutes.
You read that correctly: 15 minutes. Ignore any and all bells and whistles on the waffle maker; they do not apply to these waffles. This is the trick that makes these waffles work!
In earlier rounds of testing, I was convinced that all-flax waffles were impossible because they were a gooey mess when I opened the waffle maker. I varied the heat, the proportions, the ingredients, and it was still goo, goo and more goo.
Ignoring the waffle timer was my lightbulb moment. In order for the waffles to crisp and cook, they need a slow cook at medium heat. Fifteen to sixteen minutes is perfect with my maker.
You may want to make 1 and 1/2 times the amount of batter to make a test waffle for your maker.
Behold, beautifully crisp and delicious flax waffles!
What is the Taste & Texture of the Vegan Flax Waffles?
The flax waffles are very light and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Once completely cooled, the waffles become soft (a bread texture).
How to Serve the Waffles
Enjoy the waffles straight away as you would traditional waffles. Drizzle with maple syrup, or branch out with the toppings of your choice, such as agave nectar, fresh fruit, confectioners’ sugar, chocolate shavings or sauce, jam or preserves.
Enjoy the Waffles as Bread Slices
Alternatively, use the waffles as a bread slices! Use the waffles when they are warm and crisp, or cooled and soft. Either way is delicious.
Spread with any and all sweet or savor toppings, open-faced or sandwiched. My go-to? An open-facedflaxa waffle with hummus, avocado, and tomato. Swoon.
FAQ & Tips
Uh-oh, I Opened the Waffle Maker Too Soon. Now What?
If you opened the waffle make before it is finished cooking (i.e., the waffle pulls apart into a top and bottom half), do not fret! Simply close the lid and continue cooking for a few more minutes (the flaxseed batter will “glue” back together).
This is not likely to happen unless you forget to spray the waffle plates (it happens).
Can I Make More (or Less) Batter?
Can I Add Other Ingredients to the Waffle Batter?
Yes! But with limits.
Due to the long cooking time, I do not recommend adding sugar or sweeteners. Sugars of any kind will likely scorch and burn.
The same is true for any ingredients that contain sugar (natural or added). Sweetness can be added on top of the waffles with sugar.
Add Spices & Herbs
Spices and dried herbs can be added to the batter without fear of scorching.
Can the Waffles be Stored?
Yes! The waffles can be made ahead of time and stored for quick and easy breakfasts, or for use as bread.
Store the cooled waffles in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 1 day, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up 3 months.
The waffles can be re-warmed and re-crisped by toasting in a toaster or air-fryer.