This week’s recipe is a quick one, but a good one! Much as I love spending a lot of time in the kitchen playing with different ingredients and coming up with new concoctions, sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that do the trick. And these 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles do just that.
Chewy, satisfying and delicious, they’re the ultimate vegan comfort food without all the rubbish thrown in. Made simply from oats, bananas and plant-based milk (plus any extras you wish to add), they’re a great option for hearty breakfasts or just as a snack. If you’re new to veganism, a great tip is to add your favourite plant-based protein powder to the mix to make them extra-filling! (I’m a big fan of Omega Nutrition’s Pumpkin Protein Powder – not sponsored at all, I just find it has a really subtle taste and I digest it easily.)
3-Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles – Notes on the Recipe
One note: as these waffles are made with oats, bananas and milk they don’t have that same light and airy consistency of traditional waffles. They’re hearty and delicious, but do be aware that they’re a little heavier than the waffles you’d buy or eat in a restaurant. They’re less light and airy because they’re full of such good ingredients!
Don’t have a waffle iron? No problem. This mixture works perfectly as waffles or pancakes, so feel free to pour it into a frying pan and make some thick pancakes instead.
3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles (vegan & gluten-free)
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (use regular if gluten isn't an issue for you)
- 2 medium bananas (about 1 cup total)
- 1½ cups your favourite plant-based milk
- (Coconut or grapeseed oil to grease waffle iron)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (for sweetness)
- Powdered cinnamon
- Vanilla essence
- Vegan protein powder
To serve (all optional)
- Coconut Cream – see link to DIY recipe below
- Your favourite non-dairy yoghurt
- Maple syrup
- Fruit (sliced banana, fresh berries etc.)
- Cacao nibs
- Nuts (pecans and hazelnuts work really well)
- Powdered cinnamon
- Switch your waffle iron on and allow it to reach cooking temperature.
- While this is happening, blend the oats in a high power blender for 20 seconds until a flour forms. Stir them briefly to loosen them up (and to make sure they aren't tightly packed in the bottom of the blender!).
- Add in the banana and milk (and any other optional add-ins you like) and blend for another 20 seconds on high, until the mixture is smooth and lump-free. It should be quite thick at this point.
- Using kitchen towel or an oil spray, thoroughly coat all cooking surfaces of the waffle iron with your chosen oil to help avoid sticking.
- When the waffle iron is at cooking temperature, spoon half the mixture evenly into the iron, ensuring it spreads across the bottom surface. Close the lid and leave to cook for 7 minutes (until the steam coming out reduces).
- Open the iron, and leave for 20 seconds (this will help avoid sticking) before gently removing the waffle with a flat knife. (If your waffle is still sticking to the iron, you probably need to use a little more oil next time!)
- Repeat the process for the second waffle, and store the first on a plate in a warm oven until ready to eat.
- Top the oatmeal waffles with maple syrup, coconut cream, yoghurt, bananas, berries, cacao and/or cinnamon. Enjoy!