For a delicious breakfast, try these gluten free vegan oatmeal waffles. Containing no egg, they use only oats, bananas and plant milk. So healthy and easy to make!
(This recipe was first published on November 22, 2018. Updated May 2023.)
But my absolute favourite? Waffles! And these are the easiest waffles you've ever made.
Much as I love spending a lot of time in the kitchen coming up with new concoctions, sometimes it's the simple recipes that do the trick.
And these 3 ingredient oat waffles do just that. Chewy, satisfying and delicious, they're the ultimate vegan gluten free waffles without all the extra rubbish thrown in.
Made in minutes with just oats, bananas and plant-based milk (plus any extras you wish to add), they're a great option for healthy gluten-free breakfasts or just as a snack.
Top them with fruit and coconut whipped cream and you're good to go!
Don't have a waffle iron? No problem. Use this 3 Ingredient Vegan Pancake Recipe instead.
Why you'll love these oat waffles
- No eggs, no flour, no sugar. Suitable for those who are gluten free, vegan, dairy free, and sugar free.
- SO easy. These blender waffles just mix oats, banana and milk to form a batter which gets cooked. Great if you're a new vegan looking for easy meals!
- Great texture and taste. They're crispy on the edges, soft inside, and make a hearty breakfast!
- They're really healthy. These 3 ingredient waffles contain only whole foods and no fillers, binders etc.
Oats - Any type of rolled oats work well as they're going to be blended anyway. I use quick or slow cook. Use gluten free if needed.
I don't recommend substituting a different type of flour as the texture will change a lot.
Banana - Slightly overripe bananas work best here as they're sweeter!
Milk - I use dairy free milks like oat, almond or soy, but any milk works.
Coconut oil (optional) - Helps to grease the waffle iron so the waffles don't stick.
Note: as these healthy waffles are made with just oats, bananas and milk they don't have the light, airy consistency of store-bought waffles.
They're crispy and delicious, but do be aware that they're a little heartier than regular waffles made with flour!
How to make
2) Add banana and milk (and any other optional add-ins) and blend for 30 seconds on high, until mixture is smooth and lump-free.
3) Switch waffle iron on and allow to reach cooking temperature. Using kitchen towel, thoroughly coat all cooking surfaces with coconut oil.
4) Spoon about ½ cup batter evenly into the centre of the waffle iron, being careful not to overfill.
5) Close lid and cook for 6-7 minutes (or until steam coming out reduces).
6) Open iron SLOWLY, and leave waffle in place for 30 seconds (to avoid sticking) before gently removing with a flat knife.
7) Repeat process for remaining batter - greasing iron between each waffle with coconut oil - and store waffles on a plate in a warm oven until ready to eat.
Check out my web story showing you how to make these oatmeal banana waffles.
How do I stop my waffles sticking to the waffle iron?
1) Don't overfill it with batter! This is so important. It can cause the waffle to become too thick to cook properly, meaning it'll get stuck to both sides of the iron.
You ideally want to make these oat waffles smaller than the size of your waffle iron for easy removal. I use about ½ cup batter for each which gives me small to medium waffles in my 8-inch iron.
2) Coat the surfaces with enough oil prior to cooking. This is also really important - don't skimp on oil! It will make your waffles much easier to remove.
3) Use coconut oil to grease the waffle iron. You can use other oils but I recommend coconut as for some reason it seems to help these oatmeal waffles avoid sticking.
Make them high protein waffles. Want to make this vegan waffle recipe extra filling? Add a scoop of protein powder.
(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.)
Add chocolate chips or blueberries! These add a delicious flavour boost and make the waffles taste like dessert.
Any uneaten oatmeal waffles can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days.
They can also be frozen in a sealed bag for up to one month. To reheat, cover the waffles in tin foil and cook in the oven on 400°F/205°C until heated through.
I do strongly recommend using them as they are what helps the waffles bind, but if you have to avoid them I would try using applesauce and ground flax as an alternative.
I don't recommend using other types of flour in this recipe, purely because I'm not sure how well they would work. Oats have a very thick texture and make these waffles bind well.
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3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles (vegan, gluten-free)
- Waffle iron
- 2 cups rolled oats - use gluten free if needed (160g)
- 2 medium bananas (about 1 tightly packed cup in total)
- 1 cup your favourite plant-based milk (240ml) (see recipe note below)
- (Coconut oil to grease waffle iron)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder (if you want fluffier, crispier waffles!)
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder (to make waffles extra filling)
To serve (all optional)
- Coconut whipped cream
- Maple syrup
- Add in banana and milk (and any other optional add-ins) and blend for 30 seconds on high, until mixture is smooth and lump-free.
- Switch waffle iron on and allow to reach cooking temperature.
- Using kitchen towel, thoroughly coat all cooking surfaces of waffle iron with coconut oil to avoid sticking.
- Spoon about ½ cup batter evenly into centre of waffle iron, being careful not to overfill. (Amount used depends on size of machine: I use ½ cup in my 8-inch iron, which gives me smallish waffles that don't reach all the way to the edge, making them much easier to remove. I strongly recommend making smaller waffles with this recipe - see note below.)
- Close lid and cook for 6-7 minutes (or until steam coming out reduces).
- Open iron SLOWLY, and leave waffle in place for 30 seconds (this will help avoid sticking) before gently removing with a flat knife. (If waffle is still sticking to iron, see my tips!)
- Repeat process for remaining batter - greasing iron between each waffle with coconut oil - and store waffles on a plate in a warm oven until ready to eat.
- Serve with any of the following: maple syrup, coconut cream, bananas, berries, and cinnamon. Enjoy!
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