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3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles (vegan, gluten-free)

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For a delicious breakfast, try these gluten free, vegan oatmeal waffles. Using only oats, bananas and plant milk, they're so easy to make!

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(This recipe was originally posted on November 22, 2018, and was updated as of May 17, 2021. A few of you had issues with the waffles sticking so I've thoroughly re-tested and slightly reformulated the recipe to make it bulletproof. 🙂 )


Waffles! And are these the easiest waffles you've ever made. This 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 gluten free waffles without all the 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 gluten-free breakfasts or just as a snack.

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Looking for more vegan breakfast ideas? Why not try my Cookie Dough Overnight Oats, Ultimate Vegan Cooked Breakfast or my Chickpea Flour Crepes?

If you're new to a plant-based diet, a great tip is to add your favourite protein powder to these oatmeal waffles 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.)

One note: as these vegan waffles are made with oats, bananas and plant milk they don't have quite the same light and airy consistency of traditional waffles. They're hearty and delicious, but do be aware that they're a little denser than waffles you'd eat in a restaurant because they're full of such healthy ingredients!

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How Do I Stop My Waffles Sticking to the Iron?


1) Don't overfill it with batter!
This is so important, as it can cause the waffle to become too thick to cook properly, meaning it'll get stuck to both sides of the iron. Trust me, I've done the research! You ideally want to make the waffles smaller than the size of your waffle maker 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 the 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 the waffles avoid sticking.


Don't have a waffle iron? No problem. This batter works as waffles or pancakes, so feel free to pour it into a frying pan and make some vegan pancakes instead. (I'd just suggest adding an extra ½ cup of milk to the batter if you do this, to make the pancakes spread a bit more.)

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4.75 from 28 votes

3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles (vegan, gluten-free)

These 3 ingredient oatmeal waffles are hearty and delicious. Using only oats, bananas and plant-based milk, they're easy to make and so satisfying!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, gluten-free, healthy, vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 people (makes 4 medium waffles)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (use regular if gluten isn't an issue for you)
  • 2 medium bananas (about 1 tightly packed cup in total)
  • 1 cup your favourite plant-based milk (see recipe note below)
  • (Coconut oil to grease waffle iron)

Optional

  • ½ tsp baking powder (if you want fluffier, crispi½er waffles!)
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (to make waffles extra filling)

To serve (all optional)

  • Coconut whipped cream – see link to DIY recipe below
  • Maple syrup
  • Fruit
  • Powdered cinnamon

Instructions

  • Blend oats in a high power blender for 30 seconds until a fine flour forms. Stir briefly to loosen (and to make sure they aren't tightly packed in base of blender - important!).
  • 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.
  • Set mixture aside for 5 minutes to thicken slightly.
  • Switch waffle iron on and allow to reach cooking temperature.
  • Using kitchen towel, thoroughly coat all cooking surfaces of iron with coconut oil to avoid sticking.
  • Spoon batter evenly into 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 small/medium 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 7-8 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 above!)
  • Repeat process for remaining batter - greasing iron between each waffle with coconut oil - and store waffles on a plate in warm oven until ready to eat.
  • Serve with maple syrup, coconut cream, bananas, berries, nuts and/or cinnamon. Enjoy!
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Notes

UPDATE - This recipe has been slightly updated as of May 17, 2021 due to some of you mentioning that your waffles stick to the iron. I'm happy to report that I've updated and fully retested the recipe and it's pretty bulletproof now! The main change I've made is to the amount of plant milk used (reduced from 1½ cups to 1 cup), but for anyone who found the old recipe worked fine for them and preferred it, feel free to continue using 1½ cups!
WAFFLE SIZE - Due to this recipe containing no fillers or binders, the waffles can be slightly more prone to sticking to the waffle maker. To avoid this, I strongly recommend erring on the side of caution and making your waffles slightly smaller than your waffle maker. You'll find they're much easier to remove this way. If you overfill your waffle maker you can end up with thick waffles that don't cook all the way through, which makes them way more likely to stick.
 - For DIY coconut whipped cream, see my recipe here

If you’ve tried these easy vegan waffles, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I love to know how you’ve made these recipes your own!

These healthy and incredibly delicious 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles will satisfy your waffle cravings and fuel your day. Made with just 3 whole food ingredients and without refined sugars, these vegan, gluten-free waffles are the perfect healthy breakfast recipe. #waffles #wafflerecipe #oatmealwaffles #vegan #healthybreakfast #breakfast #oatmeal

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      1. 5 stars
        I absolutely love this recipe! And highly recommend it to anyone who tries to keep it on a healthier side :)❤️

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        Thank you SO much Magdalena! Your comment made my day – I’m so glad you love the recipe as much as I do. 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    I was happy to find this recipe because my toddler can’t have dairy but loves waffles. I find these are slightly gritty in texture from the oat flour (totally expected) but they are tasty for a simple vegan recipe. We added some cinnamon and chocolate chips for extra flavour. They were crispy and delicious when we toasted them the next day. Great way to use up overripe bananas. Will definitely make these again.

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      Thanks for such a lovely comment Lacey, I so appreciate it! So glad you liked them. Great to know they reheated well the next day too. Yes, they are a little heavier/grittier because of the oat flour – to be expected. Love that you added chocolate chips though – that must have been delicious! Need to try that myself. 🙂

  2. 2 stars
    These did not stay together at all in the waffle maker. I added some ground flax meal to help it stick but there was zero bind to them. Flavour was good but more like Cooked oatmeal than a waffle. Need a binder to help them stay.

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      Ah I’m sorry to hear that! They’ve worked so well for me and others everytime we’ve made them. The waffles should stick together really well with just the three ingredients – strangely I’ve sometimes noticed when I add flax to some recipes it can make them more cakey and less able to stick together (despite being a binder). Also, ensuring the oats are well blended can help if you’re having trouble with the mixture sticking together.

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      I’m so glad you liked them Michelle! I Love the idea of using different protein flavours too. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent, thank you for this recipe! I made them the first time and they turned out fine. The second time around, I added a more oat flour to the mix to make it thicker because the bananas were larger and I also added blueberries and maple syrup.It turned out perfect!!
    Thanks again🙂

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      Hi Gabbie – I’m so glad you liked it! I’ve tried adding blueberries too – it’s delicious isn’t it? And maple syrup ALWAYS makes everything better. 🙂

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      They can! I recommend only reheating them for a short time after freezing so they don’t dry out too much. 🙂

  4. I am not vegan but I would love to try this recipe because it sounds delicious and also like it’s a lot healthier than normal waffles. But sadly I don’t have any oat milk, or alternative plant based milk in my house right now. So I was wondering if normal milk or water would work as well in the recipe because I would love to try it out today instead of waiting till I can get to the store ♡ but I will for sure try with plant based milk as well at some point when I can♡

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      Hi Liana,

      So glad you want to try the recipe! You’re right, it’s quite a lot healthier than other waffle recipes. Yes, regular milk would work well instead of plant milk. I would avoid using water as it might be a bit too thin. Have fun!

  5. I’ll actually probably end up trying this tomorrow or another day. But it would still be great to know if I can use water and or normal milk and get the Same results because I don’t always have plant based milk in the house, although I do Love many. I have friends who are vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian. And me I just love good wholesome healthy food and am mindful of what I eat. So I Love vegan and vegetarian recipes♡ and I think this would be great to share with my best friend if I end up liking it. Which I’m pretty sure I will.♡

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      I really hope you do like it! I totally agree, wholesome food and recipes are for everyone. See my reply to your previous comment regarding the milk (I would avoid using water as it’s so thin). 🙂

  6. Sorry I accidentally sent that Last one twice🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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  7. Hi. Is the banana used as a binder or for flavor? My toddler has to be on a low histamine diet with minimal ingredients. 3 ingredient waffle is perfect, but I’d likely have to swap the bananas. Would you recommend chia/flax seeds, or preferably a different fruit? Thanks in advance!

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      Hi Marjorie, the banana is used for flavour and for binding. I haven’t used another fruit instead so can’t guarantee results, but I’d probably try using applesauce (stewed apple) mixed with some ground flax as an alternative. Good luck! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Super lovely! Mooreish… I managed to get these chewy on the outside and slightly gooey on the inside… just wonderful. Thank you!

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  9. Hi, I am lactose intolerant. Excited to try the recipe but what can I use in place of the vegan powder?

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      Hi Fatima! You don’t need to use the protein powder at all, it’s totally optional. It just helps add a bit of extra protein to the recipe. You can omit it and it won’t affect the recipe 🙂

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  10. I love this recipe. I have an old blender so I use my coffee bean grinder to blend the oats into oat flour. I add 1 Tbls of flax seed meal and 1 tsp cinnamon to the mix and sprinkle walnuts over the batter before closing the lid. I set the timer and make sure the batter sits the full 10 minutes before I put the first one in the waffle iron. I love that it is dairy, egg and wheat free. They are delicious

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      I love that Grace! Really love that you add your own twists to the recipe – that’s what makes it! And walnuts sound incredible. Excellent tip on the timing too 🙂

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      That makes me so happy to hear! I love them too – I’ve been making them a lot as pancakes recently but I need to get back into the waffles again as they’re so good. 🙂

  11. 3 stars
    It did not work for me either. Maybe my waffle iron is a piece of crap. Idk. My SO makes normal waffles just fine but I can’t get any of these healthy recipes to work. I also added the flax egg and sprayed the iron really well.

    I said screw it and used the remaining batter for pancakes. The pancakes were delicious (though a bit flat) but the broken waffles were pretty bland. I think I’ll just add baking powder next time and use this recipe to make pancakes!

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      Sorry to hear that Misty! I do find that this recipe can sometimes stick more in old waffle makers. So glad you rescued it and turned it into pancakes though! That’s always my failsafe if I’m using an old (read: nonstick) waffle iron. 🙂

  12. Wow!
    My husband and I just finished making and then devouring these amazing oatmeal waffles. He’s quite the chef and was a little skeptical at first. After trying them, he’s definitely a fan. We will never go back to ordinary waffles again. We switched to an organic plant based diet in 2015. There are a few foods we miss eating, waffles can now be taken off the list. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!

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      Thanks so much for that glowing review Lisa! It makes me so happy to know that you loved them as much as I do. The first time I tried it I wasn’t sure that 3 simple ingredients could turn out so well either, but they did! Please feel free to leave a rating on this recipe too, as it helps others find it! Thank you! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    These are wonderful. I purchased a 4 inch waffle maker from Aldi this week, and am using it this morning to make these–lovely little 4 inch rounds. Tomorrow I am going to crisp some of them up, then top them with applesauce and cinnamon, and perhaps a bit of peanut or almond butter. I might even use them for a sandwich! This recipe has endless possibilities. Thanks so much!

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      That makes me so happy to hear Stephanie! I’m so glad you loved them. Applesauce sounds like a great topping and I LOVE the idea of making them into a sandwich! 🙂

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  14. 3 stars
    It’s not terrible, but could certainly be better. The high ratio of bananas results in a ‘doughy’ inside irrespective of how long I cooked it. I think I’d steer someone looking at making these to add a vegan binding agent, because it’s really missing one.

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      Hi Max, I’m so sorry you had trouble. I’ve always found that the recipe works really well without a binding agent as the bananas act as one, but different waffle irons do cook batter differently so it’s possible some could struggle.

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