(This 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles recipe was originally posted on November 22, 2018. The images and text have been updated as of May 21, 2020.)
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 gluten free waffles 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 gluten-free breakfasts or just as a snack.
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 the same light and airy consistency of traditional waffles. They're hearty and delicious, but do be aware that they're a little heavier than waffles you'd eat in a restaurant because they're full of such good ingredients!
How to stop your 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles sticking to the waffle iron
1) Don't overfill your iron with batter, as this can cause the waffle to become too thick to cook properly, meaning it'll break apart and get stuck to both sides of the iron. Trust me, I've done the research!
2) Coat the surfaces with enough oil prior to cooking. This is important - don't skimp on the oil!
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.
4) Add 1 tbsp ground flax to your batter before leaving it to thicken. If your waffle maker is particularly old and not very 'non-stick', adding a little flax can help the batter bind even more and avoiding 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 thick vegan 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 tightly packed cup in total)
- 1½ cups your favourite plant-based milk
- (Coconut oil to grease waffle iron)
- ½ tsp baking soda (not essential but it will give you fluffier waffles)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (for sweetness)
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder
To serve (all optional)
- Whipped coconut cream – see link to DIY recipe below
- Maple syrup
- Fruit (sliced banana, fresh berries etc.)
- Nuts (pecans and hazelnuts work really well)
- Powdered cinnamon
- Blend the oats in a high power blender for 30 seconds or until a fine flour forms. Stir briefly to loosen them up (and to make sure they aren't tightly packed in the bottom of the blender!).
- Add in banana and milk (and any other optional add-ins you like) and blend for another 30 seconds on high, until the mixture is smooth and lump-free.
- Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes to allow it to thicken.
- Switch your waffle iron on and allow it to reach cooking temperature.
- Using kitchen towel or an oil spray, thoroughly coat all cooking surfaces of the iron with your chosen oil to help avoid sticking.
- Spoon mixture evenly into the waffle iron (the amount you'll use depends on the size of your machine - I use about ¾ cup in my 8-inch iron), ensuring it spreads across the bottom surface but being careful not to overfill it. Close the lid and leave to cook for 7-8 minutes (or until the steam coming out reduces).
- (Note: this recipe will make about 2½ waffles in an 8-inch iron. If yours is larger or smaller adjust the amount of batter you use accordingly.)
- Open the iron SLOWLY, and leave the waffle in place for 30-60 seconds (this will help avoid sticking) before gently removing it with a flat knife. (If your waffle is still sticking to the iron, see my tips above!)
- Repeat the process for remaining waffles, and store the first on a plate in a warm oven until ready to eat.
- Top the oatmeal waffles with maple syrup, coconut cream, bananas, berries, nuts and/or cinnamon. Enjoy!
Looking for more easy vegan breakfast recipes? Why not try my Spiced Orange Maple Granola, Banana, Hemp & Strawberry Smoothie, or my Chocolate Nut Butter Overnight Oats. All my recipes are vegan (dairy-free), gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
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!