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3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles (vegan, gluten-free)

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(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.

Close up image of 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles. A stack of waffles is on a grey plate on a light pink background. The waffles are decorated with strawberries and coconut whipped cream, and are surrounded by a silver spoon with cream on it, scattered oats and a linen napkin. Another plate of strawberries is nearby.

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!

Overhead image of 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Waffles. A stack of waffles is on a grey plate on a light pink background. The waffles are decorated with strawberries and coconut whipped cream, and are surrounded by a silver spoon with cream on it, scattered oats, strawberry halves and a linen napkin.

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.


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.

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4.58 from 7 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 very satisfying!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, gluten-free, healthy, vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 people (makes 2-3 large 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)
  • cups your favourite plant-based milk
  • (Coconut oil to grease waffle iron)

Optional add-ins

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

For the DIY coconut cream, see my recipe here

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!

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 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). 🙂

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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! 🙂

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