For a delicious breakfast, try these gluten free, vegan oatmeal waffles. Using only oats, bananas and plant milk, they're so easy to make!
(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.
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!
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.)
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)
- 1 cup your favourite plant-based milk (see recipe note below)
- (Coconut oil to grease waffle iron)
- 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
- Powdered cinnamon
- 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!
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!