Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Chef Mireille
These Vegan Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles provide you with a healthy and easy breakfast option. You can prep the dough in the evening and quickly cook the waffles when you wake up in the morning. It’s something both kids and adults will love!
Although waffles are a common breakfast item here in America, in Belgium where they originated, it is made quite different. There it is made with yeast and is closer in texture to bread than the cake like waffles, more common here in America.
The yeast is what gives these waffles its crispy texture. If you prefer the soft cake like waffles, then these aren’t for you. However if you like crispy waffles, then you are going to love these traditional Belgian Waffles, albeit with a healthier twist.
I have already showed you to make Classic Belgian Waffles here, but today I decided to do a Vegan Whole Wheat version for extra fiber, lower fat, and perfect if you’re lactose intolerant. These are not only Vegan, but Dairy Free as they are made with Coconut Milk.
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As far as I am concerned in America, we start the day with way too much sugar. Waffles is one of those sweet breakfasts we love. However, you are already having a sweet breakfast, so why not try to make it a little healthier.
That’s what these waffles do:
- Add extra fiber and protein by using whole wheat flour.
- Decrease the fat content by using unsweetened applesauce instead of eggs.
- Instead of serving it with syrup, serve these Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles with Mango Applesauce.
So let’s check the pantry to make sure you have everything your need!
Ingredients for Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles
- coconut milk
- unsweetened applesauce
- vanilla extract
- whole wheat flour
- all-purpose flour
- instant yeast
How to Make Vegan Belgian Waffles
- Warm the milk.
- Mix the other wet ingredients.
- Mix the dry ingredients.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
- Knead and allow to rise.
- Add the remaining coconut milk and your waffle batter is ready.
- Cook waffles according to your waffle maker instructions.
- You can choose to let it go for a quick rise for just 1 hour. However, the flavor is multiplied if you let it rise overnight in the refrigerator. This slow rise will allow the waffles to end with an almost sourdough like flavor.
- If you leave it in the refrigerator, the batter will thicken and grow. Put it in a container that has room for the dough to grow. It will become tacky, like a sourdough starter.
- As the dough is tacky, you will have to take a minute to spread the dough once you place it on the greased waffle iron.
Finally, serve your Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles with syrup and fresh fruit.
Who can resist this healthy breakfast?
Which is the best flour to use for Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles?
You can use regular whole wheat flour or whole wheat bread flour. The higher protein content in bread flour will give your waffles more rise.
How long can you leave waffle batter in the fridge?
If it turns out that you won’t be able to use your waffle batter the following morning, that’s fine. You can keep the batter in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Why are my homemade waffles not crispy?
It might be because of extra moisture. Cool your waffles on top of a wire cooling rack to allow air around each piece.
How to Store Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles
If you want to preserve some Belgian waffles for the rest of the week, do the following:
- Keep any leftover waffles in an airtight container or wrap them in aluminum foil and place them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- If you would like to keep them longer, first freeze them. Freeze the waffles solid by placing them individually on a cookie sheet. Freezing will take about 2 hours.
- Once frozen, pack them in ziploc bags with pieces of parchment paper in between each waffle.
- When it’s time to cook your frozen waffles, you can just put them in your toaster like you would any freezer waffle. You may have to run it though the toaster twice depending on the heat level of your toaster.
More Vegan Breakfast Recipes
My Vegan Pumpkin Millet Waffle recipe is another healthy, whole-grain breakfast to try. I love making it for kids as it loads them up with fiber without any compromise on the taste.
Looking for a gluten free breakfast option? Try these Thai Coconut Pancakes with Banana Sauce. – made with rice flour.
If you’re in the mood for savory, here is one of my favorite Quick & Easy Breakfast Recipes you have to try! Indian Breakfast Poha gets done in less than 30 minutes!
In the meantime, enjoy these fiber-rich Belgian waffles.
Vegan Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles
- Heat 1 1/2 cups of the milk to warm, 110 – 115 F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine oil, applesauce and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, combine sugar, salt, flours and yeast. Mix well.
- Add heated milk to bowl and mix to combine.
- Switch to dough hook attachment and knead until thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel. Leave for 1 hour, until doubled in volume.
- You can either make waffles now or for increased flavor, leave in the refrigerator overnight or for several hours. If you leave in the refrigerator, the batter will thicken and grow so put it in a container that has room for the dough to grow. It will become tacky, like a sourdough starter.
- The next morning add the remaining coconut milk and mix to combine, using a rubber spatula.
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions. As the dough is tacky, you will have to take a minute spreading the dough once you place it on the greased waffle iron. Use a rubber spatula to do this.
- Serve with syrup and fresh fruit.
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