Vegan Wholegrain Applesauce Waffles



Is there anyone who does not like waffles? Warm, crispy, and with all of those little squares to hold syrup, there is a waffle recipe to make everyone happy. They make pancakes seem boring by comparison. Waffles are more practical than pancakes, too, I think. You can make a double or triple batch and freeze some for later, and you can make breakfast sandwiches with them for a road trip. Try a waffle spread with a blend of nut butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup and topped with banana slices and another waffle. Wrap it up and hit the road. But don’t try it with pancakes.

To make waffles, you need a good waffle iron, of course. I’ve experimented with a couple and love one of them. If you’re in the market for one that makes four waffles at a time, I can recommend this Caphalon No-Peek waffle maker. It makes perfect, crispy, tender waffles every time.

I owned this one briefly too, but it was junk. I suggest you stay away from it – mine had a defective non-stick finish and the company wouldn’t take it back. Then the removable plates started falling out while I was serving waffles from it, making it dangerous. This is the only small appliance I’ve ever dumped in a trash can while it was still warm. (Then we ate pancakes!)

Once I sorted out the waffle makers, it was time to create the ultimate waffle recipe.  They needed to be whole-grain in addition to being vegan. I’ve been using a blend of whole wheat pastry flour and oat flour for pancakes and I wanted to keep that blend, but I tweaked the quantities somewhat to make them lighter. Finally, in my experimentation, I found that I liked waffles with applesauce in them best. I love the texture and slight sweetness it brings.

This my happiness-making recipe.

Don’t forget, you have two more days to enter the cookbook giveaway for Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan.

Vegan Wholegrain Applesauce Waffles

Yield: 8 square waffles

Serving Size: 2 or 3 waffles


  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (see note)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves or allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce (2 (3.9-ounce) single serving containers)
  • 1-1/2 cups almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons neutral tasting oil (I use untoasted walnut oil or canola)


Combine the whole wheat flour, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves or allspice, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the applesauce, almond milk, and oil and stir until just combined.

Cook according to waffle maker instructions. Or, cook on medium-high for 5 to 6 minutes. (These seem to take a minute or two longer to cook than waffles made with white flour.)


If you don't have oat flour handy, grind 3/4 cup rolled oats in a blender or food processor. They don't need to be perfectly fine, just mostly ground.


Don’t forget, you have two more days to enter the cookbook giveaway for Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan.

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