These wholesome Vegan Pumpkin Waffles will be on repeat this fall & winter! The oat flour waffle base is gluten-free and packed with fiber! In partnership with my friends at Silk! ❤️ (Originally published September 17, 2017)
Vegan Pumpkin Waffles with Oat Flour
Waffles are such a fun breakfast. They’re like pancakes but look fancier, are so satisfyingly crispy on the outside, yet fluffy on the inside.
But the real best thing about waffles is their ability to be a vessel for any and every topping you can dream of. Like, c’mon, they have pockets!!! Aka the best place to store blueberries, chocolate chips, pools of nut butter, or a smear of vegan butter. That has always been the best thing about waffles – you can store butter in every little pocket for flavor in each bite.
This is turning into a love letter to waffles, but can you blame me?
And because it’s fall now, we’re not making just any vegan waffles – we’re making vegan pumpkin waffles! They also happen to be gluten free pumpkin waffles, thanks to oat flour! Just keeps getting better 🙂
Ingredients for Vegan Pumpkin Waffles
I love when pumpkin seasons comes ’round because guess what? Pumpkin is a VEGETABLE! At no other time of year do people freak out about a vegetable, so the nutrition nerd in me accepts the fanfare graciously. We can all celebrate that these vegan pumpkin waffles are SO good aaaand that we’re getting our daily veggies in. 👏🏼
Here’s everything you need to make a batch of gluten-free pumpkin waffles:
- Ground flax. This should be a staple in your pantry if it isn’t already because it acts as a great egg substitute.
- Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. This is one of my go-to non-dairy milks for everything from waffles to matcha lattes to creamy soups to smoothies. Since I used the Vanilla Almondmilk, I didn’t even have to add vanilla extract to the batter! Silk just reformulated some of their non-dairy milks with a new silky smooth taste, and it is SO good! I have never enjoyed drinking a cup of milk, dairy or non-dairy, but this I could drink on its own every day. Get a $1 off coupon here!
- Apple cider vinegar. We’re making a vegan buttermilk by adding vinegar to our Almondmilk.
- Oat flour. No need to buy a special flour! You can make oat flour at home by grinding oats in the blender.
- Baking powder and baking soda. Both baking powder and soda will make our pumpkin waffles extra fluffy.
- Spices. Grab cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.
- Pumpkin puree. Reasons to love pumpkin besides the flavor in your latte? It’s full of fiber, a TON of vitamin A (for great 👀), antioxidants and beta-carotene.
- Molasses. Have you had a jar of molasses sitting in your pantry from your last batch of gingerbread? Time to break it out! It adds delicious flavor to these vegan pumpkin waffles.
How to Make Oat Flour Waffles
My Blender Sweet Potato Waffles are a major hit with you guys and on Pinterest, so I wanted to make a similar recipe that was even easier to cook, required less ingredients and included fall’s favorite ingredient. To put it another way, these pumpkin waffles are going to be your new autumnal bff 🙂
If you want to make a batch to see for yourself, here’s how to make pumpkin waffles:
- Preheat a waffle iron and lightly grease with cooking spray.
- Make a flax egg. In a small bowl, add ground flax and 2.5 tablespoons water. Stir and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
- Make a vegan buttermilk by adding Silk Almondmilk and apple cider vinegar to a small bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Combine dry ingredients including oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.
- Stir in the wet ingredients, including the flax egg, vegan buttermilk, pumpkin and molasses. Be careful not to overmix, then let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
- Make the waffles. Scoop 1/3 of the batter into the center of the waffle iron. Close the iron and let the waffle cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through and crispy on the outside.
How to Serve These Vegan Pumpkin Waffles
We all know that the best part about making waffles is finding delicious toppings that settle into all those little pockets! Make a batch of these pumpkin waffles for your weekend brunch and then set out a bunch of different toppings so everyone can customize their breakfast!
A few of my favorite toppings that I’ve tried with these pumpkin waffles are:
- sliced banana
- coconut yogurt
- frozen blueberries
- chocolate chips
- coconut flakes
- chai spiced granola
- classic vegan butter and maple syrup
How to Freeze These Pumpkin Waffles
Waffles shouldn’t be reserved for weekends only! I know no one wants to get a waffle iron out on a Wednesday morning (although Waffle Wednesdays should be a thing!), but you can totally make extra waffles on the weekend to save for easy weekday breakfasts! This pumpkin waffle recipe is freezer-friendly, so say goodbye to the store bought toaster waffles and hello to fluffy homemade waffles!
Besides, if you’re gonna take the time to pull out the waffle iron, you might as well double the batch and make extras to stash in the freezer. That way you only have to clean the waffle once, but you get to enjoy waffles for plenty of mornings to come! Plus I promise you these homemade gluten-free pumpkin waffles are WAY better than the ones you’ll find in a box at the grocery store.
Here’s how to freeze these pumpkin waffles:
- Let the waffles cool to room temperature
- Pack one layer into an air-tight container
- Place a layer of parchment paper between each waffle to keep them from sticking together
When you’re ready to eat them, you can pop them in the toaster or toaster oven for the best results. If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave them for 60 seconds, but they won’t keep their crispy texture.
More Vegan Pumpkin Recipes
There are so many ways to enjoy pumpkin even if you’re not craving these vegan pumpkin waffles! And if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, pumpkin is also delicious in savory dishes. For more vegan pumpkin recipes, check out some of these!
- Vegan Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats
- Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars
- Pumpkin Sage Oat Risotto
- Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread
- Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust
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Vegan Pumpkin Waffles with Oat Flour
These wholesome Vegan Pumpkin Waffles will be on repeat this fall & winter! The oat flour waffle base is gluten-free and packed with fiber!
- 1 tablespoons ground flax
- 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour*
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoons molasses, plus more for topping
- Toppings: maple syrup, banana slices, pecans, coconut yogurt
- Preheat a waffle iron. Lightly grease with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, add ground flax and 2.5 tablespoons water. Stir; let sit for 5 minutes to make a flax egg.
- In another small bowl, make vegan buttermilk by adding Silk Almondmilk and apple cider vinegar; stir. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, add dry ingredients including oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- Add flax egg, Almondmilk, pumpkin and molasses. Stir until all ingredients are combined throughly, but don’t overmix. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
- Scoop 1/3 of the batter into the center of the waffle iron; close and let cook for 5-7 minutes each, until cooked through and crispy on the outside.
- Top with a drizzle of molasses or maple syrup and whatever other toppings you want.
*To make your own oat flour, simply blend rolled oats into a fine flour using a high-speed blender or food processor.
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