Fluffy Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles

Use a fork to cut through the crispy outer shell of these Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles to reveal a tender, delicious center. These waffles are easy to make and full of fiber thanks to the whole wheat, but still light and fluffy. They can be served any time of the day drizzled with lots of maple syrup!

A glass pitcher hovers over a stack of whole wheat waffles and is pouring maple syrup over the all. The maple syrup is running down the sides of the waffles. A pat of melted vegan butter is on the top waffle.

Fluffy Vegan Waffles

You’d think that the whole wheat in this recipe would hold these vegan waffles back from being their best. We’ve all had whole wheat “this or that” and it sometimes returns lackluster results. Think, whole wheat bread. It can be tricky when you’re trying to create a nice, soft loaf made with whole wheat. It’s why oftentimes whole wheat bread is actually made with a combination of flours.

The thing is, whole wheat combined with yeast interrupts the structure building process.

I talked a little bit about that with my soft, tender simple dinner rolls recipe. If you want light, airy dinner rolls, then whole wheat can be troublesome, especially early on in the rising process.

But this is mostly an issue between yeast and whole wheat.

Batter in a glass bowl with a blue spatula.

Whole Wheat Waffles

We don’t use yeast to make waffles light and fluffy, we use a mix of baking powder and baking soda. And guess what? Whole wheat actually works better with baking powder or baking soda to create just enough structure that these vegan waffles have texture in the middle, but not too much.

In fact, in my opinion, whole wheat flour actually works a little better than an all-purpose flour in this situation.

Let’s all put our hands in the air to celebrate whole wheat! 🤗

Also, I prefer to use whole wheat pastry flour because it’s been ground a little finer, making it a little more palatable in these vegan whole wheat waffles.

These vegan waffles sit stacked on a platter, with a dish towel underneath the platter. The towel is white with grey criss-crossed stripes. There is a small glass pitcher full of maple syrup be the waffles.

Buttermilk Whole Grain Waffles

These vegan waffles calls for buttermilk, except it doesn’t actually state the word “buttermilk” in the recipe’s ingredients. That’s because I combined plant-based milk with apple cider vinegar and voila! The two together create vegan buttermilk.

We use apple cider vinegar to interact with the baking soda to create the light and fluffy texture inside these whole wheat waffles. That’s what actually creates the rise. So, in summary, we use the whole wheat to create the structure, and the baking soda/powder combined with the apple cider vinegar creates the “light and fluffy” part.

Take a look at these Vegan Chocolate Waffles if you’re thinking you’d like waffles, but your desire for chocolate cannot be denied.

Of course, there’s a little bit of flavor that comes about thanks to the apple cider vinegar as well. You’ll get a little more bite with a buttermilk waffle. I happen to love that umami flavor in my food. It creates more depth and that combined with the sweet maple syrup works perfectly!

A stack of four whole wheat vegan waffles sit on a plate. There's melted vegan butter on the top waffle and it has maple syrup pooled in the waffle impressions on the top and oozing over the side. There are additional waffles in the background.

We hope you love this recipe for Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles as much as we do! We always make a double batch so we have some in the freezer for a quick Tuesday morning breakfast! If you decide to make some too, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us using #namelymarly on Instagram. We LOVE seeing your creations!

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A glass pouring cup is pouring maple syrup over a stack of whole wheat vegan waffles.
Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Use a fork to cut through the crispy outer shell of these Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles to reveal a tender, delicious center. These waffles are easy to make and full of fiber thanks to the whole wheat, but still light and fluffy. They can be served any time of the day drizzled with lots of maple syrup!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles
Servings: 12
Calories: 103 kcal
Author: Marly
  • 1 ¾ cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Flax Seeds
  • cups Plant-based Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Vegetable Spray
  • Toppings for the Waffles can include maple syrup, peanut butter, vegan butter, jam, and more
  1. Plug in your waffle iron so that it can begin to heat up. Turn your oven to 200F or heat up a toaster oven to keep prepared waffles warm.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and ground flax seeds. Stir to combine.

  3. In a separate bowl combine the milk, apple cider vinegar, oil, and vanilla. Stir to combine.

  4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until everything is incorporated. 

  5. Spray your waffle iron with vegetable cooking spray. Use a spoon or ¼ cup measuring cup to dispense batter into waffle iron. Use the back of the spoon or measuring cup to make sure every section of the waffle iron is filled, spreading the batter to the edges. Close the lid and cook the waffles for 5 - 7 minutes, until golden and crispy.

  6. Transfer cooked waffles to your heated oven to stay warm and continue making waffles until the batter is gone.

  7. Serve warm with vegan butter, peanut butter, jam, maple syrup or your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have coconut sugar, brown sugar can work in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 139mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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