Perfectly sweet and made with a mix of whole wheat flour and oats, these Vegan Whole Grain Waffles are a delicious and healthy way to start your day!
I'm writing this post from our apartment in China!!
We could not have asked for a smoother trip back to China this past weekend. It was as if everyone we encountered wanted to help us out. Really, I couldn't have asked for a smoother trip.
The thing I was dreading the most about our trip was having to go through customs in Beijing. Brett and I, even though we travel all the time, don't pack light. I wish we did, but we somehow like to bring ALL the things. Add on lots of new baby clothes and books and you have three people (one of which is a tiny little human) with WAY too much stuff. We had 6 bags and 4 backpacks among the three of us and I was not looking forward to having to pick up our bags in Beijing, push them on carts through customs while holding Harper, and then recheck them to our final destination. Oh. And we also had a massive jogging stroller.
Ah, no! Please don't make us do it!
Well, the crazy thing is that we didn't have to! When we checked in for our first flight late at night in Houston, the attendant told us that they just started a new policy three months ago, which allowed us to check our bags all the way to our final destination! So basically, we didn't have to see our massive pile of luggage until we arrived in our little city and were heading straight to our apartment. Wow. What a life-saver!
I also mentioned that we had 6 suitcases. We were initially only planning to check 5 of the suitcases--which was our allowed amount--but the attendant checked the sixth one for free. What the?!
THEN. In China everyone kept telling us to cut to the front of the line while we were going through customs. Chinese people LOVE babies and are so kind to pregnant women and families with little babies. I knew this, but didn't expect them to let us just waltz right up to the front of the line.
In addition to all these little blessings, Harper did amazing on her first international trip. She was so excited on the flight from Houston to Beijing and wanted to look and smile at everything in sight. We were able to request a seat with a bassinet and she slept really well in it. She never cried the whole flight! Everyone said she was the best baby they'd ever seen.
I'm still amazed at how smoothly the trip went. It's so good to be back, even if we are jet-lagged and trying to adjust to life here as parents of a little one. My capacity to get stuff done is definitely not what it used to be and while that's going to take some time getting used to, I wouldn't want it any other way!
I will say, one small thing I'm missing from America now that we're back in China (among many things...mostly family of course) was my sister-in-law's waffle maker. I've been wanting to have a waffle maker for years and have yet to find one that works on 240V.
But I really did have so much fun making large, thick Belgian waffles using her beautiful waffle maker. We loved making these easy vegan sourdough waffles and for something a little more decadent, we make these oat flour chocolate waffles. Every Sunday night was breakfast-for-dinner at their house and it was my favorite night of the week. I have a sweet tooth for sure and since breakfast is my favorite meal, it was a match made in heaven.
About these vegan whole grain waffles
It took a couple of tries to get a Vegan Whole Grain Waffle that passed the test. The first batch were too bland and tasted of baking soda for some reason. The second batch wasn't sweet enough. The third batch hit the spot!
I loved getting to enjoy these Vegan Whole Grain Waffles warm right off the iron the night I made them, but they also made for delicious leftovers re-toasted in the toaster oven. I love mine topped with lots of fresh fruit, nut butter and my sister-in-law's granola (a.k.a. the Best Homemade Granola you'll ever have!)
Please let me know if you give these Vegan Whole Grain Waffles a try! I'm curious how many of you own waffle makers and what your favorite recipes are. If you end up making this recipe, please let me know in the comments what you think! Or take a picture and tag @theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see the final product!
Vegan Whole Grain Waffles
- 1 ¾ cups non-dairy milk
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup quick oats
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a liquid measuring cup, combine the apple cider vinegar and non-dairy milk to form "buttermilk." Set the mixture aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, from the whole wheat flour to the salt.
- Next add the remaining wet ingredients--the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and thickened buttermilk--into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat your waffle maker.
- Once your waffle maker is ready, spray it with non-stick cooking spray before adding the batter and cooking the waffles according to your waffle maker's instructions.
- Top the warm waffles with your favorite toppings.
- This recipe mades 4 large, circular waffles.