My Fave Gluten-free Vegan Pancakes and Waffles!



When I discovered the gluten-free vegan banana pancake, I thought I’d be fine not having the fluffy pancake I grew up with ever again.  Well, I was wrong – I was getting tired of the dense vegan, gluten-free banana-style pancake.  I not only was over the heavy gluten-free vegan pancake, I was starting to crave waffles.  After having this craving for about a year, I decided to purchase a waffle maker.


The first Saturday I had my waffle maker, I was so excited to finally prepare waffles for breakfast.  As soon as I woke up, I darted to the kitchen, drank my green smoothie, and made my ‘new and improved banana coconut pancake’ batter for the waffles. To my disappointment, the waffle didn’t taste like a waffle.  It was heavy and dense, and I tasted banana and cinnamon, not exactly what I was looking for in a waffle. Don’t get me wrong.  It was good;  it just wasn’t ideal.  I prefer my waffles crisp, light and a little sweet.  Plain and simple.  The batter I used was best used in making banana pancakes. That’s it.

All day that Saturday I was disappointed, thinking about how I wasted my money on a nice waffle maker.  That evening, I tossed and turned, thinking about how I could make a gluten-free vegan waffle taste like the ones I grew up loving.  Not able to sleep, I picked up my phone, searched for the best waffle recipes online, read reviews, then came up with my own veganized and gluten-free version. After I wrote out this new recipe, I relaxed and was able to sleep.

In the morning, I whipped up the new recipe and just as luck would have it, the recipe turned out a success!  I was so happy with the batter that I even made more to see how pancakes would turn out. The pancakes are also light and fluffy, just like the ones I grew up with!

I must say, these are now the best gluten-free vegan pancakes and waffles I have eaten!  I hope you will think the same!



My Favorite Gluten-free Vegan Pancakes and Waffles

Servings:  4

Time:  25 minutes

Diet:  V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, NF



2 cups of gluten-free oat flour (or 2 heaping cups gluten-free rolled oats, blended)

2 Tbsp chia seeds (or 3 tbsp flax seeds)

1 3/4 cup of almond milk

1/2 cup applesauce

2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar (or about 8 drops liquid stevia)

4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp fine sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract (no alcohol)



1.  If using chia seeds, combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the chia seeds are pulverized.  Scrape down the sides and blend again.  Then pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. (Alternatively, if you use the flax meal and oat flour, combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix to combine.)  Let the batter sit for at least 15 minutes. This step is crucial, so please do not skip this part.

2.  Heat your waffle maker or griddle and follow your waffle maker’s instructions to prepare the waffle.  Since this is a thicker batter, you will need to fill your waffle maker with more batter, about 25% more than a typical thin batter.  For pancakes, heat a griddle pan at medium heat. Spray non-stick cooking spray or use a little coconut oil to coat pan. With a ladle, pour a circular pancake about 5-inches in diameter.  Flip pancakes when edges appear cooked and bubbles emerge on top.  Cook until both sides are golden.

3a.  Serve pancakes immediately.  If desired, top with maple syrup and your favorite toppings.  I like my fluffy pancakes simple, topped with chopped pecans and maple syrup, or even with no maple syrup but topped with berries and/or bananas.

3b.  Serve waffles immediately and top with your desired toppings.  I enjoy my waffles plain or with chocolate sauce and chantilly cream.

This recipe makes 4 waffles or five to six 4-inch pancakes.

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20 Thoughts on “My Fave Gluten-free Vegan Pancakes and Waffles!

  1. Michelle on February 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm said:

    I don’t have chia seeds. Do you think ground flax would work instead?

  2. Charity on February 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm said:

    Thanks for the lovely recipe! We are having these for birthday pancakes tomorrow night. Breakfast for dinner is always good!

  3. Hi Charity!

    That’s awesome! I love breakfast for dinner! Happy birthday!!! I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Hi Michelle,

    Yes, you can use flax meal instead of chia seeds! They’ll just turn out a bit lighter, but still good. Just remember to let it sit for about 17 minutes before cooking.

    I hope you love them!


  5. Hello amiga,

    I made your waffles for brunch today. I had already made my ggs and was wanting to try your waffle recipe. I halved the recipe thinking my kids wouldn’t eat it, so why waste ingredients! I poured a little bit of syrup and the kids asked if I made waffles. I gave them a bite and soon enough they were sharing the two waffles I made!! So, they are definitely kid approved in our home! I’ve tried many gluten free waffle/pancake recipes and this one will definitely be a “go to” recipe in our home!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely personality, food, and pics of your creations!

  6. Hi Nancy,

    Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your waffle experience! I’m so glad you and your family enjoy this recipe and can use it as your go-to waffle mix! Before I posted the recipe, I made them for my nephews and they were a hit with them, too. Thanks for trying yet another recipe! Happy healthy eating! <3

    All The Best,


  7. What a great morning experience! It’s the first time my vegan pancakes actually look and feel like pancakes, not crumbling when I try to flip them, or anything not pancake-like.
    I made a half batch and replaced some ingredients, according to my last minute decision to cook them :)
    I used the blended oats option, fresh home made hemp milk instead of almond milk, a small banana instead of apple sauce, and maple syrup instead of palm sugar.
    …pure yumminess, 111% approved!

  8. Hi Ce’Lia,

    I am so happy to hear your feedback! Your substitutions sound wonderful! Thank you for you 111% approval. You made my day!

    All The Best,


  9. Carin Ikenberg on April 19, 2015 at 3:53 am said:

    Omg – amazing!!! I had to use half GF four and sub a banana for the applesauce, but no one could get enough of these. I have made several GF pancakes before and not been very please, but these are even better than traditional ones and GF/vegan to boot! I ate mine with almond butter and blackberries for dinner :) Yvonne, you are a rock star!! Thank you so much!

  10. Hi Carin,

    Thank you so much for your message–it warmed my heart and brought a huge smile to my face! I’m so glad you and your loved ones enjoy this recipe, and for dinner too! I hope you try more of my recipes!

    Big Hugs,


  11. angelica on May 15, 2015 at 8:57 am said:

    Made these for a preschool potluck…their deceiving in appearance but fluff up perfectly and the texture is spot-on – moist and light. I used coconut oil on the griddle and they turned slightly crispy on the outside and taste so yummy. I’ve used so many vegan pancake recipes…this is my new most favorite one! The kids will love them! Thanks a lot- Cheers!

  12. Hi Angelica,

    Yay! I am so happy to hear that, Angelica! Thank you for sharing your feedback! And yep, the batter is a bit deceiving. Have a wonderful week!

    All the Best,


  13. Marissa on January 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm said:

    Just wondering if I am able to substitute the almond milk for coconut milk? Thanks!

  14. Hi Marissa,

    My apologies for my delayed response! Yes, you can absolutely sub coconut milk or even water for the almond milk!

  15. Is it possible to make these with a different flour? I can’t eat oats.

  16. Hi Megan!

    You can use sorghum flour or the pre-mixed gluten-free flour. I’ve made them with sorghum before and they turned out pretty well. :)

    All the Best,

  17. I was wondering if I don’t have apple sauce , can I substitute it with another ingredient ?

  18. Hi Chanel!

    My apologies for the delayed response. Yes, you can absolutely substitute pumpkin puree or even oil for the applesauce, however, I find that applesauce gives this recipe more fluffiness! Hope this helps!

    All the Best,


  19. Hello yvonne,
    I’m allergic for almonts. What kind of milk woud you choos insteat

  20. Sorry for the delayed response! You can use water or rice milk!

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