If your children have food allergies or intolerance breakfast can become one of the more challenging meals of the day. Most traditional breakfast foods are filled with potential allergens, and vegan alternatives often require ingredients that aren’t normally stocked in your pantry, are expensive, and can be hard to find. These allergy-friendly waffles are free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and soy. Best of all you probably have all the ingredients you need to make them already in your pantry!
Two of my three boys have food intolerances so breakfast has always been a struggle. Between them, they have intolerances to milk protein, pork, eggs, and bananas. This meant that the majority of breakfast foods I gave to my oldest we’re off limits them. It also meant that most of the premade breakfast items that I used during busy mornings were also off-limits.
I had to start coming up with some new breakfast staples for our family. Preferably things that could also be frozen and quickly reheated on busy mornings.
Unfortunately, a lot of dairy and egg-free waffle recipes contain ingredients that I normally don’t stock in my pantry. And I didn’t want to have to buy a bunch of specialty ingredients that I wouldn’t use often and would probably go bad before I could use it all.
I came up with the recipe for these allergy-friendly vegan waffles after some experimentation and my boys love them! They’re easy to make, contain ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and can be frozen and reheated later!
One thing I should probably mention is that these waffles have no sugar in them. The reason I did that was that my boys LOVE their waffles sprinkled with powdered sugar and with a side of maple syrup. Between the powdered sugar AND maple syrup, these waffles have more than enough sugar. But if you’re someone who likes their waffles on the sweet side then you can go ahead and add 2 tbsp of sugar, or enough for your taste.
These allergy-friendly waffles come together quickly and can be made in under 10 minutes. The only thing you’ll need is a waffle maker. I use this simple and inexpensive Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker. The waffles it makes are a little on the thinner side but my boys prefer those over the thicker waffles, so it works out perfectly.
The first thing you’ll want to do is put 2 cups of almond milk in a measuring glass or bowl and add 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar then give it a quick mix with a spoon. Set it aside for at least 5 minutes. What this does is creates vegan buttermilk, which will help give your waffles a fluffy texture. So don’t skip this step!
While your buttermilk mixture is sitting combine dry ingredients into a bowl and give a quick mix. Then melt the vegan butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted. I use Earth Balance vegan butter but I’m sure any vegan butter will work just as well.
Once your buttermilk has been sitting for at least 5 minutes you can go ahead and add that, the melted butter, oil, and water to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Now you’re ready to start making waffles!
If you want to add some extra flavor to the waffles you can add vanilla extract, almond extract or even some orange extract. My boys love when I add almond extract and some cinnamon to the mix. One of the great things about this recipe is that it can act as a simple base recipe and you can modify it to fit your family’s taste!
Once the waffle batter has been made and the waffle maker is heated add about 1/2 cup of mix to the waffle maker and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Every waffle maker will take slightly different amounts of mix and have different cooking times. Experiment with your’s to discover the perfect mix amount and cook time.
Allergy Friendly Waffles
Free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and sugar! Perfect for kids or adults with food allergies and intolerances
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 tbsp Baking soda
- 2 tbsp Baking powder
- 1/4 tbsp Salt
- 2 Cups Milk
- 2 tbs Apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbs Vegan Butter
- 1 tbs canola oil
- 1 tbs Water
Pour 2 cups of almond milk in a measuring glass or bowl and add 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar and give it a quick mix with a spoon. Set aside for at least 5 minutes
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine
Melt vegan butter in the microwave for 30 seconds or until melted
Add almond milk, vegan butter, water, and canola oil to the dry ingredients and mix
Once waffle iron is hot add 1/2 cup (or more depending on your waffle iron) and let cook for three minutes
These allergy-friendly waffles freeze really making them perfect for busy mornings when you only have time. Just make a big batch before hand, left them cool, and then stick them in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them take them out of the freezer and warm them up in the microwave for around 30 seconds.
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