Homemade waffles without milk are easy to make and so are delicious. These waffles are perfectly crisp on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside! You’ll love this dairy free breakfast staple.Jump to Recipe
Dairy free waffles are the perfect breakfast staple. Whether you get them from a breakfast diner or if you make them homemade they’re one of the most popular meals. Making them at home is so easy. There’s no need to buy a pre-made mix or pay extra to get them made at your favorite restaurant. It’s as simple as placing all of the ingredients in a bowl and stirring. The best part is that if you don’t have milk, no worries. You don’t need it with this no milk waffle recipe.
- What You’ll Love About The Waffles Without Milk Recipe
- What Can I Substitute for Milk in Waffles?
- How to Make Homemade Waffles Without Milk
- Tips for Making Light Crispy Waffles
- Ways to Top Your Waffles without Milk
- Add In Ideas for The Waffles without Milk
- Is This Recipe Vegan?
- Can This Dairy Free Waffle Recipe be Made Ahead of Time?
- Waffles Without Milk
What You’ll Love About The Waffles Without Milk Recipe
- Don’t have milk in your fridge? No worries you don’t need it. The no milk waffles are absolutely perfect without it.
- Make the batter in 10 minutes or less. Simply mix all the ingredients in the bowl and voila you have a perfect waffle batter.
- You don’t have to worry about added ingredients that you can’t pronounce or haven’t heard. This recipe uses only simple baking ingredients that you should have stocked, assuming you bake.
- When it comes to kitchen equipment, all you need is a medium sized mixing bowl and a waffle maker. It can be a belgian waffle maker or something simple from amazon or your local grocery store.
What Can I Substitute for Milk in Waffles?
If you don’t have milk to use for your waffles, don’t worry, there are plenty of milk substitutes. Maybe you’re trying to avoid dairy all together and if that’s the case, this recipe will be perfect for you. Below is a list of milk alternatives you can use in waffles.
- Almond Milk
- Cashew Milk
- Coconut Milk - low fat, do not use full fat
- Soy Milk
- Hemp Milk
- Rice Milk
I tried this waffle recipe with water instead of milk which may seem like a bad idea but they turned out absolutely delicious. Plus water is readily available at all times and is more affordable than a dairy free milk.
Does water change the texture of the waffle a little bit when used in place of milk? Yes, especially since milk acts as a binding agent and gives waffles more of a depth in flavor than water does. The waffle may not taste quite as rich but I’m here to tell you that this recipe still makes an absolutely delicious waffle. Don’t put breakfast on hold if you don’t have milk in the fridge.
How to Make Homemade Waffles Without Milk
Step 1: In a medium sized bowl add eggs, water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and sugar. Whisk together until well combined. Make sure the egg yolks are broken before moving on.
Step 2: In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Once fully combined, add to the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined and there are no more flour streaks.
Step 3: Heat the waffle iron and spray with cooking spray to avoid cooking. When the waffle iron is heated, pour about 1/2 cup of batter into the iron. Close the iron and let cook. Once done remove the waffle from the iron and top with butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and or fresh fruit.
Tips for Making Light Crispy Waffles
- Do not over mix your batter. The idea here is to stir the ingredients together until just combined. This does not mean until the batter is smooth. The batter will probably be a little lumpy but this is okay. As long as the flour streaks are gone you should be good to go.
- Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately to avoid over mixing the batter.
- Make sure the waffle iron is completely ready and heated before adding the batter. Usually the waffle iron only takes about 4 minutes to preheat but some experts recommend letting the waffle iron preheat for 10 minutes or longer.
- Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. This is especially important if you don’t want your waffles to stick or break as you’re trying to pull it from the iron. Using cooking spray will help your waffle come out easily.
Ways to Top Your Waffles without Milk
There are so many ways to top the waffles without milk. You can stick with the typical syrup and butter if you want to but I encourage you to try something you’ve never tried before. Whether you’re making waffles for breakfast or dessert, they are so good when topped the following ways.
- Fresh fruit and powdered sugar
- Chocolate drizzle and candied nuts
- Ice cream
- Apples and cinnamon
- Fruit jelly, jam, or compote
If you’re in the mood for something savory in the morning, use the waffles as bread to make a bacon egg and cheese sandwich. Get creative and add your favorite breakfast items. Try sausage, chopped avocado, ham, or even just cooked egg white.
These waffles without dairy milk don’t have to be served only at breakfast. You can make them for lunch too! Try building a waffle sandwich with your favorite lunch meat, tomatoes, and lettuce. Consider making a BLT or a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with them. Waffles are extremely versatile and make great replacements for bread in a sandwich.
Make the waffles without milk into a dinner meal by serving them alongside steak or fried chicken. If it’s fall, consider making the waffles with pork and apples for a cozy dinner.
Add In Ideas for The Waffles without Milk
These waffles are perfect and delicious on their own, however, you can make them even better with additions to the batter. Consider adding the following:
- Chocolate chips
- Blueberries or other fresh fruit
- Cocoa powder
- Peanut butter
- Pineapples and coconut flakes
- Lemon or orange zest
- Raisins or cranberries
- Cheddar cheese and chives
- Chopped ham and spinach
- Fresh herbs like parsley or basil
Is This Recipe Vegan?
While this waffle recipe does not contain milk or other dairy, it’s not entirely vegan since it uses eggs. I have seen many recipes use flax eggs in place of eggs or increase the oil content to make up for the eggs but I have never tried that with this recipe.
Can This Dairy Free Waffle Recipe be Made Ahead of Time?
I always make the waffles without milk ahead of time. I love eating waffles during the week and sometimes don’t because it does take extra time than the on the go alternatives. I don’t think that should be a reason to not eat waffles for breakfast because there are ways around that.
I make these waffles ahead of time two different ways. The first way is making the waffle mix ahead of time. The batter takes maybe 5-10 minutes to make if you have all the ingredients readily available. The batter can be placed in the fridge for no more than two days so I make this on Sunday and serve for Monday and Tuesday.
The second way I make these ahead of time is by cooking up all the waffles on Sunday, then I place them in the fridge where they can keep for up to a week. To reheat you can place in a toaster or heat in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until the waffles warm through.
You can also freeze the waffles after they’ve been made. The frozen waffles without milk can be frozen for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat them you can place in a toaster oven on the low setting so they don’t burn. You can also heat in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until heated through.
Waffles Without Milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- In a medium sized bowl add eggs, water, vegetable oil, vanilla, and sugar. Whisk together until well combined. Make sure the egg yolks are broken before moving on.
- In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Once fully combined, add to the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined and there are no more flour streaks.
- Heat the waffle iron and spray with cooking spray to avoid cooking. When the waffle iron is heated, pour about 1/2 cup of batter into the iron. Close the iron and let cook. Once done remove the waffle from the iron and top with butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and or fresh fruit.