Naturally gluten-free waffles made with oats and flecked with sweet berry spots–these Blueberry Oat Flour Waffles are a perfect easy, healthy, vegan breakfast!
If you remember back before I left on my other-side-of-the-globe adventures, I was in the middle of bombarding you with an abundance of breakfast recipes. Overnight oats with a touch of kombucha tang. Oil-free scones with bright red berry bits. Savory pancakes with a beginning-of-the-day dose of veg. A brownie made of oatmeal because if it’s made of oatmeal it counts as breakfast. Picking up where we left off after a brief pause for something pink, let’s add waffles to the list.
When I make pancakes, it’s all about the pillow-like fluff. But waffles cook in a confined space, there is only so much room for rise between two hot metal plates. Sure inner fluff is important, but with waffles it’s really about making the most of all that waffle-meets-iron surface area and maximizing the crispy toasty outer texture!
These waffles are based on my fluffy banana-free pancake recipe but with a few slight modifications and of course a berry addition because blueberries are the best breakfast berry in my humble purple-loving opinion. Anytime you see a bowl of oats or a pancake stack on the blog or Instagram without bluebs, you can be pretty sure I added them after the photo.
Because I knew these Blueberry Oat Flour Waffles would be on camera, I bought a pint of fresh blueberries just for the occasion. But the fresh blueberries this time of year are just orbs of nothingness, like someone forgot to give them flavor. So good old frozen blueberries are my year round frozen fruit bestie.
Ever in need of a late night sweet treat but
already ate all the ice cream want to keep it relatively healthy? Frozen blueberries + coconut milk + chocolate chips = the BEST!! The coconut milk poured on top hardens and gives the berries a delicious sweet frozen shell. And the chocolate chips are optional but so yum. Or you could swap them out for caramel or chocolate sauce, mmmmm…
Wait what what were we talking about??
Waffles! Blueberry waffles. Blueberry oat flour waffles. Right.
You could use fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe. Either way they will smush and heat up and turn deliciously jammy! Or you could use other berries or fruits instead. I topped my two-waffle stack with a dollop of coconut cream, a sprinkle of hemp seeds, and of course maple syrup. Because breakfast.
This recipe usually makes two large waffles, but that will vary depending on the shape and size of your waffle iron. I find it to be the perfect amount of waffle for one very hungry human or for sharing with a blueberry breakfast-loving buddy. Just devour while they are warm and toasty for ultimate oaty waffle wondrous-ness!
Blueberry Oat Flour Waffles
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Total Time: 11 minutes
- Yield: 2 large waffles 1x
Naturally gluten-free waffles made with oats and flecked with sweet berry spots–these Blueberry Oat Flour Waffles are a perfect easy healthy breakfast!
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp vanilla bean powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- Toppings: coconut whipped cream (hemp seeds, maple syrup, more berries)
- Combine everything except for the blueberries in a high speed blender. Blend until well combined, but do not over blend. You can alternatively mix eventing together by hand in a mixing bowl.
- Add the blueberries and pulse briefly to mix them in.
- Spray the waffle iron with coconut oil or nonstick spray (even if it says “nonstick” I find they usually stick if you skip this).
- Pour half the batter into a preheated waffle iron and cook according to manufacturers instructions. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Top with coconut whipped cream hemp seeds, berries, and maple syrup (or whatever toppings you love) and enjoy!
Looking for a less berry, more banana breakfast? These super fluffy Banana Smoothie Pancakes should do the trick…
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UM can we just take a second and talk about that freaking majestic pillowy cloud of coconut whip on top of these?! And that’s not even mentioning the heavenly waffle below…these are actually making me semi-drool. Also LOL-ed at blueberries being “orbs of nothingness” this time of year – it’s so sad, but you’re so right, thank goodness we’ve got frozen to get us through. I’m always so zeroed in on pancakes for breakfasts, but this waffle looks seriously dreamy!!
You know it’s not often the word “majestic” comes up in a comment about waffles, so I very much appreciate you saying that haha! Even if it was actually about the toppings–majestic is majestic, right? 😀 Those poor flavorless (and yet somehow still expensive) winter blueberries. Lately I’ve been buying the “wild” frozen blueberries, the smaller super sweet ones, and they are so good! Considering you are making pancakes in not just holiday flavors but holiday shapes too, I’d say you have a real knack for that particular breakfast item! Hmmm now I wonder if waffle hearts would be possible…:)
Stacey | Goodness is Gorgeous says
Looking at these waffles are making me want a second breakfast, especially as they’re covered in blueberries (aka my favourite frozen fruit right now) and coconut cream. You know how to do breakfast right girl!
I’d never say no to a post-breakfast mid-morning waffle snack 🙂 Yesss I am so glad we agree on the amazing-ness of frozen blueberries. And whipped cream too! Thanks Stacey!
I have a waffle iron collecting dust in my cabinet and now I have a reason to pull it out! Pancakes are usually our go-to breakfast, but Willow asks for waffles every now and then…I’d have to swap the blueberries for chocolate chips though 😉 These look so perfect, Natalie! Crispy exterior and soft center – the way a waffle should be. I think my problem in the past was not letting the waffle iron get hot enough (I thought of that while watching your video and seeing all of that steam)…I’m kind of an impatient person and tend to rush the process…I’m also a premature pancake flipper 😉 But anyways, back to these delicious waffles! I love your choice of toppings and I’m right there with you on the blueberries – I bought a pint on Monday and was sadly disappointed in their lack of flavor – I’ll stick to the frozen berries for now! Speaking of berries, your late night sweet treat sounds amazing! I’ll definitely give it a try! Sorry for the ramble! <3
Seriously I couldn’t even remember where my waffle iron was when I went to make this recipe lol. It’s terrible how much I neglect waffles for pancakes, but they are just easier! Plus cleaning a pan is 10x easier than a waffle iron…but worth it every now and again for a slightly different breakfast carb. Hmmm I think blueberries AND chocolate chips sounds pretty amazing now that you mention chocolate mix-ins 🙂 I am about the most impatient person ever in the kitchen, I pretty much only use the stove on high heat haha! Luckily my waffle iron just has this little light and as long as I don’t open until it turns green I’m okay. But I do put it on the highest setting of course 🙂 Ah yes, I hope you enjoy the frozen berry cereal-ish thing. One of my AIP discoveries. It’s better in the summer, but I still had it last night under a blanket anyways. Thank you for the ramble <3
Wow! these look amazingly delicious! I’m guessing it would be ok to freeze? I want to make some ahead of time and have in the freezer for my husband who is on an Eggo trip right now (EW!!!) Thanks for the recipe ~ can’t wait to give it a try.
Hi Julie! Yep, absolutely freeze-able. Just be sure to reheat in a toaster or toaster oven so they crispy up again after defrosting. Oh Eggos–I’ve eaten more of those in my life than I care to admit haha. I hope you both love them!!
Agness of Run Agness Run says
Lovely recipe Natalie. I love blueberries and I would definitely enjoy this dessert.
Thank you Agness, I appreciate the kind words!!
WOW, these waffles are made with oat flour only?! That’s so incredible! And they look amazing!!! I tried making blueberry waffles yesterday but I had a fail, so I made blueberry pancakes today, which also didn’t turn out like expected, lol. Well but they tasted great. Wonderful recipe Nat, I am sure I will try it out one day. ?
Not as expected–that could be good or bad hahaha! Well I am glad you still got a delicious blueberry breakfast out of it one way or another 😀 Oh kitchen experiments… Thanks Ela, and I hope you have a lovely week <3
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Okay, but just reading about your oats, scones, savory pancakes and brownies are making me drool. BIG time. All I need for an awesome day is to join you on that trip to Fiji, all of the goodies you mentioned and, of course, THESE waffles. Is that too much to ask? 😉 Also, let me just say that the first shot with the pouring syrup is just… WOAH. I could get lost in that photo. Frozen blueberries: Yep, yep, and yep! When in doubt, hit up the frozen section for seriously crazy sweet fruit. Who could say no to year-round fruit awesomeness anyway? Now, what can I do to put in a double order for these amazing oat flour waffles? Be your bestie? Done and done! <3 Text you soon. xoxo
Too much!?! Psssshhh I’ll still have free time leftover, I think you need to think bigger with these requests?? Okay sarcasm meter is through the roof right about now. Oh don’t even start complimenting my photos, we have some photography chatting to do when you return! Gah I cannot wait to hear from you and get a recap of EVERYTHING!! I have been having to restrain myself from texting you and bugging the heck out of you for days now? Love you❤️
rachel @ athletic avocado says
I’m all about waffles that have a crispayyyyyyy outside and pillowy-soft inside just like these babies! And 109349284732X better with the addition of bloobs! Thank you for sharing these 🙂
It’s the ultimate waffle texture combo!! And that contrast is the one thing that makes me love them more than pancakes. But pancakes are undeniably easier…ah tradeoffs 😀 Thanks girl!
The Vegan 8 says
These waffles look AMAZING! I just purchased a fancy schmancy waffle maker around Christmas time so I could start making waffle recipes and now I know the perfect recipe to break them in with!! I’m with Rachel too, gotta have crispy edges and slightly soft middle! I LOVE pancakes, but I honestly love waffles more than pancakes….that textural element, and pretty design, just make them so much more amazing to eat. I used to eat mine with a GOB of butter on them, haha! But syrup will do the trick now. I died laughing at your comment about the blueberries being orbs of nothingness, lol!! But mixed inside the waffle with syrup, I’m sure they are totally yummy! I am not a big fan of blueberries, I’m much more a chocolate chip person and Olivia won’t eat them unless they are blended up in a smoothie, so I can totally see some chocolate chip pancakes happening soon! They look fantastic girl!
If waffles were easier to clean up after, I would probably choose them over pancakes too with their wonderful crispy exterior. And those syrup catching pools–love those too! But laziness usually wins out for me which means I make way more pancakes. But since you have the fancy schmancy iron, gotta make the most of it 🙂 With pancakes for every possible palate on your site, I think it’s time to add some waffles to the archives. I’d love to see how you make them! Haha I would certainly not object to chocolate chips instead either. Or maybe blueberries and chocolate chips, that sounds pretty delish to me. Thanks Brandi!
Gabriela C says
These waffles were DELICIOUS!!! However I was a little disappointed they didn’t crisp up. Probably would have made better pancakes than waffles.
Hi Gabriela! They were definitely crispy on the outside in my waffle iron, maybe try playing around with the heat level of your waffle iron if it has that option. Also I do spray mine with a little bit of coconut oil to keep them from sticking which probably helps with the crispy-ness too!
These turned out really, insanely well. I did add a few drops of liquid stevia to the batter instead of maple syrup, but otherwise left it untarnished. For maximum crispiness, I did end up popping them in the toaster oven for a minute or two at the end, mostly because it was easier to keep an eye on them in there than it is in the waffle iron. Was also super happy with how well they released from my iron; I’ve had some issues with other recipes wanting to stick, and this one didn’t at all! Only thing that detracted from them for me was a bit of a baking powder tingle on my tongue. I know they might not have as much lift otherwise, but I miiight try them again with a bit less baking powder just to see if they would still work, because dang, other than that, this was everything I want in a waffle.
Yay!!! I am so happy to hear that you liked them, and the double crispy toaster trick is a great idea! It’s funny, this one still sticks in my waffle iron if I don’t spray it, but with a bit of coconut oil it’s not a problem. I have had many waffles just completely stick and rip in half in there–so sad. You can definitely try cutting the baking powder back to 2 tsps, also different brands I find can sometimes make a difference on that. I hope the next batch is even better for you Rain 🙂
Would it work with banana? I know the point was not to use it but I just run out of the apple sauce and really feel like waffles for breakfast tomorrow 😉
Sure! 1 banana in place of the applesauce will work just as well 🙂
Gina Umstatter says
Will all measurements be the same if I leave out blueberries? Thank you!
Yep! They will turn out just as crispy and delicious without the berries 🙂 Enjoy!
Yummy ! These waffles were Sooooo Good :))
Thanks for the recipe !
I am so happy you liked them! Sounds like a perfect way to kick off the weekend too 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!
These were really good! I added some stevia as well as the maple syrup for extra sweetness. Any oat flour waffle needs extra cooking time to be crisp. These turned out perfectly crisp! I highly recommend using some coconut oil spray on your pan as well. So glad to have a dairy free one!
So happy to hear they were a success Rachel! Mmm yes totally worth the patience for those crispy golden edges, and very good tip with the spray otherwise those things are NEVER coming out in one piece in my experience 😀 Thanks for the feedback and hopefully they make another breakfast appearance soon!
julia b says
This is the only review I’ve ever left on a recipe… because these were SO. DANG. GOOD. Every other vegan “healthy” waffle recipe I’ve tried has been a big flop. Except these!! I made them once as is, and the second time I got creative and added a tbsp of cocoa powder and two tbsp of peanut butter powder and used three tablespoons less of oat flour. They were also amazing!!! Thank you a million times!! It’s an awesome switch from my usual bowl of oatmeal!
Julia! Ahh this makes me SO happy to hear🤗 You really only need one killer waffle recipe, then the variations and add-in possibilities are endless! Chocolate peanut butter for breakfast sounds delish😋 Thank YOU for the awesome feedback, and enjoy!
Oh my goodness these look DELICIOUS! I’ve been looking for a more healthier breakfast option rather than getting the frozen stuff so thank you so much for this! I wanted to know if it’s ok to make a whole batch ahead of time and then freeze them in ziploc bags? I would probably warm them up in the convection oven for breakfast but would this be ok and safe to do? Thank you and I hope you had a great new year… it sure has been a chilly one, so far here in FL!
Hi Chandni! I haven’t personally tried freezing and reheating these, but I have had readers do so with positive reviews. Yep, I would freeze them with as little air as possible and reheat in the oven or toaster for the best texture. The batch still only makes about 2-3 waffles, so maybe even double it if you really want to prep ahead. So chilly lately, right? You are in FL too–what part?
Awesome I’ll try that! Thank you! And I’m in north central FL… specifically Gainesville 🙂
Oh awesome, I lived there for a few years during college but now I’m in St. Pete 🙂 Enjoy the waffles!
Hey ya! I’m working myself through your awesome recipes, yesterday the pancakes, today I’m into waffles❤
Guess, I have to learn first how to do them again😂 I completly burned the first one (the crispiness was awesome though, if not that bitter..;) the second was a mushy mess, I ripped it apart, beeing to afraid to burn it again 🤨
On the third one, I waited patiently, (but not too patient!) And it was ooh, so good! Crisp and delicious😍 thank you
Btw, next you’ll See me, on your Quinoa bread recipe😉
Hi Brigitte! I am so happy you are trying so many of these out🤗 Ha oh the trials and struggles of waffle makers, I’ve been there many times. Maybe play around with the temp setting on your waffle iron too, I find lower temp for longer works best. But i’m glad the third one was a success! Thanks for the feedback and I look forward to hearing how the quinoa bread goes soon😊
I liked them!! I didn’t add any vanilla extract, and I don’t usually have applesauce on hand and I know you love using dates, so I’m wondering if date paste is also an option?
Whoops, didn’t mean to put my whole name, can you delete this please?
No worries, it’s just Sariah now 🙂
I am so happy you liked them! Yes date paste would work here, although you don’t really need that level of sweetness. You could use mashed banana or nondairy yogurt though too! Hope that helps 🙂
Thanks for that! Also, it’s cool I found a big jar of unsweetened apple sauce today at Trader Joe’s for super cheap, so now I can make these whenever! 🙂
Oooh good find! I always get my applesauce at TJs too, it’s great to have in the fridge for impromptu baking (plus my dog loves it haha)🤗
So happy to have found a gf low fat vegan recipe that doesn’t stick or fall apart and tastes good. Thank you! I also added a couple of heaped tablespoons of ground flaxseed for added texture etc, and will probably also try adding hemp protein powder, but only because I’m one of these people who can’t help tinkering 😊Great recipe, thanks!
I am so happy they were a success for you! Love the flaxseed addition, and I actually love the taste of hemp protein powder so that sounds like a yummy experiment to me too. I can never leave well enough alone either when it comes to recipes 😀 Let me know how it goes and thanks for the feedback, Karen!
I enjoyed these! They were a little more dense than I was expecting, so quite filling. I used cinnamon apple sauce, and might even add a little more ground cinnamon next time! I also added some ground flax seed for a little extra fiber.
I’m glad you liked them, thanks for the feedback Lori! And extra cinnamon is always a good idea in my book😋
Mary Wheeler says
We just happened to pick blueberries yesterday so I made these waffles this morning and my husband loved them. Definitely a keeper 😊
And with freshly picked blueberries too, that sounds AMAZING for a sunday morning☺️ I am so happy you both liked them, thanks for the feedback Mary!
Omg ,this the first vegan waffle recipe that worked. But I have one concern about the baking powder/soda, my mom freaked about when see saw I used 1 whole table spoon of baking soda. She later lectured me that using too much baking powder / soda is harmful for health, she says whenever she needs to add baking soda, she only adds a pinch. Will your recipes still turn out good if i add less or avoid adding it?, because I did noticed a-lot of your recipes do include baking powder. Also what are the alternatives ?
Hmm not sure about the health effects or not, I’ve never heard that, but you can certainly try reducing the amount of baking soda to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp and see how they turn out. But if you leave it out everything will turn out flat and dense so I don’t recommend skipping it–it’s important!
Hi Natalie…This is my first time to your site and wanted to try this recipe right away. Then I read the last comment from Chan. It seems to indicate belief that baking powder and baking soda are the same item. We both (and mom too) know that they ARE different and NOT interchangeable. However, your reply seems to indicate the recipe DOES contain baking soda which is NOT listed as an ingredient. Please clarify before I try this fabulous recipe. Thanks so much…
They are most definitely different things, I apologize if the comments caused any confusion. There is no baking soda in this recipe, just 1 tbsp baking POWDER. I am not sure why the above commenter was discussing them as if they were the same, but follow the recipe as written and you will be fine 🙂
Susan Perry says
Natalie thank you so much for this recipe. The waffles were delicious. And they can be frozen for a quick dash out the door. My Granddaugter put one in the microwave, spread it with peanut butter, and flew out the door this morning. Of course it wasn’t as srispy but a fantastic way to start the day.
I am so happy you guys liked them!! And yes never AS good as fresh, but still great for something quick (plus I love waffles with pb😋) Thanks for the feedback Susan, and have a wonderful weekend!
Keila Lounds says
I gave these waffles a try and i was very impressed how they turned out. The consistency and the flavors were spot on. Even though I used a couple of the ingredients in different form, it still tuned out amazing. I didn’t have apple sauce so I added a golden delicious apple, peeled and cored, I didn’t have non-dairy milk so i added a few raw cashews and water, I will make it again with the original recipe to compare.
I am so happy they turned out so well🤗 Your additions sound delicious, thanks for sharing!
First time here! This recipe looks amazing:)
Question: Will the recipe turn out the same if I leave out the lemon juice?
Well welcome Martha😊 And yes this one will be fine without!
Wow! These taste ah-mazing! I made these in a Krups waffle maker (it has removable, dishwasher-safe plates) and I subbed the applesauce for 2 medium mashed bananas, the maple syrup for coconut sugar, and the lemon juice for vinegar. They’re so soft and fluffy, yet satiating and filling. Yum!
I am so so happy you loved them, appreciate the feedback😊