Belgian waffles are a brunch highlight. There’s nothing quite like a round waffle with those deep valleys overflowing with maple syrup. Fill them with fruit, cashew or coconut cream, or whatever topping tickles your fancy. Best part about this one? We prepped the whole thing in our Vitamix!
A waffle maker will change brunch forever
If you ever stay at a hotel with the free breakfast buffet, you probably notice the fancy looking waffle makers. I first saw one years ago while I was road tripping across Canada and the US with my family. I think it was at a Best Western. You know what I’m talking about. I was young and a long way from being vegan at the time, so this self-serve waffle making station was a kids dream come true. I had to have my own, so I ordered one. It still serves me well.
You can get one of the fancier ones, but this one from Oster has great reviews at less than $20! Hard to beat.
They don’t make our exact model anymore (It’s a Waring Pro), but it’s similar to this one from Cuisinart, ringing in closer to $80:
Belgian waffles are the way to go
There’s something special about waffles. You can make pancakes (we do love pancakes too!), but no, because you want waffles. It’s not more complicated than that. Belgian waffles are made with yeast or baking powder, which makes them puff up. Limp waffles are not fun, so you want a nice golden brown colour with a slight crisp and a moist interior. Undercooked is slimy, but overcooked is dry. You may not get it right the first time, but adjust as you cook and you’ll perfect the skill.
Go for the rustic look
There is beauty in imperfection. I love the look of a waffle that isn’t a perfect circle. The messy edges are part of the charm. Obviously none of this will affect taste, but Instagram, am I right or am I right? To get the effect, just don’t fill the waffle iron to the max. Drop a half cup or so in the centre. The waffle iron will do the rest.
Toppings are essential
The first few bites of a waffle drowned in maple syrup are good, but a waffle is big! Top it with cashew cream and some fresh fruit to mix things up. A coconut cream is also a great idea. Kiwi, banana, and pineapple are also awesome waffle toppings. There are endless possibilities
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Belgian Waffles — A Quick & Easy Blender Recipe
— Dry Ingredients —
- 3 cups flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
— Wet ingredients —
- 3 cups non-dairy milk
- 1/3 maple syrup
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat (on medium) and grease your waffle iron.
- Add the dry ingredients to your blender, then the wet.
- Blend until just combined. You may need to scrape some dry spots from the walls of the blender jug.
- Pour your batter into the waffle iron and remove only when cooked through, about 3-5 minutes, depending on your waffle iron.
- If you want a rustic-looking waffle, don’t fill the iron completely. You’ll have the rough, uneven edges.
- A cooked waffle will be golden brown and hold its shape when you open the grill.
- Don’t open the iron too early or you’ll pull apart your waffle. To be safe, I always grease the iron between waffles.