“A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.” ~ Mitch Hedberg
Fire up your waffle irons and break out the syrup because August 24th is National Waffle Day! The day marks the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. In 1869, Cornelius Swartout of Troy, New York received a patent for a “device to bake waffles” and breakfast hasn’t been the same since.
Throughout the world, however, some form of waffles has been eaten since the Middle Ages. In ancient Greece, pancakes were prepared between two metal plates over a fire. They were even sold from carts as street food. In 1620, the pilgrims brought Dutch “wafles” to America. In fact, the word “waffle” is Dutch for “wafer.” It would take another hundred years for the word to get the second f and be spelled the way we know it today. Thomas Jefferson even brought a waffle iron back from France with him. In the 1950s, when convenience food became a thing, frozen waffles hit the supermarkets for the first time and restaurant chains featuring waffles started to pop up as well.
Typically, waffles are made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two patterned plates to form a characteristic shape, size, and surface impression. There are many types of waffles all over the world. The type of waffles that can be created is limited only by our imaginations.
Waffles can be breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be sweet, topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit or savory, filled with herbs and topped with gravy and vegan fried “chicken.” Waffles can even be dessert, topped with scoops of ice cream and lots of whipped cream. We can make waffles gluten-free, grain-free and definitely egg- and dairy-free. Take a look at these 10 Vegan Waffle Recipes That Left Us Awestruck.
We can even get super-creative and put different types of batters and foods into the waffle iron such as mashed potatoes or falafel mix. How about a vegan mac and cheese waffle? Yum! Let’s celebrate National Waffle Day with these 10 sweet and savory vegan recipes.
1. Butterscotch Carrot Millet Waffles
Imagine if you could devour a cake for breakfast every day. The yummy taste of these Butterscotch Carrot Millet Waffles comes really close to making that dream a reality.
2. Multi-Grain Waffles
Waffles can not only be delicious but also very nutritious. Filled with healthy whole grain flours, nuts, seeds, and fruit, these Multi-Grain Waffles are like the smoothies of the hot breakfast world.
3. Simple Mashed Potato Waffles
These Simple Mashed Potato Waffles are sure to brighten up your mornings. They’re moist and crispy on the outside, warm and deliciously creamy on the inside. They will remind you of a beautiful medley of mashed potatoes, rösti, and hash browns – three all-time favorite potato creations all rolled into one vegan-friendly recipe!
4. Peanut Butter-Banana Waffles with Blueberry Macadamia Cream
Whether it’s a crazy Monday or a laid-back Sunday, waffles make a perfect breakfast. These Peanut Butter-Banana Waffles are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Drizzle them with a blueberry macadamia cream for added perfection.
5. Red Velvet Vegan Waffles with Cream Cheese Sauce
Groggy morning? Start your day off right with some delicious Red Velvet Waffles drizzled with cream cheese sauce. It’s a perfect excuse to stay in your pajamas a little longer and soak up the morning sun.
6. Carrot Cake Waffles With Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot cake for breakfast? You bet. These Carrot cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting will have you up long before the alarm clock goes off. Sweet and crispy with pecans and cream cheese frosting – yes, please!
7. Potato Waffles and Hummus Sauce
Forget everything you know about waffles and try something completely different. These Potato Waffles are crispy and delicious. Top them with this spicy hummus sauce for a new and perfect combination.
8. Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Waffles
This recipe is for the most decadent yet gluten-free Toasted Coconut Waffles…absolutely perfect for breakfast-in-bed. The toasted coconut flavor adds such a beautiful touch to these light and fluffy waffles made with brown rice and buckwheat flour.
9. Mexican Chocolate Waffles
These Mexican Chocolate Waffles are going to be the best part of your morning. They’ve got chocolate and beer in them – but no oil and no sugar – and they are so good. Now go and spend your morning with them.
10. Vegan Seltzer Waffles With Crispy Sweet Potatoes and Light Chik’n Gravy
For a savory meal, try these Vegan Seltzer Waffles. The waffles are made from crispy sweet potatoes and are topped with a rich, delicious herbed chick’n gravy.
Whether you like your waffles sweet or savory, they are always the perfect choice for any meal of the day. What are your favorite waffles? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting