These Vegan Waffles are made beautiful and extra good for you with addition of a special healthy ingredient: beet! They are fluffy, simple to make, and are as easy on the eyes as they are on the taste buds!
Beets? In waffles? Yes, TNNers….I did that. Truthfully, that probably doesn’t surprise you longtime followers too much since I veggie-load food in all kinds of ways.
These beet waffles were inspired by my oh-so beloved beet pancakes and YOUR request for more vegan/egg-free veggie-loaded recipes.
They are a total win in our house and I LOVE that they are made with things we usually have on hand (yes, we almost always have roasted beets in the freezer). These waffles are perfect for bringing a little fun and veggies to the breakfast table and utterly ideal for a healthy Valentine’s Day breakfast
Why beets are so dang good for you
Beets are basically plant rock stars. They are loaded with nutrients (source) and are totally worth working into your diet in oodles of veggie-loaded ways (see below for some more TNN beet recipes!)
Curious as to WHAT exactly you get from a little extra beet? When you add beetroot to your food, you also add:
- Folate (vitamin B9) (this is helpful for cell and tissue growth)
- Potassium (good for heart health)
- Iron. (an essential mineral that is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells)
- Vitamin C. (something all us need oodles of in our diets)
How do I cook my beet for these waffles?
Cooking your beet for these vegan waffles is a must. Stress not! It is something you can easily do ahead of time so that these vegan waffles can come together quickly on a busy morning.
Cooking your beet will help to reduce that earthy flavor beets naturally have and bring out its natural sweetness. So don’t skip this step!
Some methods for prepping your beet…
Time saving hack! Many grocery stores have pre-cooked beets in the freezer or refrigeration section that you can use in these beet waffles. However, those beets don’t tend to have as much juice/color and might not result in a waffle with a strong pink color.
Why are my beet waffles a different shade of pink?
I get this question all the time when it comes to my other beet recipes. And I totally get it when people are hoping for this blazing pink goodie and the color isn’t quite what they expected.
Here is the thing. Mother Nature isn’t a factory and doesn’t make every beet the same. The color your beet gives your vegan waffles depends on a few things
How your beet was cooked. I find that roasting beets holds onto the colors the best and creates for the brightest waffles. But if your opt for another method, your waffles will still be veggie-loaded (the important part) and still pink…just maybe not as bright.
The beet it self. How juicy and red your beet is will vary from beet to beet. If your beet is old, dry or grown out of season, it might not hold as much natural red color and, thus, not make waffles as bright of a pink. I made multiple batches of these beet waffles while testing and every batch had a different shade of pink…even though all of them were cooked exactly the same way (roasting).
Use whatever milk you prefer. If vegan or dairy-free is not needed, you can use whatever milk you typically enjoy when making these waffles.
Make these waffles gluten free by using a cup-for-cup gluten free flour blend in place of the white whole wheat flour. This is a brand that I like. (affiliate link)
Make these as pancakes. Just portion out the batter on a greased hot griddle of pan and enjoy as pancakes if you prefer or don’t have a waffle iron.
Kitchen gear I used to make these vegan waffles
I get asked all the time what blender and waffle iron I use and suggest. And, trust me, I have tried lots of them! These two products are what I used to make these vegan Beet Waffles and many of my other veggie-loaded recipes!
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More beet loaded recipes that will dazzle you
- Kid-Friendly Pink Beet Smoothie
- Pink Beet Pancakes
- Fudgy Beet Gluten Free Brownies (vegan)
- The BEST Beet Hummus
Beet Vegan Waffles
- waffle iron
- 1 cup almond milk or plant milk of choice
- 4 oz cooked and peeled beet about 1/2 cup when pureed or one small beet
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- In your blender, combine nut milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, beet and apple cider vinegar. Blend until smooth and beet is completely pureed. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. The sifting is an optional step but really helps to make the waffles fluffy.
- Pour the beet mixture from the blender into the dry ingredients. Add the melted coconut oil and gentle mix the batter together. Do not over mix. Batter will be thick.
- Heat up your waffle iron (see above for which iron I use). If needed, put a little oil on the iron's plates to prevent sticking. Once hot, pour 1/2 cup of batter onto your hot iron.
- Close your waffles iron and let cook. How long will depend on how hot your particular waffle iron cooks, but you will know the waffles are done when the the steam has COMPLETELY stopped coming from the waffle maker. If there is steam, your waffle is still cooking. My waffle iron cooks these in about 5-6 minutes.
- Once each waffle finishes cooking, remove it from the iron and place on a baking sheet in a 200℉ oven to keep warm while your finish cooking the rest of the batter.
- Enjoy warm topped with berries, extra syrup, whipped coconut cream, or a little nut butter.
- Allow leftovers to completely cool before storing them in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to 4 days or in your freezer for up to a month.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!