Waffle Recipe Without Milk: Crispy, Fluffy, and Easy

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You don’t need to use milk to make delicious, fluffy, crispy waffles. This waffle recipe without milk is just as good as any other recipe. Adding sourdough discard gives flavor and extra fluffiness. Pour on the maple syrup, or top with fresh berries and enjoy!

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Made from simple ingredients, this homemade waffle recipe comes together very quickly. Whether you have a milk sensitivity in your family, or you simply ran out of milk, this recipe allows you to still enjoy delicious homemade waffles!

Tips for Making Milk Free Waffles

This recipe is perfect for making standard waffles, if you are making larger Belgian waffles, double the recipe to feed a family of 5.

Ingredients:

Flour: This recipe uses all-purpose flour. All-purpose works best to give these waffles their fluffy, yet crispy texture. You can substitute 1/4 cup of the flour for whole wheat flour for added nutrition without changing the consistency.

Salt: I like to use Redmond Real Salt, but any regular salt will do in this recipe.

Baking Powder: The baking powder is the leavening agent and gives these waffles their fluffy texture!

White Sugar: A small amount of sugar in this recipe gives these waffles a delicious flavor without really tasting sweet. For a subtle twist, substitute brown sugar.

Eggs: The eggs in this recipe also help to give the waffles their fluffy, crispy texture. If you need an egg free recipe, substitute flax eggs.

Warm Water: Water is substituted for milk in this waffle recipe with no ill-effects! Make sure you use warm water so the melted butter can be fully incorporated in when mixing.

Butter: The butter keeps the waffles from sticking to the waffle maker and also adds great flavor! If you need these to be completely dairy-free waffles, you can substitute melted coconut oil, canola oil or other vegetable oil for the butter.

Vanilla Extract: A small amount of vanilla in these waffles really sets them apart from other recipes. Who doesn’t like subtle vanilla flavor?

Sourdough: This recipe calls for sourdough, but if you don’t have it, you can leave it out. The sourdough reacts with the baking powder to add more fluffiness to the waffles, but they are good without it too.

Tools:

Large Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cup and Spoons

Whisk

Waffle Maker

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Milk Free Waffle Cooking Tips

Let me let you in on a little secret: you can substitute water for milk in waffle recipes without any ill effects. Of course you could substitute coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk, but those aren’t ingredients that I regularly have in my pantry. I cannot tell the difference in the finished delicious waffles between making this easy recipe with milk or water. And my kids can’t either. In my opinion, the best waffles are covered in peanut butter and syrup.

How to Make the Waffle Recipe Without Milk

Preheat your waffle iron on a setting that gives you nice golden-brown waffles. On my waffle iron, I set the temp dial to 4.5. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray.

Place the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well with a whisk.

closeup of a flour mixture in a large glass bowl with a whisk

Add the wet ingredients including the eggs, warm water, melted butter, sourdough and vanilla and whisk well until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

closeup of a flour mixture in a large glass bowl with raw eggs on top and a whisk

Add a 1/3 cup of batter to the preheated waffle iron and close the waffle iron. Cook according to your waffle iron owner’s manual. For my waffle iron, the light is green when it is preheated, and it turns red after you add the waffle batter. When the waffle is done cooking, the light turns green again.

closeup of waffle batter in a waffle maker

Remove the waffle from the waffle iron using a heat-resistant fork (try not to use metal as this can scratch the surface of your waffle iron).

closeup of a waffle in a wafflemaker

Add butter and syrup, peanut butter and syrup, fresh fruit, or homemade jam! There are so many waffle toppings that are just delightful, so pick your favorite and enjoy.

Leftover waffles can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. Warm them in a toaster or toaster oven before enjoying for best results.

To freeze waffles, the best way is to place them in one layer on a cookie sheet. Flash freeze, and then transfer to a gallon zip lock bag after they are frozen. Best if eaten within 4 months after freezing. Frozen waffles are a great option for those busy weekday mornings.

Don’t despair next time you run out of milk and have a waffle craving! Where there is a will there is a way!

closeup of a waffle in a waffle maker

Waffle Recipe Without Milk

Yield: 6-8 standard waffles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These waffles are delicious without using milk! This recipe uses basic pantry ingredients that come together for a quick breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup sourdough discard
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Preheat your waffle iron on a setting that gives you nice golden brown
      waffles. On my waffle iron, I set the temp dial to 4.5.
    2. Place the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large glass bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well with a whisk.
    3. Add the eggs, warm water, melted butter, sourdough discard, and vanilla and whisk well until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
    4. Add 1/3 cup amount of waffle batter to the preheated waffle iron and close the waffle iron. Cook according to your waffle iron owner's manual. For my waffle iron, the light is green when it is preheated, and it turns red after you add the waffle batter. When the waffle is done cooking, the light turns green again.
    5. Remove the waffle from the waffle iron using a heat-resistant fork (don't use a metal fork as this can scratch the surface of your waffle iron.)
    6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the waffle batter has been cooked.
    7. Serve right away with your favorite waffle toppings!



Notes

*You can also substitute almond milk, or coconut milk in the this recipe for the water, but I don't usually have those ingredients on hand, and I can't tell the difference in the cooked waffles, so I usually use water.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 682mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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