A recipe born from having no eggs in the house but a craving for waffles has become a staple recipe that I have made dozens of times in the past few months. I present to you: the best eggless waffles recipe!
One evening we decided we were going to have brinner (breakfast for dinner) because pretty much the only thing I had in the fridge was bacon. I put the bacon in the oven to cook and as I went back to the fridge to get out the eggs (we were just going to have eggs/bacon/toast) I discovered we had no eggs. Ooops.
So I decided I’d just try my hand at creating some waffles to go with the bacon, because I’d made waffles from mixes that just require adding water plenty of times. I played around with the recipe and oh my goodness, I was so pleasantly surprised with the end result.
What can I use if I don’t have eggs for waffle mix?
- Lemon juice
- Canola oil
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
- Lemon zest
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and a hint of lemon. Perfection!
The eggless waffles were a winner. I made them several times and decided they HAD to go on the blog.
THIS is the waffle maker I use, it is by far one of my favorite items!!
Being a busy, full-time working Mom, I always try to make extra of recipes where I can. And it’s the best when they freeze well so I can use them down the road. These eggless waffles do just that – freeze perfectly!
This recipe makes four waffles. What I like to do is double the recipe and freeze a few, they freeze/reheat really well (I just pop the frozen waffle into a toaster).
Another bonus with this recipe, you can also use the batter for pancakes. And yes, they are just as delicious. Freeze the pancakes and when you’re ready to eat them, simply throw in the toaster to defrost. Add syrup and enjoy.
For even more flexibility with this recipe, you can make it vegan by simply making it without milk. You can substitute in water, oat milk, almond milk – or really, any non-dairy milk.
You know what I’m dreaming of, using this eggless waffle recipe to create a super fun waffle bar. This is perfect for a party because people can choose to top a waffle with anything they’d like! YUM!
If you’re looking for a waffle recipe with no eggs, this is the best eggless waffle recipe ever!!
The Best Eggless Waffles Recipe
- 1 cup milk or water, or non dairy milk of choice*
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice juice from 1 lemon
- 3 Tablespoons canola oil or other mild cooking oil like grapeseed, vegetable or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract optional
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder make sure your baking powder doesn't contain aluminum, see note
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- In a bowl combine milk and lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes (this is essentially creating buttermilk, you could use buttermilk instead of this step). After 5 minutes add in canola oil, vanilla extract and almond extract (if using.)
- In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and lemon zest, stir to combine.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes (let the baking powder do it's thing - the mixture thickens up a bit and bubbles a little.)
- Warm waffle iron according to manufacture directions. I have this waffle iron and love it so much!
- Spray heated waffle iron with cooking spray and spoon batter into waffle iron, cook until done (mine is about 5 minutes). Repeat until all waffles are made.
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Do I have to use lemon zest? I’m usually a spontaneous ‘I’m making breakfast’ type person and I typically don’t have lemons on hand, but I keep lemon juice in my fridge. My daughter is allergic to eggs and I love waffles so I’m in desperate need for a good eggless waffle recipe.
I’ve made this recipe with water before, so you should be fine without the lemon. The thing that the lemon+milk does, is that it forms a buttermilk, and that always gives waffles an extra little boost of flavor, but it’s not necessary. I think you’ll love these waffles, I’d love to know your feedback once you try them!
It’s Easter morning in the middle of the 2020 “stay at home” mandate, and I’m never a well-organized person. I had thought to have waffles for breakfast, but realized when I went to get started that I’d boiled all my eggs two nights ago. This recipe absolutely saved my tail feathers!! I left out the lemon zest because my fella doesn’t tolerate citrus well and added in a generous dash of cinnamon (I also used brown sugar because I love it), and these waffles were GREAT!!! They are a nice dense waffle and not dry, and the recipe is a great size for my little family of three. THANK YOU for this recipe and saving my breakfast!
Awwww, thank you so so much for the sweet comment, I’m so glad you loved the waffles!!!!
Hey, just wanted to mention you can buy lemon zest at Kroger and other good sized grocery stores. A little bottle of it can last you a loooong time.
Thank you for the suggestion!
I made this recipe and was so happy to have great waffles with no eggs. In addition to egg sensitivities, cane sugar is not my friend so I used a little maple syrup instead and they turned out great! Yum!
So happy to hear this!! Totally love that you used maple syrup instead of sugar!
Can I make these and freeze them??
YES absolutely – I do this ALL the time, in fact I just did that this past weekend (I made a double batch and then froze them).
Sydney Eaton says
My fiancé is allergic to eggs and I’m in the market for all kinds of egg free recipes not just that he can eat but that we both enjoy. We always used to make the Krusteaz box ones but they recently added egg to the recipe. Such a bummer! This was the second homemade recipe we tried, And the second time is a charm 🙂 These were amazing and the touch of lemon is a really yummy unique touch.
So happy to hear that you enjoyed the waffles!!! I totally agree with you – the touch of lemon is really amazing 🙂
Thank you so much for the recipe. My husband is allergic to eggs and I have been looking for a good waffle recipe and this is the best I have found so far. Just made them and they are crispy from outside and fluffy from inside. Hint of lemon is a great idea. Keeping this for all my future waffles.
Thank you so much for this lovely comment and feedback, so glad you enjoyed them! I totally agree, these are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Laura Migliore says
Both my grand sons have flies, and one can’t eat eggs. I made these using Bobs Red Mill Paleo flour. I used 1 Tbsp lemon juice to create my ‘ almond milk buttermilk’. That’s all the lemon juice I used. Did not use the zest, because not sure the babies would like it. The only problem I noticed is that they tend to stick more to the waffle iron. Easily solved with a shot of Pam. These waffles are fantastic. Had to make 2 batches because my husband and I scarfed one each from the first batch.
So happy to hear how much you enjoyed the recipe!! I love hearing the modification you made to make them work for your family.
After trying many egglees waffle recipies, I finally found a perfect crispy waffle recipies. But my waffles tasted bitter. I followed the recipient to the Top, but don’t understand the reason for it to be bitter.
I fell the B powder could be causing it. Please help!!
Hi! I mixed up baking powder and baking soda once and while they still came out good, they had this horrible bitter flavor. did you by chance mix the two up?
I’m flustered, too- because I made these this morning trying to surprise my family with breakfast and they came out terrible. They had this bitterness and the flavor was terribly sharp- like licking lemon juice straight up. It left a chalky coating on my tongue and teeth. Not pleasant. I tossed the first batter and we tried again using vinegar to make the buttermilk instead of lemon juice, in case that was the problem- same result. I can’t figure out what else I could have done wrong… but as is, this recipe was not edible.
Hi! I FINALLY have an answer after this happened to me. I’ve literally made the recipe 100s of times, and that’s not an exaggeration!
It turned out it was when I had purchased an off-brand of BAKING POWDER! So apparently sometimes they add aluminum in the form of sodium aluminum phosphate and/or sodium aluminum sulfate – it’s sometimes added to double-acting baking powder to make it heat sensitive. Aluminum in baking powder is not harmful, but it can leave a slightly metallic taste in your mouth. Sure enough when I looked at the label I saw the aluminum in the ingredient list and when I purchased a baking powder without it again and made the recipe again, it was perfect as it should be. It was so bitter and gross with it in there, so THAT’S THE PROBLEM!!!! So sorry this happened to you, I’d love to hear if you check the bottle ingredients if you find it in yours.
Unhappy Waffle Eater says
Sorry to report this did not work for us – absolute disaster of stuck to the waffle maker. The first waffle was so stuck I couldn’t get the waffle maker to open. My strong husband could NOT open the waffle maker! He had to use tools. So stuck. I decided (foolishly) to try again – I added more liquid to the batter and more oil to the waffle maker to prevent such sticking. This time I could at least open the waffle maker and it pulled the waffle apart with it all STUCK to both sides of the waffle maker. I’m frustrated I wasted so many ingredients and now need to pressure wash (or something) my waffle maker!!!!
Oh my goodness- I’m so sorry to hear this! This is very surprising too!! I’ve literally made these waffles over a dozen times (the last time was two days ago) and I’ve never had a problem like what you’re describing whatsoever! What kind of a waffle maker are you using? Did you make any modifications to the recipe? Did you spray the waffle maker with cooking spray? I’m just trying to trouble shoot here, because I’ve literally never had anything remotely close to that type of an experience making these!
My husband made these yesterday for the kids (our daughter has egg allergies), and they stuck to the waffle maker. I thought it was a fluke and he must have done something wrong. I’m making them now and I too am having an issue with them sticking to the waffle maker (even using non-stick pray)! I’m changing waffle makers to give it another go but if it doesn’t work, I’ll know it’s the batter. We ended up Peeling rolling the two halves off the larger maker and turning them into burrito waffles! ??? the batter is amazing flavor but not happy about the sticking issues.
Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m so stumped by this…I don’t know why it would stick if you’re properly using cooking spray/greasing your waffle iron! I’ve made this recipe countless times, I’ve even forgotten to use cooking spray and while it stuck, it came out with a little scraping at the edges.
Dear Sweet Phi
I just can’t wait to try this for breakfast. 🙂
I think you’ll absolutely love these, I made them the other day for my son again and we all loved them
It’s delicious.it turns out well.
So glad you liked these!!
Angela Saver says
My favorite brunch is banana pancakes with bacon! Your waffles sound delicious!!
Yum, your favorite brunch sounds amazing 🙂
Our favorite brunch has to be breakfast burritos, followed closely by waffles 😉
oh yum, love breakfast burritos and waffles!
French Toast Bake is my favorite to have for Brunch! And on Mother’s Day, we went out for breakfast, my husband did all the prep work for the week, and cooked me a surprise dinner, and I was able to do some baking!
I love a good french toast bake 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
We’re headed to Old World Wisconsin for their brunch along with the grandparents. Here’s hoping for no rain!
Hoping you have a wonderful day
Amy C. says
My favorite brunch is waffles, hash brown potatoes and sausage. We will keep things simple this year and go to my parent’s house for lunch on Mother’s Day.
Linda Bick says
Eggs Benedict is my favorite!
Yum, a fave of mine too
Karen D says
<3 that there are no eggs! Seems I always want to make something requiring eggs when I am out of them!
I’m the same way! This recipe was a total lifesaver when I was out of eggs and I make it all the time now!
Karen D says
Kimberly Spillers says
We go to Benvenuto’s brunch every Sunday. It has made to order waffles, pancakes, omelets, and eggs benedict. It has delicious fresh fruit and all the rest of breakfast staples. We love it!!!!
Sounds so good!
Mary C says
I will have hash brown and sausage casserole with my family. We used to always have this and a fruit bowl with my dear mother this was her favorite breakfast so we always celebrate her with this meal.
Aw, I love this story, thanks for sharing!
joel W timmons says
Poached. Eggs. On. English. Muffins. With. Holandda. Sauce. Ham. Cheese
Rebecca S. says
I do love waffles (and that recipe looks delicious!), but my favorite brunch food is the Eggs Benedang at a local café. It’s Eggs Benedict, but on top of fried chicken thighs instead of an English muffin or biscuit. SO good, and the perfect protein jolt to start the weekend.
Oh my goodness, sounds so decadent and delicious!
Lisa Burkhart says
Love Brunch. Favorite item would be Eggs Benedict. I have it whenever I have the chance
Yum, love a good eggs benedict!
Jo Spangler says
My favorite brunch food is Belgian waffles with strawberries and whip cream.
My plans for Mom’s Day is to visit my son at college and go to the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan.
I love Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream too! Your mothers day plans sound amazing, hope you have fun!
Everyone in our house loves breakfast food, we have BRINNER almost once a week! I’d say our favorite brunch consists of pancakes and fried potatoes. I personally love my cakes topped with caramelized bananas, walnuts and pure maple syrup.
Sounds like an amazing brinner!!
Susan Dodd says
My daughter and myself will be attending a brunch that is themed “Mother Daughter paint brunch” I know we will enjoy this because we will also be taking her daughter. 🙂
Susan L Craig says
Those waffles look delicious! Waffles may be the best breakfast food. I like to make savory waffles with Old Bay seasoning, topped with crab. Instead of syrup, we use hollandaise. It is a little like eggs benedict.
oh yum, savory waffles sound so good!