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Breakfast isn’t really breakfast without waffles, you know? You’ll absolutely LOVE these easy coconut cream waffles.
Can you believe Summer is so close to being over? I am already planning Fall and even Christmas recipes. I feel like this year has just flown by.
This post is all about vegan coconut cream waffles.
I’m not sure if it’s just the area I live in, but it’s been unreasonably hot the past few weeks. Let me know in the comments if it’s been hot where you live too. On top of that, we’ve been having a lot of wildfires so the smoke is thick. It’s quite depressing. I’ve been baking a lot to brighten the mood.
Now a huge debate between me and my friends is; waffles or pancakes? I think I’m team waffle almost every time. Although, I made these Coconut Cream Pancakes recently and they were so amazing they had me thinking I might switch teams. What about you? Waffles or pancakes?
I have a little secret, this recipe is the same as the pancake recipe. It’s just made into waffles with added chocolate chips. Shhh, don’t tell. 😉 I just happened to realize that there’s an apparent gap for recipes focused on using coconut cream. Did you know that you can use the same batter for both? I thought that was common knowledge until I blew someone’s mind the other day.
What’s the Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream?
You might be wondering what the difference between coconut cream and coconut milk is. Well, essentially it’s like cow’s milk and cow’s cream. Same idea, the cream is just the fattier part of the coconut milk that separates from the coconut water. You can buy just coconut cream from places like Trader Joe’s or Amazon, but if you want to just use a can of regular full-fat coconut milk you can. Here’s how. Stick the can in the fridge (or freezer if you’re in a hurry) then once it’s cold you’ll see that there’s a separation from the coconut water and the coconut cream which will float to the top. If you’re making a recipe that requires more than about 1/2 cup coconut cream you’ll probably need more than one can of coconut milk.
Making Coconut Cream Waffles.
Ok, let’s get to the part you’re here for, making these delicious waffles. I used a mini waffle maker, first because it’s freaking adorable, but also it’s the only waffle maker I have at the moment. You can get it HERE. Otherwise you can use a larger waffle maker. You’ll just get fewer big ones. Okay, then you’ll need some good quality chocolate chips. You can order those too. I love Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or HU Chocolate Bars if you prefer cutting chocolate bars into chunks like I sometimes do. These waffles are so easy and they are kid-approved by my niece and nephew. Please let me know what you think if you try these!
Let’s Make Some Waffles!
Coconut Cream Chocolate Chip Waffles (Vegan)
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day so let's not make it boring.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup coconut cream *see note
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 dairy free chocolate chips
- vegan "butter"
- maple syrup
- fresh berries
- powdered sugar
- additional chocolate chips
Whisk almond milk and vinegar in a large mixing bowl and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift together the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Now add the coconut cream and vanilla to the almond milk and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until just smooth. (If the batter seems too thick or too thin you can adjust it with a small amount of almond milk or flour). Last mix in the chocolate chips.
Heat a waffle iron and spray lightly with cooking spray if the non-stick surface isn't very good. Scoop the amount of batter recommended by the waffle iron you're using. Cook waffles to your desired level of crispiness. I love crispy waffles but you can definitely make them soft. Also, be sure not to open the iron too soon or you'll rip the waffle.
Serve with additional chocolate chips and whatever toppings you like!
If you have trouble finding coconut cream at your local grocery store it's completely fine to use full-fat coconut milk and scrape the cream off of the top. Just be sure that it's cold enough to separate.
Depending on the size of waffle iron this recipe will make about 7 large waffles or 12 miniature ones like the ones in the photos. You can get the Mini Waffle Maker here.