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Light And Crispy Waffles Without Milk

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Let us talk about breakfast… For people with dairy and nut allergies, breakfast may be the most challenging part of the day.

While the majority of us can enjoy delicious and warm waffles, people who have lactose intolerance may not even think about it. Of course, there are waffle recipes with nut-based milk, but what if someone also has a nut allergy?

Is it possible to make the waffles without any milk or nut milk? What will they taste like? Will they be fluffy, crispy or just a mess from a waffle iron? 

I have made few recipes, done some experimenting, and finally made the best waffle recipe without any milk. 

This recipe for homemade waffles is super easy. The final waffles are crispy, with a light and fluffy center.

They pair amazingly with any kind of topping – fresh berries, melted chocolate, or some peanut butter on top. 

What Can You Substitute For Milk In Waffles?

To make this recipe dairy-free, I used plain water. Although it may seem like a bad option, water will work just fine.

If you take a look at the other ingredients, you do not have to worry at all. The butter will compensate for the lack of milk, but if you want waffles without butter, you can use coconut oil.

This way, you will have zero dairy products in your waffles. Good old plain water is all you need for this recipe and believe me, it will turn out perfect.

Tips For The Perfect Crispy Waffle

Preheat your waffle iron – to ensure you have good and quality waffles, with crispy edges, the hot iron is a must.

You cannot work with a barely hot waffle iron because the waffles will take longer to cook and you may even compromise the final texture.

I would recommend that you start with medium-high heat because this is the ideal temperature. Higher temperatures may burn your waffles, so always stay on the safe side. 

While the iron is heating, you can start making your waffle batter. Beat your eggs and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla too. The fluffier they get while you mix the batter, the better the waffles will be.

Once you have a fluffy mix, add flour and baking soda. It is best to sift them, as it will ensure they will be mixed evenly.

Finally, add water and stir until you have a smooth batter. You can do this with a whisk or with a hand mixer, dough hooks attached.

Once the batter is made, use ½ cup of the batter per waffle, and spread it over your waffle iron. Fill each section and close the lid.

Do not give in to the temptation of opening the iron to check the waffles. Just let the waffle iron do its trick. Keep the waffles warm afterward. I like to keep mine in a heated oven. 

The Best Way To Serve Waffles

You can serve the waffles with anything you like. I am a big fan of fresh berries or berry sauce. You can mash some of the berries and combine with sugar and 1-2 tbsp water in a sauce pot.

Cook until the berries are tender. This is a fresh berry sauce that works amazingly every time.

Another great option is melted chocolate, or simple peanut butter and banana slices. 

What Is The Best Waffle Iron?

Generally, there are no rules. I tend to make mine in a heart-shaped waffle iron like this one (yes, I am a sucker for hearts), but you can also use a Belgian waffle maker, or even a bubble waffle maker.

My waffles have smaller holes, while the Belgian waffles have larger ones. This makes them ideal to be served with different fruit sauces as it will not just slide over them, but actually stay in those cavities.

Any kind of waffle iron will work, and just watch out for the size, as some waffle irons cannot take more than ¼ cup of the batter. 

How To Make Waffles Without Milk

Step 1

Gather your ingredients.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth.

Step 2

Add flour and baking powder.

Pour in the water and stir until you have a smooth mixture. 

Step 3

Preheat your waffle iron. 

Pour ½ cup of the batter onto the waffle iron. Close the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Serve waffles warm.

Waffles Without Milk

Waffles Without Milk

Yield: 8 waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Waffles without milk make for a crispy and delicious breakfast!


  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 6 tbsp melted and cooled butter (or desired oil)
  • Fresh berries, berry sauce, melted chocolate, banana slices, peanut butter, optional for serving


  1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add flour and baking powder.
  3. Pour in the water and stir until you have a smooth mixture. 
  4. Preheat your waffle iron. 
  5. Pour ½ cup of the batter onto the waffle iron. Close the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer's directions.
  6. Serve waffles warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 waffles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 733mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 12g

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One Comment

  1. I had promised to make my kids waffles but I had no milk. Thankfully, I came across this recipe! I’ve now make it 3 times and I love how simple it is to make. I would highly recommend trying it out 🙂

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