Chai-Spiced Dairy Free Waffles

These dairy free waffles are fluffy and scented with chai spices! Made with almond milk and coconut oil, they’re a delicious dairy free breakfast option.

Dairy Free waffles

“The more you love your art/calling/enterprise…the more you will fear it and the more resistance you will experience facing it.” Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

My current read is the most quotable of books; the words ring like a gong of truth into my life, and perhaps into yours too. Your creative work, your business or non-profit idea, your dream to write a novel or a screenplay or a symphony, to start writing poetry again, to start a blog or website: with that idea comes fear. Fear that it won’t work out, you’ll be laughed at, that you won’t be good enough. Keep reading for more on fear and how these chai spiced dairy free waffles relate.

Dairy free waffles with berry compote

Creativity and fear

We’ve been taking some creative risks lately, and man — resistance is right there with us. It might look easy from the outside. But each recipe and photograph is an effort as Alex and I learn the dance of holding light-bouncing boards and spoons and napkins, like with these chai dairy free waffles. And our A Couple Cooks podcast — it’s both a joy and huge risk, as we try our hand at a new skill sets like interviewing (without um’s) and editing audio instead of photographs. Over the years it’s gotten easier and easier to press Publish on our work, but after almost 6 years it still gives my stomach butterflies.

But we keep pressing on because, well — we truly, deeply, sincerely love it. It makes us feel alive. And knowing that you make some of the recipes we post here and that they add nourishment to your life — that matters to us. A lot. Because our dream is that through our photographs and story telling, more and more people might come to know the joy of cooking and be inspired to advocate for sustainable ways of eating and the right to nourishing food for all people.

In last week’s post we talked about dreams and loved hearing what is on your hearts. This week, we’d love to know both about your dreams and your fears. Is fear holding you back from the creative dream that is in your heart? Did you grow up practicing a creative outlet but it’s fallen to the wayside now that you’re in the “working world”? Do you find resistance when you take steps toward the thing that makes you feel alive? Do you fear the judgement of others on your work — does it paralyze you from sharing that photograph, that essay or that poem? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dairy free waffles

How to make dairy free waffles

This recipe was a happy accident, a challenge to create a recipe with almond milk. We ended up with dairy free waffles, made a bit of whole wheat flour for a healthy spin. What makes them dairy free? Using almond milk instead of traditional milk is an easy swap and makes for perfectly fluffy waffles! And instead of butter, we’ve used coconut oil: if you’d like, you could substitute any neutral oil in place of coconut oil.

And now the best part of these dairy free waffles: the flavor from the chai spices! Lately we’ve been experimenting with adding chai flavor by making things like chai spiced cookies and chai spiced jam, and it’s incredibly good! The key to the chai flavor is cardamom, so make sure to find some ground cardamom if you can!)

For the topping on these dairy free waffles, we used frozen berries to whip up a delicious berry compote, tangy and sweet with maple syrup. It made for both some shocking pink kitchen stains and a delicious topping.

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Dairy free waffles
Dairy free waffles

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Chai Dairy Free Waffles & Berry Compote


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

These dairy free waffles are fluffy and scented with chai spices! Made with almond milk and coconut oil, they’re a delicious dairy free breakfast option.


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Ingredients

For the berry compote

  • 1 pound frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the dairy free waffles

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk (we used Califia Farms)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Make the compote: Place frozen berries and maple syrup in a skillet over medium heat. Stir for several minutes until fruit is thawed. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water, then pour into the skillet and heat until the sauce is thickened. Add additional cornstarch mixed with water for a thicker sauce, if desired.
  2. Heat waffle iron on high heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, spices, and salt; mix to combine.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt coconut oil. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then add milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; do not overmix.
  6. Pour the batter into the heated waffle iron and cook the waffles until golden brown. Remove the cooked waffles and place on a baking sheet without stacking. Make to order or place in a 300F oven to keep warm.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Griddle
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Dairy Free Waffles, Chai Spices, Chai Waffles, Chai Spiced, Breakfast Recipes, Brunch Recipes, Waffle Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

25 Comments

  • Reply
    Traci
    March 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Califia almond milk is my favorite! And so are all things chai-flavored. The berry compote looks delicious as well, but I would never put berries with something chai flavored, personally. I know it’s done frequently but I would make and enjoy these things separately. The waffles would be delicious with a simple sprinkle of cinnamon and honey, something like that. Saving the recipes, either way!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Haha, glad they pass the test for you as separate components :) We’ll have to try them with a simpler flavor pairing like honey and cinnamon too :)

  • Reply
    Tori
    March 7, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Yes please! You completely had me at chai!

  • Reply
    Katrina
    March 7, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Chai waffles?! Amazing!! Such an awesome flavour!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    March 7, 2016 at 11:48 am

    *Love* this post and that quote. You’re turning fear and resistance on its head, making an argument that they’re not only natural to have but essential for showing us we’re on the right path. Powerful stuff.

    And I was thinking of making waffles this coming weekend – these chai spices are calling out to me!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you, Katie! The War of Art has given me a nice reminder that that nagging fear is actually a good thing. Hope your waffles were fantastic!

  • Reply
    Kari
    March 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    You had me at chai waffles, but that berry compote looks delicious too!!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Reply
    Erica
    March 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Yay cardamom!! And seriously Sonja, every post you tug at my heartstrings a little – I’m in the process of finding the balance between what my future work-life in the next couple of years and my baking hobby. And that little bit about doubts and fears – Andrew literally JUST reminded me last night that it’s important to remember that these decisions about the future, I’m making them for ME and not anyone else :) So nice to read your words per usual <3 <3

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Cardamom is the best! And, I’m glad this subject hit home! I’d love to more about these future decisions and living in the face of fear…it’s hard to know which way to turn, but many times the scariest path is the one with the strongest call. Sending warm thoughts!

  • Reply
    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    March 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Could these waffles be any more perfect? Definelty not! I love the chai flavors with the beautiful berry compote! Simple perfection!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you kindly, Bethany! Waffles had never been our “thing” but seeing as we just used our waffle maker 4 times in 2 weeks, I think it’s a good investment :)

  • Reply
    gina
    March 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    ugh fear! a big one: that what I do won’t be/isn’t original enough and will be chucked into the “it’s been done before” pile.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Yes, every day, yes! That’s a definite pitfall in our space — there’s literally no recipe that’s truly unique, which can feel very daunting. We’ve had to learn that even if our most original of ideas has been conceived somewhere, sometime, our voice and perspective are still a unique and valid part of the fabric. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves :) So, you are original, even if it has been done before!

  • Reply
    Mitch
    March 9, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Chai waffles? This is my first hearing. Sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    Samantha
    March 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Perfect for a Sunday breakfast :))) Easy and tasty

  • Reply
    Kaya
    March 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Chai just means tea

  • Reply
    C. Tibbs
    March 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Made these this morning and they were a hit! Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      So glad that the worked for you — that is fantastic! Thank you for letting us know!

  • Reply
    Hannah Hossack-Lodge (Domestic Gothess)
    March 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Man I really need to get a waffle maker… these look amazing and I love the chai flavouring, this is my ideal breakfast :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      We have used our waffle maker so many times since we got it a few weeks ago, I don’t know how we lived without it :) So yes, you need one!

  • Reply
    Kristi
    March 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Your waffles are definitely a must make over the weekend. I love that you’ve used cardamom!

  • Reply
    Libby
    March 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    YUMMM. I definitely will be making this.

  • Reply
    Jen B
    April 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I might just try these this weekend!

  • Reply
    Sierra Shear
    April 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

    So easy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Jessica Flory
    September 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Oh man. These were SO GOOD!! The chair flavor was delicious and the waffles were perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Instead of all-purpose flour I used oat flour to keep things whole grain. Delicious!

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