Make Light and Crispy Waffles Without Milk

If you are anything like us, then you love the smell of freshly cooked waffles and pancakes.

Having waffles for breakfast, no matter what the age can seem like a total treat, and you are probably dying to know how to make these at home for yourself!

Culinary experts believe that waffles can be traced as far back as Ancient Greece. In that era, chefs used metal plates that were attached to wooden handles. The chefs used these metal plats to roast flat cakes that they called obelios.

They weren’t sweet as today’s waffles are, but they were no doubt delicious. In Medieval Europe, there are similar cakes found. However, the European cakes were made from water and grain flower. Over time, home cooks started adding other ingredients to their “waffles,” including honey, cream, spices, and butter. The cakes were made fluffier with leavening agents.Luckily, we have the answer for you. With this handy guide, you can make delicious, soft and fluffy waffles on the inside, and crispy and crunchy waffles on the outside in just a matter of minutes.

Never again will you have to wonder desperately what to have for breakfast, when you can whip up the most perfect waffles in a snap!

Waffles have long been a beloved breakfast treat, known for their crispy exterior and soft, fluffy interior. Typically, waffles are made using a mixture of flour, eggs, sugar, and milk. However, there are instances when one might want to prepare a delicious, satisfying waffle without using milk. This could be due to dietary restrictions, lactose intolerance, or simply a lack of milk in the pantry.

In recent years, there has been a rise in interest for milk-free recipes, and waffles are no exception. With a variety of potential milk substitutes and alternative ingredients available, creating delicious waffles without milk is not only possible, but also uncomplicated and enjoyable. This article will explore various methods, ingredients, and tips for making waffles that cater to those seeking a milk-free option, without compromising taste and texture.

How Do You Substitute Milk in Waffles?

The good news is that you do not actually have to use milk in your homemade waffles. You may be surprised to hear that using just a little bit of water will work just fine!

This is not only super handy if you are out of milk, but also dairy free for those with special dietary requirements! This is a wonderful waffle recipe without milk. With a few basic substitutions it can also be a vegan waffle recipe since it produces a dairy free waffle mix. Give it a try. It’s an easy waffle mix.With our recipe, you will already be using a lot of butter, so going without the milk will not reduce the fat content much, and will ensure that you get that nice, fluffy texture from the waffles.

However, if you want to go dairy free, then you can use coconut oil instead of butter, which is perfect for a vegan lifestyle. Never again will you have to go without a serving of your favorite breakfast staple. With our handy guide, you can make light and crispy waffles by substituting water for the milk.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Light and Crispy Waffles

If you want to make the perfect light and crispy waffles just like mommy used to make them, then you will need to know a few of our tips and tricks first.

We always recommend that you preheat your waffle maker or oven before using, as this really makes the difference between a crispy waffle, and a soft, squishy waffle. If you love those fluffy waffles with crispy, crunchy edges, then preheating the waffle iron to as hot as possible is essential!

In addition, without preheating your waffle iron, it will take you twice as long to finally cook the waffles, by which time you and your guests will be starving themselves, waiting for their delicious helping of waffles for breakfast! Therefore, we recommend that you preheat the waffle iron first before you do anything else, if you want perfectly crispy waffles. Then, once you have left your waffle iron to preheat, then you can get to rustling up the waffle batter. To do this, you are going to want to heat up your waffle maker on a medium high heat, and leave it to warm up. Whilst it is warming, start beating up the eggs, butter and sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Throw in a little bit of vanilla extract for flavor, and mix the batter up. With a light, fluffy and airy mixture, you can add the flour and baking soda, with a little bit of water to smoothen it all out. Whisk away until it is just right, and then throw ½ a cup of batter into each section of the waffle iron and press down the lid. The best tip that we can give you if you are making multiple servings, is to keep the waffles warm whilst you are making more. This is best done in a warm oven, so that you can serve up everyone’s waffles warm at the same time!

How to Serve Waffles

The great thing about waffles is that you can have them anyway that you like. One of the best things about waffles is that you can top them with fruit, syrups, sauces, chocolate chips, peanut butter, whipped cream, bacon…you name it! The choice is yours entirely.We recommend serving up your waffles with a few fresh berries, or making your own homemade berry sauce.

To do this, all you need to do is mash up some berries, and add a little sugar, with a tiny bit of water, in a saucepan. Heat the pan lightly until the berries are tender, soft and you have created a sauce. Add your homemade berry sauce to the top of your waffles, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream for a delicious, sweet treat that all can enjoy!

Alternatively, you can serve your waffles with a slice or two of streaky bacon, and a large helping of maple syrup!

Best Waffle Iron

When making waffles at home, one of the most important parts of the process is the waffle iron, without which, we would not be able to create the perfect golden, light and crispy waffles.

However, whichever waffle iron is the best depends entirely on your personal preference. Some people prefer heart shaped waffles, or square waffles, whereas others prefer fun shapes such as Mickey Mouse waffles like the ones served at Disneyland. We prefer to use the Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker Iron, as you can make up to four waffles at a time, with a good sized serving:

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Maker Waffle Iron

Cuisinart Maker Waffle-Iron, Double, Stainless Steel

Whichever waffle iron you have, just be careful when pouring in the batter, as some traditional waffle irons have smaller moulds, and can only use ¼ of a cup of batter at a time.

With your waffle iron at the ready, you can start to think about serving up some delicious, crispy waffles.

How to Make Waffles Without Milk

If you want to make the perfect waffles without milk for yourself, then look no further! With our step by step guide of how to make the best waffles, you can become a pro waffle maker in just a few minutes.The first thing you will need to do is gather all the ingredients. For this recipe to work, you will need 2 large eggs, 1 ¾ cups of all purpose flour, 2 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 ½ cups of water, and 6 tbsp of melted and cooled butter. With all of your ingredients ready to go, you can then grab a large mixing bowl, and whisk together some of the butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until the mixture becomes smooth.Once this is done, you will need to add in the flour and the baking powder, and pour in the water. Then, you can stir the mixture once more until you yet again achieve a smooth texture. With the waffle batter ready, you will then need to preheat your waffle iron. Next, pour ½ a cup of the waffle batter into the waffle iron, and close the lid. Leave the waffles to cook according to the specific manufacturer instructions for your waffle iron. When ready, serve up your waffles with a few of your favorite toppings and enjoy them warm!

Light And Crispy Waffles Without Milk

Make the perfect light and crispy waffles without any milk!
4.88 from 33 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 waffles
Calories 538 kcal


  • 6 tbsp melted and cooled butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1⅛ cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup of water
  • Optional: fresh berries, sauce, melted chocolate, peanut butter, sugar for toppings


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract, and mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Then, add the flour and baking powder and mix.
  • Next, pour in the water, and stir until the mixture is once again smooth.
  • Then, preheat the waffle iron, and pour ½ cup of the batter onto the waffle iron.
  • Close your waffle iron and cook in reference to the specific manufacturer instructions.
  • Serve up waffles warm with optional toppings.


Serving: 2wafflesCalories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 12gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 733mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15g
Keyword Crispy Waffles, Crispy Waffles Without Milk, Light And Crispy Waffles, Light And Crispy Waffles Without Milk
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