Can vegans eat waffles? We tackle the question below by looking at a bunch of different waffle varieties including frozen, packaged, and restaurant waffles...
Here's everything you need to know..
Can Vegans Eat Waffles?
Yes, vegans can eat them, but only certain kinds of waffles.
In general, whether you get waffles at a restaurant or in a box as mix, you should not expect them to be always be animal product-free, and definitely not if they're listed on a restaurant menu without being advertised as vegan.
Let us explain...
Are Restaurant Waffles Vegan?
Eggs and milk are basic components of the average waffle recipe, which is why you shouldn't order waffles at a restaurant before asking if a vegan option exists.
A prime example is Waffle House. The restaurant chain uses a standardized non-vegan recipe that doesn't say it isn't vegan on the menu, but it's assumed that the consumer knows beforehand.
Read about it here: Are Waffle House Waffles Vegan?
The same goes for any restaurant whipping up waffles.
Are Frozen Waffles Vegan?
The short answer is that it depends.
There are plenty of frozen waffles that are vegan which you can find on our list here.
But there are also many types of frozen waffles that aren't vegan. You need to check the ingredient statement for eggs along with dairy products like non-fat dried milk and whey.
We've covered some of the most popular brands in the following related articles...
Are Packaged Waffles Vegan?
So what about packaged types of waffles? The answer is usually NO -- at least when it comes to the non-frozen kind.
Let's take this European pre-packaged waffle by Unique Belgique for example...
Ingredients: Unbleached, Unbromated Wheat Flour, Pearl Sugar (Non-Gmo Beet), Non-Hydrogenated Margarine (Palm Oil, Non -Gmo Canola Oil, Water, Non- Iodized Salt, Mono And Diglycerides, Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene), Cage-Free Eggs, Water, Invert Sugar, Yeast, Non-Gmo Soy Flour, Non-Iodized Salt
Notice the eggs. You'll find eggs, milk and/or butter in many different kinds of packaged waffles. So it's important to always double check the ingredients.
Now, you can buy vegan waffle mixes. They won't be Belgian-style, but when you taste them, you won't care. They are waffles, after all!
See Also: Vegan Pancake & Waffle Mix Brands
We hope that clears everything up about waffles!
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