Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Waffles with Vegan Cream Cheese Icing

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |

I’m perpetually on a mission to de-clutter and pare down our belongings to only what we actually need and use. The other week I tackled our bathroom cabinets. The thing about having more space and more storage compared to our last apartment is that it’s easy to let things fill the space. Hanging on to old bottles of nail polish I never wear (I used to have a slight nail polish obsession, which I blame on working next to a Sephora…very bad for my bank account), almost-empty bottles of lotion, and make-up that’s no longer my nearly bare-faced style. That task was easy and it didn’t really pain me to ditch any of those things for the joy that I get from clean, organized shelves.

Feeling braver, I got to work on sorting through my clothes. I believe the general rule is that if you haven’t worn something in a year, it’s time to donate it. As someone who used to also work next to an Anthropologie (really terrible for my bank account), I still have pieces I love but don’t wear. Because I work from home with a lot of time spent making a mess in the kitchen, and my co-workers are of the furry/shedding variety, it just doesn’t make sense for me to wear those pretty, flowy, dry-clean-only blouses. And forget the heels. Those are most definitely not happening. I put on a pair the other week (to go nowhere, might I add) and Aaron actually laughed because he found it so out of character. Slowly but surely though, I’m parting with the clothes I still like but don’t wear. I know they’re just things, but they do require a sort of acknowledgement that I’m no longer the girl who works in a big building in the city, spending her lunch breaks shopping at Sephora and Anthropologie and buying zero-calorie spray butter ← I found an old grocery list while going through my coat pockets and I shocked even myself. It was extra heavy on the chemicals.

The area of the house I have the most trouble simplifying, however, is our kitchen. Do I keep the bulky ice cream maker even though I only use it a few times a year? How about the pricier 9-tray dehydrator that I lusted over for years only to mostly let it collect dust?

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |

One appliance I re-discovered while looking through the cabinets is our waffle iron. This was also a purchase we put off for a while, mostly because I couldn’t find one with decent reviews. We ended up buying one of the cheapest models and thankfully, it’s served us well. The problem is that at least in our house, pancakes usually get center stage.

I’m on a mission to change that, starting with these surprisingly easy vegan red velvet waffles with cream cheese icing. Or, dessert for breakfast.

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |

I adapted my most favorite vegan pancake recipe (gluten-free option!) that I’ve regularly been making for years. Because it’s so basic (and almost as fast as opening a box of pancake mix), I find that it lends itself well to a bit of jazzing up. This was my first red velvet baking experience and though I felt confident I could pin down a vegan version, I put a small challenge on myself to do so sans red food coloring. Instead, I decided to go with fresh beet juice, and you know what? The color is perfect! There’s zero beet flavor in these waffles.

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |

I also kinda sorta live for cream cheese frosting, so making a pourable vegan cream cheese icing was a no brainer. This one is super simple and what makes it special is the addition of fresh lemon juice. I just love the brightness it adds.

Top it all off with some chopped dark chocolate and this is one breakfast or brunch you won’t soon forget.

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |

I guess the waffle iron can stay.

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing |


Red Velvet Waffles with Vegan Cream Cheese Icing

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Waffles with Vegan Cream Cheese Icing


Serves: 3-4 waffles

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Easy vegan red velvet waffles with a simple non-dairy cream cheese icing. Top with some chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate chips) for a breakfast or brunch you won't soon forget!

Vegan Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Waffles with Vegan Cream Cheese Icing



For the waffles:

  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax seeds, freshly ground + 3 tablespoons warm water)
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons beet juice (or [url:1]natural vegan food dye[/url])
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the waffle iron
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 2-4 tablespoons sifted vegan powdered sugar, depending on your sweetness preference
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon non-dairy milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For topping:

  • chopped vegan dark chocolate

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 3-4 waffles

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total Time: 30 mins

Easy vegan red velvet waffles with a simple non-dairy cream cheese icing. Top with some chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate chips) for a breakfast or brunch you won't soon forget!


  • Combine the ground flax and warm water and set it aside for 3-5 minutes to thicken.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the spelt flour, cacao powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • Pour in the non-dairy milk, maple syrup, beet juice, coconut oil, vanilla, and flax mixture. Stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Cook in your waffle iron according to your machine's instructions (about 7 minutes for my iron), making sure to brush the waffle iron with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  • To make the icing, whisk together the icing ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve the waffles drizzled with icing and a small handful of chopped dark chocolate.

Notes [1]

I find that grinding your own flax seeds just prior to using them makes all the difference. Pre-ground flax meal doesn’t gel up anywhere near as well, and thus it’s binding ability is inferior. It’s worth taking the extra minute to grind your own flax seeds.

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  1. Ah, I remember when I found our old waffle iron buried in a bottom cabinet! Changed my life 😉 But I got a new awesome Belgium waffle maker from Hamilton Beach for Christmas this year and am in love! They always come out so perfect!

    1. Amanda says

      That’s a fun discovery! And a fun christmas gift!

  2. i know exactly what you mean by that clean, organized feeling. I have been better about my closet recently but spice cabinet, pantry is another story. It has gone so bad that i dont even want to deal with it. These waffles look amazing!!!

    1. Amanda says

      My spice cabinet (er, drawer) is sort of a disaster too. I can’t ever find anything. One project at a time… 🙂

  3. Kait says

    DAAAAAAMN! These are making me wish I had a waffle iron. Although, when I lived with a friend who had one I told myself that would be my litmus test. I used it once in 2 months and we could barely scrape the waffle out of the damn thing. So…I guess a waffle maker isn’t for me right now! I also hate that they’re all non-stick. I mean I GET it but I don’t like Teflon thank-you-very-much (please correct me if I’m wrong here).

    As for clothes – I feel you girlfriend! I still have two pairs of dress slacks in my closet that I know I need to get rid of for so many reasons: my style has changed, my shape has changed, even if I returned to a “regular” job I wouldn’t need slacks per se, and I’m most likely never going to wear them ever again. But its still hard, in part because finding slacks that fit me well and don’t need to be hemmed is damn near impossible (except for Kohl’s where 99.9% of my clothes come from because I can’t find anywhere else where the clothes consistently fit me well). Most of the time I just have to DO IT and fold (read: stuff) the clothes into bags, toss them in the loft, and forget about it until our next trip to CT when we can easily drop stuff at a Goodwill. Every now and then I realize I do want something and I will scramble up to retrieve it but most of the time no.

    Now all that being said, I am 100% open to hand me downs and am oh-so-humbly offering myself for receipt of your old Anthro dresses. But seriously – if I lived closer I would be there in a frickin’ heartbeat…so fast it would scare you probably because there’s mountains of snow and I have little legs and you would just be left wondering how I did it (answer: I routinely defy the laws of physics, like when I take up the entire queen bed despite being 4’11).

    Now for the helpful part of this comment (seriously: when am I going to heed my own advice to NOT leave late-night, half-asleep comments?!): have you heard of Un-Fancy? Its a fabulous minimalist site that I’m really kind of loving. I do want to find a similar one written by someone who lives in a four-seasons climate for obvious reasons…


    1. Amanda says

      I just adore your half-asleep comments. You crack me up! <3 Re the Anthro stuff: I just figure someone shopping at Goodwill will have a good day. I also have some more designer-y pieces that I may take to a consignment shop (most are not vegan-friendly and I'm phasing that stuff out), but I've never done that and I have no idea whether it's worth the effort. Any idea?

      Someone else shared Un-Fancy with me recently. I need to take the time to look through it!

      1. Kait says

        I LOVE CONSIGNMENT SHOPS! In fact, the reason I bring clothes I’m getting rid of to CT is so my mom can sort them into good will vs consignment shop.

        I grew up consigning, both shopping and selling, and absolutely love them. The ones in the city are pricey and tend to focus on designer stuff unlike the ones I grew up with (although you certainly COULD find that if you went to the right location). You probably could do your Anthro stuff there as well.

        Make sure to ask about their payment policy. Some stores pay upfront for pieces, others split the profits 60/40 or 70/30 once the item sells. However after 30 days many places will cut the price in half and after 60 days will donate it. So you either want to get paid up front or be ready to “watch” the clothing and pull it off the rack. You can always bring it back to try and sell again. Oh and a lot of them are seasonal as well so you may have to wait depending on the clothing. This is of course my experience with them and may be different for higher end consignment shops so just ask lots of questions. And email me if you want more info!

        Un-fancy is really cool but I don’t find it tremendously practical for me as 1) her body shape is drastically different from mine so I can’t really take style inspiration from her clothes and 2) she lives in Texas so its easier to roll pieces over to her new capsule. I’m trying to cut back on my winter vs summer wardrobe and find ways to use different pieces all year long. But its still a good stress-relieving read.

  4. deb says

    my daughter would love these but i know she won’t try them unless i know the calories, fat, sugar and carbs…do you have that breakdown? thanks…i , on the other hand, will be digging my waffle iron back out!

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, dig out that waffle iron! As far as the nutritional info, I don’t have a breakdown, but you can probably find a free calorie counter tool online.

  5. These look super lovely! I think the beet juice does a fantastic job at creating the redness of the waffles. Sometimes I see that anything with beet juice can look a bit purple! Stunning!


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