Delicious Norwegian waffles flavoured with cardamom & vanilla, and free from eggs & dairy. These vegan waffles are a delicious breakfast or afternoon treat.
If you follow along on Facebook you might remember that we had a family holiday in Northern Norway last December, including the beginning of Chanukah. It was a fabulous trip. The Arctic scenery is truly breathtaking – snowy mountains, fjords, forests and wilderness. We stayed in Tromsø, which is a small, friendly city. Between fascinating museums and exploring the great outdoors we were able to spend some quality family time and recharge our collective batteries.
Our accommodation was right by the fjord, with beautiful views across the water to the mainland. As well as providing breakfast and dinner, we were also treated to fika every afternoon. Fika originates in Sweden and is basically coffee and sweet treats – in our case delicious freshly made Norwegian waffles. Flavoured with cardamom and vanilla, Norwegian waffles smell heavenly as they cook, and taste sublime topped with the classic accompaniments of cinnamon sugar, soured cream and strawberry jam.
Norwegian waffles are made with a special batter that includes milk, melted butter, and soured cream. They are very dairy-heavy. Unfortunately my tummy is not a big fan of lots of dairy, so after the second day I had to sit back and simply watch DH and our daughter Kipper enjoy their daily Norwegian waffles. And plan how to make some dairy-free ones when we got home of course!
Creating a vegan Norwegian waffle recipe involved substituting a number of ingredients for their plant-based counterparts. The soured cream was the hardest but I found that using a tangy plant-based yogurt gave an excellent result. I used live coconut yogurt but you could use soya too. I dolloped some more on the top of the cooked waffle for the full effect!
We ❤️ waffles
My final problem was that Norwegian waffles have a very particular and traditional shape. We have a waffle maker but it makes thick Belgian style waffles, not the thinner, heart-shaped Norwegian waffles.
Luckily for me, my friend’s Mum is Norwegian and was able to loan me a suitable waffle maker! To be thorough, and prepared for when I have to return the loan, I also cooked some of the batter in our standard waffle maker. They were delicious both ways although they may not look quite as authentic in a non-Norwegian waffle maker.
These vegan Norwegian waffles will be an indulgent breakfast or afternoon Fika treat for us to enjoy. And a lovely reminder of our wonderful holiday!
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Vegan Norwegian Waffles
- 125 g plain flour (1 cup)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 cardamom pods
- 200 ml plant based milk - I used oat (scant 1 cup)
- 100 ml plant based yogurt - I used coconut (approx. ½ cup)
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil + extra to oil the waffle iron
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Strawberry jam, plant-based yogurt and cinnamon sugar, to serve
- In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and sugar. Gently crush the cardamom pods to break them open, then remove the seeds and discard the husks. Grind the seeds using a mortar and pestle, and add the ground cardamom to the flour mix.
- Whisk together the milk, yogurt, oil and vanilla, then add to the dry ingredients. Whisk very thoroughly to give a smooth, thick batter. Set aside to stand for a few minutes while you heat the waffle maker.
- Heat the waffle maker on a fairly high setting (if you have settings). Brush the waffle irons liberally with oil to prevent the waffles from sticking.
- Pour about ⅓ of the batter into the waffle maker and close the lid. Cooking time will depend on your particular machine but should be in the region of 4-6 minutes. The waffles are done when they are golden brown and lift easily out of the waffle iron.
- Repeat with the remaining batter to make two more waffles.
- Serve the waffles warm, topped with yogurt and strawberry jam, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
Some notes on waffle makers
Waffle makers are quite variable, so you may find that this amount of batter makes slightly more or slightly less than three Norwegian waffles. You will know how much batter your own machine uses, so please use the amount in the recipe as a guide only.
Similarly, some waffle makers have adjustable heat settings, some don’t, and there is no ‘standard’. The machine I used took about four minutes to cook one of these Norwegian waffles, but other machines will be faster or slower than this. Experiment until you find the setting and time that works for your machine.
More Fika ideas…
Some other delicious afternoon (or breakfast!) treats to enjoy include easy-peasy 5-ingredient waffles, sugar-free muffins with granola topping, squidgy date & coconut flapjacks, and bircher muesli with berries and nuts.
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