Vegan Norwegian Waffles

Delicious Norwegian waffles flavoured with cardamom & vanilla, and free from eggs & dairy. These vegan waffles are a delicious breakfast or afternoon treat.

Nordic holiday

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.

Views of Tromsø.

Afternoon treats

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.

vegan Norwegian waffles with yogurt and strawberry jam.

Special recipe

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!

vegan Norwegian waffles with yogurt and strawberry jam.


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!

vegan Norwegian waffles with yogurt and strawberry jam.

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.

vegan Norwegian waffles with yogurt and strawberry jam.

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!

Delicious Norwegian waffles flavoured with cardamom & vanilla, and free from eggs & dairy. These vegan waffles are a delicious breakfast or afternoon treat.

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vegan Norwegian waffles with yogurt and strawberry jam.
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Vegan Norwegian Waffles

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine European, Norwegian, Vegan
Keyword vegan, waffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 370kcal
Author Helen


  • 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.


Approx. per serving: 370 calories, 6g protein, 19g fat, 44g carbs

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

vegan Norwegian waffles with yogurt and strawberry jam.

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  1. These sound fantastic Helen and what a great holiday too. We’ve been cutting our dairy intake more and more these days so your veganised recipe will be great to try! With half term around the corner, I can’t wait to try them with the kids.

  2. Norway is on my travel bucket list. Your photos look stunning – so I’m moving it up the list for a must visit soon! The waffles look and sound amazing too; I love that they are vegan as well. Thank you for sharing #CookBlogShare

  3. Thank you for doing all the work to make these vegan. They are so good! So glad you got the opportunity to travel to Norway. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

  4. Norway looks beautiful! It’s definitely one of those places I want to get to. Love the sound of these waffles – especially with the cardamom.

  5. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    Waffles are one of my favourite breakfasts and these look great! Will be making these for the whole family soon.

  6. 5 stars
    Oh I loved Norway – your pics take me back to when I skied in Trysil ❤ Love that these waffles are heart shaped – so much nicer then square – and I imagine the coconut “dairy” gives them a great flavour!

  7. These were absolutely delicious! My whole family enjoyed and I will definitely by making these again!

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