Banana-Chai Buttermilk Waffles with Cocoa-Coconut Butter

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Phew, okay.  It’s Monday morning and in my household, waffles help ease the sting of the first day of the week.  I pop frozen homemade waffles in the toaster oven and for the time it takes us to consume them, it’s Sunday morning redux.  Especially if they are chai-infused waffles.  (Yep, chai again.)  If you didn’t know by now, I just adore the complex and rich warm flavors that are “chai.”  This time I’ve created a waffle around the flavors of cinnamon, anise, cardamom, cloves, a tiny smidge of black pepper all complemented with roasty banana flavor.  And then I topped the waffles with homemade cocoa-coconut butter, but the usual waffle-toppings would work just dandy, too.

You can find the recipe for decadently delicious Cocoa-Coconut Butter here.

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Banana-Chai Buttermilk Waffles with Cocoa-Coconut Butter

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  • Author: Annie
  • Yield: 4 1x


Vegan buttermilk waffles with the warm flavors of cinnamon, anise, cardamom, cloves, a tiny smidge of black pepper and roast-y banana flavor. Top with cocoa-coconut butter for extra morning decadence.


  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (I used regular oats and processed them in a food processor)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (I used the meal left over from making almond milk, dried and processed in food processor)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered stevia
  • 1/4 tsp. anise seeds (ground in coffee grinder)
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered cardamom
  • 2 pinches ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. egg replacer + 6 Tbsp. water (whisk together until frothy, then let sit for a minute)
  • 1 large, very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Combine the flours, almond meal, baking powder, salt, baking soda, stevia and spices in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg replacer, banana, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Let the batter sit for about 15 minutes. (Turn the oven on to 200F so you can warm the plates and keep the cooked waffles crispy – and heat up the waffle iron, too.)
  3. Lightly spray waffle iron with cooking oil and ladle on the batter. Cook for about 4-5 minutes and gently remove waffle and place on oven rack to keep warm while you prepare the rest of the waffles.
  4. Top with a dab, slab or slice of Cocoa-Coconut Butter and your other favorite waffle toppings!

Chai Waffle w/ Butter

44 thoughts on “Banana-Chai Buttermilk Waffles with Cocoa-Coconut Butter

  1. Rachel in Veganland

    Beautiful way to use that gorgeous cocoa coconut butter you just made! Maddie made me some banana pancakes this weekend and I put the regular coconut butter on top with some agave-delicious! Also, LOVE love LOVE your potluck idea! Thank you for spreading the vegan love-I’m totally in!

  2. Barb

    I love the idea of making fresh waffles, then freezing them- that’s right up my (vegan) alley! I can’t have banana tho… any ideas on a good replacement?

  3. tearoomdelights

    What a fool I was to think you couldn’t top those chocolate, apricot and orange scones. These waffles look superb! I really feel quite desperate for one right now.

    You’re so well organised Annie, with your pinterest and Facebook, not to mention this blog. I really hope you get your 100 bloggers for the event, I’m going to do a little post about it soon.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Lorna…sometimes I feel as if I bite off more than I can chew! If I can remain organized through May 12…it will be a miracle! And you’re sweet – thank you so much for your support!

  4. Brittany

    I am seriously so excited for the potluck!! Can’t wait =). These waffles look amazing! I have not yet tried vegan waffles, so these are going on the list for sure!

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    This is such a wonderful breakfast – I love the use of cocoa butter in it 😀
    Very creative 🙂
    Looking forward to the VVP – will we be getting more information on it later such as how we link, button for it etc?

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Yep, once I figure out the techie stuff (yikes!) I’ll be posting info and the directional button… You can pick up a decorative button on the VVP page now, if you like! Glad you are joining us!

  6. tinykitchenstories

    Damn you, woman! Can’t you post something I *don’t* want to eat immediately, just for once???
    You know I love your recipes! It was a rainy morning here in LB, and we woke up grumpy since a lot of our house was still outside. We sure could have used some of this waffle love.

  7. Somer

    Mouthwateringdeliciousness! I could have scarfed down a huge batch after my long run with 3 year old and jogging stroller in tow today!

  8. biggsis

    Wow does this look awesome! So does your blackberry cobbler. I love the idea of vegan buttermilk – will google that one. Maybe I can still make ‘buttermilk’ biscuits as well!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Do you have some flaxseed meal? Works like a charm. 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp. water; whisk, set aside to thicken and voila! Chia seeds work in the same way – and – you can also use silken tofu…Hope that helps!

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