Vegan Coffee Cardamom Waffles. Oil- and Sugar-free.

 Vegan Oil-free Sugar-free Coffee Cardamom Waffles by An Unrefined Vegan

How’s this for a coincidence? The last time I posted a waffle recipe was exactly one year ago today. (Which is too, too long a time by far!) I swear I did not plan it that way. There must be something about April 29 that makes me want to share waffles on the blog. But then, there’s something about Sunday that makes me want to eat waffles – because every single Sunday Kel and I eat them.

These oil-free, sugar-free beauties were inspired by the delicious, flavorful Finnish bread, but are a whole heck of a lot quicker and easier on the arms to make. They go mighty fine with my usual accompaniments: banana slices, cacao nibs, pecans, and of course, peanut butter. Don’t forget the cup of chai tea.

By the way, my beautiful Belgian-waffle-style waffle iron went kaput several weeks back. I mourned it briefly before picking up a cheap-o iron at Target which has turned out to be really quite okay. It doesn’t have the nice deep crevices of my old iron, but then, I don’t have to wrestle the waffle out of the iron anymore. And, best of all, it is truly non-stick (with a ceramic surface) so there is no need for even a droplet of oil.

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Let’s talk coffee (and cinnamon and cardamom):


  • Reduce your risk of getting Parkinson’s, Type II diabetes, and dementia; or having a stroke.
  • Studies show that regular coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from liver cancer or liver disease.


  • Consume 1/2 teaspoon a day and reduce your bad cholesterol level.
  • May help regulate blood sugar.
  • It’s a natural food preservative, inhibiting bacterial growth.
  • Just smelling it makes us happier! 


  • Eat some cardamom to help alleviate nausea, bloating, gas, and heartburn.
  • May inhibit cancer cell growth.
  • Alleviates pain and swelling – especially in the mouth and throat.

Vegan Oil-free, Sugar-free Coffee Cardamom Waffles by An Unrefined Vegan 


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Vegan Coffee Cardamom Waffles

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 5 1x


Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these lightly spiced oil-free and sugar-free waffles are the perfect way to get your Saturday or Sunday morning going.


  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh-brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp. vanilla-flavored stevia liquid
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Dandy Blend, or other herbal coffee substitute powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • pinch fine sea salt


  1. Get your waffle iron preheating and place your breakfast plates in a 200-degree oven. Gotta keep those waffles warm while you eat them!
  2. Whisk together the almond milk, coffee, stevia, and orange zest in a large measuring cup. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, Dandy Blend, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and sea salt.
  3. Stir the almond milk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
  4. If necessary, lightly spritz the waffle iron with oil. Spoon batter onto the hot iron, close it up and cook the waffle for about 7 minutes. Remove the waffle and place it directly on the oven rack. Make the remaining waffles.
  5. Serve the waffles with your favorite toppings.


  • Yield depends on the size of the waffle iron used.


  • Serving Size: 5
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 158
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 45
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 0


Vegan Oil-free Sugar-free Coffee Cardamom Waffles by An Unrefined Vegan

Vegan Oil-free Sugar-free Coffee Cardamom Waffles by An Unrefined Vegan

Vegan Oil-free Sugar-free Coffee Cardamom Waffles by An Unrefined Vegan



21 thoughts on “Vegan Coffee Cardamom Waffles. Oil- and Sugar-free.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Sorry to do that to you, girl. And I hate to tell you – Kel and I will be enjoying waffles this morning.

      But I’m really sorry to hear about the allergies. I was hit HARD this year, too.

  1. Cadry's Kitchen

    Waffles are so much better than pancakes. I love those crisp, deep wells. My waffle maker doesn’t get nearly the action it deserves. Your coffee cardamom waffles look amazing!

  2. The Vegan 8

    I absolutely LOVE waffles and love coffee in recipes and these are beautiful Annie! I love how simple the recipe is too. What a brilliant idea to add cardamom! 🙂

  3. winwinfood

    Yum! Cinnamon and cardamom are a match made in heaven, I even put them in my morning coffee. So why not put all of that into waffles 🙂 Love the addition of orange zest too, I bet it takes the flavors to a whole new level

  4. Sferd

    I don’t understand the addition of the fake coffee powder. Can something else be substituted in its place?

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Traditional Finnish coffee cardamom bread contains — ground coffee. I use this all-natural (i.e., not fake) herbal coffee substitute because I limit my intake of coffee and I know others have eliminated it altogether from their diets. The herbal “coffee” powder imparts a coffee-like flavor, which again, is found in this traditional bread. It can certainly be left out – or use coffee (unbrewed, dry) grounds.

      1. Sferd

        Thanks for the speedy reply. I am just loathe to buy a specialty ingredient that we would probably only use for this recipe–unless it was cheap & easy to find, of course!

      2. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

        Understood! I use Dandy Blend (and there are many other brands) all the time so have it on hand. But a little bit of ground coffee should do the trick, bur really, these will be just as tasty without it.

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