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The flavours of Spanish pastry tortas de aceite, the cakeyness of doughnuts, the slightly crispy edges and ease of waffles. These are made vegan with aquafaba. Perfect for breakfast or snacks.

The flavours of tortas de aceite, the cakeyness of doughnuts, the slightly crispy edges and ease of waffles.

doughnut-waffles-vegan-food-to-glow1You read that right. Doughnut Waffles. 

Only a couple of posts ago I exhorted you to waffle falafels because – and I partially quote myself – “…anything as waffles is a thing”. But not just a thing, a delicious idea whose time is now.

I haven’t made up this concept, by the way. You may have even even waffled some doughnut batter already. If so, I applaud you. I too have been grabbing any reasonable opportunity to make pretty, gridded foodstuffs. Must be a spring thing.

This time though we are going a bit sweeter, a bit more mainstream. But not properly mainstream because, as with me asking you to trust me on chickpea liquid/aquafaba in the recent Turkish delight chocolate mousse, I am asking you to drop some aquafaba into this doughnut waffle recipe. If I couldn’t tempt you with the chocolate mousse idea (please try it – skim the 93 comments on the 2015 post – as it really works!) THIS is the one to initiate you into the aquafaba gang: you are only replacing the egg that normally goes into baked doughnut batter. Just. Three. Tablespoons. Keep the rest of the chickpea liquid in the freezer for my next aquafaba recipe. 🙂

doughnut-waffles-vegan-food-to-glowSo, this recipe. Do you know about tortas de aceite? Those crispy, sweet Spanish flatbreads flavoured with anise?  Fancy delis, Waitrose and Marks and Spencers sell them for quite a pretty penny, but they are straightforward to make. I’ve got a lighter, less sweet recipe – Sugared Spelt and Olive Oil Biscuits – from all the way back in 2011. I think it was my third post. Today’s recipe is an update on this sweet, aromatic pastry.

anise-seedThe aromatic ingredient is anise. But don’t worry that your doughnut waffles will taste like liquorice. They won’t. The tailed seeds have a different taste, a cross between fennel seeds and star anise. If that still doesn’t float your boat, why not use cinnamon, cardamom, or a combination of the two? I did that for some baked doughnuts I posted recently on Instagram. In fact, what inspired me to revisit the tortas de aceite idea was coming across my jar of anise while rummaging around for the cardamom. I got mine from Steenbergs. It is a bit specialist, so go with the fennel option (toasted and crushed) or fennel seed and star anise. if you like

Have you waffled doughnuts? What flavours did you go for? What else have you been waffling? How are you getting on with aquafaba?


Brown Sugar and Spice Olive Oil Doughnut Waffles

  • Servings: 6 small waffles
  • Difficulty: easy
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The flavours of tortas de aceite, the cakeyness of doughnuts, the slightly crispy edges and ease of waffles. Make as soft, mini baked doughnuts if you don’t have a waffle maker. xx

50g (3/8 cup) teff flour

90g (7/8 cup) unbleached plain flour (or use all unbleached plain flour)

Rounded 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp fine salt

1 tsp anise seeds or fennel seeds, divided use (add a pinch of ground star anise, if you have any, if just using the fennel) – toasted in a small pan and crushed with a pestle and mortar or in a spice mill *

100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar (I like muscovado), divided use**

112ml almond (1/2 cup) or other milk (use 75ml/ 1/3 cup if using all plain flour; teff is a thirsty flour)

4 tbsp chickpea liquid/aquafaba (from home-cooked chickpeas or unsalted, organic bought – Sainsburys has organic chickpeas in cartons) OR one large organic egg, beaten

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 tbsp olive oil, divided use

* substitute the anise or fennel for cinnamon and/or cardamom if you like

** reduce sugar further by replacing some of the dipping sugar (i.e. part of the remaining 50g) with toasted and finely ground pecans or walnuts. I like about four parts ground nuts to one part sugar.


1. Heat your waffle maker as directed. Heat your oven to a low, food-warming rather than cooking temperature – I go for 100C/212F.

2. Meanwhile, sift the flours with the salt and baking powder into a large wide bowl, then dry whisk in scant 1/4 teaspoon of the crushed seeds and 50 grams of sugar. Whisk in the milk, aquafaba or egg, vanilla and 1 tablespoon olive oil until smooth. You are wanting a thick, dropping consistency, so add a little more milk or a little more flour to achieve this – if needed. Different types of wheat have differing absorbency.

3. Oil the waffle maker plates as manufacturer suggests, then spoon some mixture into the centre of each plate to fill about two-thirds of the space. Bake until the waffles are lightly golden. My machine isn’t fancy so I have to peek to check. Put cooked waffles onto a tray and place it in the pre-heated oven to keep warm. Carry on with the remaining batter.

4. Mix together the remaining sugar and spices and pour onto a tray or plate. When the waffles are ready brush them with olive oil and dredge or sprinkle with the spiced sugar. Eat immediately. These can also be reheated and enjoyed later but are best fresh, I think. These also freeze well for up to one month.doughnut-waffles-vegan-food-to-glow

Because this is using the stuff you normally would throw away from a can of chickpeas, I am entering this recipe into Elizabeth’s No Waste Food Challenge. Why not visit and see other blogger’s ways of upcycling their food waste!

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25 thoughts on “Brown Sugar and Spice Doughnut Waffles (Vegan Recipe)

  1. Will definitely be using this recipe! 🙂

  2. Yuuum! I need to use my waffle maker more, LOVE the idea of doughnut waffles!

  3. fabfood4all says:

    Oh wow, I have never made doughnuts as I just don’t like the idea of a vat full of oil but making them in a waffle iron sounds a much better option. Can I also admit to not ever having come across unbleached flour, so is all the white flour I buy bleached?

  4. kerrycooks says:

    These look so yummy and creative! Love the flavours, and thanks for linking to my recipe!

  5. I will have to try this in the mini-donut baker someone got us for our wedding 5 years ago, that we have still never used…. These look like a delicious way to try it out.

  6. I love anise I am going to try these they look and sound delicious.

  7. I enjoyed reading your recipe and the interesting comments with respect to the spice treatment. It reminds me a little of Beignets from New Orleans. I look forward to making your tantalizing donuts!

  8. Wow I love the idea of doughnut waffles! I will have to try this since I haven’t made any waffles in a while now 🙂

  9. recipesfromapantry says:

    Three things I love about these 1) doughnut waffles, 2 anise seeds, 3) chickpea liquid. I need to try these big time.

  10. This might be the best use of teff flour ever! What a way to keep your waffle iron happy, a marvelous recipe Kellie!

  11. Oh, that sounds amazing, so fragrant! Just the other day I was wondering if I could make doughnuts in the waffle maker… Thank you for linking to my recipe 🙂

  12. Oh I make your olive oil biscuits whenever I feel like baking. They are the most delicious creation ever! The family & friends think so too and the house smells glorious when making them. I must try this too, looks wonderful!

  13. annjenny says:

    These look soo delicious and I still can’t quite believe that chickpea water whisks up into something so amazing! I really must try these. Thanks for another inspiring recipe 🙂

  14. superfitbabe says:

    Doughnut WAFFLES. NO WAY. NO WAY! You basically just whizzed up the mots magical brekkie-dessert dish ever!

  15. Just beautiful, Kellie. If I wasn’t on a slimming plan, I would make these!

  16. stateeats says:

    Must. Have. – Kat

  17. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  18. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a waffle iron for years – said I’d treat myself to one when I moved and we’ve just signed for a third year… only haven’t given in because I think once I start, I won’t be able to stop!

    1. I have a few healthy waffles on here, so a waffle iron wouldn’t be the worst purchase ever 😉 I have a recent savoury falafel waffle recipe that is so full of protein and veggies that it is positively healthy!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    These are absolutely utterly stunning! Please come to my house and cook for me, pretty please? Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge to – apologies for taking so long to pop around!

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