Gingerbread vegan buttermilk waffles + chestnut maple cream

Gingerbread vegan buttermilk waffles + chestnut maple cream

When I first tried chestnuts I couldn’t believe that something with an aroma so sweet and alluring tasted so awful. And then the kind man selling them to me laughed and told me that I had to shell them first. Oops! But I will blame that on being a young twenty-something living in Madrid. Chestnuts were not a thing of my youth.


I don’t know what could capture the spirit of the holidays more than gingerbread in the form of waffles with the aroma of roasting chestnuts on a chilly December Sunday morning.


Maybe, just maybe, topping off some homemade waffles with roasted chestnut cream could do the trick.


gingerbreadwafflemorninglightBut if you don’t have the time or the desire to roast your own chestnuts and you happen to have a Trader Joe’s near you, go grab yourself a pack of already roasted and peeled chestnuts from them, instead!gingerbreadwafflesfirstpic


Don’t be misled by what looks like a lot of ingredients! It’s mostly spices to give you the best gingerbread flavor.

Vegan gingerbread buttermilk waffles + chestnut maple cream

  • Servings: 4 waffles
  • Time: 45 mins
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Chestnut maple cream
(Can make this 1 day ahead if desired)
1 c. roasted and peeled chestnuts (see notes below)
1/4 c. cashews
1 c. non-dairy milk
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth & creamy. Place in fridge while making waffles.

Gingerbread waffles
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
4 tbsp. warm water
1 1/2 c.  non-dairy milk
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 c. spelt flour
1 c. oat flour (or sub white whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. clove
1/2 tsp. sea salt
4 tbsp. melted non-hydrogenated vegan butter, such as Earth Balance
3 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. apple butter or applesauce
1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
Optional: 1 tbsp. maple syrup
Optional toppings: Chestnut maple cream, cacao nibs, pecans, walnuts, maple syrup

Plug in waffle iron and brush with coconut oil, butter, or spray with cooking oil to grease. Combine flax seed and warm water in a small bowl and set aside to gel. Add apple cider vinegar to non-dairy milk to make vegan “buttermilk” and set aside for approximately 5 minutes.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together butter, molasses, apple butter/sauce, fresh ginger, flax eggs, “buttermilk,” and maple syrup if adding and beat until well combined. Combine wet and dry ingredients until just mixed. Cook in waffle iron. Serve while warm and top with chestnut maple cream & any other additional toppings. Tip: Keep warm in oven set to lowest temperature until ready to serve.

Notes: You may find prepared chestnuts in the refrigerator section of Trader Joe’s.

Roast chestnuts: Preheat oven to 400F. Using a sharp knife, cut an x shape into the flat side of the chestnut. Roast for 20 minuts on a baking sheet. Remove, peel & add to cream recipe above.  


  1. Thanks for Making waffles gluten free 👍 What is flax flour made from I will look for it in Stockholm

    1. Author

      Hi Lena! Flax seeds are seeds full of fiber (linfron in Swedish :)) that are often ground into a meal and added into cereals and used as a binder in place of eggs in vegan recipes. Good luck looking for them in Stockholm!
      Also, though spelt flour contains less gluten than regular wheat flour, it does still contain wheat and should be avoided if diagnosed with Celiac’s disease. I imagine you could try replacing with a gluten-free all-purpose flour, but since I haven’t tested it out, I am not sure how it would work.

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