I love pumpkin.
I love coffee.
I love waffles.
Hooray! Party in the mouth right here right now.
These waffles are my way of giving fall a big fat hug for arriving right on time. Or maybe fall is giving me a hug… either way, there’s a lot of hugging and waffle eating going on, and that’s OK with me.
John and I have been coffee snobs ever since living in Portland and being exposed to the wonder that is medium-roasted coffee; as in coffee that hasn’t been roasted to a burnt crisp.
I used to think, “the darker, the bolder, the better!” Now I know that coffee can actually taste like something other than ash.
However, the kind of coffee you want for these waffles is not the good stuff. In fact, I intentionally used over-roasted beans in this recipe because they get offset by the brown sugar and almond milk. Besides, you really don’t want to waste your good stuff on waffles – you want it straight into your face.
But really, any kind of bean will do. Just know the darker, the bolder the more you’ll taste it in the final product.
These waffles are uber simple, requiring just 1 bowl and about 30 minutes from start to finish. You also likely have all of the ingredients on hand. That is, if you’re a coffee and pumpkin lover. But I don’t know many people who aren’t so I’ll go ahead and chalk that up as a given.
I am kind of smitten with these waffles, even though they threw me for a loop while recipe testing. I think I tried four times before finding just the right combination of ingredients – a true labor of love.
But the result was so worth it: tender, pumpkin-y waffles with lots of coffee and fall spice flavor. In my opinion, the perfect way to start a fall morning or lazy weekend at home. Plus, they toast up perfectly after being frozen. Enjoy!
- 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp grape seed, melted coconut or canola oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup very strong brewed coffee
- 1.25 cups spelt or whole wheat pastry flour
- Prepare flax egg by combining water and flaxseed in a large bowl and letting rest for 5 minutes.
- Add pumpkin puree, grapeseed oil, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and whisk. Add almond milk and coffee and stir once more.
- Lastly add flour and stir until just combined. Let batter rest for 5 minutes while preheating your waffle iron.
- Once preheated, generously spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and spoon about 1/2 cup of the batter onto the center of the iron and cook according to your machine’s instructions. I like to set mine to the darkest setting so it gets extra crispy.
- Once done, remove and place on cooling rack to let steam roll of and crisp up a bit. Serve warm with vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) and maple syrup. You could also mix your maple syrup with a bit of bold coffee or espresso for an extra special treat.