Yeast-Raised Cornmeal Chili-Dippin’ Vegan Waffles


Yeast-Raised Cornmeal Chili Dippin' Vegan Waffles Recipe

Yeast-Raised Cornmeal Chili-Dippin’ Vegan Waffles

Dave W.
These crispy vegan waffles have a subtler sweetness and greater saltiness than your average cornbread or waffle recipe, with the uncommon addition of sourdough-like overtones from yeast. Makes 4 (7-inch) round Belgian vegan waffles.

Some of our very cool neighbors recently hosted a potluck with several great vegan dishes. Jen S. actually prepared two different styles of homemade vegan chili, and asked that we bring something like cornbread. After a test waffle batch worked well with a popular store-bought vegan chili, we showed up with a waffle iron and a bowl of batter. Even better yet with the homemade chili! This vegan waffles recipe also blends nicely with maple syrup and molasses.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4 waffles
Calories 520 kcal


  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup soymilk or other nondairy milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespooons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large non-metal bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, and salt until well blended.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in a warm location until the flour mixture has almost doubled. (See note.)
  • After the flour mixture has risen, combine the soymilk, oil, brown sugar, molasses, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl. Break up any clumps of baking powder or baking soda. Pour into the raised flour mixture and stir until well blended. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the waffle iron for 3 to 5 minutes while the batter is standing.
  • Spray both grids of the waffle iron with oil. Pour or ladle the batter into the center of the iron, covering no more than two-thirds of the iron’s surface for the first waffle. Adjust the amount as needed for subsequent waffles. Bake each waffle for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it can be easily removed.


Prep time does not include "hands off" waffle batter leavening time. Because the batter needs time to rise, begin at least three hours in advance of baking the waffles or one and a half hours in advance if you are using quick-rise yeast.
You can use your oven for allowing the waffle batter to rise. Make sure the oven rack is low enough for the bowl to fit. Turn the oven on for one to two minutes at 200 degrees F. Turn off the oven, place the covered bowl on the rack, and close the oven door. If you wish to let the batter stand overnight, covering the bowl and leaving it at room temperature will work fine.
Keyword yeast, cornmeal, waffles

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