Vegan Waffle Party 2022 Highlights and Photos

July 23, 2022

This year, both rain and covid threatened to thwart our vegan waffle party plans, but we allowed neither to stand in our way. Vegan waffles for the win!

We kept this year’s waffle party pretty small, with a dozen of us total, masking indoors and eating outdoors. Alongside a handful of local friends, we enjoyed a visit from two special out-of-state guests.

Bungee cords + eyelet screws + a giant blue 11- by 23-foot tarp + squirrels looking at me like I just built them an amusement park ride = rain couldn’t cancel this waffle party. Oh, and some duct tape grommet reinforcements, of course.

tarp covering back yard for waffle party
Rain and covid weren’t going to stop this year’s waffle party!

Here’s how determined I was to make things work: I discovered that my adjustable PowerBlock dumbbells could be used to weight down a ladder, which in turn served as a support for the center of the tarp.

tarp covering back yard for waffle party, with weighted ladder in foreground
Party tarp suspension mechanism

Neighbors kindly lent us their portable canopy as a backup in case the tarp failed.

This year I made Vegan Sourdough Waffles and Dave’s Fave Waffle Party Waffles (gluten-free), both in the revised and expanded Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook.

I followed my usual routine of measuring out ingredients in advance. For non-yeasted wheat-based waffles, this simply means putting the dry in bowls and wet in mason jars. Then, shortly before the party, I give the jars a good shake and pour the wet ingredients into the dry.

For gluten-free and yeasted waffles, it’s slightly more complicated: For the gluten-free waffles I keep the ground flaxseed separate and add that when mixing the rest of the wet ingredients with the dry. For the sourdough waffles, I don’t mash the banana until I’m ready to mix the coconut milk and remaining water into the overnight-fermented flour mixture; and I also add the baking powder and baking soda at that point.

gluten-free vegan waffle wet batter
Wet portion of gluten-free vegan waffle batter, mixed the day before the party
waffle makers, dry batter, and baking equipment the night before the waffle party
Waffle makers, baking equipment, and dry portion of batter ready for the party
vegan waffle batters mixed in bowls just before the waffle party
Gluten-free and sourdough vegan waffle batters shortly before start of waffle party

Because the outdoor tarp preparations took longer than anticipated, I had less time for last-minute food prep than usual. Fortunately, I was surrounded by great creativity. Megan helped with various aspects of getting things put out at the last minute, and got the coconut cream whipped. Megan’s mom, Sarah, added some flair to my homemade hummus and transformed a pineapple into a delightful centerpiece.

bowl of homemade vegan hummus, topped with fresh lemon and paprika, and drizzled with olive oil
Homemade hummus topped with fresh lemon, smoked paprika, and olive oil drizzle
pineapple centerpiece for the waffle bar
Peenie the Pineapple, the official Vegan Waffle Party 2022 mascot

A waffle party would not be complete without lots of delicious toppings. We provided some vegan waffle toppings to get things started, and guests brought other delicious and creative toppings for the vegan waffle bar.

vegan waffle bar toppings at waffle party, with lemon curd, strawberries, maple syrup, blueberries in foreground
Vegan waffle bar with lemon curd, strawberries, maple syrup, and blueberries in foreground
sourdough and gluten-free vegan waffle quarters on serving plates at the waffle bar
Vegan waffles piled on serving plates at end of waffle bar

Vegan toppings on the waffle bar ranged from sweet to savory and included the following:

  • maple syrup
  • peanut butter
  • Dark Chocolate Syrup (the GVWC also has many variation ideas)
  • chocolate chips
  • Salted Rum Caramel
  • bananas
  • candied ginger
  • chai spice coconut honey butter
  • whipped coconut cream
  • caramelized onions
  • baked apples with cinnamon
  • vegan lemon curd
  • Cran-Rhubarb Sage Jam from Johnson Berry Farm
  • Boysenberry Grapefruit Sea Salt Jam from Alchemist’s Jam
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • pineapple
  • homemade hummus
  • walnuts

One fun fact about the peanut butter is that it came from the bulk section of employee-owned WinCo Foods. They have cool nut butter machines that churn out freshly made peanut, almond, and cashew butters. Good stuff! I also like their dairy-free chocolate chips, and I purchase many of my waffle-making ingredients from their bulk section.

vegan waffle bar toppings at the waffle party, with caramelized onions in foreground
Vegan waffle bar with closeup of caramelized onions
baked apples with cinnamon vegan waffle topping
Vegan baked apples with cinnamon on the waffle bar
rhubarb sage jam and boysenberry grapefruit jam for vegan waffle toppings
Some delicious jams for vegan waffle toppings

One of my new favorite flavor combinations is dark chocolate, salted rum caramel, candied ginger, and banana. I may also need to try that on a dairy-free ice cream sundae soon.

Speaking of salted rum caramel, here it is drizzling from a spoon. It’s flanked by chocolate on both sides. Yum!

vegan salted rum caramel drizzling from spoon on waffle bar
Thick, luscious salted rum caramel drizzling from a spoon

Now that you’ve seen many of the toppings, let’s see how they looked on some of the waffles.

This is a different angle of the waffles pictured at the beginning. I’m honestly not sure which waffle quarter I would eat first; they all look so delicious. I’m kinda liking that double chocolate (with both dark chocolate syrup and chocolate chips) and peanut butter one. I mean, all the toppings were amazing, but I really, really do like chocolate.

vegan waffles topped with caramelized onions, chocolate chips, blueberries, and fruit jam

Moving on to the next delicious plateful, I love thinking about the flavor of the chocolate and peanut butter topped waffle piece, and I love the bright colors of the coconut creme and fruit-topped piece. The latter looks like something fitting for a 4th of July waffle party. It’s also safer, quieter, and more nourishing than many things people play with on that holiday. It will cause an explosion of flavor fireworks in your mouth, though! And, of course, the random pieces of banana alongside the waffles make the whole display look more artsy.

vegan waffle topped with peanut butter and dark chocolate syrup

Look at this richly, thickly topped vegan waffle sundae. Lots of coconut cream, lemon curd, dark chocolate syrup, salted rum caramel, bananas, strawberries, blueberries. It leaves nothing to the imagination.

If you stare at it long enough, and imagine the waffle on the right as a head with a teeny-tiny pink tip on its nose, the pile of toppings in the center as a body, and the waffle on the left as a cat butt arched up, it starts to look like a cat ready to pounce. Yep, a vegan waffle cat.

gluten-free vegan waffle sundae, with dark chocolate syrup, salted rum caramel, coconut cream, lemon curd, strawberries, blueberries

I enjoy the pattern that the chocolate drizzle makes atop the coconut cream on this waffle. And look at all that chocolate filling the sourdough waffle’s holes! Those blueberries on the left look tasty, too.

gluten-free and sourdough vegan waffles topped with chocolate syrup, coconut cream, strawberries, blueberries, and banana

The next vegan waffle arrangement looks like an upside-down waffle angel with a banana slice head, pineapple hair bow, apple-waffle wings, and a strawberry-waffle dress. Every time my baking timer beeps, a vegan waffle angel gets its wings!

vegan waffle topped with baked apples, lemon curd, strawberries, and dark chocolate syrup, with banana

While the prior one was all sweet, the next waffle includes a savory waffle quarter to go with the two sweet ones.

I remember trying chocolate with the strawberries, but I don’t believe I tried the caramel, baked apple, and banana together–I bet that piece was really delish.

Drizzle on that chocolate syrup. Oooooh, yeeeah!

spoon drizzling dark chocolate syrup onto a vegan waffle topped with strawberries

The caramelized onion topping, by the way, was great on its own. The guest who made it left some of the leftovers, and they also worked well on a veggie burger that evening.

Now we come to a waffle arrangement that truly looks like a complete meal. Like, if you had a kid who was the world’s pickiest eater, and you wanted to make them a vegan waffle lunch, this is what it would look like. All their friends would envy them.

Actually, it would probably look nothing like the photo below after bouncing around in a lunchbox on a bus. In reality, it probably wouldn’t look that appetizing, and your kid might be embarrassed. But in your heart, you’d know that at least you tried.

vegan waffle topped with strawberries, blueberries, coconut cream, and pineapple

Pieces of Peenie the Pineapple jumpin’ out atcha!

vegan waffle topped with pineapple, baked apple, chocolate syrup, coconut cream, strawberries, and blueberries

Soooo much rich caramel drizzle on this waffle. Alongside the sweet, they’re also doing a bit of savory with the hummus and caramelized onion topped waffle in the background. I wonder which piece they ate first.

vegan waffle topped with caramel, chocolate chips, strawberries, coconut cream, and blueberries

I love the drizzles of caramel and chocolate syrup on the banana accompanying these gluten-free vegan waffle pieces.

vegan waffle topped with dark chocolate syrup, salted rum caramel, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and coconut cream

The colors of the preceding and following waffle photos are somewhat off due to the blue rain tarp hanging overhead. I was able to correct them a bit but not entirely.

vegan waffle with baked apples, coconut cream, and blueberries

This baked apple and waffle arrangement has a springlike color palette.

sourdough vegan waffle topped with pineapple, baked apple, walnuts, and strawberries

We finish our vegan waffle photo parade with a savory selection: caramelized onions with a dollop of hummus on the side. And a pineapple bit triad for a sweet afterthought.

gluten-free vegan waffle topped with caramelized onions, with homemade hummus and pineapple on the side

Earlier I mentioned that we had two special out-of-state visitors. Our guests this year included Mimi Torres, who has been hosting vegan waffle parties since 2010. She was visiting Portland with her partner the weekend of our event, and I was very excited that they were able to make it! I also enjoyed talking with both of them about cycling and sustainable transportation, among other things. You can learn more about Mimi on the vegan waffle party wall of hosts.

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If you’d like to host your own vegan waffle party, this site has everything you need, including vegan waffle recipes, topping recipes and ideas, and waffle party hosting tips. You can also find much of this in The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook, which helps to support this site.

2 thoughts on “Vegan Waffle Party 2022 Highlights and Photos”

  1. It was an amazing affair with scrumptious waffles and, of course, a magnificent Waffle King Host! Filled with gratitude and waffles!

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