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Sweet Star Anise Syrup on Vegan Waffles

Sweet Star Anise Vegan Waffle Syrup

Dave W.
This waffle syrup is quite sweet, with a hint of vanilla to accompany the anise. It’s best served warm, but as it cools it thickens and forms a glaze, making the waffle reminiscent of a sweet doughnut. Makes about 1 cup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4 people
Calories 251 kcal


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground star anise (about 3 stars of anise)
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla


  • Grind 3 stars of anise in a coffee or spice grinder, as finely as possible (see note).
  • Combine the sugar, margarine, water, and anise in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until margarine is fully melted.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, and stir constantly for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and add vanilla.
  • Drizzle onto your favorite waffle, and enjoy!


You may still feel occasional tiny pieces of anise, even after the cooking softens it. I didn’t think this was a big deal, but opinions may vary on that. If you prefer, as a substitution you could start with ½ teaspoon of anise extract, added after heating the rest of the mixture, and increase in ¼ teaspoon increments until the anise flavor is the desired strength for you.
Keyword anise, syrup