Vegan Sweet Potato Waffles with Apple-Date Slaw

An easy apple and date fruit slaw takes these naturally sweet waffles to the next level. On busy mornings, heat leftover waffles in a 350°F toaster oven for 10 minutes. For tips on grating ginger like a pro, see Ingredient IQ: Fresh Ginger.


  • 4 apples, peeled and shredded (3 cups)
  • 6 pitted whole dates, chopped (1 cup)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk
  • ¾ cup mashed cooked or canned sweet potato
  • ¼ cup aquafaba
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  • To make apple-date slaw: In a medium bowl combine apples, dates, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  • To make waffles: In a food processor combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cover and pulse until well mixed. Add the next five ingredients (through ginger). Cover and pulse just until moistened (batter should be slightly lumpy). Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add batter to a preheated waffle baker according to manufacturer’s directions. Close lid quickly; do not open until done. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. When done, use a wooden chopstick or silicone spoon handle to lift waffle off grid. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm with apple-date slaw.

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Yolanda Dublin

Made this over the weekend and it was so goooood. My family thoroughly enjoyed.


Surprise! Cane Sugar and white all-Purpose flower in a Forks over Knives recommended recipe? Hmm..... Wish you would screen these recipes out please because I would like to depend on recommendations that are in sync with Whole Food Plant based -No Sugar, Oil, Salt (SOS) Please re write and publish again. Figuring you would love to have that challenge. Thanks for trying I appreciate the efforts to stay within the guidelines. How do you make waffles in a waffle Iron wo Oil.


Substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil. You may need to let the waffle cool longer before removing.


I'm with you- this recipe shouldn't be here. And you wrote a year ago but for anyone else who needs to know, if you never oil your non-stick waffle iron, you'll never need to! I had an old one that was oiled, got a new one and this trick worked for me. Just make sure you don't open it pre-maturely. Steam should stop and the lid should open pretty easily.

momma mel

The taste is good but they DO NOT cook right. Batter is way too thick and they stay soft and gummy inside- even after cooking in waffle maker and finishing in toaster. If you make these definitely have a back up plan.


The waffles came out thick, tough, too chewy. Use gluten free all purpose flour. Liked the fresh ginger taste. Would like to make again, but not sure how to remake the recipe so the waffles are not tough. Any suggestions?

Barbara L. Weinberg

Can this batter be used to make pancakes?

Simon Gill

Enjoyed these. Needed to cooked for longer than it says in my waffle maker but was happy with the end result. I used whole meal baking flour and it worked just fine.

Becki Henderson

To make this recipe healthier, I sub whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour and use date paste instead of the sugar. I also found that using 1/4 tsp dried ground ginger gives a better punch than the fresh ginger. These waffles are not crispy because of all the moisture from the sweet potatoes. However, they taste great, and the apple-date slaw is a perfect topping.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.
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