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Strawberry Vanilla Waffles

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Strawberry Vanilla Waffles are crispy and golden outside, tender and moist inside, with hints of vanilla peeking through and topped with mountains of fresh strawberries! The perfect Spring treat!

It’s Spring!  One thing I absolutely love about spring are all the fresh strawberries you can find in your local market.  They’re screaming “Hey!  We’re over here!”.  Admit it!  Your cart just automatically heads over in their direction.

Stack of waffles with fresh strawberries on top and whipped cream.

I grew up in a small town in San Diego County, California. We were surrounded by strawberry fields! One of things I miss about California, besides the ocean, are those wonderful red gems of juicy fruit!

Every spring I would watch those specks of red starting to dot the hillsides.  It was glorious!

I knew that any day, we would drive to the strawberry stand with my Mom and pick up a flat of berries.

There is nothing like giant, fresh picked, strawberries!  I’m pretty sure there are going to be fresh strawberry stands in heaven! There has to be if it’s going to heaven for heaven’s sake!

I was in the market Friday and sure enough, those little red jewels started crying out to me and my cart took on a life of its own.

So, Sunday I whipped up a batch of my favorite strawberry vanilla waffles! Nothing say’s “Good morning Sunshine” like this beautiful homemade crispy vanilla waffle smiling up at you! I know it made me jump out of bed!

Overhead shot of Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with fresh strawberries, whipped cream on a white plate.

Ingredient List

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon vanilla – It’s up to your own personal taste and preference.
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries, or mixed berries
  • ½ cup white sugar
Strawberry Waffle ingredients.

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Waffles

Start by mixing 4 cups of fresh sliced strawberries with ½ cup granulated sugar. Mixing the strawberries and sugar first give them plenty of time to macerate.  (That’s just a fancy word for making juice out of your fresh fruit). It helps to create the perfect strawberry topping for that vanilla waffle.

After your berries are doing their thing, mix up the waffle batter.  

In a large bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk to combine.

In a small bowl beat eggs until light and fluffy.

Whipped eggs in a bowl with wire whisk.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add beaten eggs and milk.

Adding milk to waffle mix dry ingredients.

Add oil…

Adding vegetable oil to waffle batter.

Add vanilla. You can switch the vanilla out for vanilla bean paste of you like a richer deeper depth of vanilla flavor!

Adding vanilla to waffle batter.

How To Cook Waffles

This waffle recipe works best with a regular standard waffle iron rather than a Belgian waffle iron. Pre-heat the waffle iron to the manufacturer’s specifications. Most waffle irons have a setting of dark, medium, or light.

I set mine to dark because I have found these waffles cook better quickly on a high heat. Add a half-cup of batter and spread it quickly around the bottom of the waffle iron. Lower the lid and cook 2–3 minutes for a light golden color waffle.

TIP: Be sure to spray your waffle iron between each waffle so that you don’t end up with a sticky mess!  Plus, they just make the waffles extra crispy.

Pouring waffle batter on a hot waffle iron.

The waffle will rise during baking. These waffles are light and fluffy inside and golden crispy outside. If you overcook them, they will become crunchy…so check them before you think you should!

TIP: DO NOT WAIT for the waffle iron to stop steaming!

Finishing Waffles

Grab that bowl of freshly sliced strawberries. Butter the waffles, drizzle with maple syrup, I know it sounds crazy, but the combo is wonderful!

Top with several heaping spoonfuls of fresh sliced strawberries. Top with whip cream.

Close-up of stack of waffles with fresh Strawberries.

FAQ’s for Waffle Recipe

  • What is the secret to making perfect waffles? Strike while the iron’s hot. If your waffles come out pale, like a Minnesota Farmer, your waffle iron isn’t hot enough. Preheat your waffle iron while mixing the batter. Whip your eggs. Always use oil instead of butter.
  • Is there a difference between pancake and waffle mix? Yes! The Oil! Waffles have a higher fat content making them richer than a pancake batter.
  • Should you let the batter rest for waffles? Letting the batter rest in the fridge for about 10 minutes will allow the gluten to relax and expand a bit creating a tender texture as the waffles cook.
  • What’s the best flour to use in waffles? Good old AP, or all-purpose flour is perfect for waffles.
  • Can I cook and freeze the waffles? Yes! Cook all the waffles and wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Store in a large Ziploc bag. Freeze up to 2 months. To reheat pop them in a toaster for 1 minute.

Favorite Breakfast Recipes from our Nest

There is just something amazing about that wonderful crispy vanilla waffle with those beautiful sweet ripe strawberries! It makes for the perfect combination! Top it off with some yummy whipped cream!

I hope you enjoy these wonderful springtime waffles as much as I do!  Watch out!  Your little birdies are going to give you sweet sticky kisses!

Happy Nesting!

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Strawberry Vanilla Waffles

Stack of waffles with fresh strawberries on top and whipped cream.

Golden Crisp Vanilla Waffles with fresh sliced strawberries.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Wash and slice your fresh strawberries. Add 1/2 cup sugar and let macerate while mixing the batter for the waffles.
  2. Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in a small bowl with hand beater until fluffy. (You can also beat them by hand with a wire whisk).
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add eggs into flour mixture. Add milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla, mix just until smooth.
  4. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.
  5. Drizzle with maple syrup. Top with one heaping scoop of strawberries and juice. Add whipped cream to top of berries.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 waffle

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 25gProtein: 10g

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Julia's Simply Southern

Saturday 14th of April 2018

MAH GOODNESS! These waffles look over the top amazing!

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Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Howdy Ms. Julia! Thank you so much sweet friend. I love waffles and strawberries. You fry the chicken and I'll come with the waffles! ;) Thanks for stopping by! Ya made my day. ~Norine

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