Don’t let the green color fool you! These “crispy on the outside, soft on the inside” waffles are naturally sweet and rich with the flavor and aroma of coconut and pandan. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make classic Vietnamese coconut pandan waffles quick and easy at home.
What are Vietnamese Green Waffles (Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa)?
If you’ve ever visited Vietnam or eaten at a Vietnamese restaurant, you may have come across these interesting green waffles and wondered what they are. Well, they aren’t spinach waffles or matcha waffles – they’re pandan waffles! Coconut pandan waffles, to be specific.
I like to think of these waffles as a fusion of Western cooking and Southeast Asian flavors. They’re crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, with a lovely little chewiness from the grated coconut. The sweet, herbaceous scent of pandan leaves and the lovely mellow flavor they add to these waffles really makes them a standoutfor breakfast.
How to Make the Best Vietnamese Coconut Pandan Waffles
If you’re a fan of pandan flavored food like I am, you’ve probably noticed how the intensity of the pandan taste and aroma is stronger in some desserts or breadand weaker in others. This is usually because of the quality of the pandan extract and how much they put in. Some places will only add a little bit of pandan extract or a pandan extract that is lesser quality and almost tastes synthetic. Not very delicious.
So to really impart a lot of pandan goodness into my waffles, I like to use my own homemade pandan extract. It’s so easy! It only takes two ingredients (just pandan leaves and water) and a little time. The result is intensely aromatic and so flavorful. Plus, there are no unnecessary preservatives and colorants, unlike the pandan extract you can get at the store.
I highly recommend making this pandan extract for yourself – besides these delicious waffles, there are lots of other pandan-flavored recipes on my blog that you can try them on!
What to Eat with Vietnamese Coconut Pandan Waffles
Here at home, I usually make these waffles as a St. Patrick’s Day treat! They’re a big hit with both children and adults, and the green color is, of course, perfect for the holiday. I also love being able to introduce some Southeast Asian flavor to the breakfast table.
Like regular waffles, you can top them with some butter and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. I also like to serve them with a side of fruits!
How to Store and Reheat Vietnamese Coconut Pandan Waffles
If you don’t have time in the morning, you can make these ahead of time. They freeze really well! Then, all you have to do is pop them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. My toddler daughter is always requesting waffles for breakfast so I like to make a big batch of these so I can always have them on hand for her!
St. Patrick’s Day Recipe | Coconut Pandan Waffle Recipe
- 1 cup Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 piece Egg
- 2 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp Pandan Extract
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1/2 cup Grated Coconut
- Prepare the ingredients
- Combine all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
- Whisk milk, egg, coconut oil, honey and pandan extract.
- Combine all the dry ingredients with the whisked wet ingredients.
- Add grated coconut.
- Grease the waffle maker with light coat of coconut spray (or any spray of your choice).
- Pour ¼ cup of the batter into the mini waffle-maker and cook until golden.
- Repeat with the remaining batter.