Have you ever felt that insistent desire for waffles heaped with lots of fruit and whipped cream at breakfast time? Do you ever give into this craving once in awhile and make yourself some waffles in spite of the inevitable fact that you will feel sick for days afterward?
It is really difficult to resist this lure, even if you have been following the gluten-free diet for a long time. Can it be possible to enjoy good waffles again without violating your gluten-free lifestyle?
Gluten-free eaters everywhere, fear not! The answer to that last question is, yes!
You can make delicious waffles with your current waffle-iron, gluten-free flour blends and dairy-free milk or cream. Note: If you have Celiac or an extremely high level of gluten intolerance, it is advisable to purchase a new waffle-iron in order to avoid gluten cross contamination.
Not only can you make great gluten-free waffles from scratch, but you can also experience the convenience of having frozen waffles for breakfast. There are several varieties of frozen gluten-free waffles available online and, even, in most stores. We will explore the frozen options further later on in the article.
Most people prefer to make their waffles at home from scratch, with the help of a waffle-iron. I was able to find some great recipes for gluten-free waffles on different websites. You will find my favorite ones in this article below.
Fluffy Gluten-Free Waffles
Prep Time: 15 minutes.
Cooking Time: Depends on the waffle-iron.
Yields: 2-5 waffles.
- 1 ½ cups of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of stevia or 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- ¾ cup of milk
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar together.
- In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla until it form stiff peaks or resemble whipping cream.
- Add the milk, egg yolks, and oil to the dry ingredients and blend together. With a rubber spatula, slowly fold in egg whites with the rest of the ingredients. The entire mix should be light and fluffy.
- Spray waffle iron and begin making waffles.
Recipe courtesy Bob’s Red Mill
Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles
Prep Time: 5 minutes.
Cooking Time: 4 minutes.
Yields: 4 large Belgian waffles
- 2 cups of gluten-free cake flour (82% all-purpose gluten-free flour + 18% cornstarch)
- 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 ½ of gluten-free puffed rice cereal (like Erewhon brand crisp rice cereal)
- 13 fluid ounces of milk (or dairy-free milk) at room temperature
- 7 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2 eggs at room temperature, separated
- Preheat and prepare your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the puffed rice cereal, and mix to combine. Place the milk, oil and egg yolks in a separate small bowl or measuring cup and whisk to combine well. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix to combine well. The mixture will be relatively thick.
- In a separate bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs whites into soft peaks. Fold the beaten egg whites gently into the large bowl of batter until only a few white streaks remain.
- Spoon about 3/4 to 1 cup of batter into your prepared waffle iron (more or less depending upon the size and shape of your iron), and spread the batter into an even layer, stopping about 1/4 inch from the edge of the iron. Close the lid and cook until steam stop escaping from the waffle iron, between 4 and 5 minutes, depending again upon the capacity of your waffle iron. Remove the waffle from the iron and serve immediately. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- If you do not serve each waffle as soon as it is made, refresh the waffles by placing them in a toaster oven at 400°F for about 3 minutes. Waffles can also be cooled completely, wrapped tightly and frozen, then defrosted and refreshed in a similar manner before serving.
Recipe courtesy Gluten Free on a Shoestring
As I mentioned before, if you don’t have the time or products to make gluten-free waffles from scratch, you can always eat frozen gluten-free waffles for breakfast. There are lots of good brands that produce them and most of these can be found in your local grocery store.
- Van’s Natural Foods- offers six kinds of gluten-free waffles: plain, apple-cinnamon, blueberry, flax, buckwheat and minis. My own family has been buying these for many years.
- Nature’s Path Organic- makes five varieties of gluten-free waffles, buckwheat wildberry, Flax Plus, Flax Plus with Figs, Flax Plus Red Berry and Hemp Plus.
- Kinnikinnick Foods- sells to types of gluten-free waffles, plain and cinnamon/brown sugar.
- Trader Joe’s- this store chain has two kinds of gluten-free frozen waffles available, plain and banana. These waffles are also offered at a very low price compared to the above brands, so definitely buy these, especially if you happen to live near a Trader Joe’s.
With all these awesome recipes and products for gluten-free waffles, it’s easy to satisfy your morning appetite. Whether you choose to heat frozen waffles or to make your own from scratch, you will relish the taste of great waffles, drizzled with sweet toppings. Enjoy your non-allergenic gluten-free life!
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