Love waffles and follow a gluten-free diet? Check out this recipe that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan! Enjoy your favorite breakfast food while sticking with a diet that makes you feel good long after you enjoy it.
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Waffles used to be a mainstay in my household while I was growing up. We had waffles, pancakes, or eggs and toast on the weekends, especially on Sundays before everyone got ready to go to church. It was a ritual for my family to have a big breakfast before scurrying out the door.
A ritual that I sometimes miss. In my household now that I’m an adult, I’m the only one who really appreciates a big breakfast once in a while. My husband and son are creatures of habit and prefer peanut butter toast, oatmeal, or eggs seven days a week.
Once in a while, my son asks for pancakes, but it’s mostly so he can pretend he’s eating pancakes when all he really wants to do is go swimming in maple syrup.
Even though they aren’t big breakfast people, once in a while, I crave that ritual of having a big family breakfast and whip up pancakes, waffles, or vegan French toast (I don’t eat eggs in addition to gluten or dairy).
These gluten-free waffles came from that attempt to recreate a big Sunday morning breakfast. A waffle recipe that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan but doesn’t taste like it.
These waffles are:
- Crunchy on the outside
- Light on the inside
- Delicious with any and all toppings added to them
Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about the logistics of gluten-free waffles.
How to make waffles gluten-free
To make waffles gluten-free, you’ll want to use gluten-free flour or a gluten-free flour blend. In my recipe, I choose to use the gluten-free flour blend that I use throughout my cooking: King Arthur Gluten-free Measure for Measure blend.
You can choose to make your own gluten-free flour blend or buy a different store-bought option as well.
Read on: 5 best gluten-free flour blends
How to make waffles dairy-free
To make gluten-free waffles dairy-free, you’ll want to use dairy-free milk in place of normal milk that you’d find in a traditional waffle recipe.
If you plan to use butter and syrup on your waffles, use vegan butter in place of normal butter for a dairy-free option.
How to make waffles vegan
To make gluten-free waffles vegan, you’ll want to replace the normal milk for dairy-free milk. You’ll also want to substitute the eggs in the recipe.
Here are a few egg substitutes you can use in a waffle recipe:
- Flax egg (recipe below)
- Mashed bananas
- Pumpkin puree
In my vegan and gluten-free waffle recipe, I like to use flax eggs, because I always have ground flax meal on hand and I like the added fiber, but you can choose to use a different substitute if you want to.
How to make a flax egg
Replacing eggs in many baking recipes is simple – use a flax egg. To make a flax egg, you’ll want to combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons of warm water in a small bowl or cup. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then use as you would a normal egg in your recipe.
Can I make this gluten-free waffle batter ahead of time?
Yes! This gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan waffle batter can be made up to 48 hours in advance of using it. This comes in handy if you have a busy morning, but want to plan a hearty breakfast for your family. You can prep a day or two in advance and have the batter ready for you.
This also comes in handy if you like to take waffles camping with you, but don’t want to pre-bake the waffles before you leave home.
Can I make this as a gluten-free waffle mix?
If you like to have gluten-free waffle mix on hand, this recipe is a great option for you! All you need to do is combine the dry ingredients in the recipe, then plan to add the wet ingredients before you prepare your waffles.
In a jar, combine the gluten-free flour blend, sugar, baking powder, and salt and store in your pantry. When you’re ready to make a batch, you can pull out your wet ingredients, prepare them, then add them to the batter. Prepare as you would any other waffle or baking mix.
Can I make gluten-free waffles in advance?
Yes! These waffles are great when prepared ahead of time for busy mornings. They keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in your fridge.
When you’re ready to eat them, you can reheat them in the microwave or toast them in a toaster oven or upright toaster (think Eggo waffles) to crisp up before eating.
How to make gluten-free waffles
To make these gluten-free waffles, follow these steps to get light, crispy, and delicious waffles every time.
Preheat the waffle maker
Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Combine dry ingredients
In a mixing bowl, combine gluten-free flour blend, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix together until there are no lumps.
Combine wet ingredients
In another smaller mixing bowl, combine almond or coconut milk, eggs or flax eggs, vanilla extract, and canola or vegetable oil. Whisk to combine.
Combine wet and dry ingredients
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and again, mix everything together so there are no lumps remaining.
If you plan to add mix-ins, this is the time to stir them in.
Ladle the batter into the waffle maker
Ladle the waffle batter into the waffle maker once it’s heated. I like to use a ¼ cup measuring cup to fill each section of my waffle maker, but you can use whatever works best for you. Close the cover and let cook, until the “Ready” indicator light or sound comes on.
Remove the waffle from the waffle maker
Remove the waffle from the waffle maker and set aside. Repeat ladling the batter into the waffle maker and cooking the waffles until you’ve used all your batter.
Enjoy now or store for later
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container. You can also freeze these by layering parchment paper between the waffles in a freezer bag. When ready to reheat, simply pop it in the toaster or microwave.
Can I freeze these gluten free waffles?
These gluten-free dairy-free waffles freeze well. To make your own freezer waffles, prepare the recipe as shown, then let them cool completely.
Stack the waffles with a layer of parchment paper between each waffle, then place in a freezer storage bag. It can be helpful to put the reheating directions on the bag to save you from having to look them up later.
Gluten-free Waffle Mix-ins
I love adding different flavors to our waffles on a big breakfast day. Try adding one of these mix-ins to your next gluten-free waffle batch for a little extra flavor and make this recipe your own.
- Chopped bananas
- Chopped apples
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped bacon
- Cocoa powder
- Pumpkin spice and 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
- Spices and molasses for gluten-free gingerbread waffles
Gluten-free Waffle Topping Ideas
One of the best parts of enjoying waffles is getting creative with the toppings. Try some of these yummy topping ideas for your next batch of gluten-free waffles.
- Butter or dairy-free butter and maple syrup
- Fruit syrups or jam
- Fresh fruit
- Peanut butter
- Dairy-free whipped cream
- Dairy-free chocolate syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Use these as a sandwich base
- With dairy-free ice cream for dessert
With all these delicious ideas, I hope your mouth is watering and you’re ready to run to your kitchen right now to give this recipe a try!
- 1 ½ cups King Arthur measure for measure gluten-free flour blend
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or other dairy-free milk)
- 2 eggs, flax eggs, or 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil (can also swap for melted coconut oil)
- Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
- In a mixing bowl, combine gluten-free flour blend, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix together until there are no lumps.
- In another smaller mixing bowl, combine almond or coconut milk, eggs or flax eggs or applesauce, vanilla extract, and canola or vegetable oil. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and again, mix everything together so there are no lumps remaining.
- Ladle the waffle batter into the waffle maker once it's heated. I like to use about a ¼ cup measuring cup to fill each section of my waffle maker, but you can use whatever works best for you.
- Close the cover and let cook, until the "Ready" indicator light or sound comes on.
- Remove the waffle from the waffle maker and set aside.
- Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you've used all your batter.
- Serve your gluten-free dairy-free waffles with vegan butter and syrup, spiced butter and syrup, fresh fruit, a homemade raspberry or cranberry syrup, or whipped coconut cream.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container. You can also freeze these by layering parchment paper between the waffles in a freezer bag. When ready to reheat, simply pop it in the toaster or microwave.
To make a flax egg, combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons of warm water in a small bowl or cup. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then add the recipe.
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If you’ve been looking for a gluten-free waffle recipe that’s also dairy-free and egg-free, I hope you love this recipe. Make it your own with different toppings and enjoy that big breakfast once in a while!