Gluten Free Waffles

stack of gluten free waffles on a pink plate. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzled with maple syrup. A bite on a fork is sitting on the plate.

Ridiculously easy, crispy-on-the-edges and soft-and-fluffy in the middle, just as a gluten free waffle should be! These waffles freeze well, keep some on hand for quick breakfasts.

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Waffles are definitely a favorite at our house, and having a gluten free waffles recipe that is crisp on the edges and soft and fluffy in the middle is a must for me!

Over the years, I’ve owned several different types of waffle makers, and I have to say that my fav is the Dash mini waffle iron.

The gluten free waffles come out the size of Eggo waffles, so perfect for freezing and popping in the toaster as needed to still get just the right texture.

The other thing I love about my Dash waffle iron is that it is so small and compact, we often pack it with us when going out of town so we can make safe waffles anywhere we go.

Be sure to check out my tips for freezing below!

But first, let me walk you through this recipe.

I’ll share the ingredients and the step-by-step process for these gluten free waffles below, so be sure to check that out before you print the recipe!

ingredients in bowls: 3 eggs, salt, baking powder/soda, vanilla, sugar, oil, milk, and a large pink bowl of flour

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE WAFFLES?

I love that the ingredients in this recipe are so simple! You probably already have most, if not all, of them on hand.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • eggs
  • neutral oil such as avocado, canola, or vegetable
  • milk (dairy or non-dairy will work)
  • vanilla
  • sugar
  • high quality gluten free flour (more on that below)
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
bowl of flour with rolling pin in background

WHAT GLUTEN FREE FLOUR WORKS BEST IN THIS RECIPE?

I tested this recipe with a variety of gluten free flour blends, and recommend the following:

gfJules and Namaste have a little too much xanthan gum for this recipe. If you use either of those, you might get more of a gummy texture. I think Pamela’s Artisan Blend would work as well, but haven’t tested it yet, and Cup4Cup works OK but it will be a little gummy.

step by step photos of how to make gluten free waffles. 
1. ingredients
2. milk pouring into a bowl of eggs
3. oil pouring into eggs and milk
4. pouring sugar and vanilla into bowl
measuring flour and salt into bowl.
5. what batter should look like: comes off the whisk in a fairly fluid stream
6.scoop batter into waffle iron
7. stack of waffles with butter and syrup
8. waffle in toaster

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE WAFFLES

There are a few things you need to remember when making gluten free waffles:

  1. When measuring gluten free flour, always stir the flour, scoop into a measuring cup, then level off.
  2. Flour matters. See above for my recs.
  3. Do not overmix waffle batter, they will end up tough if you do. It’s OK if you have a few lumps.
  4. Depending on the type of milk you use, you might need to add a little milk or flour. Do so 1 T at a time and see pics below to see what the texture should be like. Also, waffles are pretty forgiving so they’ll probably taste good anyway 😉

Here are the steps:

  1. Crack eggs into a medium/large bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add milk, oil, sugar, and vanilla and whisk again.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk just until combined. It’s OK if you have a few lumps.
  4. Preheat waffle iron(s) and cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Both my Dash mini waffle maker and my Belgian waffle iron take about 2 minutes.
Waffle in toaster along with text "homemade gluten free toaster waffles"

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What types of gluten free flour will work in this recipe?

Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 is my favorite gluten free flour blend for pancakes and waffles. Better Batter (dairy free + corn free) also works well and Cup4Cup can be used as well. I don’t recommend gfJules or Namaste for this recipe.

Can I make gluten free waffles dairy free?

Yes! Simply use dairy free milk. You might want to reduce the amount by 1-2 Tablespoons as it is thinner than dairy milk.

Can I make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate for later?

Yes! The batter will thicken up a little in the fridge, but will cook well. Just refrigerate in a covered container or bowl and pull out 15 minutes before cooking.

Do gluten free waffles freeze well?

They sure do! Let the waffles cool completely on a rack, then place in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze (you can layer with a piece of parchment between). Once frozen, you can place them all in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat one, pop it in the toaster on the lowest setting.

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stack of 5 gluten free waffles with a pat of butter on top, syrup drizzled over, and a bite sitting on plate

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Yield: 12 small waffles

Gluten Free Waffles (dairy free option)

stack of gluten free waffles on a pink plate. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzled with maple syrup. A bite on a fork is sitting on the plate.

Crisp on the edges + soft and fluffy on the inside! These gluten free waffles are super easy to make, and they freeze great so double the recipe and freeze some for later. When you're ready to eat, simply pop one (or two) in the toaster.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (any kind, dairy free works too)
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil such as avocado, canola, or vegetable
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Crack eggs into a medium/large bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add milk, oil, sugar, and vanilla and whisk again.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk just until combined. It's OK if you have a few lumps.
  4. Preheat waffle iron(s) and cook according to manufacturer's directions. Both my Dash mini waffle maker and my Belgian waffle iron take about 2 minutes.
  5. To freeze, cool completely on a cooling rack in a single layer. Move to a single layer on a cookie sheet, (for multiple layers, separate with parchment paper) and freeze. Once fully frozen, put them in an air-tight Ziploc bag and keep in freezer until ready to use. Pop in the toaster on lowest setting.

Notes

  1. When measuring gluten free flour, always stir the flour, scoop into a measuring cup, then level off.
  2. Flour matters. See above for my recs.
  3. Do not overmix waffle batter, they will end up tough if you do. It's OK if you have a few lumps.
  4. Depending on the type of milk you use, you might need to add a little milk or flour. Do so 1 T at a time and see pics below to see what the texture should be like. Also, waffles are pretty forgiving so they'll probably taste good anyway 😉
  5. For other questions, see the FAQ's above the recipe card.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Melissa
    April 22, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Do you have an opinion on King Arthur Measure for Measure?

    • Reply
      thereislifeafterwheat@gmail.com
      April 24, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Honestly, I haven’t used it enough to really say. I think it would work fine for waffles though! But I definitely need to test it more to know if it would work for cookies or yeast breads.

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