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Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten Free Waffles!

Gluten-Free Waffles

Back in high school, I didn’t always make the best decisions.

One night when I was fifteen, I told my parents I was sleeping over at a friend’s house. Really, we were meeting other friends at some shady underground bar. It was fun at first, but as the night wore on and people got more and more drunk, I began to feel uneasy. Fights were breaking out, bottles were being thrown, things were dangerously out of hand and the police were rumored to be on the way. The bar—congested with so much cigarette smoke you could hardly breathe or see straight—was filled well over capacity by this point. I eventually got out of there and somehow found the courage to call my dad. It was 2 in the morning; needless to say he probably wasn’t pleased.

In the ensuing hour, I waited in the dark, thinking about how much he was going to yell at me—and with good reason. But when my dad arrived, he said nothing and instead just gave me a hug and took me home. The hug taught me more of a lesson than yelling ever could.

Healthy Waffles

Making Father’s Day breakfast is the least I can do in return for his patience all those years ago with my crazy teenaged self. Although neither of us is on a gluten-free diet, I made gluten free waffles this year just to change things up. No one says you have to be gluten-free to enjoy gluten-free foods every now and then, and I’ve been having fun experimenting with different flours lately. Buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, brown rice flour, arrowroot… each brings a unique taste and texture to the table. If you do like using different flours in recipes, you’ll be happy to know my future recipes will be featuring them much more often.

However if you don’t want to buy fancy flours or change the way you bake, rest assured I’ll still post “regular flour” options for the recipes. For example, if you don’t want to use the non-traditional flours called for in this particular gluten free waffles recipe, you can make my other Healthy Waffles Recipe without any obscure ingredients.


gluten free waffles

Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten Free Waffles

Total Time: 10m
Yield: 2 waffles
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Gluten Free Waffles


  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour (35g)
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat flour (18g)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch (16g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp pure stevia, or 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (such as pure maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 tsp oil OR 1 tbsp more applesauce
  • 1 tbsp milk of choice (increase to 3 tbsp if using stevia version)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Gluten Free Waffles Recipe: Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well. In a separate bowl, stir together all liquid ingredients. Grease a waffle iron with oil or oil spray: be sure to grease it very well if using all applesauce in the recipe. Preheat the iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Pour wet into dry, and stir until evenly combined. When the iron is hot, pour half the batter into the center, and close the lid. (My waffle machine has a light that goes out when the waffle is cooked. Don’t lift the lid before the waffle is done.) Serve with pancake syrup, pure maple syrup, or your favorite waffle toppings. Makes 2 waffles.

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Question of the Day:

How did your parents discipline you when you were growing up?

When I was really little I’d be sent to my room or put in time out, but I don’t remember ever being grounded as a teenager. By that time, my parents probably had it pretty easy in terms of punishment options: just knowing I’d disappointed them or not met expectations was usually enough to make me regret a bad decision.

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Published on June 27, 2013

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  1. Deanna says

    Oh yum! Keep the waffle recipes coming 🙂 I love eating them for breakfast dinners!
    When I was little, I was never really punished. Most of the times, the thought of being punished was enough from keeping me from doing something too stupid

  2. Paige says

    thanks for posting this absolutely delicious looking recipe 🙂 I do follow a gluten free diet so it’s nice to see recipes like this more and more!

    my dad raised me and my sister very differently, which makes sense, since we’re totally different people. with me, he would be very quiet, and ask questions knowing that I would never lie to him. if he was mad enough, he would clench his teeth while he spoke which was infinitely more scary than yelling. BUT, I was a pretty good kid, so I rarely got in trouble. seeing those teeth clench scared me out of doing stupid stuff 😉

  3. Am says

    That is so cool what your Dad did!
    My mom was great on figuring out what discipline I needed. Most of the time it was just an explanation to help me realize my impact on others, and I would never do it again!

  4. Maya says

    I was a pretty boring kid that read a lot, and didn’t get into trouble really until I was a little older. I never was grounded, same thing for me with the disappointment being enough. But there was one hilarious time I was like 16 and was put in the corner as a punishment 🙂 Sometimes my mom still thought of me as a little kid.

  5. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    YUM! I’m loving gluten-free stuff just because of the different taste and texture. It’s fun to mix things up. My parents were pretty easy. I got spanked one time for throwing one of my many temper tantrums in public, and they felt so bad that they never did it again. I was never grounded or anything like that, but I knew they were disappointed. And that was enough punishment for me. Letting my parents down remains one of my biggest fears to this day. 🙂

  6. [email protected] OmNom Love says

    You’ve done it again Katie! These look delicious!
    When I was really little my parents would punish me by putting me in the “time out” chair or by spanking me. And if you did something really bad and heard the thwack of The Wooden Spoon in the house, you knew you were in trouble. 😉

  7. Hannah says

    Oh, these look delicious! I think I’m craving waffles.

    Katie, tell your dad he’s awesome. What an amazing thing he did.

    Being the oldest child, my parents hadn’t quite gathered parenthood yet, so I was yelled at a bit, and spanked as a little girl.
    As I grew to my school years, I was sent to my room, given time outs, would have toys or treats taken away, or, if all else failed, spanked again.
    Now, as a teenager, I’m only scolded or lectured, and nothing works better on me than just having a calm and serious talking to with my mother. I’d say my parents did a very good job with discipline. I’ve never been grounded, though.
    I rarely lied or disobeyed as I grew older, (and I had no friends to get in trouble with) and if I did, my conscience made me admit it right away. I could rarely misbehave without apologizing or telling the truth, which I think got me out of a lot of punishments.

  8. Sarah says

    So I went to your website looking to make one of your pancake recipes, but it’s like you read my mind! These were great! And my family ate buckwheat (which they always claim to hate) without even realizing it! Thank you!

    • Sarah says

      Also, about the discipline.. I was a boring kid that never did too much. The worst was one time when I was really little I stole a barette from a store. I didn’t realize it was wrong at the time. When my parents found out, my dad sat me down at the kitchen table and told me that if I ever stole again, my mom would go to jail and I would never see her again. To this day now I can’t really do anything dishonestly. I think he scared it into me. 🙂

  9. Tess says

    No offense, but how the heck did you get into a bar at age 15? You look so young now I can imagine you would be carded to get into a club. And what kind of bar was this that all that went on? Road House?

      • Jenny says

        Did you attend high school in the Philippines? (My classmates there were getting smashed at clubs and bars all the time, even before freshman year in HS. Like some of your other readers, I was a boring kid who didn’t get into trouble, so it really surprised me.) Or perhaps China? I can’t see this happening in Japan, unless it was the far north or something. (Never been to Hokkaido so…)

          • Jenny says

            ISM. 🙂 (The new and awesome campus!)

            I think one of the hardest parts about being a TCK (which you are, too – a “third culture kid”) is going “home” and the accompanying culture shock!

          • Chocolate Covered Katie says

            Oh it must be really awesome, then. I can’t imagine a campus being more awesome than Brent! We went for a soccer tournament many years ago, and I remember everyone at the tournament was jealous of the campus with its beautiful scenery, outdoor walkways, and (most importantly) the indoor pool. Then again, I hear SAS (the Shanghai high school) now has a pool and even a Starbucks on campus.
            Yeah, the culture shock is really hard… I definitely had a difficult time adjusting when I got back to the US, especially at school. Even still, I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.

          • Sydney says

            I lived overseas the majority of my childhood (first time I ever moved was when I was 2 weeks old) and the surroundings are so much different. And you really are changed once you have lived in a different country. But now that I am currently living in the U.S, I miss being overseas! And it is odd going back to the U.S because you have all those experience, that I too am so glad to have!

    • Cck says

      I actually still use Desert Essence coconut shampoo. I know they say you’re supposed to change every six months, but I’m a creature of habit, I guess.

  10. trajayjay says

    I have read too many books and seen too many movies to be dreaming of going to any place where young people are getting drunk and doing drugs and partying all crazy. I couldn’t imagine going somewhere where I couldn’t be sure that I wasn’t inhaling any drugs. I may be a teenager, but I’m boring and that’s the way I like it! I think that hanging out on the computer is much more fun than filling my body up with obscure chemicals that supposedly make me feel high would ever be.

    I enjoy making waffles, light, fluffy, traps to hold the syrup/whatever else.

  11. Lisa says

    Oh goodness, these look awesome! And I love that they’re gluten free since I have to be careful with my gluten intake.
    When I was little I honestly wasn’t ever disciplined that much. I grew up with my parents kind of disagreeing on how to parent me so I never really got much other than an occasional time out, but maybe I was just a good kid who never got into trouble 😉

  12. cierra says

    I’m really curious … what is the topping on the waffle in the photo? It honestly looks like an over-easy egg, but it can’t be, because you’re vegan — LOL. And … it can’t be butter, either. Sorry if you mentioned what it was and I missed it!

    P.S. have you been experimenting with coconut flour at all, as far as making gluten-free treats? Just wonderin’. ^__^

  13. Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective says

    These look so good!!! I haven’t had good luck experimenting with GF flours, so I always turn to people like you for delicious GF bread-y type things. Amazing!

  14. Shelley says

    I can’t wait to try these – have to go and stock up on my obscure flours! I don’t have buckwheat or arrowroot in my collection yet.
    When I was 16 I totalled my parents car. I had only a couple of very minor injuries and the people who were in the other car that hit me were fine. I called my Mom who then in turn called my Dad who had to leave work to come and get me as he was in our other car. I was sure he’d be furious and I’d be banned from driving forever. He gave me a big hug and all he said was “tough night, eh”. He also made me get back in the car the very next day and drive again – he knew if I didn’t I’d probably be afraid to drive forevermore. Dads are pretty great people!! I think mine deserves some awesome waffles too!

  15. Amy says

    I was never grounded as a kid either. My parents rewarded us for doing chores, finishing our homework, and other good behavior. Seeing their disappointment when we did something bad was MUCH worse than them yelling or grounding us! I really appreciated growing up in a household full of love and compassion, and it’s refreshing to hear that your family is like that too!

  16. The Vegan Cookie Fairy says

    Yay, GF! I’m experimenting with GF baking too, so I’m looking forward to your future recipes.

    I was an easy child, or at least that’s what my mum always says. I remember getting a slap about two or three times in my life, when I was throwing a real tantrum, and that was all it took for me to understand I’d gone too far. Never needed to be grounded, rarely got scolded… I just sort of knew what I could and couldn’t (or shouldn’t) do.

  17. Jenni says

    Your story reminds me of the first time I got drunk. I was sixteen and my mom ended up having to come pick me up from a friend’s house. She wasn’t mad at all. She just thought we were pretty stupid for downing a whole bottle of vodka between four girls, and felt bad for me because I had gotten myself so sick! Haha. What an embarrassing night.

  18. Mykel says

    I love all of your gf items. I really want to try these too! I use a ap gf flour(gums included). How much ap flour should I use? Thanks looking forward to more gf items!

  19. Sadye says

    When I was fairly young (elementary school) my parents would send me to my room but forbid me from reading — I was (still am) such a bookworm that being sent to my room wasn’t much of a punishment.

  20. Deb says

    Double Thank You! The waffles were super nummers for dinner tonight. The whole family loved them. And… because the story of how your dad handled that night was great. My daughter is 13 and who knows what is going to happen in the next few years. Finger’s crossed! Thanks again!

  21. Rachel says

    These look so good! I’ve tried a few GF waffle mixes and they’re never very good, but I’ve been afraid to try on my own.. this recipe looks simple enough and I have all of the ingredients!

    Question: How many waffles does this make?

  22. Lisa @bitesforbabies says

    Looks delicious! I usually make my gluten-free fare with almond flour only…I gave up on trying all those mixes a while ago because nothing seemed to come together! I might just give this a try!
    As for discipline, my parents were very strict, or let’s say firm, when they needed to be. At the same time I was never deprived of anything! I admire them now for their strength and stubbornness because I learned how to respect rules and authority from an early age. I can see myself in them the way I’m raising my own children…and mine are happy, carefree, and also respectful!

  23. Claire says

    This is so sweet! I’d love to hear more stories from you! You’re a good storyteller. 🙂

    And I personally am very grateful for the gluten-free (adaptable) recipes you post. Thank you also for posting them in grams, because it makes substituting flours much easier, if needed! I often go to your blog when I need inspiration!

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