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How to make gluten free waffles the easy way from scratch, with no eggs or dairy required. This recipe is a great gluten free breakfast option!

Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

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.

The Best Gluten Free Waffle Recipe

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.

Healthy Waffles

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.

Girl And Dad Fathers Day Brunch

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.

Easy Healthy Gluten Free Waffles
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Gluten Free Waffles

How to make gluten free waffles for a healthy breakfast, with no eggs or dairy required.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 waffles
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  • 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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  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. Olivia@ 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!

  24. Diandra says

    When I was younger, my parents yelled at us and beat us – which did not teach me very much (except for taking a hit, protecting my head and running fast – oh, and how I definitely won’t treat my own children). Later in life, when they finally settled down, they started talking to us (I guess i was twelve then), and that taught me much more about life, about choices and regrets.

  25. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says

    He was probably just happy you had the maturity to recognize a bad situation and ask for help. My parents told me they’d pick me up anytime, any place, if I needed… but I was too scared to take them up on it! Thankfully, my friends and I were dorks and rarely drank or anything, so I never had to take them up on it 😉

  26. Elizabeth says

    These look awesome! It will be nice to follow your flour journey so we can see what works best for what recipes!

    I got disciplined the good ol’ fashioned way; spanking, which I think really did the job, because I can’t remember needing to disciplined after we grew out of the spanking age.

  27. jill goldman says

    katie, first of all, the timing on this couldn’t have been more perfect! i was just about to read the recipe after reading through the blog post today, and my younger son comes in and asks, “can you please make something special for breakfast this morning, like pancakes or waffles?” and second of all, wow! these are probably the most delicious waffles i have ever made. i made only one small substitution of teff flour for the buckwheat, since that’s what i had on hand. and we topped it with strawberry compote (for him) and blueberry/raspberry compote (for me). yummmmmy! thank you so much for this today.

  28. Alexandra @ Lean Green Healthy Machine says

    All of your healthy waffles make me seriously consider investing in a waffle iron! Especially with all of the summer berries coming into season, a waffle breakfast sounds quite delightful. Thanks for the recipes!

  29. Richa says

    those Waffles look to die for. and cinnamony yes!

    hmm. i dont remember anyone grounding me of handing out really bad punishment. But with the way we were brought up and the culture, it was really difficult to lie and sneak out at night. when I did get into trouble during undergrad my mom would talk to me. more the restrictions, the more i would try to break them. When they let me go and i learnt m own lessons, our relationship got stronger:)

  30. Kathy says

    Yum! I just made these and they are just so nice and fluffy! I don’t have any applesauce on hand so I just mashed up a yellow banana 🙂

  31. Kobi says

    We LOVE so many of your recipes but I have 4 super healthy eaters to feed so I usually multiply your recipes. This particular waffle recipe I 10x and it would not do anything but crumble in the waffle iron so I turned them in to pancakes! The flavors are still great!

  32. Makayla says

    They look incredible! I’ve always been in love with waffles. What kind of butter do you use to top them with??

  33. kellie@foodtoglow says

    This post resonates for three reasons. First of all I had a very similar teenage experience. Mine was a boy got me drunk for the first time on spiced rum (classy – not!). I came in late expecting to be grounded but Mum didn’t say a word. Just held my hair back as as I got rid of the evening’s ‘experience’. Not a word was ever said. Didn’t touch alcohol again until my early 20s! Second, I blog a bit on gluten free despite not technically needing gf for self or family. I like chestnut flour and have had great success using this without any additional non-wheat flours. I fairly recently posted Apple Pie pancakes with salted caramel sauce (vegan). Chestnut is brilliant for pasta dough too. My daughter got a waffle iron for her birthday. I’ll show her this recipe and see if she will.make these for us!

  34. Becca G says

    Delicious Katie!!! Thanks for a tasty recipe…I will definitely share on my Canada Day/Summertime blog post! I only had one issue…no matter how much I sprayed my waffle maker, the waffles still stuck. 🙁 This is one of those recipes that doesn’t have to be pretty to be tasty so it was all good, but I am frustrated that I couldn’t keep it from happening. If I left them too long they burned. I used oil instead of the extra applesauce so not sure why. Thanks again though! My family really enjoyed their brunch this holiday morning!

  35. L says

    Hey Katie, I was just wondering if there was anything you can sub for the applesauce? I am not a big fan of it.

  36. Arnold W. Reynolds says

    I have a new gluten free best friend and her name is Iris and she writes this amazing blog called The Daily Diatribe and I’ve been following her for years and she totally rocks. There, I said it. Why does she rock? Because she did a TON of work to figure out how to make gluten free, dairy free and egg free waffles, giving me (and you) the opportunity to just throw the ingredients together and cook up some delicious waffles. Crisp waffles indeed! Oh, I’ve tried making waffles. I’ve posted about them here and here and here . But none of them come even close to the delicious perfection of this recipe for this gluten free diva. And one of the best things is that sometimes gluten free waffles can be gummy. Not sure if that’s from the amount of starches used or the xanthan or guar gums. But these waffles aren’t the least bit gummy.

  37. Quinn Alexandra says

    I love that you are using different flours in things, I have so many flours at home & I love them all. Just a tip: I’ve heard that chestnut flour is incredible in pancakes, but you can only really order it online.

  38. Crystal says

    Hi there,

    I’m wondering if you have a substitution for the rice flour? I’m currently on an elimination diet and am having a devil of a time trying to find a gluten free flour combo that doesn’t include corn, rice or almond! Any suggestions?! Thanks!

  39. Jamie says

    I made these and they stuck like crazy to my waffle iron. None of them turned out 🙁 Could you give me any ideas as to what I should do differently? It seems the batter couldn’t sustain itself.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Maybe you used too much liquid? If not that, you may want to check out the “Troubleshoot” segment in Katie’s “FAQ” links at the top of her blog.

  40. Sylvie says

    Hi Katie, I love your recipes your are a amazing. Both me and my daughter are Gluten and dairy free and you saved our sweet tooth obsession. These pancakes are really good and instead of the apple sauce I used mashed bananas and they turned out soooo good, it taste like banana bread. Again thank you and keep the awesome recipes coming, I love making them.

  41. makayla says

    What Earth Balance buttey spread do you buy? The organic? Original? I usually buy the organic but want to try their new omega spread.

  42. meredith says

    I made these and they were fine, but the entire batter only made ONE belgium waffle and i have a standard size machine.

  43. Kyla says

    You look really pretty in that picture! I like this recipe, since I am gluten free and I haven’t had waffles for as long as I can remember. I’ll be making this sometime, it looks really yummy! I have a question: Can I make these into pancakes?

  44. Kim Watkins says

    I just came from one of your pages that had a picture of you and your mom on it and you were asking if we thought you two look alike. After seeing you with your dad on this page, I’m going to have to say you are all daddy’s girl! Thanks for all of the stories and delicious recipes.

  45. Robin Robertson says

    Can this recipe be modified to conform to a FODMAP diet? I can’t eat apples and many other fruits; absolutely no dairy either. Gluten free isn’t always dairy or FODMAP free. Thank you.

  46. Diane says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. My grandson has celiac and we all love waffles. Your dad was a great parent. I only wish I had been more like him when I was raising my daughters.

  47. Danielle Deaton says

    Please help Katie! I’ve made these gluten free waffles twice, and both times it has stuck like a nightmare to my new fancy Belgian waffle iron. I’ve greased it quite well, and followed your recipe exactly (using the liquid stevia option). The flavor is perfect, but the waffle splits in the iron and I have to peel and scrape it out bit by bit. I really want this recipe to work, so any help you can provide I am grateful for. Thank you!

  48. Taunya says

    5 stars
    These were super yummy! I have been gluten-free (due to allergies) for 1 1/2 years. This was the first recipe I have tried for GF waffles. The only thing I might try for next time is to decrease the applesauce by 1/2 T. and instead, add 1/2 T. more oil so they are crispier. Granted, GF baked goods are not always the right texture, but I’m thinking it might help.

  49. Mellie says

    Yummy! I replaced the Buckwheat flour with Quinoa flakes. I was also out of applesauce and used a baby food pouch instead. Turned out yummy. Other than asking what it was… color looked different because of baby food… my boys gobbled them up without a fuss.

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