Cinnamon Waffles {Allergy-Friendly}

Need a waffle recipe free from your top 8 allergens? Look no further. This is one recipe your family will love!

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My daughter has always loved waffles, but since going gluten-free, we’ve not been able to find a store-bought kind that was somewhat healthy and didn’t taste like chewy rubber. Bleh!

In came this mom’s mission to get a waffle maker and come up with amazing recipes of my own!

Saturday mornings are always our “family breakfast day.” I usually whip up a table full of pancakes, fruits, bacon, potatoes, and more. It’s tradition and our one morning during the week when we can all take our time and dine together—the perfect kickoff to the weekend.

Now that we’re making our own waffles, I get to add new fun food to the mix. So far, they’ve been requested on back-to-back weeks with emphatic “yums” and “more, please.”

Want to really kick yours up a notch? Pair them with Supergluemom’s Better Than IHOP’s Homemade Blueberry Syrup! Hello! Drooling over here.

The best part? Make extra, and freeze them for a quick and delicious breakfast during the week.

You can also pack leftovers for lunches! My daughter never turns down “breakfast for lunch“—yummy! Put some syrup in a Mini Dipper container inside your EasyLunchBoxes, paired with fresh fruit and a protein for a balanced meal.


These waffles are light and fluffy, with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar. No chewy rubber here, folks!  They’re also gluten-free and free from all top 8 allergens. Say what!? Yes, and you probably have all the ingredients already in your cupboards!

It’s time to dust off that waffle maker in the back of your cupboard and start using it again! You won’t regret it.

MOM Tip: Learn how to grease and clean your waffle maker by reading this post

Allergy-Friendly Cinnamon Waffles

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Waffles


  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat and grease a waffle maker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, flax, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. Add the applesauce and vanilla, and mix.
  4. Slowly pour the water into the bowl, and mix to form a batter. If the batter is too thick, add a little more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Spoon some of the batter into the center of the hot waffle maker. Spread until it’s within 1/4 inch of the edge of the grids.
  6. Close the lid, and cook until golden brown.


The batter should be thinner/runnier in consistency than pancake batter. The batter thickness will vary depending on which all-purpose gluten-free flour you use since the % inside the mix will vary by brand.

About Keeley McGuire

Keeley is our resident allergy friendly contributor. She is a full-time working mom to one little girl who loves her homemade lunches. In her personal blog, KeeleyMcGuireBlog, she shares her gluten free and peanut free recipes, her love for her crockpot, and the occasional craft.

40 thoughts on “Cinnamon Waffles {Allergy-Friendly}”

  1. Sarah says:

    SO excited to try this for breakfast/dinner tonight :) It’s a relief to find a website like this, my daughter suffers from so many food allergies! Thank you!!!

    1. I’m so glad this was helpful, Sarah!

  2. Kim C says:

    I made these today and substituted coconut sugar for brown sugar and they came out so delicious! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  3. C says:

    Can I make these with almond flour?

    1. MOMables says:

      You can definitely try although they might be a little dense.

  4. C says:

    If I wanted to substitute almond flour would I need to increase the flax or another ingredient? If so by how much? Thanks!

    1. MOMables says:

      I have not tried these with almond flour but I imagine you can do a 1:1 substitution leaving the other ingredients intact. They might be a little more dense.

  5. Mindi says:

    Made these today, the batter was really thick, almost like dough. They were dense, but my kids all loved them even the ones without allergies. Thank you for the recipe, its always much easier to feed all my kids the same meal so ai really appreciate a delicious allergy free meal we all enjoy.

    1. MOMables says:

      I’m so happy you all loved it! We have tons of allergy-friendly meals on the site, so look around! :)

  6. Maria says:

    Going to try these out this weekend! I was wondering if you know how many waffles this recipe makes?


    1. MOMables says:

      it depends on the size of your waffle iron. 4-6 in mine

  7. Tatiana says:

    I tried making these today, and used ground chia instead of flax (my son can not tolerate flax) – they stuck to the iron horribly! When I tried to open the iron, although nice and brown, they separated immediately in the iron – one half was stuck to the bottom, the other half – to top of the iron. I had to scrape them out with the knife. Very disappointed, as lots of expensive ingredients were used. I greased the iron on both sides, and preheated it properly before use, so not sure what the problem is. Taste was great (I tried some pieces that came off) however I couldn’t make the recipe work. Any suggestions??

    1. MOMables says:

      Tatiana, I am not sure why they stuck to your pan. Is it a non-stick? As you can see in the video they lift just fine. Perhaps try substituting a little oil in the batter for the apple sauce. Flax has natural fats that might help. sorry.

  8. leslie says:

    I am excited about trying these. I have all the ingredients in my pantry. My son is allergic to wheat, eggs and nuts, so these will work perfectly for us. Thanks!

  9. Carolina says:

    My daughter has recently had a food panel and is has all the major allergies. Being new to this whole elimination diet is new and difficult for me! I just wanted to thank you for posting these recipes. It’s so very helpful, thank you!!!!

    1. MOMables says:

      I am so glad some of our allergy friendly recipes help Carolina! We have more in the allergy friendly section in the recipe index!

  10. Debbie says:

    Can you freeze these after they are cooked?

  11. Ilissa says:

    I just tried to make these and they stuck to the top and bottom of my waffle maker! I had to scrape off the burnt parts with a knife. Now I am afraid to try again. What could be the problem here?

  12. mf says:

    The recipe here is missing. Where it should be it just says [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:188]

  13. 4HungryBunnies says:

    Otherwise your recipe looks great! I want to try it sometime. I would have to make sure I get a big dose of healthy fat somewhere else in the meal, but it could work.

    1. MOMables says:

      you can omit the vanilla here if you like.

  14. 4HungryBunnies says:

    I started reacting to vanilla extract and began research about it only to find that it contains corn in some form (is corn syrup, contaminated in glycerin, in the alcohol made from corn). Short of using a real vanilla bean to flavor your cooking, you won’t get vanilla without corn. Even making it yourself from Vodka which the alcohol can be made from corn you can’t escape it. Google an article : All About Vanilla (or fake if you are a beaver).

  15. Melissa says:

    I am having trouble getting them cooked all the way through, they are tacky! My son is on the elimination diet so I am new to all of the top 8 free cooking & baking tricks! I have the Costco Gluten Free ‘perfect flour blend’.

    1. Hi Melissa, try cooking them on a lower temperature to let them cook up longer if they’re burning on the outside before completion in the center. You can also try thinning out the batter a little – they might be too thick.

    2. Melissa says:

      Oh and I substituted coconut nectar for brown sugar, added 1 T. Coconut oil and it is Namaste Foods brand for the flour–purchased at Costco! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  16. Dani says:

    I was wondering if I could use a different flour because I have white rice flour

    1. MOMables says:

      Hi Dani!
      this will not work with all rice flour. You can create your own baking mix or an all purpose mix with rice flour.

    2. Hi Dani, using a white rice flour will not work well alone as it produces a more grainy texture in baked goods (or “bread like” items). It’s best to blend it with other gluten free flours. Thanks!

  17. Michelle says:

    Is it necessary to use the flax seed? After researching flax seed and the use of it while breastfeeding, every article I have read says to stay away from it. Could I use something in place of it? Thank you!

    1. MOMables says:

      Michelle, in this case the flax acts as a binder replacing the egg. I you don’t have egg allergies, you can use eggs instead. Otherwise, use an egg replacer.

      1. Jennifer says:

        You could replace the ground flax seed with ground chia seeds, it works as an egg replacement as well.

      2. Dena says:

        How many eggs?

        1. MOMables says:

          Dena, there are no eggs in this recipe. It’s an egg free recipe.

          1. Elizabeth says:

            it seems Dena was asking because in the post above, it mentioned replacing flax with eggs

  18. January says:

    do you have a favorite gf ap flour blend? Not all are created equal and I wouldnt want to try this recipe with a blend that won’t come out right.

    1. You’re absolutely right, they’re not all created equal. My go to is King Arthur Flour’s GF All Purpose Flour. It’s made in a Top8 free facility. Thanks!

  19. Mike says:

    Your recipe seems to lack any kind of fat, which would suggest to me it is never going to come out of the iron, even if it is greased beforehand. Is there a reason there is no canola oil or something similar added?

    1. Hi Mike,
      I have made this recipe on numerous occasions for my daughter and it does not stick with a greased iron. If you’re worried, feel free to add but it’s not necessary.
      These are not your typical hard and crunchy waffles – they’re light and airy and easily removed.
      There is no oil because it’s simply not needed and it keeps the recipe healthier and more adaptable for allergy needs.
      Good question though! Thanks!

      1. Also, I failed to mention the applesauce essentially takes the place of any oil you’d normally see in a waffle recipe. Thanks!

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