Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles (VEGAN)

It’s time to pull out the waffle iron because today’s recipe for dairy and gluten-free waffles that are vegan are super easy to whip up!

Unlike pre-made, gluten-free waffle mixes this recipe yields perfectly cooked waffles with soft centers and crispy edges.

image: stack of four waffles on a plate with blueberries

Finding a tasty, gluten AND dairy-free waffle recipe used to be a headache. Everything tasted blah and had the texture of rubber- definitely not a winner for my family. 

I’ve tried gluten-free waffle mixes and while some have been delicious, they aren’t cheap or easy to find. Out of convenience, I’ve also purchased frozen gluten-free waffles, which can be delicious and also expensive.

After many inedible waffles, both by testing my own recipes and what looked good on Pinterest, I decided to start with my go-to waffle recipe and experiment with gluten-free flour and dairy-free milk. The results? Delicious waffles that are allergy-friendly and vegan-approved! 

Homemade Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles

Cousins to pancakes, waffles are always welcome for breakfast at my house. They are like eating a pancake, but with pockets to hold toppings and syrup. So when I tested this recipe for homemade dairy-free and gluten-free waffles and my kids gobbled them up, I knew it was a winner.

Whipping up a batch of waffles is easy to do for a weekend breakfast and even for breakfast-for-dinner.

Ingredients

I created this recipe with simple and easy to find ingredients for anyone already living with gluten and dairy intolerance.

If you have a gluten-free all-purpose flour you love- use it! If not, I really like Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Flour as well as King Arthur’s. Both are a combination of gluten-free flours and work great in this recipe. 

You can thank my shortage of eggs for the vegan part. While making this recipe I found I was out of eggs, so I swapped them for flax and they still came out perfect! 

The cinnamon is essential, I feel, to mask the ingredient swap from traditional waffles. They’ll also turn your waffles brown, which will be different than the golden color from the photos -I forgot to add the cinnamon during photo day.

  • 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
  • 3/4 cup water

How to Make Them

If your waffle iron has been sitting in the back of the pantry collecting dust, it’s time to pull it out, wipe it off, and let the magic happen! 

No need for intimidation, waffles are just as easy to make as pancakes, and the waffle iron cooks the pancakes for you. All you have to do is pour on the batter, close, and remove when done! 

1. Preheat and grease a waffle maker.
While you mix the batter, let the waffle iron heat. 

2. Combine the dry ingredients
In a large bowl, combine the flour, flax, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.

3. Add the wet ingredients
Add the applesauce and vanilla, and mix. 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.

4. Spoon the batter onto the waffle maker
Spread until it’s within 1/4 inch of the edge of the grids.

Close the lid, and cook until golden brown. Repeat as needed. 

5. Time to eat
You’ll want to serve the waffles while they’re hot and fresh. Set up the waffles in a self-serve style so everyone can start topping and enjoying their plates as the other waffles cook. 

How to Get the Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Waffles

This allergy-friendly waffle recipe is quite simple and another reason I love making it. No fancy ingredients and if you know the right waffle making tips, you’ll get delicious golden-brown and perfect waffles every time!

Know when it’s done!
Don’t lift the lid until the waffle iron stops steaming. Too soon, and the batter will stick to the iron.

Grease the waffle iron
Whatever you do, don’t skip this step -unless your waffle iron is an easy-release model. Use oil, ghee, or your favorite vegan cooking spray to make sure the iron is properly greased before pouring on the batter.

It’s important to pre-heat the waffle iron first and only grease it right before pouring the batter onto the plates. You don’t want to burn off the oil or whatever you used to grease it.

Don’t overmix
Stir the dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Use a whisk, starting with the middle first, working your way outward to the sides of the bowl.

Keep them warm
If you want to serve everyone at once, preheat the oven to 200F. Place the cooked waffles on a baking sheet to keep them warm while you finish cooking the rest of the batter.

Cook and freeze for later
Double or triple this recipe, allow the extras to cool down to room temperature, and freeze in zip bags for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat, reheat them in the toaster or microwave.

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles Recipe (VEGAN)

Looking for gluten-free waffles that are also free from dairy and eggs? Your allergies don’t have to hold you back from gloriously perfect waffles!

  • Author: MOMables – Laura
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 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
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  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. Using an ice cream scoop, pour the batter into the center of the hot waffle maker and spread with the back of the scoop until it’s within 1/4 inch of the edge of the grids.
  6. Close the lid, and cook until golden brown.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 waffle
  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 8.9g
  • Sodium: 467.7mg
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.4g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Protein: 4.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: gluten-free waffles, dairy-free waffles, vegan waffles

Gluten-Free Waffle Toppings

image: stack of pancakes with bluebery syrup being poured on top

Blueberry Syrup – Top your waffles with some delicious blueberry syrup. Use fresh or frozen blueberries for this simple and easy to make recipe.

image: stack of pancakes with strawberry sauce and sliced strawberries on top.

Strawberry Syrup – Grab those frozen strawberries you meant to use in smoothies and turn them into a delicious waffle syrup in minutes!

image: stack of pancakes dripping with syrup and topped with blueberries

Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes – Okay, this one isn’t a topping, but if you’re looking for the pancake version of today’s allergy-friendly waffle recipe you can find it here!

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!

One thought on “Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles (VEGAN)”

  1. Jessica says:

    I made this recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free waffles this weekend and they came out perfect. I have to say that using Bob’s 1:1 flour made these waffles perfect. I used another recipe in the past with a different cup for cup flour and they were awful. I am new to gluten-free in the last year so I am learning that not all flours are the same and have the same purpose. I have now printed this waffle recipe and will be using it from now on! The dairy-free part I used vanilla almond flour. They were perfect.

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