Gluten Free Pumpkin Vanilla Waffles

Today there are so many gluten-free pancake mixes out there, and it’s a treat to make a quick batch of pancakes or waffles, without the gluten!  I’m always trying to be creative and will often use a pancake mix as a base to which I can add layers of flavor and texture!  This fall inspired waffle has almond flour and flax for protein and fiber, coconut flour for sweetness, as well as pumpkin, banana and yogurt for moisture.  The waffles are dense and hearty, a filling breakfast.  One is enough for me, so I make a batch of 8 and freeze the leftovers.  So easy to pop into the toaster for a quick breakfast!

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Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 5 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups 1% milk
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir together with a batter whisk until completely moistened.  At first it may appear that the batter is too thin, but it will thicken as the flax absorbs the liquid.  Let the batter rest 10 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron to 350º.

The recipe makes 8 waffles.  If you want to be very particular, you can weigh the batter and divide it in half so your waffles will all be uniform in size.  Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray and spread the batter evenly, using a spatula to get into the corners.  Close lid and cook for 6 minutes.

Remove the waffles and repeat with the remaining batter.  You can enjoy them immediately or cool on a rack to refrigerate or freeze for later.

My favorite way to serve waffles is topped with candied walnuts, just a drizzle of maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit!

Notes ♪♫ Whether you are making pancakes or waffles, remember that gluten free batter takes longer to cook!  For this recipe, the batter is extra dense, so I recommend a full 6 minutes per batch at 350º for a soft waffle, longer for crispy.  You can reheat them in the microwave if you like them soft or use the toaster to crisp them up.  I like to reheat mine in my air fryer, for 4 minutes at 400º.

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Gluten Free Apple Oat Bran Waffles

A word of Caution- This recipe contains oats.

A recent statement from Gluten Free Watchdog states that they cannot currently recommend ANY brand of gluten free oats.

Whether or not you continue to consume oats is a personal choice.  As we await more information, I will preface any recipes that include oats with a link to this important statement from Gluten Free Watchdog, an independent, subscriber-driven gluten-testing organization.  About | Gluten Free Watchdog

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I’m always looking for ways to add more fiber to my meals.  If you are on a gluten free diet, you know that many processed foods are sadly lacking in fiber, not to mention nutritional value.

This week I have been experimenting with my waffle recipe, to see if I could incorporate more fruits and fiber into breakfast.  These hearty, dense waffles will stick to your ribs and start your morning off right!

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Yield: 8 Waffles

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar.

Peel and core the apple and process it to a fine mince in an electric chopper.

In a separate bowl, combine the minced apples with the other wet ingredients, through vanilla.

Whisk in the milk, then stir the dry ingredients into the wet.  Let the batter hydrate while you preheat the waffle iron to 350º.

Coat both sides of the waffle iron with cooking spray and add half the batter.  Use a spatula to spread it into the corners.

Gluten free waffles always take a bit longer to cook, and because this is an extra dense batter it will need even more time.  Allow a full six minutes, or a bit longer if you like them crispy.

If not serving immediately you can cool them on a rack and freeze.  This is what I do, and they are great toasted.

Serving suggestion:  Try topping these waffles with sautéed apples and a sprinkle of candied walnuts.  The flavors are perfect together.  Always use real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫  Bobs Red Mill sells both regular and gluten free oat bran.  For those with Celiac, be sure to order the Gluten Free Oat Bran.  Or, for extra peace of mind, check out Montana Gluten Free Oat Bran, made with purity protocol oats.  If you are one of the few who cannot have oats at all, try substituting ground flax seeds.  You can pop them in a coffee grinder to make flax meal.

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Hash Brown Waffles

Check out these fun, easy to make Hash Brown Waffles.  We have potatoes fairly frequently at our house so I am always trying to keep things interesting!

What makes this recipe so easy?  I used frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes.  Not only do you avoid having to shred them yourself, but you can skip the step of wringing out all the moisture.

I love using hash browns in breakfast casseroles.  Check out my Gluten Free Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole.  I made it for Easter brunch this year and it was delicious!  But that big bag of hash browns was way too much for the recipe.  So when I noticed the half empty bag sitting in back of the freezer I thought I’d try something different to use them up.

When shopping, look for plain, unseasoned shredded hash browns.  Not all hash browns are gluten free, so check for the gluten free label or verify that there are no gluten containing ingredients.

4 Servings, Serving size = 1 waffle

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) frozen gluten free shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1 egg
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

Take the hash browns out to thaw about 30 minutes ahead of time, they do not have to be completely defrosted.

Whisk together the egg, oil and seasonings.

Add the hash browns and stir together with a spatula until evenly coated.

Heat the waffle iron to 350º and mist with cooking spray.  Scoop the hash brown mixture onto the waffle plate and spread them out in an even layer with a spatula.  Use all of the hash browns, they will cook down quite a bit as the potatoes release their liquid.

Cook for 10 minutes, then check every few minutes to see how they’re doing.  Mine took about 20 minutes total to get nicely browned with crispy edges.

Gently lift one corner and slide a spatula underneath to move the waffles to a cutting board.

Use a knife or pizza wheel to break waffles into 4 sections.

The waffles are best eaten immediately.  They will lose some of their crispiness as they cool off.

If you have leftovers, they can be reheated on a pizza stone, in an air fryer, or in the toaster (toaster bags are recommended!).

Notes ♪♫ Who knew that you could make something other than waffles on a waffle iron?  Since I got my new waffle maker, I’ve had such fun experimenting.  Check out my Gluten Free Crab Cake Waffles, and of course my favorite Gluten Free Banana Waffles!

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Gluten Free Banana Waffles

I have always loved pancakes and waffles, going all the way back to my childhood when Dad made us pancakes for breakfast on Sunday.  Back then I would devour a whole stack!

As an adult I have continued this Sunday tradition, even after my Celiac diagnosis.  At first I went with a popular gluten free pancake mix.  Ugh! ????  I continued trying different brands and some were better than others, but all were expensive.

Finally, I decided to make my own gluten free blend from scratch.  Still pricey for sure, but in the end it cost much less per serving than a packaged mix.

Both hubby and I loved these waffles.  The ingredients are all staples in my gluten free pantry.  I thought the taste and texture were better than the prepared mixes, and the almond, coconut and banana flavors are delicious together!  This is a great recipe to use up bananas that are past their prime.

8 servings (serving size = 1 waffle)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1-1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
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  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. Canola oil
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • Cooking spray

Preparation:

I often eat half of a banana and throw the rest in the fridge.  After a couple of weeks those bananas pile up and it’s time to make more waffles!

Before you begin, preheat your waffle iron to 350°.  Whisk together the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork and add the egg, oil, vanilla and milk.  Whisk well to combine.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet with a spatula, just until moistened.

Coat both sides of the waffle iron with cooking spray.  Spoon the batter into the center and use a spatula to spread it into the corners.

Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes, remove and transfer to a cooling rack.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

You can serve them immediately or cool to room temperature and freeze for later.  I like to make a big batch and store in freezer safe bags.

The waffles are filling, one is more than enough for our small appetites.  I serve them with fresh fruit and candied walnuts.  You can reheat them in the microwave, oven or toaster.

Always use real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫ Gluten free pancakes and waffles take longer to cook than the wheat version.  I struggled at first with pancakes that were cooked on the outside and gummy in the middle, until I realized that I needed to adjust the time.  Then I decided to use my waffle iron, and that was the magic.  Since both sides cook at once, 5 minutes at 350° is usually perfect.

Substitutions: You can substitute 2/3 cup part skim ricotta for the banana, it makes a light fluffy waffle.  In the fall I like to use pumpkin puree.

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