These Gluten Free Waffles are a lighter and healthier option to regular waffles and perfect if you follow a gluten free diet. Made using oats that are blended into flour, and a few other store cupboard ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. This is an easy waffle recipe that is perfect for a lazy weekend morning and ready in less than 10 minutes.
Waffles are the perfect weekend breakfast and these healthy waffles are ready in just 10 minutes, they freeze well and you can serve them so many different ways as the topping options are almost endless. If you have not tried oat waffles before, then give these a try.
If you are looking for some other waffle recipes to try, then why not try our Blueberry Waffles or Nutella Waffles.
Why you will love them
- Perfect weekend breakfast - These breakfast waffles are perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. It definitely gets us out of bed.
- Delicious gluten free option - Because these are oat waffles, they are gluten free. Just make sure you use gluten free certified oats.
- Ready in 10 minutes - Such a quick and easy waffle recipe.
- Freezable - Make these in a big batch and then freeze them for quick breakfasts in the week.
- Loads of topping options - There is so much that you can do with waffles and we have got lots of topping suggestions for you.
- Oats - this is the main ingredient of the gluten free waffles (we used rolled oats) and is an alternative to using regular flour. Whilst oats should naturally be gluten free, make sure that they are gluten free certified so that there isn't any cross contamination.
- Baking powder - baking powder is the leavening agent in waffles. It helps the waffles to rise and become more fluffy and tender.
- Salt - these waffles aren't salty, but adding some salt helps to balance out the flavours.
- Cinnamon - we love cinnamon in any kind of sweet dish. You could leave it out or use ground nutmeg or ginger instead.
- Brown sugar - we used brown sugar, because it adds flavour as well as sweetening the gluten free waffles. You could swap it for white sugar instead though. White sugar would also give a crispier waffle, but we like the flavour of brown sugar.
- Egg - this helps to bind the waffles. If you want this to be egg free, then you can use a flax egg instead. Simple mix together 1 tablespoon of flax seed meal and 2.5 tablespoon of water and leave for 5 minutes before using.
- Milk - we used skimmed milk, however any milk will work. We have even made these with our homemade almond milk before.
- Vanilla extract - this adds a lovely flavour to the waffles. Make sure you use extract and not essence.
- Chocolate chips - who doesn't love waffles with chocolate chips? We used dark chocolate chips, however milk or white will work too.
- Oil - we used vegetable oil, however sunflower and olive oil will work too.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make gluten free waffles - Step by step
One: Put the oats into a blender and blend until a flour consistency. Put in a bowl with the baking powder, sugar, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt.
Two: Add the milk, egg, oil and vanilla and stir well.
Three: Heat and grease your waffle maker with some spray oil. When it is fully heated, add the waffle batter. Depending on the size of your waffle maker, this should be enough to make 4 square waffles.
Four: Cook for 4 minutes, or until they are cooked (this will be different depending on your waffle maker).
The best thing about waffles is that the topping options are almost endless. We went with some squirty cream, berries and a fruit based chocolate syrup (Sweet Freedom). However here are some of our other favourite toppings:
- Maple syrup
- Strawberry Puree
- Banana and caramel
- Healthy Nutella
- Yogurt and berries
- Homemade Peanut Butter
- Frozen yogurt
- Ice cream
- Pineapple and/or mango
- Maple Pecan Butter
- Crushed Oreos
How to get crispy waffles
The secret to getting these gluten free waffles with a lovely crispy outside, but with a light and fluffy inside, is to let the batter rest. Don't heat your waffle maker until the batter has been made. The time it takes for the waffle maker to heat up is the perfect resting time (about 10 minutes).
This resting time for this gluten free waffle mix lets the oat flour absorb more of the moisture in the batter, resulting in a crispier waffle exterior. Using white sugar will help to get them crispier too.
Store: Leftover waffle swill keep in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 3 days.
Freeze: These waffles freeze really well. Just place them in freezer-safe plastic bags and put in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Defrost: Defrost at room temperature for a couple of hours.
Reheat: When you are ready to reheat them, put individual waffles into the toaster and heat until warmed through.
These can easily be made vegan, but some ingredient substitutions are obviously required. You would need to use a flax egg and almond milk. Make sure to use oil to grease the waffle maker rather than butter and that all your toppings are vegan.
We love this Salter 3-in-1 Snack Maker as it is a waffle maker, toasted sandwich maker and panini press.
If you don't have a waffle maker, then you can use a griddle pan to make these healthy waffles. Just melt a little butter on it and add the batter and cook for 2 minutes each side.
Yes, you can make the mixture the night before and then keep it covered in the fridge in an air tight container until you are ready to use in the morning.
We wanted this to be a healthier recipe, so we didn't add a lot of sugar. The more sugar you add, the crispier the waffles will be.
Firstly, it depends on the waffle maker you are using. If it is a nonstick waffle maker, then do NOT spray it, as this can cause sticking. If it isn't nonstick, then you need to spray it. Also, you need to make sure the waffles are cooked before you open the waffle maker, otherwise they will still be stuck when you try to lift them out.
• For these to be gluten free, you need to use gluten free certified oats. Also make sure that all other ingredients are gluten free and that there is no cross contamination.
• Why not add some chocolate chips and/or blueberries in to the waffle batter.
• Cooking times will vary depending on your waffle iron, so you might need to experiment a little. As a general rule, the waffles will be cooked when there is no more steam coming out of the waffle iron. A minute or so longer will help to get crispier waffles.
• If you don't have a blender to blend up your oats to make a flour, then you will need to buy some oat flour.
• Make sure you put enough batter in the waffle iron. It should be quite thick but not so much it runs out the sides.
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Gluten Free Oat Waffles
- 100 g (0.75 cups) Rolled oats - make sure they're gluten free
- 2 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 pinch Sea salt
- 0.5 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon Light brown sugar
- 1 Egg
- 160 ml (0.66 cups) Skimmed milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoon Dark chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoon Vegetable oil
- Put 100 g Rolled oats into a blender and blend until a flour consistency. Put in a bowl with 2 teaspoon Baking powder, 2 tablespoon Light brown sugar, 3 tablespoon Dark chocolate chips, 0.5 teaspoon Cinnamon and 1 pinch Sea salt.
- Add 160 ml Skimmed milk, 1 Egg, 3 tablespoon Vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract to the oats and stir well.
- Heat and grease your waffle maker with some spray oil. When it is fully heated, add the waffle batter. Depending on the size of your waffle maker, this should be enough to make 4 square waffles.
- Cook for 4 minutes, or until they are cooked (this will be different depending on your waffle maker).
- For these to be gluten free, you need to use gluten free certified oats. Also make sure that all other ingredients are gluten free and that there is no cross contamination.
- Why not add some chocolate chips and/or blueberries in to the waffle batter.
- Cooking times will vary depending on your waffle iron, so you might need to experiment a little. As a general rule, the waffles will be cooked when there is no more steam coming out of the waffle iron. A minute or so longer will help to get crispier waffles.
- Leftover waffle will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 3 days.
- If you don't have a blender to blend up your oats to make a flour, then you will need to buy some oat flour.
- Make sure you put enough batter in the waffle iron. It should be quite thick but not so much it runs out the sides.
These waffles came out so well. I love that they are nice and crispy and didn't know there was such a thing as a healthier waffle, which somehow made them even more delicious. Will definitely be doing these again.
My kind of weekend breakfast...and lunch, and dinner...
well, if I add also a scoop of ice cream it becomes even my kind of snack XD
And I just saw they can be frozen yum! waffles every Sunday morning ^^
I'll be serving them up for dessert with a scoop of ice cream! yum!
I made these for breakfast yesterday as my mother-in-law who avoids gluten was visiting! Was so pleased your recipe didn't require GF flour (which I never had any success with) and uses oats instead. We thought both the texture and the flavour were exquisite! Thanks for the recipe :)