Easy Breadcrumbs Made from Waffles

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Super easy way to make breadcrumbs without bread?


Gluten-free bread can be expensive so I don’t always have bread around, but sometimes I still want to bread something, or top a casserole with crispies. Making a batch of waffles can be a quick and easy solution to meet your breadcrumb needs. You can use your own waffle recipe, or use mine below. Just make sure that whichever recipe you use, it doesn’t have too much sugar. I’ve never tried it, but I don’t think sweet breadcrumbs on my schnitzel would be the same.

Your waffles will crumb easier if they are a little drier. You can slightly overcook your waffles, or you could put them in the toaster or oven for a few minutes to evaporate a little extra moisture.

I ran my waffles through the grater attachment of my mixer. It did a perfect job! You could also use a food processor, blender, or a hand-grater.

Once my waffles were crumbs, I put them on a cookie-sheet and put it in the oven, on its lowest setting, until they were dry and crispy. (If your crumbs aren’t too moist, and you’re using them right away, you can skip this part if you want. All I’m doing is removing extra moisture.)

When my “breadcrumbs” came out of the oven I seasoned them, to taste, with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and parsley.

As long as your breadcrumbs are very dry you can store them at room temperature for several weeks. If you plan on storing them for an extended period of time I would recommend putting them in the freezer. 
Waffles for Breadcrumbs:
2 1/2 c. GF flour (I used a mix that was equal parts garbanzo bean flour, rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour. You can use your favorite flour blend and the recipe should turn out ok. You are making crumbs, so minor texture issues won’t be noticeable.)
2 eggs
3 Tbs. oil
1 c. milk
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. xantham gum (you really don’t want to skip this.)
First, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and xantham gum together.
Make a “well” in the flour mixture and add the eggs, oil, and milk.
Mix just until combined.
Cook according to your waffle iron instructions. 


  1. Rebecca L. Smith says

    I am on a strict Gluten free diet and I can’t deny that sometimes I crave something so bad it just makes everything more emotionally charged. My favorite food of all time is Mozzarella sticks and for the longest time I was stuck eating string cheese, without the crunchy outside.

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