Straight from my celiac grandma, this gluten free waffles recipe is the best! Dairy free waffle option.
Photos and post updated 6/15/2018
Gluten Free Waffles recipe straight from my Grandma’s recipe box
My grandma makes the very best gluten free waffles. I know EVERYONE says that, but I’m not kidding, it really is the best gluten free waffles recipe. They have the perfectly crisp exterior with a tender bite. My grandmas has celiac disease (we all get it from her side of the family) so of course her waffles are gluten-free. Which is awesome!
Growing up, my family ate waffles or pancakes for breakfast every single Saturday. It was a tradition we got from my Grandma. When my mom was a little girl they had waffles for breakfast on Saturday. It was something we could do to feel close to my grandma, even though we lived thousands of miles away from each other.
When my family went gluten free (I was a teenager still living at home) I tried dozens of times to make really good gluten free waffles. Waffles that were as good as my gluten-filled days.
Every time it wasn’t quite right. They’d be way to dry and crumble all over the place, OR they would be gummy. I don’t know which is worse.
I had all but given up, and then a few summers ago while I was visiting my grandma she made us her gluten free waffles for breakfast.
They were perfect.
Crispy on the outside, a bit fluffy on the inside, flexible and not crumbly or dry at all. They have great texture and great bite.
Of course my grandma had nailed a great gluten free waffle recipe. She had been making waffles every Saturday morning for decades.
I loved my grandma’s gluten free waffles so much, I asked her for the recipe. She gladly wrote her recipe down for me on a blank 3×5 card from her recipe tin.
Sometimes I miss the days of recipe boxes full of index cards. Do you? So much history, and great food.
I get to visit my grandma next month and she has promised me lots of gluten free waffles for breakfast! I love that I’ll get to share a little part of my childhood with my own kids.
My grandma’s gluten free waffles are really easy to make! No whipping egg whites or other funky business makes this a very easy gluten free waffle recipe.
I can’t whip eggs whites until I’m at least on my second waffle with a half empty mug of coffee.
This gluten free waffle batter is quickly whisked together in a bowl or large measuring cup (my fave, it has a spout!) while your waffle iron preheats.
I used a Belgian waffle iron that I’ve had for years. It gets the job done, but I’ve been eyeing a bigger square waffle iron so I can better keep up with my hungry kiddos. (Plus it has removable plates so it is easier to keep clean.)
I also want a waffle iron that will beep when the waffle is done. My kids will call me over to the kitchen table and I’ll get distracted and forget to go back! Each batch of waffles has at least one “waffle chip” that is too crispy to eat. Occupation hazard as a mom.
How to make gluten free waffles
- Don’t skip the sugar. My mom always skipped it when we were kids. She thought, “we are pouring sugar all over our waffles, they don’t need it inside too.” As much as I love her, my mom was wrong. The sugar plays an important part in helping the waffles the brown as they cook. Without the sugar, you’ll have super pale waffles.
- Measure your flour by scooping it into a measuring cup with a spoon, then swiping off the excess. Don’t scoop the flour directly with the measuring cup, you’ll end up with too much flour.
- Make sure your baking powder is fresh. Old baking powder won’t raise your batter as much and you will have dense waffles.
- Waffle batter thickens as it sits, so you may need to add more milk. I already give a range (1 ½ – 2 cups) because depending on the humidity or where you live, some days you need more milk or less. I always end up using at least 2 cups because I live in the ultra-dry state of New Mexico. You should have a pourable batter that isn’t thin or watery.
- I like to use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop to measure my waffle batter. It is less messy than using a ladle or measuring cup. I will sometimes mix everything in a large measuring cup with a spout so that I can pour the batter directly onto the iron.
If you are looking for a paleo waffle recipe, I think you’ll fall in love with this recipe for Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles from my friend Natalie over at Perry’s Plate.
Have you tried keto? If you need a low carb recipe try these keto paleo almond flour waffles recipe.
When I have a waffle craving, nothing will satisfy it except for my grandma’s easy gluten free waffles. All they need is a nice pat of butter, a healthy drizzle of real maple syrup, and a few fresh strawberries.
Just one bite and I’m sitting at my grandma’s kitchen island, looking through her recipe box as the sun streams through the big bay window in the next room.
I love that not only did she pass her recipe on to me, I also get to share it with you.
So what are you having for breakfast tomorrow? I’m making waffles!
My grandma’s easy gluten free waffle recipe
- 2½ c. gluten-free flour blend
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- 3 Tbs. sugar
- ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbs. oil
- 1½-2 c. milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- Mix together the dry ingredients.
- Make a "well" in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the remaining ingredients to the well.
- Mix together until it is all combined.
- Cook according to your waffle iron instructions.