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Crisp and golden brown Gluten Free Belgian Waffles... These lighter than air waffles are so good (no one has to know how easy the prep is!).
There's just something about a big fluffy gluten free Belgian waffle that makes my gluten free baking heart happy. It could be that they're so decadent and have the appearance of a super luxurious breakfast when really, they couldn't be simpler! Just one bowl, an hour rise time and a waffle iron and you have all the makings of a restaurant-quality Belgian waffle that's also dairy free.
What makes a Belgian waffle different from a regular waffle?
There are two schools of thought with Belgian waffles and what makes them different from say, these gluten free waffles... Belgian waffles have added ingredients to give them a signature rise that other regular waffles don't have. They will often include either yeast (maximum rise) or baking powder (not as high rising). And they are typically cooked in a 'Belgian waffle maker' which has deeper and larger pockets than a regular waffle maker. Besides that, the taste and texture of a gluten free Belgian waffle is much lighter than a regular waffle, with a golden brown, crispy exterior and a tender interior.
Waffle-making pro tips
For the absolute best tasting, highest rising waffles, follow these tips:
1. Make sure the ingredients are warm, not too hot or cold
If you're microwaving the butter and milk, it should be warm to the touch, not too hot to touch. Be sure not to get it too hot otherwise you risk killing the yeast. And the other ingredients - maple syrup and the egg should be warm also.
Tip on heating the butter and milk: chunking the butter into pieces helps it melt quicker.
2. Measure the flour by weight
We talk about this in my masterclass, but a digital scale like this one is an indispensable kitchen tool. It can make the difference between a heavy dense baked good and one that is just right. And in things like these waffles, this blueberry pancake recipe, this biscuit recipe and these dinner rolls, accuracy is everything.
3. Batter can be doubled
In fact, I do this often. Simply double the amount of every ingredient. This way, you'll end up with 6 waffles instead of 3.
Best way to reheat these waffles
Keeping foods like waffles and pancakes warm after cooking them has always been a challenge. When you've got a big batch to make, the ones that are made first sit out the longest and tend to get cold. So here's a handy tip...
Heat the oven to 200 F. As you cook the waffles, place them on a clean rack and place the rack on a large baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven to keep them warm. If you end up with a lot of waffles - just use two racks. This is a good way to keep them warm, just don't extend it for too long - any longer than 20 minutes and they'll start to dry out.
Steps to making Belgian waffles
Ingredients & substitutions
The ingredients list for these gluten free Belgian waffles is short - here are the brands I use and recommend and an equally good substitute if one is available...
Gluten free flour mix - The flour mix I use and recommend is my gluten free flour mix. This blend results in a light, fluffy waffle with the perfect balance of starch and flour. I would not recommend substituting this as other blends have not been tested and it could alter the texture of the waffles.
Almond milk - I use and recommend the Silk brand of almond milk. Coconut milk or even oat milk would be great options too.
Vegan butter - Earth Balance is my go-to for most of my recipes (including these blackberry muffins). Country Crock buttery sticks would be a good option as well. Or if you can tolerate dairy, regular butter would work well too.
Egg - This recipe was tested with a regular, organic egg. If you need to avoid eggs, the JUST egg brand of egg substitute would work well (more about this in my substitution guide).
Maple syrup - The 365 brand of pure maple syrup is the brand tested in this recipe but any variety will work - just make sure it's pure maple syrup. Alternatively, honey would be a good substitute.
Vanilla extract - I use and recommend the Simply Organic brand of pure vanilla extract. Any brand will work great, as long as it's pure vanilla extract, not imitation.
Xanthan gum - Bob's Red Mill is the brand of xanthan gum used in the recipe. If you want to substitute the xanthan gum, reference this guide or these articles on alternatives.
Instant yeast - Fleischmann's was used in the recipe but any brand will work, just make sure it's instant yeast, which is also called rapid rise yeast, quick rise yeast or bread machine yeast.
Salt - Morton's salt was used in the recipe, but any brand will work great. Salt enhances the flavor but can be omitted if you are following a low salt diet.
Ground cinnamon - The McCormick brand was used in the recipe, but any ground cinnamon will work. This can be omitted if desired.
The prep time for these waffles couldn't be simpler!
First, melt the butter and milk in a microwave safe cup (step 1 in the images above). In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients with the wet (step 2). Set the batter aside to rise (step 3).
For the ultimate, mouthwatering fluffy waffles, a nice rise time is essential. Using instant yeast helps speed along this process so 1 hour is all you need. After rising the batter will look full and light (step 4). Just give it a gentle mix and then get your waffle iron ready for cooking.
Cooking the Belgian waffles
The waffle iron used for these gluten free Belgian waffles is this one by Cuisinart. It works perfectly for these waffles and easily adjusts depending on how golden brown you like them.
To cook the waffles, simply spray the grates with cooking spray and ladle the batter onto the bottom one. ¾ cups of the batter seems to be the perfect amount to produce a nicely filled waffle. Close it and flip the entire device (your waffle iron may be different), let it cook until the green light goes off. I usually let mine cook a little longer as we like a nice deep golden brown waffle.
Use a fork to carefully remove each Belgian waffle to a plate. Serve and enjoy or follow the steps below for keeping them warm!
FAQ's about this recipe
Can the waffle batter be made ahead of time?
You are in luck - they sure can! And it's easy to do it! After the 1 hour rise time for the batter, just stick the whole bowl of batter into the refrigerator. It can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Batter prep the night before = quick and easy waffles the next morning!
What do I serve waffles with?
Gluten free Belgian waffles are amazing topped with a heaping pile of fresh fruit - berries are an excellent choice, but cooked apples would be amazing too. And you can't go wrong with syrup on waffles of course!
Do cooked waffles freeze well?
Yes! They sure do. Simply stack each waffle in between pieces of wax paper and either place in a large plastic resealable bag or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Waffles can go from frozen directly to the toaster oven to enjoy.
What flour is used in this recipe?
The recipe uses our own gluten free flour mix. It's the perfect balance of starch and flour for these waffles.
Originally published 7/26/2013. Updated with new photos and more information on 11/21/2019 and 12/30/2021.
Gluten Free Belgian Waffles
Crisp and golden brown Gluten Free Belgian Waffles will take breakfast to a whole new level!
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Course: bread, Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: dairy free breakfast, easy gluten free recipes, gluten free breakfast, gluten free waffles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 19 minutes
Servings: 3 waffles
- 1 ¼ cups almond milk
- 4 Tablespoons vegan butter cut into 4 or 5 chunks
- 195 grams gluten free flour mix about 1 ½ cups
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg
Place butter chunks and milk into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Check and stir. Microwave another 30 seconds until butter is almost completely melted. Remove and set aside.
In large mixing bowl, add flour, xanthan gum, yeast and salt. Stir to combine.
Add warm milk mixture, maple syrup, vanilla extract and egg. Whisk until no lumps remain.
Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Give it a gentle stir.
Preheat waffle iron. Spray with cooking spray.
Pour ¾ cup of the waffle batter onto hot waffle iron. Let cook until desired shade of golden brown is reached (usually about 4 minutes each).
Remove and serve with fruit and/or syrup.
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
- The batter can be prepared ahead of time - just mix it and let it sit on the counter for 1 hour, then refrigerate the batter for up to 24 hours. Use immediately after removing from the refrigerator.
- Waffles can be made and then placed on a rack in a 200 F oven to keep warm.
Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 764IU | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 2mg
For more delicious gluten free recipes, check out:
- Golden Gluten Free French Bread
- Step by Step to the Best Gluten Free English Muffins
- Low Carb Gluten Free Graham Crackers
- Gluten Free Artisan Bread
Other milk substitutes for waffles include water, yogurt, juice, evaporated milk, condensed milk, buttermilk, powdered milk, and most vegan milks (oat, almond, soy).What are gluten free waffles made of? ›
Typically waffle batter is made from wheat flour, milk, sugar, butter, and eggs with vanilla extract and salt for flavoring. They can be made gluten free by substituting a gluten free flour or gluten free flour blend for the wheat flour. Schär gluten free Golden Waffles are made with gluten free wheat starch.Is waffle mix same as pancake mix? ›
Pancake batter and waffle batter contain the same essential ingredients, but there are critical differences between these breakfast foods: Ratios: Waffle batter contains more sugar, butter, and eggs than pancake batter, making it a richer batter with higher fat content.Are gluten free waffles Fodmap? ›
The gluten free waffles are gluten free (surprise!) FODMAP friendly, lactose free, and can be adapted to be refined sugar free. They are lactose free, and low in added sugar.Can you use water instead of non dairy milk? ›
Water. In an absolute pinch, water can sometimes be used as a substitute in a recipe that calls for milk…but you might experience some changes in flavor and texture. (Think: Less creamy, less fluffy and less rich.)Is baking powder necessary for waffles? ›
Sometimes, what makes waffles fluffy and light, is the leavening agent such as baking powder or soda, but you actually do not need them to make delicious waffles at home.Do IHOP gluten free waffles have dairy? ›
Heads Up! At this time, all of the pancakes and waffles at IHOP contain milk, including the “gluten-friendly” options.What can I use instead of all-purpose flour for waffles? ›
I typically use all-purpose flour for my waffles, but you could definitely substitute for whole wheat flour if you prefer. Cake flour or pastry flour would also work well in these waffles if that is all you have on hand. Both cake flour or pastry flour will create a much more delicate and tender waffle.
Make sure not to add any extra xanthan gum to your flour if it already includes it. If you do, you will get gummy waffles! Most gluten-free all-purpose flours already have xanthan gum already in them, so make sure to check the ingredients of your gluten-free flour.Is there a difference between waffle mix and Belgian waffle mix? ›
Belgian waffles are usually thicker than their American counterparts. These Belgian beauties are made with a recipe that includes yeasted batter and crunchy pearl sugar. Belgian waffles have extra-deep pockets—the better for filling with butter, jam, maple syrup, or whipped cream.
The extra fat helps the waffle develop that crispy surface. Extra sugar helps with the caramelization of the waffle surface too. However, this batter is perfectly sweet, so I didn't want to add any extra sweetness. The extra oil also makes the waffle batter runnier than the batter for pancakes.Do you have to put eggs in waffles? ›
Print Recipe Save Recipe. This recipe for Eggless Waffles makes a delicious breakfast and is easy to make. Yes, you can make waffles without eggs! And this recipe can be adapted to suit common food allergies – egg free, dairy free, or vegan.Should I go gluten-free if I have IBS? ›
Gluten-free diets may improve symptoms such as abdominal pain, stool consistency, and tiredness, and they can be recommended to patients with IBS.
There are also some hidden sources of fat to watch out for. Cookies, crackers, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits, scones, pastries, doughnuts, and mashed potatoes can all be sky-high in fat (virtually always so at restaurants), so be careful.Is xanthan gum OK on low FODMAP? ›
Xanthan gum and guar gum are both low FODMAP. It is recommended that xanthan gum not be ingested in amounts greater than 5g, which is approximately 1 tablespoon. Guar gum should be consumed in amounts equal to or less than 15 g.What is the best alternative to dairy? ›
Soy milk has been the most popular non-dairy substitute for decades because its nutrition profile closely resembles that of cow's milk. It's the best high-protein milk alternative. Soy milk offers about 7 grams of protein per cup, compared to cow milk's 8 grams per cup.What is a good dairy free substitute for milk? ›
Almond, soy, rice, and coconut “milk” are popular plant-based milk alternatives. They're becoming even more available in stores across the United States. There are other cow's milk alternatives like goat milk or oat milk that may be another good choice for some people.What is the best non-dairy milk alternative? ›
Soy milk and the various nut milks without added sugar — such as almond, walnut, peanut, cashew, hazelnut or macadamia nut milk — as well as hemp and flax milks are higher in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and also tend to have fewer calories than cow's milk.Is it better to use milk or water in waffle mix? ›
One of the major benefits of using milk of any kind instead of water is the added protein, which may more may not give you bear-like strength. Our Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix is crafted to deliver 14g of protein per serving when using water. Many milk alternatives increase the protein depending on the milk.Is it better to make waffles with milk or water? ›
The good news is that you do not actually have to use milk in your homemade waffles. You may be surprised to hear that using just a little bit of water will work just fine!
Waffle tip #2: Warm your liquid ingredients.
Second, liquid ingredients blend together more easily and completely when they're all around the same (warm or room) temperature.
Most Van's Frozen Waffles are dairy-free, so I had a few varieties to choose from.Is IHOP Belgian Waffle vegan? ›
NO IHOP waffles are not vegan as they have milk and dairy in them just like pancakes.Do egg waffles have dairy? ›
CONTAINS WHEAT, MILK, EGG AND SOY INGREDIENTS.What ingredient can be used as substitute for all-purpose flour? ›
- Chickpea Flour. Relatively new to American households, chickpea flour (also called garbanzo bean flour or besan in Indian kitchens) is arguably one of my favorite ingredients. ...
- Rice Flour. ...
- Almond Flour. ...
- Buckwheat Flour.
- Applesauce. Applesauce is a purée made from cooked apples. ...
- Mashed banana. Mashed banana is another popular replacement for eggs. ...
- Ground flaxseed or chia seed. ...
- Commercial egg replacer. ...
- Silken tofu. ...
- Vinegar and baking soda. ...
- Yogurt or buttermilk. ...
- Arrowroot powder.
Moisture in the batter quickly turns to steam and evaporates out the sides of the pan. If the iron isn't hot, none of this happens and the waffles will be soggy and squishy. To make sure your waffle iron is hot, let it warm for at least five minutes before you start making waffles.How do you keep vegan gluten free waffles from sticking? ›
Always lightly grease your waffle iron. The oil in the batter is for crispiness but also helps with them not sticking to the waffle iron. ALWAYS let the steam from your waffle iron dissipate before you open the waffle iron. If there's steam, it's still cooking!!What to add to gluten free flour to make it rise? ›
What is this? The ratio for creating your own gluten-free self-rising dough is simple too. For every cup of Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour, add 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder + 1/4 tsp salt.Can you just substitute gluten free flour for regular flour? ›
Most store-bought gluten-free all-purpose flour mixes are about 1:1 for all-purpose flour, So, if your recipe calls for 2 cups of all-purpose flour, you can substitute 2 cups of the gluten-free flour.
✔️ Classic waffle makers have thinner plates than Belgian waffle makers and yield thinner waffles that are crispier throughout. The main difference between a regular, classic waffle and a Belgian waffle is that classic waffles don't have that thick, fluffy interior.What Belgian waffle mix do hotels use? ›
today, Belgian waffles and pancakes made with Carbon's Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Flour are served around the world in the finest restaurants, hotels and resorts.Do you need a special waffle maker for Belgian waffles? ›
To make a true Belgian waffle, you need a waffle iron with a deep, large grid pattern. Many of the original Belgian waffle recipes use yeast instead of baking powder. The beaten egg whites also help the waffles rise more when they are cooking.What does adding an egg to waffle mix do? ›
Add an Egg
The egg will add richness to the recipe and make the end result taste like homemade pancakes. If your pancake mix already calls for an egg, try adding an extra one.
To replace vegetable oil with butter, you can substitute 1 cup of melted unsalted butter in place of 1 cup of vegetable oil. If you are using salted butter, make sure to cut back the salt content in the waffle batter so that the waffle isn't overly salty, and does not have too high of a sodium content.What happens if you don't put vegetable oil in waffles? ›
Although many people use vegetable oil in waffle batter you can make waffles without oil. According to scientific research, using hard fats, such as butter, lard, or coconut oil instead of standard vegetable oil produces excellent waffles that are lighter in color and less likely to stick in the waffle iron.Why are my waffles not fluffy? ›
You want to get the batter onto the stove or into the waffle iron while those little air pockets are still trapped in the batter. Air pockets equal fluffiness. Wait too long, and they'll all escape out of the batter.What happens if you don't add egg to waffle mix? ›
If you need your egg replacer for a fluffier recipe, like pancakes or even waffles, mix together one teaspoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of white vinegar. It won't be acidic or bitter when you cook it, even though it sounds like it should be part of an elementary school experiment.What happens if you use milk instead of water in waffle mix? ›
Instead of water, you can use whole milk to make your waffles extra rich. Typically, for one batch of waffles, you'll need 1 cup of water for every 1 cup of classic pancake mix. A couple of large brown eggs will also help your waffles have the perfect fluffy interior.What foods irritate IBS the most? ›
- Fried foods.
- Fatty foods.
- Dairy (especially if you are lactose intolerant)
- Foods containing wheat (if you are gluten-sensitive)
- Too much fiber (especially from fruit/vegetable skin)
- Carbonated drinks.
- Sourdough (white wheat, whole wheat, spelt): 2 slices.
- Gluten-free (white): 2 slices.
- Millet: 2 slices.
- Wheat (wholemeal, white): 1 slice.
- Sprouted Multigrain: 1 slice.
- Gluten-Free (Multigrain): 1 slice.
- Corn: 1 slice.
As many as 1 in 4 people with celiac disease were previously misdiagnosed with IBS as many of the symptoms for IBS such as bloating, stomach pains or cramps, diarrhea or constipation and feeling exhausted are the same as the symptoms of celiac disease.What is the best breakfast for IBS sufferers? ›
Eggs. Eggs digest easily and are a safe choice for someone with IBS. Eggs can be enjoyed hard-boiled, soft-boiled, scrambled, or poached. Omelets and frittatas can be your meal of choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and make a great option when eating out in a restaurant.What foods trigger IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome? ›
Foods To Avoid With IBS
High-fiber products, found in cereals, grains, pastas and processed foods. Gas-producing foods, like beans, lentils, carbonated beverages and cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and many processed foods.
Xanthan Gum Can Cause Digestive Issues
For most people, the only potential negative side effect of xanthan gum appears to be an upset stomach. Many animal studies have found that large doses can increase the frequency of stools and cause soft stools ( 13 , 14 ).
Conclusion. The continuous use of xanthan gum triggered a pro-inflammatory response, promoting an increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines in the adipose tissue, but it did not have an effect on the tumor development in the animals inoculated with Walker 256 tumor cells.Does xanthan gum trigger IBS? ›
Xanthan gum is also considered a laxative as it binds with water very efficiently. Some individuals present with IBS-like symptoms. Pastry chefs and others that work in bakeries are said to be at a higher risk for possible flu-like symptoms from being around the bacterium.What can I use instead of milk in waffles? ›
- Cream or Half-and-Half. Cream is richer than milk, so to avoid heavier dough or batter use a ratio of about 60 percent cream to 40 percent water. ...
- Evaporated or Powdered Milk. ...
- Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt. ...
- Water (or Water and Butter) ...
- Nut Milk. ...
- Soy Milk. ...
- Oat Milk. ...
- Rice Milk.
1. Use Milk/ Alternative Milk Instead Of Water. Even though the mix may call for water, you can easily substitute that for an alternative milk (I like oat milk). You may have to add a dash more due to the difference in consistency, but it'll taste so much better!Do waffles taste better with milk or water? ›
Krusteaz waffles can be improved by adding milk or melted butter instead of water or cooking for a richer and more delicious taste. Additionally, some people choose to add cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, pure vanilla extract, or lemon zest.
- Half and half. ...
- Heavy cream. ...
- Nondairy milks, like soy and almond. ...
- Sour cream. ...
- Yogurt. ...
- Evaporated milk. ...
- Canned coconut milk. ...
- 2% milk: You can use 2% milk as a 1:1 replacement for whole milk. ...
- Half and half: Half and half has 10 to 18% milkfat. ...
- Heavy cream: Heavy cream has 36% milkfat. ...
- Yogurt: Yogurt is thicker than milk: stir in water until it resembles the consistency of milk.
- Almond milk. Almond milk is a good alternative for dairy products. ...
- Coconut milk. Coconut milk is also loaded with several benefits. ...
- Soy milk. Soy milk is another popular alternative to animal-based milk. ...
- Oat milk. Oat milk is simply prepared by mixing oats with water. ...
- Rice milk.
Using Golden Malted Waffle Mix means that the same waffle that you indulge in at Disney can now be enjoyed at home. This is the same family recipe that's been around for over 80 years. The mix is made with real malt and vanilla and the highest quality wheat.What is a good milk substitute for pancakes? ›
- almond milk.
- oat milk.
- soy milk.
- hemp milk.
- half & half + water (50/50 ratio)
- heavy cream + water (50/50 ratio)
- cashew milk.
- rice milk.
Flavorful substitutions include dairy-free milk such as soy milk, almond milk, oat milk or cashew milk. Look for unsweetened varieties for best results; otherwise, you may also need to also reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.Can I use coffee creamer instead of milk in pancakes? ›
Waffles and Pancakes
To make pancakes or waffles with coffee creamer, replace some water or milk in your mixture with half a cup of coffee creamer. This adds a stunning flavor to the mix, and you can add flavored coffee creamers such as cinnamon or mocha for an even better flavor.
Cornstarch is our secret ingredient for making the crispiest waffles. Cornstarch guarantees that the waffles will be perfectly crisp and tender. Baking powder and baking soda help the waffles rise and brown. For the lightest waffles, I recommend using both.What can you put on top of waffles instead of syrup? ›
With these waffle topping ideas, you've pretty much got endless combos for fun. Drizzles: Maple syrup, honey, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce and fruit syrups like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and more. Spreads: Whipped butter, peanut butter, Nutella, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream and yogurt.Why do Belgian waffles taste so good? ›
The secret ingredient in Belgian waffles is the pearl sugar, which gives the waffles a unique texture and slight, satisfying crunch. Belgian waffles are also fantastically light, which adds to their perfection. Fun bonus fact: traditional Belgian waffles are usually eaten with your hands, not a fork and knife.