So GoodJun/Jul 2011 Issue

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Waffle Recipes

Square or round and adorned with dips to fill, waffles are a food of possibilities!

[Updated July 27, 2018]

Everyone loves waffles! Waffles lounge comfortably on the breakfast plate, piled high with favorite toppings. But have you ever considered inviting a waffle to lunch or dinner? Savory waffles transform easily into tender sandwich breads or tasty wafer-rolls that hold their own at any table.

When it comes to dessert, waffles rival the French crepe in versatility—waffle shortcake, waffle tiramisu, waffle ice cream sandwiches, waffle fruit cobbler—to name a few. In fact, with a little ingenuity, waffles fit into every meal category—breakfast, lunch, dinner, elegant brunch, appetizer, snack. Even late-night munchie and meal-on-the-go.

Easy to make and amazingly multifaceted, waffles can accommodate most special dietary needs. The simple batter is a perfect vehicle for different flavors, sweet or savory. Changing the flour blend, adding a high-protein flour or two (for example, quinoa, chickpea, buckwheat), converts the little waffle into a health food that offers protein, nutrients and fiber. And the convenience is amazing. Both the batter and the waffles can be made ahead—waffles freeze and refresh well—and they travel like a dream.

Vanilla Belgium Waffles

Here are four “think-outside-the-box” recipes that require little more than a whisk and a hot waffle iron. Put these gluten-free, dairy-free (and egg-free) waffles on your menu and you may want to serve them at every meal.

Light and Crisp

Vanilla Belgium Waffles


Top these waffles with butter, syrup, fruit, nuts, whipped cream—whatever you like and can tolerate. Depending on the topping, this simple recipe makes a delicious breakfast or a sweet cake for dessert.

Each waffle contains 152 calories, 6g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 64mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 3g protein.

Chickpea and Chives Waffles

Savory and Flavorful

Chickpea and Chives Waffles


Chickpea flour and fresh chives add savory taste and fiber to this waffle. Serve as table bread with soup or entrée. For an easy lunch or dinner, fold waffles around your favorite savory filling or sliced meat and eat like a wrap.

Each waffle contains 112 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 60mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 4g protein.

Multigrain Waffles

If eggs are tolerated, try Eggs Benedict on Multigrain Waffles.

Wholesome and Hearty

Multigrain Waffles


This multigrain recipe incorporates nutritious flours to create a savory, nutty taste. Use these waffles to make mini pizzas, crostini bottoms and sandwiches of all kinds. The possibilities are endless.

Each waffle contains 151 calories, 7g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 64mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g protein.

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

Elegant and Easy

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles


Lemon and poppy seeds give these delicious waffles a refreshing flavor. Drizzle with Raspberry-Lemon Syrup for a fancy breakfast, brunch dish or dessert.

Each waffle contains 178 calories, 8g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 66mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g protein.


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Raspberry-Lemon Syrup


1 (10-ounce) bag fresh or frozen raspberries
⅓ cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup lemon juice

Place ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until mixture thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Each tablespoon contains 11 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 0g protein.

Mary’s All-Purpose Flour Blend


2 cups brown rice flour
2 cups white rice flour
1⅓ cups potato starch (not potato flour)
⅔ cup tapioca starch/flour

Mix ingredients together. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator until used.

Each cup contains 564 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 127 g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 7g protein.

Mary Capone, author of The Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook and creator of Bella Gluten-Free allergy-friendly baking mixes, lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Comments (2)

Man , they all sound delic. can't wait to try some.

Posted by: jcsrocks | November 20, 2015 6:11 PM    Report this comment

Is there a recipe for low carb / low sugar / and wheat, rice, & corn free waffles?

Posted by: Dorothy S | August 2, 2012 9:37 PM    Report this comment

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