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Grain-Free Waffles

Grain Free Waffles with Coconut Flour

Think making tasty grain-free waffles is impossible? Think again. If you want the delightfully crispy outside, fluffy inside, and mild sweetness of waffles, but don’t want to eat grains, this is the recipe for you!

If I wanted to make regular waffles, I’d have to soak some sprouted flour overnight in buttermilk or yogurt. I’d have to (GASP) plan ahead. A week before eating the waffles, I’d have to soak some whole grain kernels overnight then drain them and keep them moist enough to sprout. Then I’d have to dry those sprouted kernels and grind them up into a flour. The night before I wanted to eat the waffles, I’d have to soak my whole grain flour overnight in buttermilk. (After all, soaking is one of the few ways to make a whole grain flour light and fluffy.) And then, finally, after all this diligent effort, I’d be able to wake up one morning and make waffles.

I’m not saying all that work is hard. It can be done, particularly if you work it into the routine of your life. Heck, I even used to do it! But somewhere between baby number two and baby number three, I got lazy. Why do all that work? Wouldn’t it just be easier to skip on the grains? That’s when I started making grain-free pancakes.

But grain-free pancake batter doesn’t make good waffle batter. I could never get that perfect waffle texture. So, I have lived a pretty much waffle-less life for the past few years.

Thankfully, my friend Jill at Real Food Forager has rescued me with her upcoming Go Grain-Free E-Course!

As a clinical nutritionist specializing in the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and the Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet, she’s collected hundreds of grain-free recipes over the years.

She’ll be sharing more than 150 of them in Go Grain-Free!, including the fabulous Grain-Free Waffle recipe below.

Grain-Free Waffles

The Players

The How-To

Separate the eggs. Whip up the whites with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form.

In a separate bowl, combine the remaining wet ingredients together: add the honey, vanilla and mashed banana to the egg yolks and mix by hand.

In yet another bowl, add baking soda and salt to the coconut flour and mix.

Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir together by hand. If the dry mixture is very thick add water (up to 1/2 cup).

Fold in the whites being careful not to over mix. The batter should be loose. Using a large serving spoon, add the batter to the preheated and oiled waffle iron. (I use this cast iron waffle iron that works on my electric stove top. No dangerous teflon or aluminum!) Remove when indicated by the waffle iron.


Want even more grain-free recipes?

If you want even more grain-free recipes, why not check out Jill’s Go Grain-Free E-Course?

In her online course, you’ll watch more than 80 video tutorials so you can see exactly how it’s done. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, learn from other people’s mistakes (instead of your own!), and get access to more than 150 tried and true grain-free recipes.

This e-course normally sells for $199. But for this holiday season, the price is dramatically reduced to just $135. And Jill is throwing in two bonus e-books at no extra cost to you: Grain-Free Breads, Snacks, and Desserts (29.95 value) and Beyond Broth (9.95 value).

Click here to use coupon code NOGRAINS and save!

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38 Responses to Grain-Free Waffles
  1. Caroline Lunger via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Ohh Thanks so much! My family was experimenting with lots of fails over the past year..and these are just in time to make for my brothers 13th b-day! I will have to make a whole stack like yours to feed him though :) hah

  2. Probono Eyecandy via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    We made these grain-free coconut flour/egg pancakes this weekend. They were perfect.

  3. Deena Barselah via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    do you think this batter would also be good for grain free pancakes? Thanks!

  4. Katie-Jo Gracie via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Now I just need a waffle iron…

  5. Petra Canup via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Oh they sound so yummy but we cant do coconut flour (or nut flour). Make it real challenging to have a grain free waffle, thats for sure.

  6. Tawnya Barrington via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    My goal is to find a grain free recipe that doesn’t call fro 2 dozen eggs, and makes at least 10 :). Do you know the yield on this recipe?

  7. Food Renegade via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Deena Barselah — Yes, but I have simpler recipes that I use for grain free pancakes.

  8. Forest Sidhe via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    It sucks to be allergic to nuts with all these luscious looking grain free recipies lol!

  9. Food Renegade via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Forest Sidhe — This one isn’t made with a nut flour, but coconut flour. Coconuts are usually safe for people with tree nut allergies.

  10. Probono Eyecandy via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    My son is highly allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts and he eats coconut all day long without issue. It’s worth looking into– coconut is a seed in the palm family, not a nut. It was a mistake for it to be classified as a nut allergen.

  11. Vincent DiClaudio Lobascio via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:23 pm


  12. Probono Eyecandy via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Food Renegade, the pancake recipe I posted is taken from the pancake recipe you posted! We added dark chocolate chips to ours and maple syrup. My toddler loved them.

  13. Daisy Raine Adkins via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    Yay! A grain-free waffle we can eat! So many grain-free recipes use almond flour, and my hubby is allergic (while me and the youngest have the gluten and dairy intolerances). Of course, I’m sure I could sub something else for almond flour (does coconut flour usually work in place of almond ok??). These are going on the to-make list NOW! :) Thanks!!

  14. Amy Urbanek via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

  15. Food Renegade via Facebook
    September 26, 2012 | 12:29 pm

    Daisy Raine Adkins — No. Coconut flour doesn’t sub for ANYTHING else. It’s far too fibrous and absorbent. That’s why you can make a half a dozen decent-sized pancakes with just 3 tbs. of the stuff.

  16. Theresa ~SCD Griddle
    September 26, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    Those pancakes look fantastic. I will have to try them out!
    Theresa ~ SCD Griddle

  17. Kaye Kittrell
    September 26, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Does almond meal qualify as grain-free? It does, doesn’t it? I’m just working on going gluten-free at present, so I made cornbread last night with organic corn meal and almond meal. It tasted great. Great post! I look forward to more! Please visit I’m a beginning urban gardener, but, I’ve learned a lot this year. – Kaye

    • KristenM
      September 26, 2012 | 4:04 pm

      Yes, since almonds are nuts and not grains, they’re totally grain free! The comments above are all because some people who are sensitive to grains are also sensitive to tree nuts, so almond flour isn’t a good choice for them.

  18. Elizabeth
    September 26, 2012 | 11:13 pm

    What would you suggest in place of the banana? My son cant have banana.

  19. Mark Cheney
    September 30, 2012 | 10:34 am

    My kids loved these – said they were better than regular waffles. Any tips on how to get these more crispy?

    • KristenM
      September 30, 2012 | 12:28 pm

      I’ve found crispiness has more to do with the waffle maker than the recipe. The crispiest waffles I’ve had are cooked in a cast iron griddle on the stove, re-oiling the the griddle between each waffle.

  20. Krasi
    October 16, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this wonderful waffle recipe. Our waffle maker had been collecting dust ever since we kicked out the grains (as the few attempts with other recipes did not turn out well). A variation without the banana (we ran out quickly :)) – 4 heaping TBSP of applesauce + a bit more water than the recipe calls was delicious too.
    However, we’re using a non stick waffle maker (Willaware), and want to switch to a cast iron one. The one suggested in the post is made in China, but the only waffle makers made in USA i can find are cast aluminum. So the question comes – what is healthier – cast iron waffle maker made in China (your recommendation) OR cast aluminum waffle maker made in USA ( )? Please help

  21. Sandy
    December 21, 2012 | 9:03 pm

    Can you use almond flour in place of the coconut flour with success on these waffles?

    • KristenM
      December 21, 2012 | 9:05 pm

      No, nothing substitutes for coconut flour! It is far to fibrous and absorbent a flour. So, if you remove it and use something else instead, you’d also have to adjust the levels of every other ingredient and liquid — essentially coming up with an all new recipe.

  22. SavannahS
    February 25, 2013 | 7:20 am

    Yum! I made these for my whole family yesterday and everyone loved them, although I am the only one that needs grain free. They were so good I even took them for lunch. We used scd legal bacon, yogurt, and berries to top these. I can’t believe how delicious they were! Thank you!

  23. Gene
    March 2, 2013 | 9:28 am

    One of my very favorite grain free recipes of all time! Thank you! We add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cinnamon which helps hide the strong banana flavor. Yummy!

  24. Melanie
    March 5, 2013 | 11:04 pm

    This looks amazing! We are grain/dairy/egg free. Any suggestions on how to substitute the eggs? Thanks!

  25. Dawn
    May 29, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    I’m so grateful for you and others who do all this wonderful legwork for the rest of us! Thank you for your passion and willingness to share HEALTH with others.

  26. Health & Organic Wellbeing (H.O.W )
    August 15, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  27. tiffany
    September 15, 2013 | 8:47 am

    Made these this morning and all three boys loved them! I got 4, okay 3 good waffles and one mess of a waffle out of this recipe :). Thanks for sharing!

  28. Kathleen E W Bailey
    September 15, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Oh, bummer! I was hoping to see a grain free, sugar free recipe. Back to the drawing board for me!

    • Kristen
      September 15, 2013 | 9:50 am

      I guess your definition of sugar-free is different than mine! Considering that this recipe does not use refined sugar, but instead uses honey and bananas, I can’t imagine it getting more natural than that.

    • Laura
      November 24, 2013 | 12:39 pm

      I just made these and left the honey out, if it’s the honey that you want to avoid. (I was afraid it would cause the batter to stick to my waffle iron.)
      If it’s the sugars in the applesauce and banana as well, you could try pureed squash, although that still has some sugar as well.

  29. Hallie Doyle
    September 15, 2013 | 11:34 am

    I’m excited to try these! They look wonderful, and I just am getting into using coconut flour. I found out about your site through Lauren at Empowered Sustenance. I was wondering if you had any substitutions you could recommend for banana. Unfortunately, my boys don’t like the taste of banana, and sneaking it in always is caught. Would it be o.k. to add extra apple sauce or maybe some pumpkin? Thanks so much!

  30. Cassie
    November 16, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Just made these w/ 1/4 cup water. Turned out okay–but not up to par with my tasting ;-) One of the better recipes out there though, and VERY healthy!

  31. Laura
    November 24, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Finally, a gluten free waffle recipe that didn’t stick to my waffle iron! Hurrah! They weren’t crispy for me, they were more cake-y — could be my waffle iron. They were very delicious. Thank you!

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