These gluten free Apple Cinnamon Waffles are so easy to make and full of delicious apple and cinnamon flavor. Not only are they delicious, they also freeze and reheat well so they’re perfect for meal prep!
Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats: Instead of traditional all purpose flour, these waffles use old-fashioned oats as the base. If you have gluten sensitivity or allergy be sure to grab certified gluten-free rolled oats.
Unsweetened Applesauce: To give the waffles an extra boost of apple flavor, we’re using unsweetened plain applesauce. If you prefer extra sweetness or more cinnamon flavor you can use sweetened applesauce or cinnamon applesauce instead.
Eggs: You will need two large eggs for this recipe.
Almond Milk: We’re using plain, unsweetened almond milk for this recipe. I’ve included other substitutions below, if needed.
Vanilla Extract: We’re using half a tablespoon to make sure the waffles have plenty of vanilla flavor.
Cinnamon: You’ll need one teaspoon of ground cinnamon for these waffles.
Maple Syrup: The flavor of the maple syrup works so well with the apple and cinnamon in the waffles.
Fresh Apple: Fresh grated apple helps to make sure you have a little bit of apple of in every bite.
Melted Butter: A little bit of melted butter gives these waffles a delicious buttery flavor. I included substitutions below if you need to keep this recipe dairy free.
Old Fashioned Oats: For this recipe, I recommend using old-fashioned oats which are often referred to as “rolled oats” instead of quick oats. Quick oats will change the texture of the waffles so it is best to stick with old-fashioned for these waffles.
Eggs: if you have an egg allergy you can substitute flax eggs or your favorite vegan egg alternative instead.
Almond Milk: swap the almond milk for cashew milk, oat milk, or regular dairy milk if you prefer.
Maple Syrup: you can easily swap the maple syrup with honey or another liquid sweetener of your choice.
Butter: leave out the butter altogether or swap it for vegan butter or ghee.
Mix-Ins: feel free to get creative and add your favorite mix-ins to these waffles like chopped nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.
Step One: Add the applesauce, gluten free oats, eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, ghee, and baking powder to a high-powered blender.
Step Two: Blend until the batter is completely smooth.
Step Three: Next, add the grated apple to the batter and stir until well combined.
Step Four: Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes. This will allow the oats to soak up some of the moisture. While your batter is resting, heat your waffle maker.
Step Five: Once the waffle maker is heated, spray it with a little non-stick or avocado oil spray, fill the waffle maker with batter, close the lid and let cook until the waffle is golden brown and beginning to crisp. This takes 5-6 minutes in my waffle maker. Once the steam stops coming out from the sides of the waffle maker, I like to check for doneness.
Step Six: Transfer the cooked waffle to a wire cooling rack or baking sheet.
Step Seven: Repeat this process until all of the waffle batter has been cooked. Be sure to give the waffle maker a quick spray of oil before adding a scoop of new waffle batter each time.
Step Eight: Serve the waffles with additional toppings like fresh apple slices, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks for the Best Waffles
Blend your batter to a completely smooth consistency. The length of time it takes to blend the batter will depend on the power of your blender. After the batter is completely smooth, stir in that grated apple.
Be sure to give your waffle maker a quick spray or swipe of oil before adding the batter. I recommend using coconut oil or avocado oil. Doing this for each fresh batch of batter will ensure that they do not stick and can be removed from the waffle maker easily.
A trick I like to use when cooking waffles is paying attention to the steam that comes out of the waffle maker while the waffle is cooking. Once you notice that steam has stopped coming out from the sides of the waffle maker, check your waffle for doneness.
While these waffles are not as crisp as traditional waffles made with all purpose flour, they do crisp up a bit in the waffle maker. If you want to ensure they are as crispy as possible, avoid stacking the waffles on top of each other while on the cooling rack or sheet pan. This will keep the waffle edges crispy.
How to Serve
These waffles are really delicious all on their own with just a drizzle of pure maple syrup. If you want, you can also top the waffles with a few delicious toppings!
Here are a few delicious serving suggestions:
add some fresh fruit on top of your waffles like sautéed apples, fresh berries, or bananas
top the waffles with a sprinkle of chopped pecans, walnuts, granola, or pumpkin seeds for additional crunch
spread a bit of apple or pumpkin butter on top of each waffle
instead of maple syrup, try a drizzle of your favorite honey on your waffles
a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt (use dairy-free if you need) is always a delicious option
you can’t go wrong with a bit of softened butter or whipped cream on a warm waffle
adding a generous dusting of powdered sugar to these waffles is my personal favorite way to serve them
How to Freeze and Reheat Waffles
Another great thing about these delicious waffles is that they freeze and reheat incredibly well!
To freeze your waffles:
Let the fully cooked waffles come to a complete cool first. You don’t want to place steaming hot waffles into a cold freezer.
Once your waffles are completely cool, layer them between wax or parchment paper. This helps the waffles from sticking together and makes it easier for you to remove individual waffles from the freezer.
Transfer the layered waffles to a freezer safe storage bag or container. If you are using a freezer safe bag, try to remove as much air as you can from the bag. The waffles should be good for up to three months in the freezer.
To reheat your waffles:
Reheat in the oven. You can wrap the waffles in a sheet of foil and pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for around ten minutes until they are completely warmed through.
Reheat in the microwave. If you are a little shorter on time, you can use the microwave to reheat your waffles! Place the waffles onto a microwave safe plate in a single layer and place the frozen waffles into your microwave and reheat for thirty seconds at a time until they completely warmed through.
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Add the applesauce, gluten free oats, eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, ghee, and baking powder to a high-powered blender.
Blend until the batter is completely smooth.
Next, add the grated apple to the batter and stir until well combined.
Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes. This will allow the oats to soak up some of the moisture. While your batter is resting, heat your waffle maker. (I heated mine to level 4 on my waffle maker).
Once the waffle maker is heated, spray it with a little non-stick spray (I used avocado oil non-stick spray), fill the waffle maker with batter, close the lid and let cook until the waffle is golden brown and beginning to crisp. This takes 5-6 minutes in my waffle maker. Once the steam stops coming out from the sides of the waffle maker, I like to check for doneness.
Transfer the cooked waffle to a wire cooling rack or baking sheet.
Repeat this process until all of the waffle batter has been cooked. Be sure to give the waffle maker a quick spray of oil before adding a scoop of new waffle batter each time.
Serve the waffles with additional toppings like fresh apple slices, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Enjoy!
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