These fluffy and perfectly spiced Pumpkin Waffles are naturally gluten free and filled with pumpkin flavor. The waffles quickly come together in the blender for a delicious breakfast!
The Best Pumpkin Waffles
A warm stack of delicious fresh stack of waffles is always such a treat but even more so during the cozy fall and winter months.
If you’re a big pumpkin lover (like myself!) then these fluffy gluten free Pumpkin Waffles are the perfect treat to enjoy all season long. The waffles are full of pumpkin spice flavor and come together entirely in the blender which could not be easier.
These healthy pumpkin waffles are made with just a few simple ingredients like hearty whole grain oats, pumpkin puree, and sweetened with maple syrup. Because they’re naturally gluten free (and can easily be made dairy free!) they’re the perfect breakfast option for everyone to enjoy.
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Ingredients You’ll Need
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.
Pumpkin Puree: To ensure these waffles have plenty of delicious pumpkin flavor and that pretty orange color we’re using pumpkin puree. You can make a batch of homemade pumpkin puree or grab a can from the baking aisle. Be sure you pick up pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
Eggs: You will need two large eggs for this recipe.
Almond Milk: You can use plain unsweetened almond milk or, if you want a bit of extra vanilla flavor, vanilla almond milk.
Vanilla Extract: These waffles use a good amount of vanilla extract for that delicious vanilla flavor that works so well with both the oats, pumpkin, and spices.
Maple Syrup: To sweeten the waffle batter just a bit we’re using pure maple syrup which pairs so well with all of the other flavors in these waffles.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: To really get that classic pumpkin flavor you’ll need a generous amount of pumpkin pie spice. You can make a homemade batch or grab your favorite store-bought brand.
Melted Butter: A little bit of melted butter gives these waffles a delicious buttery flavor.
- 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. I’ve also tried making these waffles without any eggs and while it does change the texture they still taste delicious.
- Almond Milk: you can substitute almond milk for oat milk, cashew milk, or a dairy milk if you prefer.
- Maple Syrup: feel free to swap the maple syrup with honey. You could also leave out a sweetener altogether if you prefer.
- Butter: you can swap the butter for ghee or a vegan butter if you like.
- Mix-Ins: feel free to get creative and add your favorite mix-ins to these waffles like chopped nuts, seeds, fruit, or chocolate chips!
Helpful Kitchen Tools
high powered blender
How to Make This Pumpkin Waffle Recipe
Step One: Add the pumpkin puree, gluten free oats, eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, salt maple syrup, melted butter, and baking powder to a high-powered blender.
Step Two: Blend until the batter is completely smooth.
Step Three: 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 Four: 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.
Step Five: Transfer the cooked waffle to a wire cooling rack or baking sheet.
Step Six: 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 new batter each time.
Step Seven: Serve the waffles with additional toppings like chopped pecans, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks for the Best Pumpkin 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.
- 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 waffles made with traditional 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 maple syrup. Serve them alongside a hot cup of coffee for the perfect breakfast or brunch treat.
Of course you can always take the waffles to a new level with just a few simple touches. Here are a few delicious serving suggestions:
- add some fresh fruit on top of your waffles like berries, bananas, or even sautéed apples
- 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
- 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 pumpkin puree, gluten free oats, eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, salt maple syrup, melted butter, and baking powder to a high-powered blender.
- Blend until the batter is completely smooth.
- 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.
- 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 new batter each time.
- Serve the waffles with additional toppings like chopped pecans, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Enjoy!
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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA