Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles – crispy exterior, fluffy interior, and perfectly spiced. The perfect holiday breakfast! (Gluten free, dairy free)
What do you eat on Christmas morning?
It’s one of those things I love hearing. Some families do cinnamon rolls or pecan sticky buns, some families have a special breakfast strata they make…my in-laws make little fried donuts they call Fudds.
My family always did waffles for Christmas morning breakfast. My grandma spends most of Christmas morning (and sometimes into the early afternoon) making stacks upon stacks of waffles for all the family that comes and goes. We almost always celebrated Christmas on our own growing up (since we moved so much), but our own waffle breakfast was one of my favorite parts of the holiday.
I’ve been combing through some old recipes trying to see what needs updating (answer: a lot), and these gluten free gingerbread waffles caught my eye. So, one morning after I got the kids to school, I pulled out my waffle maker and got to work testing.
They’re better than ever.
Here’s What Goes Into My Gluten-Free Gingerbread Waffles Recipe:
These have such a good texture! Crispy exterior, fluffy interior, and perfectly spiced, these gingerbread waffles make a perfect Christmas or holiday breakfast. They taste just like the holidays and are certainly easy enough to pull off without much fuss, whether you make them the first day of Christmas vacation from school, on Christmas morning, or New Year’s Day. Here’s what goes into them:
- GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR (OR REGULAR FLOUR). I’m keeping things simple with a gluten-free measure-for-measure flour. Lately, I’ve been into King Arthur brand.
- BAKING POWDER + BAKING SODA. For puff and lift!
- WARM SPICES + SALT. This adds that gingerbread flavor. So nice and cozy!
- YOUR FAVORITE MILK + APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. (I use dairy free milk. The milk + vinegar combo make these so light and fluffy.)
- COCONUT SUGAR for a little light sweetness.
- AVOCADO OIL + EGGS. They give the BEST texture!
Yummy Toppings For Gingerbread Waffles:
So what do you put ON gingerbread waffles? Glad you asked! Here are some of our favorites…
- Powdered Sugar – A little dusting of powdered sugar looks like snow on these gluten-free gingerbread waffles. It’s tough to beat!
- Whipped Cream or Coconut Cream – Similarly, there’s something so cheerful about a dollop of whipped cream or whipped coconut cream on a plate of crisp, warm gingerbread waffles. YUM!
- Maple Syrup – Always a classic. I love the depth and sweetness some syrup adds to these waffles.
- Lemon Curd – A reader got me onto lemon + gingerbread many years ago and now it’s one of my faves! Try a little lemon curd, vegan lemon curd or some lemon sauce for your waffles! It’s a bit unexpected, but totally delicious.
- Buttermilk Syrup – If dairy isn’t a concern for you, I can’t recommend our buttermilk syrup enough! It tastes like caramel sauce and it’s lovely for a special occasion.
FAQ + Tips & Tricks For The Best Gluten-Free Gingerbread Waffles:
I’M NOT GLUTEN FREE. CAN I MAKE THESE WITH REGULAR FLOUR? You bet! If you aren’t gluten free, you can feel confident making this recipe with white flour.
CAN YOU FREEZE GINGERBREAD WAFFLES? Yes! These gluten free gingerbread waffles freeze beautifully. Place them on a cooling rack or baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat and freeze for 20-30 minutes, or until slightly firmed and no longer tacky. (This will keep them from sticking together in one giant clump.) Transfer to an airtight container or bag and freeze up to 2 months. You can pop them into a toaster or warm them in the oven to revive their crispy texture.
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HELPFUL FOR THIS GLUTEN-FREE GINGERBREAD WAFFLES RECIPE:
Recipe originally published Dec 2016.