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Gluten Free (or not) Gingerbread Waffles

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles – crispy exterior, fluffy interior, and perfectly spiced. The perfect holiday breakfast! (Gluten free, dairy free)

Overhead view of 3 gluten-free gingerbread waffles topped with powdered sugar on a white lace plate

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.

Front view of a stack of gluten-free gingerbread waffles on a white lace plate topped with powdered sugar

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!
Overhead view of a stack of gluten-free gingerbread waffles topped with powdered sugar on a white lace plate

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.
Front view of a stack of gluten-free gingerbread waffles on a white lace plate topped with powdered sugar

FAQ + Tips & Tricks For The Best Gluten-Free Gingerbread Waffles:

WHAT KIND OF GLUTEN FREE FLOUR DO YOU USE? I made my gluten free gingerbread waffles with a 1:1 gluten free flour blend to keep things simple. This one and this one are my favorites.

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.

WHAT KIND OF WAFFLE IRON DO YOU USE? If you prefer a deeper, Belgian-style waffle, I highly recommend this waffle iron. If you prefer thin and more crispy, this one might be right for you.

Overhead view of 3 gluten-free gingerbread waffles topped with powdered sugar on a white lace plate

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Overhead view of 3 gluten-free gingerbread waffles topped with powdered sugar on a white lace plate

Gluten Free (or Not!) Gingerbread Waffles


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: about 6
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles – crispy exterior, fluffy interior, and perfectly spiced. The perfect holiday breakfast! (Gluten free, dairy free)

*For a stronger gingerbread flavor, you can at 1 Tbsp. molasses to the wet ingredients!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups Gluten Free Baking Flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Baking Mix)
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk, vinegar, coconut sugar sugar, oil/buter, and eggs.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
  5. Scoop ⅓-1/2 cup batter into waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.

Notes

You can use any cooking fat you like here – I use avocado oil most of the time since it’s dairy free and neutral tasting. You can sub in butter, ghee, vegan butter, or coconut oil. Whatever you use, just be sure it’s melted and cooled slightly.

Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour is my go-to gluten free blend because it’s a 1-to-1 substitute for white flour. If you’re not gluten free, you can use regular old white flour!

Feel free to use any favorite milk – almond, cashew, coconut, hemp, soy, or dairy will work!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten-free gingerbread waffles, gluten-free waffles, gingerbread waffles recipe

Recipe originally published Dec 2016.

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36 Comments

  1. I saw these on TK this morning, and I craved them then. Now I see them in my Google Reader tonight…and I’m craving them again! What a creative way to serve a festive breakfast. I just have one thing to say, Emily: YUM!

  2. A great benefit of having missionaries transfered regularly is that these waffles get to become ‘new’ every few months. Not only do we get to enjoy them regularly, but we help to expand the taste bud horizons of a few good young men in the world.

      1. I was tellng my mom last night about the waffles and she agreed that the lemon sauce would be perfect – I would be happy to share the recipe if you are interested. I think these will be breakfast on Christmas morning.

  3. Had these on Christmas morning (with the lemon sauce) they were so good. My husband raved – my boys had mixed reviews….go figure, the one ate until he realized they weren’t regular waffles and the other eats anything but did love them 🙂 Thanks again for the recipe!

  4. Why do you list a link to the buttermilk syrup if it can’t be accessed except by invitation? This was the message that came up when I tried to get in. Want to make the waffles and would really like to try that recipe also.

  5. Love that these were updated for gluten free! My mom got rid of her waffle maker and my brother always makes pancakes for breakfast. Do you think this could be adapted to pancake batter? That might make everyone else jealous of my breakfast instead of me wanting to dive face first into my brother’s worlds best pancakes.

    1. I do! I think you could use it for pancake batter without any real modification. You may need to add more or less milk depending on how thin/thick you like your pancakes, but I think they’d work great!

  6. made these last night and they are DELISH! I LOVE waffles and made these gluten free version. my kids (9yrs and 1yr) didn’t notice and hubs ate them with no probs. these will def be made again and again. 🙂 Thanks!!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I made a double batch over Christmas and froze the leftovers. I’ve been pulling them out one by one to enjoy for the last week or so. So good!

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