Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles – crispy exterior, fluffy interior, and perfectly spiced. The perfect holiday breakfast! (Gluten free, dairy free)
Updated from the archives.
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. 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 I PUT IN MY GLUTEN FREE GINGERBREAD WAFFLES:
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).
- BAKING POWDER + BAKING SODA
- WARM SPICES + SALT.
- 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!
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.
WHAT DO YOU PUT ON GINGERBREAD WAFFLES? My extended family lives for our family’s buttermilk syrup recipe. It tastes like caramel! It’s not gluten or dairy free, but if you’re looking for something caramel-y to drizzle, I’m thinking this 5 Minute Vegan Caramel Sauce would do the trick. Otherwise, a bit of powdered sugar, whipped cream (coconut or regular), or pure maple syrup will always do the job.
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.
MORE HOLIDAY BREAKFAST IDEAS TO LOVE:
- Gluten-Free French Toast Casserole
- Roasted Breakfast Potatoes & Veggies
- Blender Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
- Bacon and Potato Breakfast Bake
- Winter Fruit Salad
- Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Bake
- Buttermilk Syrup
- Vegan Hot Chocolate
HELPFUL FOR THIS GLUTEN-FREE GINGERBREAD WAFFLES RECIPE: