The Best Weekend Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles

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gluten free buttermilk waffles

These buttery Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles are so light and crisp. Though they are perfect for long, leisurely weekend mornings, they are easy enough to make before school or work. The aren’t overly sweet so they are a great match for a glug of maple syrup or a drizzle of honey, or fried chicken. Yum!

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Recipe card and instructions updated 06/17/22

Tips for making this gluten-free waffles recipe:

  • Make sure your waffle iron is hot, and well oiled. I prefer to use gluten-free cooking spray to make sure all the nooks and crannies get coated.
  • You only need to grease your waffle iron once, just before you cook your first waffle.
  • Your waffle will be done when the waffle iron stops steaming. I prefer my waffles on the crisp side, so I wait a little longer than that.
  • Waffles are best eaten right out of the waffle iron. Waffles aren’t a breakfast that everyone gets served at once, and that’s ok. If you absolutely MUST serve everyone at once, when the waffles are done place them on a rack over a baking sheet in a 200°F oven to keep warm. The rack is key, otherwise they will get soggy.
  • There is a LOT of butter in this recipe which is what makes the waffles crispy. You can use dairy-free butter if you choose, and make your own dairy-free buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your no-dairy milk of your choice.

Sometimes serving breakfast for dinner saves lives

I am supposed to be packing us up for the summer–sorting through summer clothing, washing laundry, and making a list for the woman who has bravely decided to take on my two crazy cats, one skittish dog, and umpteen dozen tomato plants in my garden while we summer in Cape Cod. Instead, I sit here thinking about waffles. Gluten-free buttermilk waffles, to be precise.

You see, buttermilk waffles are just the thing to have for dinner when you are too busy to make a proper one. It also uses up the last bits of buttermilk, butter and maple syrup and aids in cleaning out the fridge. As a bonus, they are just about the one thing that all my kids will eat without complaining. In fact, my middle one says that they’re his favorite food, and he’s not even the picky one.

I remember well the summer before his second birthday when he learned the word for the crisp, buttery breakfast he adored. Most mornings,  he would pad around the kitchen, his tan, chubby hands pulling at my legs. Waffos, waffos, WAFFOS!!! His plaintive cries frankly drove me nuts, but I understood his obsession. Waffles are delicious, after all.

A classic recipe for buttermilk waffles

I tried all sorts of recipes for waffles, easy ones (meh), whole grain ones (not quite what I was looking for), and complicated ones (like the kind where the egg white are beaten separately then folded carefully into the batter-who has time for that?). Finally, in my old Fanny Farmer Cookbook, I came across Marion Cunningham’s recipe for Buttermilk Waffles. They were a revelation–easy enough to prepare on a busy morning, but with a crisp and airy texture that rivaled the recipes that called for whipped egg whites.

I was sold, but the amount of butter required (a stick and a half) horrified me. I gradually reduced the butter each time I made the recipe until the waffles were still crisp, but slightly less buttertastic. And I was thrilled to learn after I went on a gluten free diet, that my all purpose, gluten free flour blend worked perfectly. Yes. Perfect gluten-free buttermilk waffles do exist after all!

Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles

Waffles for breakfast are a given, waffles for dinner are a real treat, and waffles when your world (and house) is upside down is a no brainer. Hooray for Waffos, waffos, WAFFOS!!!

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Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles

The Best Weekend Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles

Alison Needham
These waffles are buttery and crisp with a slight hint of tang from the buttermilk. Serve them for breakfast with warm maple syrup or honey, or for dessert, topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Yum!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 waffles
Calories 247 kcal

Equipment

  • Waffle Iron

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Spray waffle iron with gluten free cooking spray and preheat to a medium heat. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum and sugar. Add eggs, buttermilk, butter and milk. Whisk until no lumps remain. If the batter seems overly thick, add additional milk (up to ¼ cup more) to thin it.
  • Bake in a hot waffle iron according to manufacturers directions. You can remove the waffle to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven, but I think it’s best if it’s eaten immediately. Serve with additional butter and warm maple syrup or honey.

Notes

These waffles are best eaten hot out of the waffle iron. To keep them warm, set them on a rack over a baking sheet and place in a 200°F oven. Extra waffles may be frozen. To freeze, cool waffles completely and place in a large zip-top bag, separating each with a sheet of parchment. Freeze for up to three months. To reheat, place frozen waffle in the toaster or toaster oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffleCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 524mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 530IUCalcium: 148mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Buttermilk Waffles, Gluten Free Breakfast Recipe, Gluten Free Brunch Recipe, Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles, Gluten Free Waffles
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22 Comments

  1. Those waffles look delicious! What GF flour blend do you use? I have my own, and I like to use a pastry flour blend for waffles. Yum! It’s been a while since I’ve had buttermilk waffles… I may have to try these! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Hi Gina! The flour blend is my own. I believe I added the link in the recipe posted at the bottom of the page. It’s a blend of brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, sweet rice flour, potato starch, corn starch and xanthan gum. And the waffles ate amazing. Better than any I made with regular, glutinous flour. 🙂

  2. I used Cup4Cuo flour and ended up using 3/4 cup of buttermilk because I was worried they were too think. I spooned them in the waffle maker and spread them out a bit. They were so fluffy and light! Best gf waffle recipe! Thank you!

    1. Could you use almond milk instead of buttermilk if the person is dairy free too? Any suggestions?

      1. Yes, but add 3 teaspoons of cider vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice to the almond milk and let it sit for 10 minutes before you stir it into the dry ingredients. 🙂

  3. I just made a batch of these over the weekend and they tasted delicious. Crispy, buttery, light and very much like the gluten homemade ones from long ago. Only 2 changes: I used Better Batter (210g) and 2 tsp. of vanilla extract, as I think gf flour’s flavor can always use the boost of flavor. Thanks for another easy and tasty keeper!

  4. Love gluten free waffles! Thank you for the recipe! I wasn’t sure the ratio of Xatham Gum to use. I mix Greek yogurt and water instead of buttermilk. Easier for my husband to digest.

  5. I live in the UK so what is baking soda called in the UK?

  6. Looks lovely but i am wondering how long will the waffle batter mixture keep for? Can I make a lot of batter mix and cook waffles through out the day for a party?

  7. Have you ever frozen these and reheated? Wanted to make a batch for the week…

  8. Have you ever put these in the freezer? Wanted to make a batch for the week….

    1. Yes! I freeze them all the time. Separate each waffle with parchment. Reheat in the toaster. 🙂

  9. Hi just a short note from Australia to thank you for a GR8 buttermilk recipe. My first waffle on my new Breville bm640 turned out so, so,good.
    I have now made 4 batches & all GR8

    Thankx

  10. Okay, so I haven’t made the recipe yet, but had to comment – ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG NAME!!!!

  11. Excellent Recipe! Very, very good. A few alterations I made – I added about 1/4 cup of almond meal, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and separated out the egg yolk and egg white. If you add the yolks to the wet ingredients and then beat the whites until they have peaks, then add them to the batter by folding them in as the last step, you will get super fluffy waffles. Yum!

  12. Been making this recipe for a while now. Love it. Thank you!

  13. These are wonderful! I used a homemade GF flour mix with Xanthum incl. Scaled back the butter by 2Tbsp and sugar to 1Tbsp. Texture was great and especially good with real maple syrup! Kid approved!

  14. I must admit I was a not sure but after making these they were better than regular waffles. My new go to waffle recipe.

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