These honey-sweetened waffles are gluten-free, dairy-free and surprisingly healthy!
If there’s one thing in this world I’m certain of, it’s that I need to make waffles more often. This blog is suffering from a severe waffle shortage, and it’s tragic. Please accept these honey-sweetened, gluten-free and dairy-free waffles with my apologies.
And rest assured, there’ll be more waffles to come!
Fun Fact: National Waffle Day (August 24) isn’t just a randomly-assigned day to celebrate waffles. It’s actually the anniversary of when Cornelius Swartwout received a patent for his waffle iron – the first one in the US.
There’s no such thing as too many waffles in life, and if you think about, life has a heck-of-a-lot of waffles in it.
There are square waffles, round waffles, Texas waffles, Belgian/Brussels waffles, heart waffles, Liège waffles, Stroopwafels waffles, Snoopy and Charlie Brown waffles, potato waffles, Scandinavian waffles, Mickey Mouse Waffles, waffle cones…
And those are just a few waffle types – let’s not even get into the variety of flavors.
These Honey Oatmeal Waffles are made are ‘Belgian-style’ waffles – i.e. soft and fluffy on the inside, a little crispy on the outside and best made in a waffle iron with deep grooves.
Oh, I left ‘hot dog waffles’ off the above list, but they exist too. Yeah, I know.
As much as I enjoy breakfasts that are a little on the crazy side (see Exhibits A and B), when it comes to waffles, I’m pretty boring. Just a stack of waffles topped with maple syrup or honey, and I’m a happy person. No need for waffle sandwiches, waffle tacos, sides of fried chicken, chili, etc.
For me, the excitement has to be the waffle itself – not what it’s topped with or next to.
That being said, I probably could get into waffle sandwiches if there were peanut butter and/or chocolate involved.
So, let’s talk about these waffles!
They’re much healthier than your average, buttery waffle. Instead of melted butter, there’s pumpkin puree and a tiny bit of canola oil. And the refined sugar is replaced with honey, which also gives them a wonderful honey taste.
I can recommend using Almond Breeze Hint of Honey (or similar honey-flavored milk) for even more of a honey taste!
These waffles are also gluten-free, as long as you use certified gluten-free oats. The flour’s replaced with a mixture of ground oats, rice flour, almond meal and cornstarch (also called cornflour). But fear not, waffle connoisseurs! I have been assured (by lovers of bread/pastry/gluten-in-general) that these waffles ‘don’t taste gluten-free’. Hooray!
And the best part about these waffles (except for eating them, of course!): They make your kitchen smell amazing. Trust me.
Random Flashback: Remember 2004? John Kerry and waffles had an association that was awkward for all involved.
- Dry Ingredients
- 1 cup (105g) rolled oats, divided
- ½ cup (80g) white rice flour
- ¼ cup (40g) brown rice flour
- ¼ cup (25g) almond meal
- 2 tablespoons (20g) cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, separated
- ⅓ cup (85g) pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup (80g) honey
- 1 tablespoon (15mL) canola oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (240mL) almond milk
- Use a coffee grinder or good-quality blender to grind ⅓ cup (35g) of the oats into a flour. Transfer to a large (or medium-sized) bowl, along with the remaining ⅔ cup (70g) of whole oats.
- Add the white rice flour, brown rice flour, almond meal, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
- In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Mix in the pumpkin puree, honey, canola oil and vanilla extract. Add the almond milk, and mix until well combined.
- Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites into firm peaks. Set aside.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Fold in the egg whites – this is easiest if you fold in one heaped spoonful of egg whites first, and then mix in the rest.
- Cook in a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. Don’t forget: Grease the waffle iron with cooking oil spray between each waffle!
- Serve with honey (or maple syrup), if desired. Enjoy!
Cornstarch is also known as cornflour