I am a HUGE fan of waffles. If I had to choose waffles or pancakes for the rest of my life – its NO CONTEST! Since I love waffles so much, I HAD to find a recipe that was free of all of the foods that Penny and I can’t eat.
In case you aren’t entirely familiar with our history, Gluten and me are NOT friends and Penny is allergic to Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Cashews, Sesame, and seems to have the same intolerance to gluten as her mama. There is NO WAY that I am living the rest of my life without waffles.
I tried countless Pinterest recipes and they all flopped. I don’t just mean that they tasted gross. I actually had one recipe never bind and it was just mush burning on my waffle maker!
Flour. Coconut flour is extremely dry and requires so much liquid. It just didn’t work out. I tried Almond flour with bananas and it didn’t bind. I also tried using rice flour. I just couldn’t find a way to make the perfect waffle. You know it, crunchy on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside. I finally found Red Bob’s Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. It measures 1:1 with conventional white all purpose flour so I thought about it and gave it a shot. What did I have to loss? (except all the wasted ingredients)
Eggs. These bind baked goods but since we do not eat them in our home, I had to find an alternative. When I tried to use bananas, I ended up with the mush I mentioned already. I purchased Red Bob’s Mill Egg Replacer and it worked but made the waffles dense/heavy. If you are a waffle enthusiast, a heavy/dense waffle is NOT ideal. After some research I discovered that applesauce can be used as an egg replacer. Use a quarter cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Some sources say to mix it with half a teaspoon of baking powder. If all you have is sweetened applesauce, then simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.
Milk. We do not have cow’s milk in our home but we usually have a fair share of soy or almond milk available. I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for this recipe but if you do not, feel free to use your own UNSWEETENED milk substitute.
Butter. Butter is made from milk so we do not have it. I have found it easiest to use Country Crock Spread.
Make sure you read labels, I heard rumors that there are some spreads that have dairy.
Chocolate Chips. I have only found 3 brands of chocolate chips that do not contain milk. Kirkland Chocolate Chips, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, and Nestle Tollhouse Simply Delicious Chocolate Morsels. I use the Kirkland brand because I get more for my money. I enjoy baking and I use chocolate chips often. And since discovering this recipe, I have made waffles almost every week.
Without further ado, here is your recipe! Keep in mind that I am a simple woman so I just make things as easy as possible. Mix it all together and cook!
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Waffles
Makes ~5 waffles
2 Cups Red Bob’s Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 TBSP sugar
1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Applesauce (I just use one single serve applesauce cups)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup melted Country Crock Spread
Chocolate Chips to Taste (probably around 1 cup)
- Turn on your waffle make. I turn my knob about 3/4 of the way. Let it heat up and tell you its ready.
- Mix all your dry ingredients together EXCEPT FOR THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS!
- Add your wet ingredients to the dry mix and mix it all up!
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Add the batter to the waffle maker (about a cup per waffle but depends on your waffle maker) and cook until its crunchy. I like mine a little on the dark side. (Insert Darth Vader joke here)
- Serve with cut up strawberries, bananas, or my favorite – Gluten Free Chicken Strips! (Chicken and Waffles girl here) Don’t forget the Maple Syrup!
I am not sure if I missed anything. If you use this recipe please comment and let me know what you think! Its taken me a long time to get this right and I am excited to share and get feedback! I included various link throughout the blog, I don’t get anything if you click. I just like to include the resources and items for my readers.