My Paleo Waffles are the best paleo waffles I’ve ever had. And there are very few recipes of mine I will claim are the “best.” These are easy and come out wonderfully crispy.
My kids look forward to these every Monday and we make them weekly. This is the recipe I grew up with from my dad, but paleo-fied. We like them light and crispy but keep in mind if you want your waffles more thick, add more flour. Same with if they turn out too thick and you want them crispier, add more milk.
Why We Love These Paleo Waffles
The ingredients are simple and I can make the batter in less than ten minutes. I love them with the three flour combination. The healthy fats in the coconut and almond flours help keep my tall, hungry boys full. However, if you need a nut-free option, you can use cassava flour instead.
*Busy morning tip: Make extra of these, then freeze on a wire cooling rack in a single layer. This will allow them to freeze without getting smooshed or lose their crispiness. Once frozen, then you can store them all together in a freezer ziplock or storage container. We call them our Paleggos – our Paleo Eggos ; ). On a busy morning, just pop one of these into the toaster and get on your way!
Think Outside the Paleo Waffle
Gluten-free bread or buns can be expensive and dry. These Paleo Waffles can be a fantastic swap! We have used them:
- In lunch boxes as bread for a peanut butter and jelly.
- Paired them with my Sloppy Joes for the perfect bun (pictured below).
- Sandwich them with scrambled or fried egg and bacon for a breakfast sandwich.
- Get creative and cook them with fillings inside for a Stuffed Waffle.
- Build a Blackened Chicken sandwich with all the fixings (pictured above).
- Make up egg salad and use Paleo Waffles to make an egg salad sandwich.
- Eggs – Separated. The egg whites whipped until stiff peaks is what makes these waffles light and crispy!
- Extra light tasting olive oil – Or you can use avocado oil. Just make sure if you use olive oil, it’s “extra light tasting” or else your waffles will taste like olives.
- Baking powder
- Almond milk – I use unsweetened vanilla Silk almond milk.Can swap with another dairy-free milk of choice.
- Flour – Use just cassava flour for a single-ingredient nut-free option. Or use the three flour combination of coconut + tapioca + almond flour, my favorite!
- Coconut sugar – These waffles aren’t sweet, this just gives it a little more full of a flavor. My husband prefers granulated monk fruit sweetener instead for a keto variety with the three flours.
- Waffle iron
- 2 eggs carefully separated
- 1/2 cup Extra light tasting olive oil
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk or carton (not canned) coconut or other DF milk
- 1 3/4 cups cassava flour*
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- Preheat waffle iron,
- In a small bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer until stiff peaks form. You might feel this is too "fussy" and be tempted to skip it. Don't! It gives the waffles their light crispiness.
- Combine all other ingredients (including egg yolks) in a large bowl. Stir to combine. **BATTER CHECK: See note below for what batter consistency should be like.
- Once combined, gently fold in egg whites (batter should be lumpy – don’t beat in the egg whites, these will make these waffles fluffy!).
- Cook in waffle iron per your waffle irons directions. My waffle iron is a 4.5" deep belgium waffle pan and this makes five 4.5" circle waffles. Amount of waffles made will vary based on the size of your waffle maker. Also, I don't need to spray my waffle iron with cooking oil before making these, as the higher oil content in this recipe doesn't stick, but test your waffle iron.
- Enjoy topped with maple syrup, ghee, nuts, berries and whipped coconut cream, or nut butter.
- To freeze - lay in a single layer on a cooling rack. Once frozen, then you can store all together in a glass dish or freezer gallon ziplock. Toast or microwave straight from the freezer to reheat. Great for fast breakfasts or after-school snack!
SUBSTITUTIONS - Can't do coconut or nuts? Use oatmilk and maple sugar instead of the other milks and coconut sugar.
Can't find cassava flour? I buy it here on Amazon fairly affordably. You can also use: 1 cup almond flour + 1 cup tapioca flour + 1/2 cup coconut flour if you prefer! This is a great LOW CARB/KETO option too!
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE WAFFLE VARIATION - Add 1 tablespoon vanilla, increase the coconut sugar to a 3 tablespoons, and swap out 1/3 cup of the flour with cocoa powder (so 1 cup + 2 tablespoons cassava flour and 1/3 cup cocoa). Refer to the above note on batter consistency and adjust as needed. Add 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips to make them "double" chocolate, if desired, we prefer the Enjoy Life mini chips.
All waffles are delicious with my Paleo Whipped Coconut Cream. You can also stir blueberries or chocolate chips into the batter - delicious!
CHOCOLATE CHIP VARIATION - Add 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips. We prefer the Enjoy Life mini chips.
STRAWBERRY WAFFLE VARIATION - Finely crush 2 cups (about 1 oz) of freeze-dried strawberries and stir into the batter, adding an additional 1/2 cup almond milk or dairy-free milk as well, prior to adding the whipped egg whites
LEMON WAFFLE VARIATION - Add 1 teaspoon lemon extract and the zest of 1 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons) to the waffle batter, preparing and cooking as shared in original recipe. Can also add 1 tablespoon poppyseed for a lemon poppyseed waffle.
All I can say is WOW. These are so good. I have made other waffles using cassava flour and they tasted “different”. These taste like the real thing only better. Thank you for a great recipe
These were the bomb! I made these with the honey glazed chicken and we had chicken and waffles!
WOW WOW WOW – these are the ONLY waffles I will ever make again, they are so unbelievably good! My kids loved them. I kept trying to find new ways to eat them. I have a Dash Mini Waffle Iron and one recipe made 20 waffles. 20 Waffles!!! They’re all gone now and I need to make more. 🙂
These are delicious!! Thank you!
So happy to hear you enjoyed them Mary, thank you!
Delicious! I cooked half of the batter plain, as in recipe, then added chocolate collagen peptides and Bake Believe chocolate chips to the second half. The plain waffles were eaten with fruit over homemade coconut yogurt. Love both results!
Love the chocolate collagen add-in! So happy they were enjoyed all around, thank you!
I made both the chocolate and strawberry variations for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for my boys. Huge hit! New tradition for us, for sure!
I love these waffles so much! I forgot I was out of cassava flour so very grateful you had the substitutes listed. Made this for my 1 year old as his first waffle and he loved them
We live at high elevation, so on pure instinct, I added an extra egg to this recipe (still whipping the egg whites separately etc) and they turned out PERFECTLY. Hubs has been missing all things bread since switching to paleo, and these made his weekend.
That’s great to know about using the extra egg at higher elevation. Thrilled these were a hit and thank you!
My kids usually don’t like anything I make that’s paleo or keto. But they LOVED these! They ate their whole plate! So yummy! And I am so grateful to have a recipe to use and feel good about what I’m feeding my kids
Wow! These do not disappoint! Everyone loved these perfectly light, fluffy, crispy waffles! A perfect start for our food freedom! Thank you!
This is the ONLY Paleo waffle recipe that has ever worked for me!! Didn’t stick & soft with a little crisp! Perfection! I did use a King Arthur’s gf flour, and they still turned out great!! Thank you!
I made these for the first time this morning. I have tried 3 other paleo waffle recipes and my family didn’t care for them. My husband ate two of these, my four year old ate an entire one to herself and my two year old ate half! And they kept telling me how yummy they were. This will be saved for regular weekly rotation. Thank you so much!!!
Aw, it makes my heart so happy to hear one of my recipes was a family success. Thank you!!
The BEST waffles. My husband didn’t believe they were gluten free much less anything else “free”. A keeper for SURE!
I love LOVE love these!!! I made a batch (without the sugar) and stuff them right in the freezer. I grab two triangles to make my favorite breakfast- a breakfast sandwich with an egg and ham, and a bowl of your cauliflower-oats, with some strawberries and your paleo granola on top. So good! And I also made a batch of your double chocolate waffles for myself for Valentine’s Day. I used brownie batter to make waffles for my non-paleo fam. I’ve eaten the chocolate waffles with a big smear of pb and a little maple syrup for lunch when I was having a bad day, and it made it infinitely better!
Tried these for the first time this weekend and they live up to the hype! Made extras for the freezer. Will definitely be a repeat.
HOORAY that you enjoyed these and want to make them again, thank you!
We love these! I used the almond/tapioca/coconut flour substitution and I added chocolate chips. I was having a hard time with it sticking to my waffle maker (mine is more like eggo waffles than Belgian waffles) so I ended up cooking pancakes. The kids said they were the best pancakes they’ve ever had!
This was my first time using cassava flour and these waffles were terrific! I did add some cinnamon nutmeg ginger and cloves and a tsp of vanilla. The light crispness was exactly what I was looking for. I’ll be making them many times again! Thank you!
Woot for rocking the cassava flour in these! Happy these were a crispy win and will be used again. Thank you!
Oh. My. Goodness. These waffles were absolutely delightful- crispy and fluffy with a lovely delicate flavor. I think the only thing I would change next time is adding a little vanilla extract as I just love a vanilla hint in waffles. But seriously- go make these waffles.
I’m so happy these were such a hit! Agreed, vanilla can be a nice addition, which I especially love to do when I make them as chocolate chip waffles. Thank you!
I can’t do eggs right now. Do you think flax seed and water would be ok to replace with?
You know, I’ve never tried these with an egg substitute so sadly I can’t confirm how it would turn out. Please let me know if you do!
These waffles are delicious! It’s become a family favorite! We make a double (sometimes triple!) batch so we can freeze the leftovers. My boys request these waffles often!!
Aw, it makes my mama heart happy that your boys love and request them! Thank you!
We made these yesterday and they were by FAR the best paleo waffle recipe I’ve made! So tasty! I’m definitely trying the chocolate version next week!
I did have to use close to 2.5 cups of almond milk to get the cake batter consistency. Not a problem but good to know!
I have the basic waffle maker that makes 4 squares and the recipe made 6 squares total.
I’m so happy these are a new favorite! A good for you for adjusting to get that perfect cake batter consistency. Thank you!
You promised crispy and crispy is delivered! So yummy and definitely worth the “fuss” of beating the egg whites. We all loved the results!
Wahoo! So happy you loved it, thank you!
Any idea of whether this recipe would work with egg replacer?
I wish I did, but I am not sure how these would turn out. The tricky part is the “crispy” on these come from the whipped egg whites. I would check out Unbound Wellness’s egg replacement recommendations and recipes – she’s a pro at it!
By the time I made these, I trusted Autumn enough to make a double batch. They turned out so fluffy and delicious! They freeze great, and I like to make them in a mini waffle maker so they’re the same size as an Eggo or Birch Benders waffle. Those paleo Birch Benders are $5 a box of 6…I probably spent $5 making 30 of these! Such a good and easy breakfast staple. I love them with PB&J on top 🙂
Thanks for the trust and the love! Such a great staple for sure!
I love making these in my mini waffle maker. Freeze leftovers and use for breakfast, or as “buns” for a burger, or “bread” for an egg sandwich. 🙂
This is why I bought 5pounds of cassava flour!!! My 1.5 year old approves this recipe too. Sometimes I don’t add the salt and I add coconut oil instead of the olive oil… delicious 😋
Lol, I love that this convinced you to buy cassava flour in bulk! It’s one of our go-to’s for sure!
I bought the little waffle maker from Target for myself and my son who went off to college! Thank YOU! We love making these waffles and then just heat them back up on the little waffle cooker.
That’s so brilliant to do these at collage! I’m so happy your family is enjoying this recipe!
These are hands down THE BEST waffles we’ve ever had, including the wheatful waffles we used to eat back when we were not Paleo. We make a double batch every few weeks in our household, and store the extras in the freezer for retoasting at a later time. Do yourself a favor and make these ASAP!
Aw, shucks, I’m so happy you love these as much as we do! Thank you!!
Made this for dinner tonight! They are the best paleo waffles I have ever made. Very fluffy and got a great crispness to them!
So thrilled you loved these like we do, thank you!
I made these this morning. Definitely light and fluffy. They were so good!
So happy these were a hit – thank you! They are on repeat at our house.