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Paleo Waffles - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free. Crispy and a huge hit with the kids!

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 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.

*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!

Paleo Waffles - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free. Crispy and a huge hit with the kids!
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Paleo Waffles

Author Autumn, @wholefoodfor7

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs carefully separated
  • 1/2 cup 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 1/2 cup cassava flour*
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron,
  2. 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.

  3. Combine all other ingredients (including egg yolks) in a large bowl. Stir to combine. **See note below for what batter consistency should be like.

  4. Once combined, gently fold in egg whites (batter should be lumpy – don’t beat in the egg whites, these will make these waffles fluffy!).

  5. 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.

  6. Enjoy topped with maple syrup, ghee, nuts, berries and whipped coconut cream, or nut butter.

  7. 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!

Recipe Notes

**Batter should have the consistency of like a cake mix. If it is drippy/runny or not holding together when you are cooking, add a little more flour (1-2 tablespoons at a time). If the batter is too thick like brownies and really dense when you cook them, then add more milk. These should be light and crispy!
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SUBSTITUTIONS - Can't do coconut or nuts? Use oatmilk and maple sugar instead of the other milks and coconut sugar.
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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 CAR/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. 
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All waffles are delicious with my Paleo Whipped Coconut Cream. You can also stir blueberries or chocolate chips into the batter - delicious!

26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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.

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    • HOORAY that you enjoyed these and want to make them again, thank you!

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  2. 5 stars
    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!

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  3. 5 stars
    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!

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    • Woot for rocking the cassava flour in these! Happy these were a crispy win and will be used again. Thank you!

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  4. 5 stars
    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.

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    • 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!

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  5. 5 stars
    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!!

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    • Aw, it makes my mama heart happy that your boys love and request them! Thank you!

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      • 5 stars
        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.

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        • I’m so happy these are a new favorite! A good for you for adjusting to get that perfect cake batter consistency. Thank you!

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  6. 5 stars
    You promised crispy and crispy is delivered! So yummy and definitely worth the “fuss” of beating the egg whites. We all loved the results!

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    • Wahoo! So happy you loved it, thank you!

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  7. 5 stars
    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 🙂

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    • Thanks for the trust and the love! Such a great staple for sure!

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  8. 5 stars
    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. 🙂

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  9. 5 stars
    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 😋

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    • Lol, I love that this convinced you to buy cassava flour in bulk! It’s one of our go-to’s for sure!

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  10. 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.

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    • That’s so brilliant to do these at collage! I’m so happy your family is enjoying this recipe!

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  11. 5 stars
    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!

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    • Aw, shucks, I’m so happy you love these as much as we do! Thank you!!

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  12. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight! They are the best paleo waffles I have ever made. Very fluffy and got a great crispness to them!

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    • So thrilled you loved these like we do, thank you!

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  13. 5 stars
    I made these this morning. Definitely light and fluffy. They were so good!

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    • So happy these were a hit – thank you! They are on repeat at our house.

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