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

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.

My Favorite Waffle Irons

Yes, you do need a waffle iron to make these Paleo Lemon Blueberry Waffles. I have two waffle irons I love: this mini waffle maker by dash and this double-sided Belgium waffle iron for keeping up with the masses.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Salt
  • 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.

 

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

Paleo Waffles

Autumn, @wholefoodfor7
5 from 32 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 makes 5 7-inch waffles

Equipment

  • Waffle iron

Ingredients
 

Option 1 - Cassava Flour (nut-free!)

  • 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 milk, or other DF milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or other granulated sugar of choice
  • 1 3/4 cup cassava flour fluffed with a fork then measured

Option 2 - Combination Flour (my fave!)

  • 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 milk, or other DF milk
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour can sub arrowroot or potato starch/flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or other granulated sugar of choice

Instructions
 

  • 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 notes 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!

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 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. 
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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!
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CHOCOLATE CHIP VARIATION - Add 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips. We prefer the Enjoy Life mini chips. 
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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
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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.
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CAKE BATTER VARIATION - Use an equal amount of vanilla nut pods instead of the almond milk and add 1/4 cup of your favorite sprinkles. 
Keyword breakfast, budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, gluten-free, keto, kid-friendly, nut-free, paleo, snack
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Paleo Waffles - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free. Crispy and a huge hit with the kids!

65 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I make these weekly for our family. I was diagnosed with celiac and gf bread from the grocery is small, expensive, and just not all that tasty. I use these waffles not only for breakfast but also as my bread for sandwiches and burgers. It’s truly simple, amazing and delicious. Absolutely love every recipe I’ve tried from your cookbook! Thank you.

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    • HOORAY! I agree, gluten-free bread is frustratingly small, dry, and pricey! I love using these waffles instead of bread. So happy to hear you love them too and are rocking them on the regular, that’s wonderful. Thanks for the review!

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  2. 5 stars
    I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me making these for my boys (one with Celiac, one with other food intolerances) because they love them so much! It’s rare that we don’t want to eat them all up immediately, but they’re also wonderful to freeze and pop in the toaster oven when we’re in a hurry. We skip the sugar, because they often like to add sweet toppings (like jam or nutella), and they still taste amazing. THANK YOU for this perfect recipe, Autumn! @elisabethfaithparker

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    • I’m SO HAPPY these are ones your boys love and fit those dietary needs. Such a staple recipe for us and I love that they are for your family as well. Thank you for the review!

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  3. 5 stars
    I always double this recipe. It is so good and cooks just like a regular waffle. My family cannot tell the difference!

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    • WAHOO these are loved by your family and so good that you always make double (I’m right there with you!). Such a great staple recipe. Thank you for the review!

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  4. I made these last night and NO ONE even asked if they were GF! They are absolutely delicious!

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    • These are literally THE BEST waffles! I make a double batch every week and freeze it. My family then eats then throughout the week. For my kids who love a certain frozen waffle name brand that puts cinnamon and sugar in it, I take some of the batter and mix it with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar and they love it. Win win! You will not regret making these. You mine as well print out the recipe now, because you’ll be using it weekly. These are even great snacks.

      I’ve also added a cup of vanilla protein powder (remember, I’m making a double batch) to my mixture and sub out 1/2 c. cassava flour and then just add more coconut milk if I need. So good!

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  5. 5 stars
    I make this paleo waffle recipe on repeat. I double batch make these and freeze for quick and easy use. Honestly I was skeptical as I’ve tried other recipes like this but this recipe and these waffles truly are so good. Such good flavor, texture, and very filling. I highly recommend everyone trying this recipe.

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    • I’m so happy these have become a favorite in your home! Agreed, I love that they freeze well for easy busy morning options. Thanks so much for the review!

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  6. 5 stars
    These are THE BOMB! Quite honestly anything I’ve made with cassava flour is simply amazing, but, I never expected to eat waffles!

    I substituted LTOO because I couldn’t wait to get it to try, so I used coconut oil instead. I didn’t have baking powder, so I substituted with a mix of baking soda and cream of tartar. My only problem really was about to make my second waffle, the egg whites had already deflated. I wonder if I should divide the egg whites in five and make a mix every time I make a waffle. Any suggestions to avoid your egg whites from deflating after the first waffle?

    Thanks so much. I’m planning to make this once a week. We are beyond grateful for this recipe since I am on a very limited diet and we were craving for something crunchy and gooey.

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  7. I can’t wait to try these! If I were to make the ham and cheese version the night before, how would you suggest reheating them the next morning for kiddos lunches… or do you think they are better fresh?

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    • My kids love them the next day and cold in their lunches. Enjoy!

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    • 5 stars
      So good. Every time I make these I think I leave a rating. They are just that good. I make them with the 3 flour mix and monk fruit/allulose mix. I’m eating one now. Thanks for a great recipe

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      • I’m so happy you love these! Definitely a breakfast staple for us and sounds like you make them often too. Thank you for the review!

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  8. 5 stars
    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

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    • 5 stars
      Hello! I have to write you because I just made your Paleo waffles and wow wow wow. Legit best Paleo waffle I’ve ever tasted. Made option two. I just want to give you a hug and a high-five 😆. You should win an reward for creating this recipe. ❤️❤️❤️

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      • Aw, thanks for all that awesome love for this waffle recipe! It’s a special one, a paleo riff off the waffles my dad made for us as a kid. So happy you love it too!!

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  9. 5 stars
    These were the bomb! I made these with the honey glazed chicken and we had chicken and waffles!

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  10. 5 stars
    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. 🙂

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  11. 5 stars
    These are delicious!! Thank you!

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    • So happy to hear you enjoyed them Mary, thank you!

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  12. 5 stars
    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!

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    • Love the chocolate collagen add-in! So happy they were enjoyed all around, thank you!

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  13. 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!

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  14. 5 stars
    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

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  15. 5 stars
    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.

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    • That’s great to know about using the extra egg at higher elevation. Thrilled these were a hit and thank you!

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  16. 5 stars
    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

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  17. 5 stars
    Wow! These do not disappoint! Everyone loved these perfectly light, fluffy, crispy waffles! A perfect start for our food freedom! Thank you!

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    • 5 stars
      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!

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  18. 5 stars
    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!!!

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    • Aw, it makes my heart so happy to hear one of my recipes was a family success. Thank you!!

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  19. The BEST waffles. My husband didn’t believe they were gluten free much less anything else “free”. A keeper for SURE!

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  20. 5 stars
    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!

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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    • I can’t do eggs right now. Do you think flax seed and water would be ok to replace with?

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      • 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!

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  25. 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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  26. 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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      • Any idea of whether this recipe would work with egg replacer?

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        • 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!

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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