Perfect Primal Grain-Free Gluten-Free Waffles

These coconut flour waffles are grain-free and gluten-free, and they’re my new favorite breakfast “bread”.
Coconut flour is loaded with fiber, and the eggs in this recipe make it full of protein (though I promise it doesn’t taste eggy). Add coconut oil, and you’ve got your good fats… this recipe really couldn’t be more perfect.

And my favorite part about these gluten-free waffles? Beyond all the healthiness of the ingredients… they don’t get soggy the way conventional waffles do!!! With a “regular” waffle, I would never venture to put a fruit topping directly on top — not me! I hate soggy waffles. But these, probably because of the eggs, don’t tend to get soggy. I can’t imagine a better waffle.

Grain free waffles

Seriously, these are the waffles of my dreams. Spongy, flavorful, and guilt-free.

One recipe makes 4-5 little squares, or one large Belgian waffle. So I usually double it to cook for my husband and I.

Grain-free Gluten-free Waffles:

  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 eggs, room temperature if possible
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • splash vanilla extract
  • Optional – 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour

Grain free waffles

Simply mix everything together, and let the ingredients meld for about 5 minutes while your waffle iron gets warm. The coconut flour seems to react better if it has time to “soak” so please don’t leave out this “melding” time.

Then, thinly spread over your waffle iron – I didn’t need to use nonstick spray for these. You’ll want to just barely cover the “hole” lumps of the waffle iron, because this batter expands a lot.

Close the iron and wait several minutes, until the steam stops coming out quite as much. If you want, you can open it to peek… it won’t hurt anything. When the steam isn’t as crazy, and the waffles are starting to brown, remove them to a plate.

Repeat until all of your batter is used up.

If you want to, you can serve it with a fruit topping. I used strawberries the day I took these pictures, but I also made blueberry topping another time and it was just as good.

Fruit waffle toppings:

  1. Put fruit in a small saucepan. Strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries are perfect for this.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium or medium-low.
  3. Add a small splash of vanilla extract and a little bit of sweetener (optional) if your berries are quite tart.
  4. Simmer while you make your waffles.

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27 Comments

  1. Miriam
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 10:16:18

    I just made these for breakfast, and afterwards, my boyfriend said, “Oh my god, I’m so full. What’s WRONG with those things??” (This is actually a compliment, as he is NEVER full, and we both ate as much as we could because these are delicious.) I will be making them again!

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  2. Jenn
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 19:41:57

    The recipe has baking powder, which is made from cornstarch. Isnt that a grain? Do you use a special kind of baking powder that doesn’t have cornstarch?

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    • Jeremy
      Sep 25, 2013 @ 10:46:28

      Baking powder can be made with

      1 part baking soda
      2 parts cream of tartar
      2 parts starch (tapioca, potato, etc)

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  3. kathy
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 06:34:40

    just found your site! love it! made these for breakfast this morning, and the kids gobbled them up! I’m wondering if you think these would freeze well. I am not lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and need quick, healthy breakfast options. Thanks!

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  4. Mom
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 08:32:26

    WOW!!!! These are absolutely delicious. Thank you for this wonderful easy recipe. We LOVED it! Perfect texture: fluffy and crispy. Perfect flavor too. YUMMY! (I substituted melted coconut oil for melted butter).

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  5. Barb. R
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 18:04:42

    what could I substitute for the eggs?

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    • Molly
      Jan 06, 2014 @ 21:28:59

      You can use flax seed meal in place of eggs.

      1 Tbsp flax seed meal + 3 Tbsp water
      Mix and let sit 2 minutes then add to recipe as you would an egg.

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  6. Kate
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 08:09:18

    Just tried these for the first time, yesterday. We used to love doing “breakfast for dinner” pre-primal, and have really been missing the occasional pancake fest.
    These waffles are PERFECT. Better even than wheat waffles as they didn’t stick to my waffle iron at all, and they kept a perfect, fluffy texture even re-heated. The only thing I might wish for is that they were a smidge crispier coming out of the waffle iron, but even so I still ate a whole waffle, tearing off and buttering bites one piece at a time, as I made the rest of the waffles. We used the last of last summer’s strawberries and blueberries out of the freezer for the topping. Tres’ YUM.
    Thanks a million!

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  7. Liz
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 14:17:00

    Has the coconut flour come back into stock yet? I have had a hard time getting it on amazon.

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  8. Jennifer Elizabeth
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:28:43

    I just tried these and while I LOVED the texture I found the taste reminiscent of sliced white bread {which I loathe}. Is everyone else’s coming out on the bland side? Even with the strawberries on top I found them quite hard to swallow. I would love to make some modifications to this recipe which allows me to keep the great texture but kick up the flavor.

    Any suggestions?

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  9. CavebabyJ
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 15:10:36

    I make GF waffles a lot for my kids. I use cream cheese for the fat:

    7 lg eggs
    1/4c cream cheese
    1/2tbl vanilla (use the best vanilla u can find it makes a difference, I use simply organic)
    1tsp sea salt
    1/4c coconut flour

    Makes 3 lg belgian type waffles. Really low in carbs high in fat and protein.

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  10. Ben
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 06:01:10

    I make these all the time now. They are amazing. I use my vitamix to blend strawberries and a banana into a syrup. Its my new favorite breakfast.

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    Jul 03, 2010 @ 23:17:39

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  12. JoyfulAbode
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 02:56:17

    haha it really depends on what kind of vanilla you use and how much you like vanilla.

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  13. JoyfulAbode
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 02:55:43

    Maybe try adding more melted coconut oil or butter to the batter when you're making them… I used bacon grease (melted of course) once and it was awesome. In most coconut flour recipes, you have to remember that the moist-ness comes from the fat… so that is where to “tweak.” Other than that, maybe you just cooked them too long?

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  14. Mariss
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 02:10:15

    Yours look way softer and moist than mine were. They were tasty, but a bit on the dry side. I let the batter soak for a while–more than 5 minutes. Any tips? Thanks for your great site!

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  15. JoyfulAbode
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 19:56:17

    haha it really depends on what kind of vanilla you use and how much you like vanilla.

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  16. Annika
    May 30, 2010 @ 15:01:54

    I just finished eating these for breakfast. They were great, and really tasted like waffles! We put blackberries on them – yum! One question – is it really 2 TABLESPOONS of vanilla? That seems like a crazy-huge amount. I halved it in case it was a typo, and they came out yummy.

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  17. Shane
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 22:31:46

    Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out this weekend.

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  18. Shane
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 14:31:46

    Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out this weekend.

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  19. JoyfulAbode
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 08:31:32

    Aww yay! I'm glad you found me, and you're welcome for the recipes. I do love those waffles too. :)

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  20. ghettofreddy
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 21:07:09

    I just found your website by clicking over from MDA. Thanks for the recipes! This one was wonderful and is my new favorite. I look forward to trying your other recipes. Thanks.

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  21. Bobby
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 15:01:10

    would you happen to know the carb count on these. They look wonderful!!!!!!!!!

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  22. caroline
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 14:26:40

    These were delicious! I was pleasantly surprised at how good they turned out. I ran out of coconut oil so used olive oil instead. And forgot to add the salt (oops). But they turned out great. The recipe made 3 round waffles in my wafflemaker. I put raspberries on top and will try the strawberry topping next time. Thanks!!

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  23. JoyfulAbode
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 08:18:22

    Thank you for the compliments. :) It is a REALLY simple recipe…so quick and easy to make, and the waffles are delicious.

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    Oct 08, 2009 @ 10:08:48

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  25. Sunny P
    Oct 07, 2009 @ 06:23:27

    Wow, coconut flour! What a fantastic idea! I love the simplicity of this recipe.

    And what beautiful pictures, by the way :)

    http://www.sunnysideuprecipes.com

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