These Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles are made with pure pumpkin puree and infused with warm spices for a sweet and savory pumpkin recipe perfect for fall. Cooked to crisp golden perfection, they’re great to prepare in advance and are so tasty you’ll find yourself making them all year long! Serve them with your favorite toppings, and enjoy them warm. Vegan Option.
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles That Will Have You Pumped for Fall!
- Ingredients and Swaps
- Health Benefits of Pumpkin
- How to Make This Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
- Tips for Success
- Topping Ideas
- Serving Suggestions
- How to Store and Freeze
- Common Questions About This Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
- More Gluten-Free Waffle Recipes
Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles That Will Have You Pumped for Fall!
Pumpkin recipes are finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Although, if we’re honest, we enjoy pumpkin all year. How can you not with recipes like our vegan pumpkin pancakes, vegan pumpkin dip recipe, and our almond flour pumpkin bread with rosemary? We love them all, but you can never have too many, right?
So, we got back in the kitchen and made these gluten-free pumpkin waffles, too! Sweet, crispy on the edges, and soft in the center, they’re everything you could ever want in a waffle recipe and so much more! And just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, we added a vegan version, too!
These pumpkin waffles:
- Are made with a handful of simple, nutritious ingredients.
- Require minimal prep time, have a quick cook time, and have a total time of less than 30 minutes.
- Are gluten-free, dairy-free, and have a vegan-friendly option.
- Can be prepared in advance and reheated throughout the week.
Ingredients and Swaps
You won’t find any refined sugars or unknown ingredients in this gluten free pumpkin waffles recipe! Instead, we use a handful of easy-to-find items, most of which you probably already have on hand.
- Gluten-Free Oat Flour – Find gluten-free oat flour in the baking section of your local grocery store, or you can make homemade oat flour with gluten-free oats instead! Alternatively, gluten-free all-purpose flour works as well.
- Baking Staples – Baking powder, kosher salt, and vanilla extract are used to create a fluffy texture and enhance the flavor.
- Spices – Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg are used to create a warm, cozy flavor.
- Eggs – Large eggs act as a binder, holding the waffles together. For a vegan option, swap them out with a flax egg substitute instead.
- Maple Syrup – Feel free to use honey, if preferred.
- Pumpkin Puree – Make sure you use pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling which has added sugar and spices. The only ingredient should be pumpkin!
- Non-Dairy Milk – We typically use almond milk, but any regular or non-dairy milk like oat milk or hemp milk you have on hand will taste great.
- Plain Yogurt – Feel free to use vegan yogurt or coconut oil for a dairy-free version, if needed.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Not only is it tasty, budget-friendly, and easy to use, but pumpkin puree is also full of health benefits, too! For example, pumpkin is:
- An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B2.
- High in potassium, copper, manganese, and iron.
- A good source of fiber.
- Low in fat.
How to Make This Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
- Whisk the Dry Ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine.
- Mix the Wet Ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to a separate bowl, and mix until smooth.
- Combine the Wet and Dry Ingredients. Add the liquid mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients, and gently stir until the batter is smooth.
- Rest. Set the bowl aside to rest and allow the dry ingredients to soak up some of the liquid. This creates a fluffy waffle!
- Cook the Waffles. Heat a waffle iron, and grease it with cooking oil spray. Then, pour about ⅓ cup of batter onto the iron, and spread it out evenly with a palette knife or the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the batter until it has set and the edges are crisp.
Note: Each waffle maker cooks differently. So, keep a close eye on your waffles, and check the progress starting at around 2 minutes!
- Repeat. Transfer the cooked waffle to a cooling rack, grease the iron again, and repeat until all the batter
Tips for Success
This waffle recipe is pretty straightforward and easy to make, but we have a few extra tips to guarantee you have success.
- Preheat the Waffle Iron. Allow plenty of time for the waffle iron to become hot. This is key to creating crisp waffles!
- Avoid Overmixing. Combine the waffle batter just until smooth. Continuing to mix can overwork the batter, creating dense tough waffles.
- Rest the Batter. Once combined, set the batter aside for about 10 minutes. This allows the flour to soak up some of the liquid, and contributes to a fluffy waffle texture you’ll love!
- Don’t Overcook! Allow the batter to cook long enough for the edges to become golden brown and crisp but not so long that it turns brown and burns!
These pumpkin waffles are so good, we’ve been known to enjoy them on their own. However, you can never go wrong with a pad of butter and maple or buttermilk syrup! Or, if you want to get really fancy or serve your waffles for dessert, try adding toppings like:
Feel free to enjoy this gluten free pumpkin waffles recipe on its own as a complete meal, or serve it as part of a breakfast spread or brunch charcuterie board with other options like scrambled eggs, mini frittata egg muffins, bacon, breakfast sausage, fresh fruit, hashbrowns, or cauliflower sweet potato tots.
How to Store and Freeze
Ditch the packaged frozen waffles, and just make these pumpkin waffles in bulk!
- To Store: Once cooled, transfer leftovers to an airtight container or sealable bag, and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- To Freeze: Place the waffles in a freezer-safe bag, placing a piece of parchment paper in between each piece. Or, arrange the cooked waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet, and transfer them to the freezer for a few hours or until solid. Transfer them to freezer bags. Either way, they’ll stay fresh for up to 2 months!
- To Reheat: Warm waffles thawed or frozen in a toaster oven, the microwave, or in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Common Questions About This Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
If your waffles turn out dry, it’s most likely because they were overcooked.
Yes! Standard waffle mix contains more sugar, butter, and eggs than pancake mix. Luckily our pumpkin waffle mix is naturally refined sugar free and has a dairy free option!
Keep a close eye on your waffle maker. Typically, when the steam stops escaping from the sides, your waffles are done.
Sure! Just cook it in batches, greasing the waffle iron in between each waffle.
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