Waffles for breakfast will bring a smile to anyone's face! These oat flour waffles are no exception. They require no flour at all, they are gluten free and also dairy free. Because of the oatmeal, they are even a bit healthy, but your kids will never know. Top them off with fresh fruit, nuts, dairy free yogurt or maple syrup for a breakfast to look forward to!
If you love waffles, you'll also want to check out my recipes for strawberry waffles and our favorite banana waffles.
Why you'll love this waffle recipe
- It's quick and easy to make!
- They have the mild flavor of oatmeal in the shape of a waffle.
- It's dairy free and gluten free with gluten free oats.
- The oat flour makes it healthier than regular waffles.
- They are great to make ahead for a quick weekday breakfast.
- Oats - I use Bob's Red Mill certified gluten free old fashioned rolled oats to make my own oat flour. You can also use pre-ground oat flour for this recipe.
- Sugar - a little sugar to help the waffles get golden brown and crispy.
- Vegan Butter - I used Country Crock Plant Butter in this recipe, but you can use the vegan butter of your choice. You could also replace vegan butter with melted coconut oil. If you're not dairy free, use regular butter in the same measure.
- Maple Syrup - I love adding a little syrup to my waffle batter. It makes the waffles a little bit sweet, so you don't need to add as much syrup on top.
- Non-Dairy Milk - I have tried this recipe with oat milk, coconut milk and soy milk. All three worked great. Use whatever non-dairy milk you prefer. If you're not dairy free, use regular milk in the same measure.
See recipe card for full ingredient list and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- Make it Vegan / Egg Free - Omit the 2 eggs and replace with ½ teaspoon of baking soda and add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the milk. All other measurements and directions are the same.
How to make homemade oat flour
Oat flour is made up of ground oats. If you have a high speed blender or food processor, you can easily make homemade oat flour. Use whole rolled oats, not steel cut, for the best results. I like to leave a few bits of unprocessed oats in the flour, to add some texture to the waffles. My family prefers them to be smooth texture. So some experimenting will be in order to decide what you like best!
Add the oats to the jar of a high speed blender (or a food processor).
Process for about 15 seconds until the oats become the consistency of flour.
These waffles are easy to make and only take a few minutes to mix together.
STEP 1: Combine the oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
STEP 2: Divide the eggs into two bowls - egg yolks in one bowl, egg whites in the other.
STEP 3: Beat the egg whites until they reach the soft peak stage. They should be very fluffy, like foam.
STEP 4: Add the milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and melted butter to the egg yolks. Whisk together until smooth.
STEP 5: Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.
STEP 6: Fold the wet and dry ingredients together until just mixed. It's okay if there are some small lumps.
STEP 7: Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the waffle batter. Take care not to deflate the egg whites.
STEP 8: Allow the waffle batter to rest for at least 10 minutes prior to cooking. Preheat the waffle iron while you're waiting.
STEP 9: Scoop the oat flour waffle batter into your hot waffle iron and cook according to the waffle maker directions. My waffle maker takes about 5 minutes per batch.
Is oat flour healthier?
Compared to most gluten free flour blends, oat flour is much healthier. It is rich in protein and fiber along with vitamins and minerals. Plus, oats are known to regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol and promote health digestion.
If you compare these waffles to my other gluten free waffles, you will find they are lower in calories, carbohydrates, cholesterol and fat. They are also slightly higher in protein and fiber.
To make this recipe the most important piece of equipment will be your waffle maker. I have the Calphalon Intellicrisp Waffle Maker, which was a huge step up from my previous $20 waffle maker from Target. (not promoting this, but it's a great machine). It has a dial setting for determining how brown you want your waffles and it has a built in intelligent timer that tells you how long the waffles need to cook. It takes all the guesswork out of making nice crispy waffles. If you love waffles, do yourself a favor and invest in a nice quality waffle iron.
To get crispy waffles, make sure you're adding your batter to a hot waffle iron. You should be able to hear the batter sizzling when it hits the griddle.
You will also need to cook it long enough to evaporate most of the moisture. When you see steam coming out the sides of your waffle maker, that means the waffles are still wet and not done cooking.
Finally, lay your cooked waffles in a single layer on paper towels to keep them crisp. If you stack them, the trapped heat and steam will make them soggy.
Yes, definitely. In this recipe there are two reasons for the rest. First, oat flour takes a little time to soak up moisture, so you will notice the batter getting thicker the longer it sits. Second, the baking powder needs some time to work with the fluffy egg whites to create nice big air bubbles to make the waffles light in texture.
Wrap any leftover waffles in paper towels and store inside an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the toaster as you would with store bought waffles.
These waffles are also great to make ahead and freeze. Follow the same directions as above for storage, and cook straight from frozen when you're ready to eat.
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Easy Oat Flour Waffles (Gluten Free)
- High Speed Blender
- Waffle Iron
- 2 ½ Cups Gluten Free Oats 240 grams (use 2 cups of prepared oat flour)
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- ⅓ Cup Vegan Butter melted
- 2 Eggs divided
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- 1 ¼ Cup Non Dairy Milk
- Place oats into a high speed blender or food processor. Process for about 15 seconds until the oats are a powdery texture.2 ½ Cups Gluten Free Oats
- Add the oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until well mixed.1 Tablespoon Baking Powder, ½ teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon Cinnamon, 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- Divide the eggs into two bowls, one bowl for yolks and the second for egg whites.2 Eggs
- Beat the egg whites until they reach soft peak stage, very light and foamy. Set aside.
- Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla and melted butter to the bowl with the egg yolks. Whisk together until smooth.⅓ Cup Vegan Butter, 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, 2 teaspoons Vanilla, 1 ¼ Cup Non Dairy Milk
- Pour the wet ingredients (not the egg whites) into the dry ingredients. Fold together until just mixed. Some small lumps are okay.
- Add the egg whites to the waffle batter and gently fold it together with a spatula. Take care not to deflate the egg whites.
- Let the batter rest for at least 10 minutes. If the batter gets too thick, add 2 tablespoons of milk.
- Preheat the waffle iron.
- Scoop waffle batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer directions. My waffle iron takes about 5 minutes per batch.
Tiffany is the recipe developer, stylist and food photographer behind Well Fed Baker. As a lifelong baker who had to go gluten free and dairy free in 2016, Tiffany strives to share allergen friendly recipes that never feel like they are free from anything.
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