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The Easiest Whole Grain Waffles EVER (gluten-free & dairy-free!)

This healthy waffle recipe is gluten free and dairy free without using weird starches or flours. They taste amazing, come together quickly and make great leftovers!

I absolutely love waffles (waffles over pancakes, who’s with me?). But lots of waffle recipes are loaded with processed white flour and sugar. And many gluten-free waffle recipes use starches (e.g. arrowroot, potato starch, tapioca starch) to make them gluten free, but those can spike blood sugar. Other healthy waffle recipes are nut-flour based which taste amazing, but often leave me with a stomachache given the high fat content.

This waffle recipe use simple oats, which gives an amazing texture and the fiber keeps me full without any blood sugar crashes and without a stomach ache. Win all around.

Plus, they taste delicious (a mandatory!) and are super easy to make. This recipe makes two waffles, so if you only eat one and save half of the batter, you can quickly make another the next morning. Or, you can cook all the batter and just pop one in the fridge for the next day. They reheat beautifully in the toaster.

Whole Grain Waffles

Can waffles be healthy?

Absolutely!!! Using whole-grain vs processed white flours makes them a great breakfast option since you get a good dose of healthy carbs and fiber. Fiber not only helps keep your digestive system working properly, it also helps with satiety. That means you feel full longer than with recipes using fiber-stripped flours (like all-purpose flour). Note:  I used a little coconut flour in there but you could easily sub protein powder or wheat flour. It’s such a small amount that it’s pretty forgiving.

Since these don’t have sugar in them, they also lend themselves well to a savory combination. (Just be sure to leave out the cinnamon and vanilla!) One of my favorite combos is topping it with avocado, a fried egg and hot sauce!

Also, experiment to find your preferred texture. You can make this recipe two ways: blend it up, or leave everything whole. I have a friend who prefers her waffles with a smoother texture (more like a traditional waffle) so she uses a blender to make these. However, I prefer to leave the oats whole because it gives it a hearty, chewy texture so I just mix it up in a bowl. It’s really up to you and how you prefer the recipe!

Easy Healthy Waffle Recipe with Oatmeal

Whole Grain Waffles

The Easiest Whole Grain Waffles EVER (gluten-free, dairy-free!)

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  • Author: Teri
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 waffle 1x
  • Category: Food
  • Cuisine: Waffles


Easy Whole Grain Waffles (gluten free AND dairy free!)



  • 1 cup rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 T coconut flour (you could try another flour; sometimes I use protein powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly (so it doesn’t curdle your egg!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional add ins: nuts, blueberries, chocolate chips


1) Heat your waffle iron. I use the highest setting on mine, but experiment with what works for yours.

2) Combine all the dry ingredients, then add in the wet ingredients (egg, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla). Stir until well mixed. It will be quite thick.

3) Spray your waffle iron with non-stick spray. Scoop half the waffle mixture into the iron and spread out with a spoon.

4) Cook until they are browned and crispy – usually it’s longer than the time allowed for your waffle iron’s default setting.



I love it with a little melted earth balance & pure maple syrup, or with peanut butter and maple syrup. (The homemade coffee vanilla peanut butter from Run Fast Eat Slow is especially delicious on this!)

I use unsweetened original flavor almond milk since I don’t want the extra sugar or vanilla flavor in many almond milks!

Keywords: Breakfast, waffles, snack

Here’s the waffle iron I used – I love the deeper pockets you get with a Belgian waffle maker!

Let me know if you try this healthy waffle recipe! And If you try any variations or toppings that you love, be sure to share! I’d love to hear and try it myself!


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  • Reply

    Does that recipe serve 1 or 2?

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      It makes 2 waffles! I updated the recipe to call that out more directly. I eat one and add toppings (like peanut butter, fruit, etc) to bring up the overall meal size.

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    Have you found an alternative to the egg?

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      I haven’t tried it since I don’t restrict eggs. But if you try something that works (chia or flax egg maybe?), let me know!

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    I saw that you save half the batter for the next day. Do you keep it in the fridge or make the other waffle and then put that in the fridge? Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      I put the batter in the fridge. I actually make the full batch in a tupperware so I can just stick a lid on the 2nd half and easily store it. Fewer dishes to wash! I have also made both waffles and stored the cooked 2nd one in the fridge and then toasted it the next morning. Both ways work, but I prefer to just store the batter and make a fresh waffle the next day.

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    Danielle Jennings

    This looks so delicious! Yummy!

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    Love the simplicity of this recipe! I need to get a waffle iron 🙂

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    This looks incredibly delicious! I was looking for a healthy breakfast to have with this amazing tea I’m taking to detox myself .. Definitely going to try it!

    thanks fdr sharing

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