This easy Coconut Flour Waffles recipe makes delicious healthy waffles that are gluten free and paleo, with an option to also turn them into low carb/keto waffles.
We spent a month at my parents’ house at the end of this summer. And in my family that means a lot of cooking together and many shared meals.
My parents also recently renovated which includes an addition with a new large and gorgeous kitchen. It also meant I had to rediscover where my mom now stores everything in her cabinets.
On one of those explorations (I think I was looking for a roasting pan) I found a new waffle iron. I right away knew I had to make use of it during our visit.
For a while already I have been meaning to try making waffles with coconut flour, but for the last 2 years I have never had access to a waffle iron.
However, after the huge success of my coconut flour pancakes I knew that coconut flour must also make awesome grain free waffles. It does indeed! These gluten free waffles where a HUGE hit with my family.
I made several test batches and yet another batch to shoot the video and photos. And each time the paleo waffles disappeared in no time.
Are waffles sweet or savoury?
During my first test batch of this healthy waffle recipe, I didn’t use any kind of sweetener. Since coconut flour already has a slightly sweet taste and because I usually eat waffles drizzled in maple syrup anyway, I didn’t think it was needed.
Leaving them unsweetened also keeps the options open to enjoy these coconut waffles with whatever savoury toppings you might prefer. So in short, this healthy waffle batter can be the base for both, sweet and savoury wheat free waffles.
While I was recipe testing my sister dropped by and tried one. She was quite surprised they weren’t sweet. Turns out she usually eats waffles plain – no syrups, no dusting of icing sugar, nada!
So to accommodate her and everyone else who expects sweet waffles, I also tested a sweetened version of this simple waffle recipe. The recipe box below now includes optional sweetener in this gluten free waffle recipe.
What sweeteners to use:
Gluten free/clean eating: About 2 tablespoons sticky sweetener like honey, agave or maple syrup. Or 1/4 cup granulated sweetener like coconut sugar, natural brown sugar (muscovado, demerara, etc.)
Paleo: Use 2 tablespoons maple syrup/honey or 1/4 cup coconut sugar
Keto/Low carb: I don’t use artificial sweeteners and have a hard time recommending them even to those that can’t have natural, unrefined sugars. So if you want to make these keto waffles or low carb waffles I suggest a few drops of stevia extract or monk fruit extract (or even a combination of the two).
Baking with coconut flour
As I have mentioned before in my many coconut flour recipes, this flour alternative is quite unique in its characteristics. For this reason recipes are specifically developed for it and there are no easy substitutions.
Because coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, there are always plenty of eggs in recipes with coconut flour. Sometimes flax eggs and other vegan egg substitutes can be used, but I have not tried it for this coconut flour waffle recipe.
In my coconut flour quick bread recipes I like to use tapioca starch or arrowroot flour to lighten up the batter, but I haven’t found this at all necessary in this paleo waffle recipe. It produces light and fluffy coconut flour waffles all without the added starch.
How to make waffles with coconut flour
Mixing up the batter for this low carb waffle recipe is super simple. To ensure even distribution, I like to whisk together all dry ingredients in one bowl.
Then I whisk the eggs in a larger bowl before adding all other wet ingredients. To the wet mixture I add the dry mix – this way there is no risk of flour pockets hiding at the bottom of the bowl.
Another way to whip up this easy healthy waffle recipe is to add all ingredients to a blender and let it do the work of mixing everything together. This method only works because this is a grain free waffle recipe, so there is no risk of over-developing the gluten in the batter (which results in tough baked goods with wheat flour).
When it comes to cooking the best paleo waffles in your waffle maker, you have to read and follow your waffle iron’s instructions. Definitely grease the plates before adding the batter to keep the waffles from sticking.
The waffles are done when they are golden brown and slightly crispy. Depending on your waffle iron and the size of waffle you are making this can take 3-6 minutes.
What are good toppings for coconut flours waffles?
Growing up in Germany we only ever had a light dusting of icing sugar on our waffles. These days I never keep icing sugar in the house, so I usually end up eating these coconut waffles the same I do pancakes: with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
Here are some more waffle topping ideas
- eggs (fried or scrambled)
- fried chicken
Video: How To Make Healthy Waffles
Coconut Flour Waffles
- 1/2 cup coconut flour loosely spooned into the measuring cup
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk of choice I used coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or clarified butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- optional: 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener maple syrup, honey*
- In a small bowl whisk together coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a medium bowl beat the eggs, then whisk in milk, coconut oil/butter, vanilla, and optional sweetener.
- Add the dry to the wet ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly.
- Heat a waffle iron and brush with oil/butter. Place 2 tablespoons of batter into each cavity of the waffle maker and cook according to directions until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite toppings like fresh fruit, whipped (coconut) cream, chocolate chips, or maple syrup.
Nutrition values are calculated without sweetener
*I only sweeten waffles if I don't plan to eat them drizzled with syrup.
For low carb/keto waffles make them unsweetened or substitute sugar-free
1/4 cup granulated sugar/sweetener can be substituted for liquid sweetener