It might seem like an oxymoron – waffles without eggs, milk, and wheat. But these allergy-friendly waffles are top allergen-free and even vegan-friendly! They’re also made with basic ingredients that you would find in almost any gluten-free kitchen. And you can even make some substitutions in a pinch.
Allergy-Friendly Waffles without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, and Soy
We originally shared this wonderful recipe way back in 2008 – it was submitted by food allergy cookbook author, Deborah Mathis. In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, we’re giving this post an update, and adding some tips.
- Starch: Tapioca starch produces the lightest cohesive results, but you can substitute cornstarch for equally good results.
- Will Other Flours Work? The author likes to use superfine brown rice flour, which gives the texture a more seamless consistency. But if needed, you can use regular brown rice flour, oat flour, or even sorghum flour. We like oat flour for a more rustic taste . But don’t be tempted to swap in coconut flour – it sucks up way too much moisture! Do not substitute almond flour or another non-grain flour either without expecting different results.
- Can’t Do Gums? I recommend trying our Oatmeal Blender Waffles or these Yeast-Raised Buckwheat Waffles. Both are vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly, and also gum-free. If you are okay with eggs, these Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Freezer Waffles are also gum-free.
Special Diet Notes: Allergy-Friendly Waffles
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, and top food allergy-friendly.
- 1½ cups white rice flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour (superfine, if possible)
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- Scant ⅓ cup white sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum or guar gum
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2½ cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
- 3 tablespoons oil
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, starch, sugar, baking powder, gum, and salt.
- Add the milk beverage, oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture, and whisk until relatively smooth.
- Let the batter sit for 15 minutes while you preheat your waffle iron.
- Prepare the waffles according to the manufacturer's instructions, making sure to liberally spray the griddle as needed between batches to prevent sticking.
- Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit, if desired.
- Leftovers can be flash frozen, and reheated in the toaster on busy mornings.