Do you have a waffle maker lying around that just doesn’t get the use it should? Try these wild and healthy waffle recipes for a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert!
Note: I recommend using natural sweeteners like raw honey, real maple syrup or organic coconut sugar to get the most nutrients out of these recipes. Also eliminate conventional cow’s milk and use coconut milk, almond milk or organic grass-fed goat milk or cheese, replace table salt with sea salt, and replace canola and vegetable oil with coconut oil, olive oil or ghee. Replace olive oil with avocado oil when cooking at a high temperature.
41 Wild and Healthy Waffle Recipes
Waffles are one of the foods that for me are not only super fast to make, but also can be extraordinarily healthy! Here are some of my favorites:
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Who knew making waffles could be so quick and easy? This four-ingredient recipe is gluten- and sugar-free — and Paleo-friendly! Best of all, the waffles can be made in under 30 minutes!
Enjoy a beautiful Sunday brunch with family and friends, diving into these gluten-free waffles, no syrup needed. The smoky mango and avocado salsa, even more than the delicious addition of eggs, transforms a traditionally sweet breakfast treat into one packed with essential nutrients.
There’s nothing fun about going to a local diner for breakfast, only to get hash browns covered in oil. This simple recipe uses only one single ingredient: potatoes. Try it with sweet potatoes, too!
Your favorite flavors of buffalo chicken wings in a waffle? Yes. While this recipe calls for waffle fries, you can use your waffle iron to cook up perfect hash brown potatoes and then top as desired. Simply grate potatoes, toss in a bit of coconut oil and place into a hot waffle iron until crispy and delicious. Use your favorite raw cheese and natural hot sauce, and enjoy.
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These sweet cashew waffles are the perfect Paleo dish for a Sunday breakfast or brunch. Although the dish only has “cashew” in its name, it also has raw pecans … It’s a great dish that’s low in carbs and is loaded with protein.
Spelt flour, stevia and applesauce come together in this recipe to create a truly healthy and tasty waffle. Top with your favorite fresh fruit, and enjoy!
This Paleo waffle recipe is perfect for the summer months … or for the times you wish it was summer! If you don’t want the strawberry sauce, substitute it for fresh strawberries instead.
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These are vegan, gluten-free waffles, rich with pumpkin and the warming spices of fall … but don’t think of this delicious waffle recipe as only seasonal. With canned pumpkin, or even you own homemade pumpkin (that you can freeze), you can enjoy these year-round. And if you like the taste of pumpkin, then check out my collection of pumpkin recipes, too.
These healthy waffles are packed with protein from the eggs and coconut flour. As this recipe is written specifically for coconut flour, don’t replace as texture will be dramatically different. Cook in your waffle maker, and serve with raw honey, maple syrup or a homemade, naturally sweetened fruit syrup. Coconut flour also makes great pancakes.
This recipe calls for shredding zucchini to maintain the texture and keeps its beauty intact throughout the waffling process. Substitute the flour for your favorite gluten-free flour and the parmesan cheese for a dry raw or vegan cheese, and follow directions as described.
These waffles are beautiful enough to be used as a celebration dessert. Stick a birthday candle in the top, and enjoy this guilt-free wild and healthy waffle recipe. Use your favorite gluten-free flour mix and follow directions supplied.
Not all waffle recipes have to be wild. This healthy, gluten-free waffle recipe is a great go-to for when you’re craving a traditional waffle.
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These waffled tuna cakes are a creative twist on tuna salad. This low-carb, keto dish is perfect for lunch or dinner, and you can substitute the lemon dill aioli sauce for my Paleo, ketogenic aioli recipe. Who knew tuna and waffles went together?
Gluten-free, grain-free and guilt-free! These waffles come together quickly, and in a matter of moments you and your family can be enjoying a healthy, grain-free breakfast. Bananas are loaded with potassium and fiber and are an excellent source to combat magnesium deficiency. They are great to add moisture and flavor to your favorite recipes. Top with fresh berries, and enjoy.
Hash browns made in a waffle iron create abundant nooks and crannies, making each bite crunchy and delicious. This recipe uses not only potatoes, but also two kinds of squash and a touch of garlic. Serve as a side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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This dairy-free waffle recipe is loaded with fiber and protein and is low on sugar. It’s also gluten-free. This is a great waffle recipe to get your day started.
Who doesn’t love a great breakfast-inspired sandwich? Use your favorite gluten-free baking or waffle mix, and turkey bacon, for a healthy and delicious anytime meal.
Cinnamon rolls in waffle form? Sign me up! If you’re vegan or if you need a Paleo option, you can tweak this recipe for your diet needs. Pair it with the vegan frosting or pure maple syrup to make it even more delicious.
20. Stuffing Waffles
This waffle recipe is all about the technique. After everyone has scrambled to get the crunchy edges of the stuffing at dinner, the next day stun the crowd with this. Use whatever leftover stuffing (gluten-free, cornbread or what you have on hand) to give stuffing a new texture and life. Drizzle with leftover gravy or even a touch of maple syrup or honey for sweetness.
These nutritious waffles are perfect for a cold fall or winter morning. They’re also incredibly versatile. Drizzling with maple syrup turns them into a sweet morning treat, while topping with a fried egg turns them into a savory meal.
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Pumpkin waffles make the perfect breakfast meal on a fall morning. This Paleo recipe has just the right amount of pumpkin, and pairs perfectly with pure maple syrup.
Vegan and gluten-free waffles that taste like carrot cake! Carrots are one of the top vitamin A-rich foods on the planet. Vitamin A helps maintain strong bones and supports immune function. Try this recipe to incorporate more carrots into your diet.
Quinoa is one of the healthiest grains on earth. This recipe incorporates brown rice flour, quinoa flour, eggs, almond milk and a host of spices to create a nutritious waffle. Top with your favorite all-natural sweetener and a touch of fresh fruit, and enjoy.
These fluffy vanilla waffles fit into a number of different diets — including vegan, Paleo and keto. I recommend choosing stevia as your sweetener of choice.
These beautiful grain-free waffles are topped with a natural fruit syrup, sweetened naturally with honey.
Who would have thought zucchini could be made into waffles? Best of all, you can’t even taste the zucchini. Give this recipe a try with cacao powder to get more nutrients.
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These naturally gluten-free waffles are made with oats and add antioxidant-rich blueberries for sweetness. This dish has the perfect amount of sweetness to get you on the right foot for your day.
Imagine a caramel apple but in waffle form. To make this dish even better, add some walnuts or pecan. This is a spectacular breakfast treat that’s both vegan and gluten-free.
If a waffle and a doughnut had a baby, this delectable treat would be the result. Perfect as a special breakfast treat, or as a snack, these sweet, crunchy and tender waffles will delight you.
This vegan waffle recipe is packed with flavor from crystalized ginger, cinnamon, almond butter, bananas and apples. One note for success on this recipe is be sure to coat your waffle iron well between each waffle to ensure the waffles don’t stick.
Coconut, eggs and bananas give this healthy waffle recipe a great base, and the maple cream adds a decadent twist. Swap out the agave nectar for honey or maple syrup in the waffle, and use raw heavy cream in the sauce. Don’t skip the step where you toast the coconut — that’s where the flavor comes from.
Gluten-free, sugar-free and delicious, this inventive waffle uses fresh cauliflower and cheese to create a satisfying treat. Ideal as a side dish for breakfast or lunch, substitute the cheese with a raw cheese that’s included in my Healing Foods Diet.
No sugar. No dairy. Gluten and grain-free. Made with almond butter and a little bit of coconut flour, these paleo waffles go amazingly well with a drizzle of raw honey.
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You may have heard of matcha green tea, but matcha waffles take it to the next level! These protein-packed waffles, with the addition of strawberries and raspberries in the coulis, are loaded with nutrition and delight.
These waffles are fruity and delightful and are sure to brighten up your morning. Be sure to substitute the conventional flour for almond, coconut or buckwheat flour and use fresh, organic oranges for the zest and juice.
If you love chicken and waffles, then you’ll love this spin on the dish.
Anyone who has grown up in the southwestern United States knows the churro. This Paleo-friendly recipe creates a delicious substitute, without the mess or the deep-frying. The secret is coating the waffles fresh out of the iron in butter and coconut sugar to give them their signature crunch.
Falafel is nutrient-dense and packed with protein. Instead of using a mix off the shelf, use organic chickpeas and fresh herbs and spices for great taste and better health. Top with hummus, tomatoes and cucumbers and enjoy.
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The cottage cheese in this recipe is sure to give you a boost of Vitamin B12, and with all of the healthy fats and protein, you’re sure to stay full. Use your favorite whey protein to come up with different flavor combinations for your Belgian waffles!
This Paleo dish is an easy waffle recipes to create for food prepping meals, or if you’re short on time in the mornings. Plus, it’s filled with fiber, vitamin A and C and manganese, thanks to the sweet potatoes.
I love all these healthy and flavorful waffles! With all these choices, you could have them for every meal.
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