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!
I recommend using natural sweeteners like raw honey, real maple syrup or organic coconut palm sugar to get the most nutrients out of these recipes. Also eliminate conventional cow milk and use coconut milk, almond milk or organic grass-fed goat milk or cheese; replace table salt with sea salt; and stop using canola oil and vegetable oil and replace with coconut oil, olive oil or ghee. You’ll find these options as well as other healthy real food choices listed in my healing food shopping list.
Top 41 Wild & 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:
The cheesy goodness of this sandwich gets a boost in flavor, and the health benefits of blueberries are impressive. Use a gluten-free waffle mix, and substitute the sugar for raw honey or maple syrup. Prepare as directed, and enjoy.
Photo: Brie & Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese / Damn Delicious
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.
Photo: Mango Salsa Waffle / Love & Lemons
Follow this technique to create virtually fat-free hash browns. All of the crunchy and satisfying goodness, without added fat.
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!
Photo: Buffalo Chicken Waffle Fries / Buns In My Oven
Craving something spicy for breakfast? These waffles combine the smokiness of cheddar, sriracha hot sauce and maple syrup with great texture from the cornmeal. Use raw cheddar and substitute the flour as called for in the recipe with your favorite gluten-free flour mix or non-GMO sprouted corn flour.
Photo: Sriracha Cheddar Cornbread Waffles / Food52
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!
Photo: Light, Fluffy and Fat Free Waffles / Chocolate-Covered Katie
Who knew you could turn cauliflower and lentils into satisfying sloppy joes reminiscent from childhood? Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables are linked to cancer prevention, healthy estrogen balances and inflammation reduction. These gluten-free and vegan waffles are perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner, and are well worth the effort. Top with vegan cheese and slices of fresh avocado. Dig in, and enjoy.
Photo: Cheesy Cornbread Waffle with Cauliflower Lentil Sloppy Joes / Keepin’ It Kind
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!
Photo: Pumpkin Waffles that Are Gluten-Free and Vegan / Girl Makes Food
Healthy waffles packed with protein from the eggs and coconut flour. Coconut flour nutrition benefits include it being a high-fiber food that may lower cholesterol and reduce blood glucose and insulin levels. 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.
This recipe calls for shredding the 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.
Photo: Zucchini Parmesan Waffles / The Pinning Mama
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.
Photo: Fruit Pizza Waffles / Slim Pickin’s Kitchen
12. Waffle Dogs!
Is it a hot dog? Is it a waffle? No, it’s both! Delight everyone in your family with this finger-friendly waffle recipe. Use grain-free bread and gluten-free pancake or waffle mix, and follow the directions. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy.
Breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner, these inventive waffles are made from leftover roasted potatoes, eggs, cheese and bacon. For a healthy version, use turkey bacon and raw cheese. Follow directions as specified.
Photo: Frittaffle / Real Food By Dad
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, fiber and an excellent source to combat magnesium deficiency, and are great to add moisture and flavor to your favorite recipes. Top with fresh berries, and enjoy.
Photo: Grain-Free Banana Waffles / Savory Lotus
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.
Decadent or healthy? The answer that lies inside these beautiful gluten-free chocolate waffles will surprise you. Chocolate is actually healthy; it’s packed with antioxidants that help fight free radical damage. Use coconut sugar instead of turbinado and raw milk or nut milk in the waffle recipe. For the sauce, use creamy almond or cashew butter, and enjoy.
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.
Photo: Cheddar Waffle Breakfast Sandwich / A Beautiful Mess
Do you have any leftover sparkling beverage in your refrigerator? This waffle would be a great way to use it up. The sparkle helps give the waffles lightness and just a hint of sweetness. Substitute the all-purpose (AP) flour with your favorite gluten-free baking mix, and prepare as directed.
Do you have leftover mashed potatoes taking up space in your refrigerator? Give them new life with these potato waffles. Substitute the AP flour for your favorite gluten-free blend, and be sure to use raw cheddar cheese. Mix as directed, and enjoy.
Photo: Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles / Joy the Baker
20. Stuffing Waffles
This waffle recipe is all about the technique. After everyone has scrambled to get the crunchy edges of the stuffing, 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.
Cashews, coconut flour, eggs and honey come together to create this healthy paleo waffle recipe. Follow the recipe as directed, and top with Grade B maple syrup, one of the foods on my Healing Foods Diet.
Photo: Paleo Belgian Waffles / Cook Like a Cavewoman
22. Pizza Waffles
Why wait for pizza delivery when you have a waffle iron?! It isn’t the chewy crust you are accustomed to, but it incorporates all the flavors of a slice of your favorite pizza pie. Substitute the flour called for in the recipe with a gluten-free waffle or pancake mix, and use turkey pepperoni or chicken sausage as desired. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce to dip each bite into.
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.
Carrot Cake Waffles / Chocolate-Covered Katie
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.
25. Brownie Waffles
These vegan waffles have a dense fudgy brownie texture and rich chocolate taste. Substitute the AP flour for your favorite gluten-free baking mix, and enjoy.
These beautiful grain-free waffles are topped with a natural fruit syrup, sweetened naturally with honey. For a vegan option, substitute maple syrup for the raw honey and enjoy.
Photo: Macadamia Waffles with Fruit Syrup / Against All Grain
Who doesn’t love an ooey gooey cinnamon roll? Instead of waiting for the dough to rise, make one in your waffle iron instead! Substitute the AP flour called for in the recipe with your favorite gluten-free baking mix, and proceed with the recipe. Be sure to use real maple syrup (preferably Grade B), and replace the powdered sugar with coconut sugar blended in the food processor until fine. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar, boosts energy, supports weight loss and is rich in antioxidants.
Blueberries remain intact in this healthy waffle recipe, giving a satisfying “pop” when you bite in. Instead of the AP flour, use your favorite gluten-free pancake or waffle mix as directed. Don’t skip the vanilla paste; it adds a distinctive depth of flavor you and your family will enjoy.
Vanilla Bean and Blueberry Waffles / Something Swanky
This is one of my favorites of the wild and healthy waffle recipes because it incorporates buckwheat flour, oats, eggs, yogurt, bananas and sliced almonds to create a high-protein waffle snack. It’s great for a high-protein breakfast to get your day going right! Replace the soy milk with almond milk and the AP flour with a gluten-free flour mix for the best health benefits.
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.
Photo: Gluten-Free Honey-Dipped Doughnut Waffles / Edible Perspective
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. Remember to use the best oils for cooking: either ghee, coconut oil or even fair-trade palm oil.
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.
Why not turn a waffle into a sandwich? Substitute the AP flour, baking soda and baking powder for your favorite gluten-free waffle or pancake mix, mixing as directed. Be sure to use turkey bacon and raw cheddar cheese to fit within my Healing Foods diet. Instead of frying the chicken, coat with the gluten-free mix, and bake in the oven until crispy.
Photo: Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches / The Candid Appetite
Red velvet cakes have been the standard of the southern household for generations. Now, you can enjoy the vibrant color and taste right from your waffle maker. Substitute the AP flour for a gluten-free flour mix, and use this Sweet Beet Juice Recipe for the color. For the glaze, use coconut sugar you’ve “powdered” in the food processor.
WARNING! This recipe makes one waffle — and that’s simply not enough. Feel free to double the recipe as needed. Sweetened with Medjool dates and bananas, the oats and cornmeal at a delicious texture that provides for a healthy breakfast waffle. Top with fresh fruit, maple syrup or honey, and enjoy.
Do you have some leftover turkey and mashed potatoes in your refrigerator? Turn them into a creative and satisfying waffle sandwich! Substitute the regular flour for a gluten-free flour mix, and proceed as directed. Of course, use turkey bacon to avoid pork, and cut back on the fat and calories.
Photo: Turkey, Avocado, Cranberry and Brie Waffle Melts/ Half Baked Harvest
Anyone who has grown up in the Southwest 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. Follow the recipe as directed, and enjoy.
Falafels are nutrient-dense and packed with protein. Instead of using a mix off the shelf, use canned organic chickpeas and fresh herbs and spices for great taste and better health. Substitute the AP flour with a gluten-free flour mix; it doesn’t take much to make these come together. Top with hummus, tomatoes and cucumbers, and enjoy.
Photo: Vegan Falafel Waffle / Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans
These banana bread waffles are a great way to use up ripe bananas. Substitute your favorite gluten-free pancake or waffle mix for the flour, baking powder and soda called for in the recipe. Top with a drizzle of warm maple syrup and sliced bananas, and enjoy.
Reserve this treat for special occasions. Crunchy, chewy and dipped in a glaze, these waffles taste like an apple fritter but eat like a waffle! Substitute your favorite gluten-free pancake or waffle mix for the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and proceed as directed. For the glaze, use coconut sugar blended in your food processor until it’s powdery. The key to deep-frying is to get the oil to just the right temperature, where the moisture inside of the food pushes out, keeping the oil from absorbing into the food. Use coconut oil instead of canola oil in this recipe, and enjoy, in moderation.
Photo: Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts / Completely Delicious
I love all these healthy and flavorful waffles! With all these choices, you could have them for every meal!
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