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naked gluten-free vegan waffle with blueberries, mango, maple syrup

Naked Gluten-Free Vegan Waffles

Dave W.
This light, crispy, delicious, and easy vegan waffles recipe plays well with a range of toppings, and will please eaters with a range of dietary needs. Makes 4 (7-inch) round Belgian waffles.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 4 waffles
Calories 523 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soymilk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup canola, grapeseed, olive, or other vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup see note


  • Combine the rice flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and stir with a whisk.
  • Combine the soymilk, oil, ground flaxseed, and maple syrup in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until well blended, and any large clumps of rice flour are gone.
  • Let the waffle batter stand for 3 to 5 minutes while preheating a waffle maker according to the manufacturer's directions. This will allow the rice flour to absorb a bit more of the moisture, and will allow the flaxseed to thicken the batter a bit.
  • Stir the batter a bit more if necessary to get rid of any remaining rice flour clumps.
  • Spray both grids of the waffle iron very generously with oil. (See note.) Pour or ladle the batter onto the center of the iron. As this batter is relatively thin, it should spread all the way out to the edges. If the first waffle is either too small or significantly overflowing, just adjust accordingly for subsequent waffles.
  • Bake each waffle for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it can be removed easily, spraying both grids generously with oil prior to each waffle.


If you substitute another sweetener for the real maple syrup, you need to use one that has a bit of acidity to react with the baking soda, such as brown sugar.
If you use artificial maple syrup or cane sugar, also add a tablespoon of molasses (which is slightly acidic) to correct for this.
Because this vegan waffle recipe uses flaxseed and is also a relatively thin and fluffy batter, it's especially important to spray both grids generously with oil prior to each waffle.
It's best to cook the entire batch shortly after mixing, as the waffles may be a little less fluffy after the batter has been sitting for a while.
Keyword easy, simple, waffles