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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 3/4 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 brown sugar see note
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Combine the soymilk, oil, ground flaxseed, and brown sugar in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Combine the rice flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and stir with a whisk.
  • 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, covering no more than two-thirds of the iron's surface for the first waffle. Adjust the amount as needed 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 brown sugar, and that sweetener is not acidic, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or cider vinegar. Brown sugar has some acidity that reacts with the baking soda to help with leavening.
Because this vegan waffle recipe uses flaxseed, 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