Multi-Grain Waffles

Multi-Grain Waffles | The Gluten-Free Homemaker
I really enjoy modifying recipes.  I mean, sometimes it’s nice to follow a trusted recipe and not think about changing anything, but if you have the creative energy, making a few changes is more fun.  And once you are used to gluten-free recipes, you learn that certain changes really aren’t that risky.

I have my group of trusted flours I like to work with regularly:  sorghum, millet, brown rice, buckwheat, tapioca starch, and potato starch.  Within that group I have learned that I can mix and match trying different whole grains and different amounts of starch.  You might want to do the same thing for this month’s pancake or waffle challenge.

For this recipe I took my favorite Belgian waffle recipe and decided to add buckwheat.  Gina at Gluten-Free Gourmand was my inspiration for that.  I then decided to omit the brown rice flour, include millet, and reduce the amount of potato starch a little.  I also used almond milk to make this dairy free.

The results:  The waffles were not appealing in color.  One son exclaimed, “What did you do to the waffles?!”  However, as another son said after we started eating, “Well, they still taste good.”  You can’t really tell from these pictures, but they turned out very pale and rather grey. However, that son who wanted to know what I did to them was a couple days later asking if he could have one from the freezer.  And so, these might not be the best option for serving company, but if you don’t mind the color, you’ll definitely enjoy eating them.

A topping I recently discovered and enjoy is raw coconut nectar.  It is a low glycemic, dark syrup that does not taste like coconut.  In fact, I think it has a mild molasses flavor.

Multi-Grain Waffles | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Multi-Grain Waffles
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: Makes ~16 large Belgian waffles
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ¾ cup millet flour
  • ¾ cup potato starch
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3 cups almond milk, regular or sour milk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  1. Combine the flours, starches, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and xanthan gum in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine the milk, oil and eggs.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together. Batter can be slightly lumpy. Let the batter sit for about 5 minutes while you preheat your waffle iron.
  4. Pour onto a hot waffle maker. My waffle iron makes the large Belgian waffles, and I cooked them 5 minutes.
  5. Remove and top with syrup, fruit, and/or whipped cream.

This recipe makes about 16 large Belgian waffles.  You can cut the recipe in half or use the leftovers for another meal or snack.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure you could freeze them too.

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  1. GF Gidget says

    YUM! I don't have a waffle maker. However, I visited my older sister this weekend, who does! She made the best GF waffles!

  2. Sue says

    I am eager to try the recipe. I also appreciate knowing that you like raw coconut nectar. I had no idea it did not taste like coconut. I will definitely give it a try. Is there a brand that you prefer?

    Thank you so much.

  3. I Am Gluten Free says

    Great job on the adaptation. They look delicious and I'd be a guest at your breakfast table anytime!

  4. Linda says

    Sue ~ I'm on my first bottle so I haven't tried other brands. What I have is Coconut Secret.

  5. Kim-Cook it Allergy Free says

    Linda, we are on the same page! I just posted a pumpkin waffle recipe! I love playing with recipes to up the health content and meet our dietary needs!
    Your waffles look wonderful! Will have to give them a try! 😉

  6. Iris says

    That's why I love gluten-free baking…you can play around with different types and ratios of flour, depending on what you're going for: decadent, healthy, whole-grain, etc.

  7. Tasty Eats At Home says

    I bet the buckwheat made the color look funny. But the flavor? I love buckwheat, so yes! And raw coconut nectar? I need to find that.

  8. Rhonwyyn says

    You can add a punch of color to your waffles – and drive your boys crazy – by adding some pureed beets or beet juice. They'll turn out wonderfully pink. 😀

  9. Brian says

    I think the waffles look great! You're right it is nice to play with different ingredients and see what happens.

  10. gfe--gluten free easily says

    They do look wonderful in the photos, Linda! I think I remember the greyish hue from using buckwheat before. I was going to suggest adding some carrot juice or pumpkin to make them prettier. But, really if everyone eats them and enjoys them, that's all that matters. :-)

    BTW, I thought it was interesting that you don't spread your batter all the way across the surface. Does everyone do that except me? Easy separation for sure.


  11. Sophie says


    Your multi grain Gf waffles look awesome & mighty tasty too!


  12. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free says

    We love waffles!! I need to get a normal waffle maker. The only one I have is a Belgian waffle maker. I'm sure that your yummy recipe would work, though. Thanks for linking up to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday!

  13. Linda says

    Barb ~ I haven't made these real recently, but I think they are a little thin for pancakes. You could always try making the recipe with less milk and add more if needed. I would try it with 2 to 2 1/2 cups milk.

  14. says

    Millet is not corn is it? I just found out I am allergic to corn and am having trouble navigating it. It’s worse that doing GF.


    • says

      No, millet is not corn. I know how difficult that is. I have done corn free before. But xanthan gum is made from corn. You could try guar gum. I’m not sure how these would turn out without any gum.

  15. Laura E, Creek says

    Is buckwheat alright for us gluten free people to use???? Isn’t it a grain…..wheat????

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