These easy oat flour waffles are gluten-free, dairy-free, and incredibly simple to make with healthy ingredients. They are light, fluffy, crispy, and delicious with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh fruit.
These waffles are wonderful for breakfast or brunch on a lazy weekend. The crispy edges are irresistible and the whole-grain oat flour makes them so filling with plenty of protein and fiber.
This waffle recipe is similar to my dairy-free waffles, which are equally delicious! If you're looking for a vegan option, you'll love these vegan protein waffles, and these apple cinnamon waffles are perfect for fall.
Why You'll Love These Waffles
- Easy to make - It only takes a few minutes to mix up the waffle batter.
- Gluten-free - Oat flour makes these waffles naturally gluten-free.
- Dairy-free - Using plant milk ensures the waffles are dairy-free and still delicious.
- Crispy edges - These waffles have the perfect crispy texture! So good!
- Healthy ingredients - You only need 9 pantry staples to make this recipe, and the ingredients are so much healthier than those in store-bought waffles or box mix.
These oat flour waffles are truly easy. You only need 9 ingredients to make them! Below are helpful notes regarding the ingredients, including substitutions you can make if necessary.
- Oat flour - Oat flour is naturally gluten-free. You can buy oat flour at the store or make your own at home by grinding rolled oats in a blender or food processor.
- Baking powder - This leavening agent makes the waffles super fluffy and thick.
- Salt - Balances the flavors and enhances the sweetness, believe it or not!
- Cinnamon - Adds extra flavor to the waffles without being overpowering.
- Milk - Any unsweetened plant milk yields great results, but you can use cow's milk if you aren't dairy-free.
- Coconut oil - Make sure to melt the coconut oil before using it in the recipe. Vegetable oil can also be used.
- Eggs - Eggs provide structure to the waffles. If you want to make vegan waffles, you can try making the recipe without the eggs. They might not be as fluffy.
- Maple syrup - Use pure maple syrup for best results. This gives the waffles the perfect amount of sweetness without adding refined sugar to the recipe.
- Vanilla extract - Adds such a warm, cozy vanilla flavor to the waffles.
Please remember to see the recipe card at the end of the post for a full list of ingredients with quantities.
Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make oat flour waffles:
STEP 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: oat flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon until evenly combined.
STEP 2: In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: almond milk, melted coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until well combined.
STEP 3: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently with a large spoon until just combined. Don't over mix! Some lumps in the batter are expected and okay.
STEP 4: Allow the waffle batter to rest for 10-15 minutes so the oat flour has time to absorb the moisture and thicken. This makes for thick and fluffy waffles. Don't skip this step!
STEP 5: Preheat a waffle iron and spray it thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the waffle batter onto the heated iron and use the back of spoon to spread it into the edges of the iron as necessary before closing the lid.
STEP 6: Cook the waffles for 4-8 minutes, or as instructed by your specific waffle maker. The waffles should be crispy and golden brown in color. Remove them from the heat and allow them to cool before serving with your favorite toppings.
TIP: Don't stack the waffles when you remove them from the waffle iron. This could make them soggy! It's best to spread them apart on the plate so they keep their crispy texture while they cool.
Expert Baking Tips
- Add your favorite mix-ins - These waffles are super easy to customize. Mix chopped fresh fruit or chocolate chips into the batter before cooking for extra flavor!
- Don't over mix the batter - Over mixing the batter can result in a tough texture instead of the light, fluffy waffles we all love. Stop mixing when the ingredients are just combined.
- Let the batter rest- Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes so the oat flour has time to absorb the liquid in the recipe. This ensures the waffles are super thick and fluffy.
- Cook until crispy - Cook the waffles until they have crispy golden brown edges. Nobody likes soggy waffles! When in doubt, cook an extra minute or two, but watch they don't burn.
- Don't stack the waffles - When you remove the waffles from the waffle iron, don't stack them right away, or they will lose their crispy texture because of the moisture transferred while they are still hot and steaming.
These waffles are already super delicious, but you can customize them to fit your preferences perfectly. See below for a few easy variations:
- Vegan oat flour waffles - Omit the eggs to make vegan oat flour waffles. They might not be as fluffy or as crispy, but they will still taste great and work without the eggs.
- Protein oat flour waffles - Use 1 ½ cups oat flour and ½ cup of your favorite protein powder to easily make high-protein waffles with this recipe.
- Sweeter waffles - For sweeter waffles, add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup into the batter before cooking.
- Crispier waffles - Cook the waffles for an additional 2-4 minutes for super crispy waffles. Check on the waffles every few minutes to ensure they don't burn.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Oat flour is a whole-grain flour naturally high in protein and fiber, making these waffles healthy, hearty, and super filling. The waffles are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free since they are sweetened with maple syrup.
If your waffles are not crispy, you probably removed them from the waffle iron too soon. The waffles should be golden brown before removing them from the heat. If they are still not crispy, you likely added too much liquid to the batter or didn't allow the batter to rest long enough before cooking.
You can quickly and easily make your own oat flour at home by grinding rolled oats in a high-powered blender or food processor. It is not recommended to use whole rolled oats in the waffles because they won't absorb moisture quickly enough and the batter will be too runny.
Yes, absolutely. You can make this recipe vegan by omitting the eggs in the recipe or using flax eggs instead. The waffles may not be as fluffy or crispy without the eggs, but they will still taste delicious when made vegan.
Storing & Freezing
Store leftover waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. To freeze the waffles, place them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw at room temperature before enjoying them again. Reheat them in the toaster and enjoy them warm for best results.
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Easy Oat Flour Waffles (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
- 2 Mixing Bowls
- 1 Waffle Maker
- 2 cups oat flour (certified gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or preferred milk)
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 large eggs (omit for vegan option)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (can sub honey)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pure maple syrup
- fresh fruit or berries
- nut butter
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon until evenly combined. Set aside.2 cups oat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, melted coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract vigorously until well combined.1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk, ⅓ cup melted coconut oil, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir gently with a large spoon until dry ingredients are just combined. Be careful not to over mix! The batter will have some small lumps, this is okay.
- Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes so the oat flour has time to absorb the moisture and thicken. This ensures the waffles are thick and fluffy.
- While waiting for the batter to thicken, preheat a waffle iron and spray it thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray. Medium-high heat is appropriate.
- After resting, gently stir the batter once or twice. Use a measuring scoop or pour the batter onto the heated waffle iron. If necessary, use the back of a spoon to spread the batter into the corners of the iron before closing the lid.
- Cook the waffles for 4-8 minutes, or as instructed by your waffle iron. The edges should be crispy and golden brown, but not burnt. When crispy, remove the waffles from the iron and place them on a separate plate to cool.
- Repeat until all the waffle batter has been used. Serve the waffles with pure maple syrup, fresh fruit, nut butter, or enjoy them plain.pure maple syrup, fresh fruit or berries, nut butter