Coconut Flour Waffles

Healthy Coconut Flour Waffles with honey

When we went grain free, I thought I had given up the waffle iron forever. In fact, it sat in our attic for a year until the kids asked if we could make waffles again. I played around with a lot of ideas and eventually came up with this protein packed recipe for grain free, dairy optional, coconut flour waffles that are fast and easy to make! Just don’t try to eat as many of these as you could regular waffles- they are extra filling!

These use coconut flour, a protein and fiber packed alternative to normal flour. If you’ve never used coconut flour before, it takes a little learning to use it correctly. Only 1/2 cup of coconut flour is needed (not a typo!), and the extra eggs are needed to create the right texture with these waffles.

For a fast, on the go breakfast- make a waffle, cut in half and put eggs and bacon/sausage inside to make a fast and healthy breakfast sandwich! Check out some other breakfast ideas here.

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Coconut Flour Protein Waffles
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a medium sized bowl and beat with whisk or immersion blender
  2. Add the melted butter or oil, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and mix well
  3. Add the coconut flour and mix well (immersion blender is best for getting rid of clumps)
  4. Batter should be thick. If it is too thin, add a little more coconut flour.
  5. Spoon into heated and greased waffle iron and cook until light brown and firm to touch (about 3 minutes on mine)
  6. Serve with a pat of butter and some homemade strawberry syrup (heat frozen strawberries and blend) or pure maple syrup or almond butter.

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  1. How many waffles does this make? Are all your recipes 2-3 servings, or do some of them make more? I’m feeding a family of 10.

    • It makes about six big waffles, depending on the size of your waffle maker. They are really filling though, I can never eat more than one!

      • Hello! I love your blog. I can not have coconut or cinnamon. What would be your suggestion for the substitutes? Your recipes are going to be a blessing for my family. Thanks!

        • There are some great recipes for almond flour waffles online that might work better for you…

      • Omg – love these – can I freeze them?

  2. Wow – these were awesome! Just made them for my six-year-old this morning. He is normally opposed to ‘new’ things…but he loved these with a little honey. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. These are a hit 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! They are perfect for a treat in my kids lunch box too!

  4. What kind of waffle maker do you use?  I think my daughter would eat more waffles if I could find a classic (as opposed to Belgian) style waffle maker.  Belgians are just too thick for us, but I can’t seem to find a decent classic waffle maker!

    • We use a George Foreman with changeable plates (grilling, eggs, etc)
      with the waffle plates. it was a wedding gift, but I’ve seen some
      regular waffle makers online for decently cheap too.

    • We use a George Foreman with changeable plates (grilling, eggs, etc)
      with the waffle plates. it was a wedding gift, but I’ve seen some
      regular waffle makers online for decently cheap too.

    • We use a George Foreman with changeable plates (grilling, eggs, etc)
      with the waffle plates. it was a wedding gift, but I’ve seen some
      regular waffle makers online for decently cheap too.

      • Hi Wellness Mamma,

        I have been searching the internet for days to find an electric waffle iron that is either cast iron or ceramic or stainless steel, to avoid toxic “nonstick” surfaces like Teflon. I do not have a stove top, so I cant use the traditional cast iron ones. I found a George Foreman grill with waffle plates like you use, but they are “nonstick”, implying they are teflon. The only other electric option I have found is the Oster Duraceramic (which claims the surface is PFOA and PTFE free and thus teflon free). The company that makes the “duraceramic” coating does not disclose what chemicals they are using (http://debralynndadd.com/q-a/oster-duraceramic-nonstick-wafflemaker/), so it’s toxicity is unknown.

        Can you suggest an electric waffle iron that is KNOWN toxic-free? I just want to make some waffles 🙁

        • Almost all of pre 1960’s waffle irons were non stick cast aluminum — a few were stamped steel. I find them easy to get seasoned, and I don’t think you will get any aluminum through the seasoning build up.

          I often see them in thrift shops for less than 10 dollars. The fancy ones at antique shops are usually less than 50 dollars.

          I’m guilty of having a couple dozen, and so far they all worked.

          Brian

  5. How about using almond flour or some kind of ground nuts if you don’t want coconut for breakfast? (and bananas? mmm…) I will have to try this. Breakfast is definitely the hardest meal for me to go grain free on!

    • Almond flour is great, it is just usually more expensive. You can
      make some great recipes with it though!

  6. My kids absolutely loved these!! I made these as a special treat this morning and they gobbled them up. Then with the leftovers, I used them at lunch as a bread replacement. Thank you!!

  7. These are absolutely wonderful. light and filling. 

  8. I made these as our breakfast for dinner today!  I have a waffle iron that makes small rectangular waffles, and this recipe made 12 of them.  I found them easy to make and they cooked up nicely, although I had to leave them on the iron for a LONG time to get them nice and brown and crispy on the outside.  My kids (7 and 9 years) ate 2 each, the 9 yo said they were “a bit too fluffy but not too bad.”  I think that was simply because he’s not used to homemade waffles, he prefers the Eggo kind.  I ate mine with peanut butter, butter and maple syrup – YUM.  

  9. VERY curious to know how you grease your waffle iron?  I used to use olive oil in a sprayer until I learned the dangers of heating it.  I’ve got a belgian waffle maker, and can’t figure out how to grease it with coconut oil or butter.  Suggestions?

    • I just use a metal spoon or spatula with a little coconut oil on it and rub it over it really fast… not the cleanest or most sophisticated way, but it works..

      • I use a Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer for my coconut oil. i fill it and when i know i will be using it i fill the sink with enough hot water to let it stand to melt the coconut oil. spray and on your way ?

    • I’ve recently read that melting some coconut oil and adding a very small amount of olive oil will keep it liquid. You can then put it in a spray bottle for spraying pans and waffle irons.

      • The Fresh Market sells a 100% pure coconut oil spray. It’s awesome.

    • I keep a nylon basting brush in with my coconut oil by the stove for oiling things like this. If the oil is hard, I take a basting brush and place it on the waffle griddle to warm it up then stick it in the hard oil. Enough will melt on to the basting brush to oil most things, repeat until everything is oiled.

    • I add sesame oil to what ever oil I choose to use. It naturally contains sesamin whuch gives it a higher burn rate and has been shown when added to other oils such as butter, olive oil etc to give them a higher burn rate.

    • We use olive spray this morning, no problems on our iron, the waffles were ok, really dry though!

  10. I shouldn’t have seen this recipe!  Now I’m addicted 😛  Seriously though, I love them and they are filling but not so good for my waste and now I don’t know how to stop eating them.  haha 

    Would you say almond flour is less carby then coconut flour?  I gain weight easily with carbs… ;(  

  11. Could this recipe be used for making pancakes?  I don’t own a waffle maker…….yet.  😉

    • Sure can… just make sure they cook a little longer than regular pancakes on the first side or they will be tough to flip…

    • Glad you asked. I was going to ask the same thing

  12. I love these; I though I would never have a waffle again after going grain-free! I was wondering, though…Do these freeze well for those days I want waffles and I’m too lazy to make fresh ones?

    • Yep, they freeze well and just re-heat in the oven or toaster.

  13. Wow, these look fabulous! My waffle iron has been sitting in a cabinet unused for about 3 years and I’ve been debating getting rid of it! Would it be ok to add a bit of baking powder or soda to get them to rise a bit?

    Love your blog by the way. Thanks for all you do to keep us educated on creating a healthy lifestyle for our families!

  14. We love these! I sent the recipe to a friend who is on a pretty strict diet right now, and these fit right in with what she needs to eat! But she doesn’t have a waffle maker. Can see make these as pancakes, perhaps?? Thanks so much!!

  15. I made this today and they came out really bad. I don’t blame the recipe I believe I messed it up. Did anyone have an overwhelming cinnamon taste? I divided the recipe in half. The waffles cooked well but when we went to eat them they were so bitter. I think the problem is too much cinnamon or that I used vanillain instead of vanilla (I didn’t look up how much I should use so I used 1tsp). I want to try it again with the full recipe.

    • Is it 1 tablespoon of cinnamon? Just double checking

      • We do but we like a lot of cinnamon taste… Maybe start with a teaspoon and work up if you need it…

        • I found out what it was. It was the vanillain. I wanted to know what it was that made the waffle bitter so I tasted the vanilliain by itself and it was soo bitter. I’m going to try to get some vanilla and try these again.

  16. I made these this morning and they were a really nice base. It would be super easy to spice them with whatever you want really or even consider making them savory minus the vanilla! I added some raisins for toddler appeal and served with organic butter, a dab of honey, and sliced banana. Yum! We halved and got 3 waffles and as others have mentioned, one is enough, even for an adult!

  17. I noticed in a lot of recipes using coconut flour, so many eggs are used. Is it necessary to use that many eggs? I love eggs and know that they’re good for you (pastured, organic anyway), but at $4 a dozen, it’s not affordable for me to use 8 eggs for one recipe. Is there a way to reduce the amount of eggs, and if so, would you need to add something else in? Would love to try these!

    • Coconut flour needs a lot more protein to bind correctly. I’ve heard of using chia seeds in water as an egg substitute but haven’t experimented much with it..

      • Ahhh..now I understand. I’m trying to cut out some wheat & gluten and trying to keep my 2 yo son away from it, so I’ve been trying more recipes with coconut flour. I’ve used ground flax seed mixed with water to replace eggs, just because I didn’t have any on hand and needed something right away, but that’s not something I normally do. When I can get some cheaper eggs, I’ll try the waffles. Thanks! BTW…if you took the photos of the food, we have the same plates…lol!

  18. Is it possible to use this recipe for making pancakes?
    Tks

  19. I found a recipe for waffles that my family loves, but calls for all- purpose flour. On a whim I used the same recipe but used a blend of flour (almond, coconut and tapioca flour). They turned out great and very very filling. 🙂 Not sure on your take on flour blends. I have found that coconut flour by itself seems to be a bit dry. Maybe I am doing something wrong….

  20. what brand of coconut flour do you use and were do you buy it?

  21. Do you happen to have the nutritional information for these?

  22. These came out tasting great but were very dry… did I over cook them? Put too much coconut flour in them?…

  23. For the record this tasted more like an omelette than a waffle, too darn eggy.

  24. I used a sifter for the coconut flour which really helped.
    I made them as pancakes & also cut the recipe in half and they were delicious.
    Thank you!

  25. THANK YOU!!!! This has saved our mornings. Half of the family like eggs, the other half gags…. almond flour pancakes, while yummy, the omegas are not something I want everyday, and the almond flour is EXPENSIVE by comparison!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

    I also sifted the coconut flour…

  26. These were surprisingly good. I didn’t think they would really taste like waffles. My only suggestion is that a blender be used to mix it up. The coconut flour really clumps, leaving dry pockets of flour in the waffles if not mixed properly. They were a tad dry, so I will try adding some applesauce or mashed banana in replace of some oil, and maybe some flax or chia seeds in replace of a few eggs to save money. Thanks for the great recipe.

  27. Just made these and they were great. Quick and easy and low in sugar. I used a blender and butter instead of coconut oil. Yum city. Thank you.

  28. Wow… I really want to try this. I love waffles but never eat them cause I don’t want all the carbs. Thanks for sharing. BTW.. Really like your blog (I just found it) 🙂

  29. Have you tried adding fruit to these?

  30. Really wanted to make these but was almost out of eggs! I used 1 egg and replaced the rest with flax meal… nobody else do that! Not good, haha

  31. Just made these substituting a banana for one of the eggs (just because that’s what was in my kitchen!) and they were great. Very easy recipe. Just starting to move to low sugar free household so first comment from my daughter was “they’re not sweet!” but she did enjoy them once she got used to the idea they’re different from our usual ones 🙂

  32. My 5 kids 18, 16, 9, 7, and 4 loved these. I used butter instead of coconut oil and it gives them a yummy buttery flavor. We top them with pureed strawberries and blueberries.

  33. I’m sorry but this really didn’t work for me. As a Belgian used to eating grain, dairy and refined sugarfree, I did not expect a similar taste as the classic wafle. The very dry texture and heavy egg taste made me experiment further with the dough, unfortunately without any luck or better tasting results..

    • Would be delicious if they weren’t so dry… I had to slather them in butter, syrup, and a homemade fruit sauce on top, but they were still very dry.

  34. I have too much coconut flour, so I saw this recipe and wanted to try it. I used it for fried chicken and waffles. I did used regular flour for the chicken, but I’m not gluten free, I just enjoy eating less of it.
    I added a little beer and apple cider vinegar to the batter. I made them on my George Foreman, and 8 minutes at 400 seemed to be the ideal winner. I suggest greasing the plates, because the first couple of mine stuck. I used Paula Deen’s recipe for easy fried chicken, but maybe I’ll find an alternative flour next time. I made a compote out of beer (Oktoberfest- hey it’s fall), turkish apricots, dried bananas, and a diced apple, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, honey, real maple syrup. I served that with the chicken and waffles. Amazing! My boyfriend who is a chef said it was the best thing I’ve ever made! Thank you for the recipe!

  35. Made these this morning. We loved them!

  36. I just made these for the first time and they were super dry but I added some milk and that made them better.

  37. I am still perplexed with the use of all the eggs! What else can be used in place of that many eggs? I recently bought some Xanthan Gum. Would that work to replace some of the eggs? How much would I use? Also, I read comments about using flax seed. How much flax seed to water works? Thanks!

  38. I use mashed bananas, one for each egg I want to replace. (I usually do half egg and half banana for the waffles). 1tbsp of chia seeds and 3 tbsp of water is a good egg replacer too. For waffles you might want to blitz the chia in a food processor or coffee grinder so its smoother.

  39. I loved them. I tried to make them crispy but they were only a little bit crispy but that didn’t make them too bad.

  40. have you ever tried beating your egg whites separate? My standard recipe I do that with.. Wondering how that’d work.

  41. Easy, and good!! Great texture too!

  42. I just made these this morning in my new Belgian waffle maker – LOVED the result!! I have the kind that you flip, and this was it’s maiden voyage. NEXT time, I’ll leave in maybe a minute or so longer to brown just a tad bit more. I also used MCT oil in place of coconut oil (1/4 C), then used a smidge of melted butter on top w/SF maple syrup. I’ll definitely make these again, having them on hand for breakfast would be awesome! Thank you 🙂

  43. Can you use this recipe for pancakes?

  44. I just made two batches of these this morning and wanted to share some thoughts. First of all, this recipe makes enough batter for 4 regular waffles. The first time I used butter for the oil/fat, and followed the recipe exactly. I thought the butter flavor was too prominent. For the second batch, I used coconut oil, but only 1/3 cup to reduce the calories/fat a little bit, and I did four eggs and four whites for the same reason. I probably should have done 4 eggs and 5 whites for the volume of liquid requirement. I also added more cinnamon and I put about 1 T or so of maple syrup in the batter. The second batch was way better. They hold up well but the consistency is pretty dense and a little dry, but they were perfect with butter and maple syrup on top. Nice job!

  45. I will definitely make these again, although no one else in my family cared for them. They DON’T taste like “regular” waffles, of course, but they also DON’T make me feel like regular waffles do either! (That is, spiked blood sugar, non-filling, etc). I ate mine with a very ripe banana sliced on top and they were very filling. My blood sugar felt very stable and I was satisfied. Thank you Wellness Mama! 🙂

  46. Hi, thanks for the recipe – something I’ve been looking for. I am wondering,can I freeze these waffles? I usually make regular waffles in advance and freeze them,and then just quickly heat them up in toaster in the morning. Could I do the same with these waffles? Thank you!

    • Yes you can freeze these! I warm them in the toaster oven and they hold up really well.

  47. Hi I made these this morning! I did half the recipe because I was only cooking for two people and it was perfect. I went with coconut oil. The only thing I added was a tblsp of raw honey and 4 drops of liquid stevia! These were so so wonderful! Hubby loved them as well. Definitely going to make these again. Thank you so much!

  48. I love these & so do my kids. We just gave up breakfast items with grains for a couple years! I could never get the consistency right, thank you so much for putting this out there. It is so helpful. I’m definitely sahring this recipe with my fitness community!!

  49. Do you know how many carbs are in each waffle?

  50. These are great. Do you think I could prepare the mix the night before and store it in the fridge for the morning? I really have little time in the mornings!

    • Hm… Coconut flour absorbs A TON of liquid. So you might awaken to find your batter is hard and unworkable. You could try it, but if you do (and this might sound silly) you may want to consider doing it on a day when you have enough time to make another batch fresh if it is not working, just in case.

  51. thank you for this recipe, it has been so hard to find a breakfast that both of my kids will eat since we no longer eat cereals. Are there any problems with eating these daily? My kids have been getting hiccups and what is described as ” something stuck in their chest and throat” after eating them. I use to get that feeling after eating regular bread products, they dont appear to have any intolerance to these waffles but i wonder if due to the absorbing effects of coconut flour if these are better as an occasional thing and not everyday breakfast. Do you know? Can anyone else tell if its okay to have daily or not? Thank you

    • Store bought eggs do the same thing to me. I’d say it’s the eggs.

  52. My family did not like these at all. I’m not sure if it’s the brand flour (this is the second time I’ve used a Bob’s Red Mill product that we didn’t like). The texture was good. I ate mine but the kids wouldn’t finish theirs. My girlfriend had a few bites and said she was full. She was poking around the fridge a few minutes later. Naturally, I could add a tablespoon of sugar to help the taste but that kind of defeats the purpose of making these.

    I might try some variations on this. I’m really trying to switch the family to a low carb, low sugar diet but I’m not having much success.

  53. Just made these this morning and they we’re really good with almond butter and maple syrup. White flour make me swell and have joint aches, but I didn’t with these. And no one felt the need to go take a nap afterwards! The end result is drier in the center than most regular-flour waffles, but the syrup helped balance that out.

    I didn’t have any trouble with lumps in the batter as I combined all dry ingredients together, dry whisked the mixture to remove lumps, and then gradually added the combined wet ingredients, tapping the whisk against the bowl now and then to remove the unmixed batter that gathers in the center. The batter came out very thick (almost like like cookie dough) but a heaping spoonful in the center of the waffle maker spread out nicely when the lid was closed. The oil (I doubled the batch and used half coconut oil and half butter) was more than enough to keep the waffles from sticking, so I didn’t need to add any oil or spray to the waffle maker.

    My 9 year old grandson had to take a couple bites to get used to the consistency, but finished his waffle without any negative comments. My husband really likes them. Definitely going to be making these again, thanks for sharing!

  54. Wasn’t a huge fan of these. They were very spongey and slightly too salty. Kids weren’t a fan sadly.

  55. Please enter nutritional info. Need to know the carbs.

  56. I think expectation management is important when making this recipe or any that uses coconut flour in Lieu of others. You are never going to achieve the texture that you got from your standard waffle house, but you need to take the understanding with you when you try out these recipes.

    The flavor in this one is pretty darn good, though I added a bit more vanilla than suggested and 1/4 C coconut sugar. I made it on the Foreman Evolve which has removable plates and found no need to grease them. Preheated for 7 min at 425 and used a heaping 1/3 C measure that nets 5 waffles (12.8 grams of protein each when using extra large eggs)

    This nets a try yet flavorful waffle that I probably would not serve as a breakfast waffle but instead as a quick snack maybe topped with nut butter and honey. I could also see omitting the coconut sugar I added and utilizing it as the base for a savory meat stew or even a breakfast chipped beef recipe.

    I went from five stars to four on this because I just can’t see serving it as a breakfast waffle, though I am sure those on more restricted diets would welcome us as an alternative. I considered making it three stars but because this is a very versatile and useful recipe I think it warrants four. I follow the Warrior Diet which allows me the luxury of not really counting calories but I do try to get as much protein in the evening as I can as well as good carbs which this recipe definitely offers.

  57. I just made these for my three little picky eaters, including my 3 year old that won’t eat meat and only wants carbs. I am always looking for low carb and high protein options for her. They all gobbled them up and she said she wants them all the time. Thanks for the idea!

  58. I follow all the recipes but this one was a bust for me, didn’t like it, no one would eat them. Oh well post another exciting recipe, im always up for something new

  59. This is a great alternative to the usual pancake mix we buy at the grocery. It’s healthier and more wholesome for our body.

  60. Hi! Just wondering what the calorie count is for the waffles?

  61. I made these. Much quicker than ever regular waffles. They worked. TY. I might try whipping the egg whites next time just to see if it can approach a regal wheat waffle a little more. No complaints about this recipe, I will come back for more wheat alternatives. TY again.

  62. Would this same recipe work to make pancakes? I don’t have a waffle iron and every time I attempt to make pancakes with other coconut flour recipes it completely fails. However the thickness and look of your waffles seem great! Alternatively do you have a pancake recipe if you don’t think this will work?
    Thankyou! 🙂

  63. 8 eggs? wow. My chocks better lay more!

    • HA! Maybe the problem is you’re using chocks. Thanks for the laugh.

  64. Would it be okay to use some whey protein powder in this recipe? (or any source of protein- I’ve also got sprouted brown rice and pea protein). Wondering if it’d make the texture too eggy/spongey/tough.

  65. I’m new to experimenting with Gluten Free options for medical reasons and decided to try these out. They were a great hit with the 1 and 3 year old(Eggo all the way so that they ate them is great!) I was inspired and started trying different flavor variations. I did a “banana Bread” version by reducing the oil in half and adding a mashed banana. they were still great and I only noticed less browning in the fuller areas by reducing the oil. I tried another again reducing the Oil by half and adding in 4T of pineapple juice and adding ginger, cin and vanilla to make an attempt at a Hawaiian bread inspired one. again they came out good but I would try to make the flavors a bit more prominent the next time.