Getting Your Gluten-Free Waffle Fix

Photo courtesy of Barbara Beery Kids Cooking Blog.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Beery Kids Cooking Blog.

Waffles are one of those magical things that have the power to make people happy. Those perfectly ironed squares just waiting for someone with slight neuroses to cut precisely along their lines, the sheer versatility of what can be put on top of a waffle – this is one of the many foods that can be incredibly hard to let go of for those with Celiac Disease. Thankfully, you don’t have to say goodbye to your beloved waffles at all now, due to a wide variety of frozen gluten-free waffles and waffle mixes on the market. Be sure to check out Triumph’s Essential Gluten-free Grocery Guide for more frozen waffles and waffle mixes, as well as The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide to learn which restaurants serve gluten-free waffles near you!

In the meantime, here are Triumph’s picks for frozen gluten-free waffles sold by the pack:

-Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles. Apple Cinnamon, Buckwheat, Blueberry, and Flax are just a few flavors of frozen, gluten-free waffles sold by Van’s Natural Foods. These waffles don’t lack anything that glutenated waffles have—they’re flavorful, fluffy, and ready to go for a quick and delicious breakfast.

-Trader Joe’s Wheat-free Toaster Waffles. These waffles are on Trader Joe’s list of products with “No Gluten Ingredients Used.” Incidentally, Trader Joe’s also has a host of other gluten-free specialty products Celiacs will love, from flourless chocolate cake to marinated chicken tenders.

-Kinnikinick. Awhile back, I reviewed Kinnikinick’s gluten-free donuts, which were absolutely to die for (especially the cinnamon sugar ones). While we haven’t actually tried their waffles, we have faith that they’re as tasty as some of Kinnikinick’s other gluten-free products. Rumor has it that Kinnikinick also has a gluten-free baking mix that’s perfect for making your own waffles if you so desire.

We’ve also located a few restaurants that serve gluten-free waffles. Here are a couple places we’ve managed to unearth…where are your favorite restaurants for gluten-free waffles?

Original Pancake House. We have word that the Poway, CA location serves gluten-free waffles. Try calling in advance to confirm. Many locations serve gluten-free pancakes, and some even have crepes as well.

The Waffle in Hollywood has gluten-free waffles.

Waffle Frolic in Ithaca, NY also serves up some mean-looking gluten-free waffles.

Again, PRETTY PLEASE let us know what your favorite place is to go for gluten-free waffles! Not only will you be doing a service to your fellow waffle-loving, gluten-free readers, but you be playing a role in the creation of the next edition of The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide. Let the comments roll!


23 thoughts on “Getting Your Gluten-Free Waffle Fix”

  1. How anyone could consider Van’s GF waffles ‘good’ is beyond me. They are far from ‘fluffy’. In fact, after toasting them, they taste like hard toasted cardboard to me, with a touch of sugar. They are such a waste of money in my book. Their GF french toast sticks are even worse.

    TJ’s waffles however make fabulous hamburger buns.

  2. How anyone could consider Van’s GF waffles ‘good’ is beyond me. They are far from ‘fluffy’. In fact, after toasting them, they taste like hard toasted cardboard to me, with a touch of sugar. They are such a waste of money in my book. Their GF french toast sticks are even worse.

    TJ’s waffles however make fabulous hamburger buns.

  3. Cafe Flora in Seattle often has a gluten-free waffle waffle on the brunch menu. I haven’t been for over a year, but last time I was there I had a cornmeal waffle with cranberry compote that was to die! The menu changes often, but usually there is at least one gluten-free carb-full option. :)

  4. Cafe Flora in Seattle often has a gluten-free waffle waffle on the brunch menu. I haven’t been for over a year, but last time I was there I had a cornmeal waffle with cranberry compote that was to die! The menu changes often, but usually there is at least one gluten-free carb-full option. :)

  5. GF Pumpkins, I use Van’s waffles for sandwiches and bread crumbs. But now that I think of it, I don’t actually eat them like regular waffles with syrup…I don’t actually like them plain either! That said, I think they’re great for sandwiches. Also, i make french toast with them. They don’t get too soggy.

    My favorite stand along waffle is Nature’s Path — they used to make a Wildberry Waffle that I loved. But I can’t find it in my Whole Foods anymore. Their waffles are nice and chewy.

  6. GF Pumpkins, I use Van’s waffles for sandwiches and bread crumbs. But now that I think of it, I don’t actually eat them like regular waffles with syrup…I don’t actually like them plain either! That said, I think they’re great for sandwiches. Also, i make french toast with them. They don’t get too soggy.

    My favorite stand along waffle is Nature’s Path — they used to make a Wildberry Waffle that I loved. But I can’t find it in my Whole Foods anymore. Their waffles are nice and chewy.

  7. I agree with those of you who find Van’s GF waffles gross. I find them thick and dry with little flavor. The best are Nature’s Path GF waffles. Soooo, delicious. Wild Berry or Mesa Sunrise. Hard to find sometimes, but they are so good I even ate them before I knew I had celiac disease.

  8. I agree with those of you who find Van’s GF waffles gross. I find them thick and dry with little flavor. The best are Nature’s Path GF waffles. Soooo, delicious. Wild Berry or Mesa Sunrise. Hard to find sometimes, but they are so good I even ate them before I knew I had celiac disease.

  9. Gee, I used to be a hard-core foodie of the white-tablecloth type before I was saddled with the curse of Celiac–and IMHO, Van’s waffles are excellent–the closest to homemade I’ve found, GF or non-GF. The only thing odd about them is the taste of fruit juice.

    Most gluten waffles lack the light, crisp outer layer that Van’s has…which, if you made them from scratch, would be achieved by adding the eggs as yolks only, and then the separated whites as the last step before pouring.

    But then again, I don’t know why people rave about Kinnikinnick bread, when to me, it has the taste and consistency of drywall. I’ll take Udi’s Whole Grain, any day.

    It just goes to show you that while being a Celiac is a unifying factor, one’s food preference is not!

  10. Gee, I used to be a hard-core foodie of the white-tablecloth type before I was saddled with the curse of Celiac–and IMHO, Van’s waffles are excellent–the closest to homemade I’ve found, GF or non-GF. The only thing odd about them is the taste of fruit juice.

    Most gluten waffles lack the light, crisp outer layer that Van’s has…which, if you made them from scratch, would be achieved by adding the eggs as yolks only, and then the separated whites as the last step before pouring.

    But then again, I don’t know why people rave about Kinnikinnick bread, when to me, it has the taste and consistency of drywall. I’ll take Udi’s Whole Grain, any day.

    It just goes to show you that while being a Celiac is a unifying factor, one’s food preference is not!

  11. Gluten free waffles are easy to come by at many of the restaurants (even the cafeteria style places) at Disney World. The waffles have Mickey ears and we were assured that they keep a dedicated toaster for GF. Overall, Disney World is my favorite place for gluten free dining because there are so many options and staff at all the restaurants are trained to handle allergies. Most of them bring GF rolls to the table at dinner without any prior notice.

  12. Gluten free waffles are easy to come by at many of the restaurants (even the cafeteria style places) at Disney World. The waffles have Mickey ears and we were assured that they keep a dedicated toaster for GF. Overall, Disney World is my favorite place for gluten free dining because there are so many options and staff at all the restaurants are trained to handle allergies. Most of them bring GF rolls to the table at dinner without any prior notice.

  13. The absolute best waffles I’ve had are the ones I make using Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix and my Belgian waffle maker. The waffle recipe is right on the bag. They’re amazing. Best frozen waffles I’ve had are Kinnikinick, and they’re just o.k. Van’s are not worth eating.

  14. The absolute best waffles I’ve had are the ones I make using Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix and my Belgian waffle maker. The waffle recipe is right on the bag. They’re amazing. Best frozen waffles I’ve had are Kinnikinick, and they’re just o.k. Van’s are not worth eating.

  15. The best wheat free – gluten free waffles are at the Original Walker Bros. restaurants in the Chicago suburbs – Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, etc. I have personally spoken to the managers and understand how the products are actually formulated and they are the real deal , truly wheat and gluten-free …they are light fluffy and the absolute best you’ll ever eat. If you’re in the Chicago area it’s worth stopping in and trying.

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