Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles

by on September 16, 2008
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I know I just posted a waffle recipe, but I couldn’t resist showing you my latest version. I had a craving for pumpkin (must be that fall nip in the air) and decided to see if I could make a fat-free pumpkin waffle using gluten-free flours. If I say so myself, these waffles were an unqualified success. As soon as the batter hit the waffle iron, the tantalizing aroma of pumpkin and spices filled the air, luring my husband to the kitchen. He eagerly began eating the first waffles while I continued to cook the rest, grabbing the camera between batches to take the photo you see below. I was still cooking waffles when I thought to ask my husband how they were. “Delicious! I was so busy eating that I forgot to say.” “Delicious for gluten-free or just delicious?” “These are gluten-free?” Nuf said.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles

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1 MerryHeart November 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Thank you so much. I made mine with butternut squash. My son literally cried for more.


2 Stefani November 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

how would I adjust this recipe if I wanted to make regular pumpkin pancakes (not gluten free)?


3 Mandee December 6, 2009 at 3:31 am

I made these and they are delicious! And I love that the recipe is already gf :)


4 moonwatcher February 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Hi Susan,

I don't know why it took me so long to try these. I think there may have been no canned pumpkin in the store at the time, and then I never got back to it. I'm glad I finally got around to it.

These are absolutely delicious! I have done a lot of gluten free baking in the last year, but hadn't really found a gf waffle recipe that was low fat enough for me. Thanks for giving me one I don't have to fiddle with unless i want to! This will be my "go to" gf waffle recipe from now on. They were particularly scrumptious with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup, sliced banana, a spoonful of your soy yogurt, and another small drizzle of molasses and then one of orange juice. Yum yum!




5 moonwatcher March 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Hi again Susan,

I experimented with this recipe to see if I could substitute 3/4 cup of banana (about 1 1/2 banana)–it worked great. I also added two tablespoons of roasted kasha for some crunch. And used maple syrup, since I was out of agave. All good.

Also, a caution about using leftover pumpkin canned pumpkin–it made the batter too thin and the waffles stuck. They were still good though. If I am in that situation again I might add less soymilk, but didn't think of it until it was too late.

Thanks for a great recipe to play with!




6 Christina September 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

Any tips on making these whole wheat instead of gf? I have a hard time substituting whole wheat flour in recipes. These sound delicious.

Thanks a lot!


7 SusanV September 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

Christina, try using 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and only 1 teaspoon of potato or corn starch. Adjust the liquid if it is too thick. And please let me know your results if you try!


8 Lisa West September 22, 2010 at 11:55 am

I came to ,as I have you in my favorites, looking for a pancake recipe using the many other flours I have. I just can’t get it right when I substitute with whole wheat and maybe half of the recipe with other flours. It just isn’t that easy..the taste can be horrible.
So thank you so much for this recipe. I can’t wait. I’m sure my girls will appreciate it!! Lisa


9 eugenie October 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

Hi susan, I just wanted to ask if I could us just rice flour, would it work?


10 SusanV October 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

It will work, but my experience with rice flour is that it’s gritty when used without other flours. But if you like it, then it should be fine in this recipe.


11 laura October 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

If you use Authentic Foods Superfine brown rice flour it should work. I have pretty good success with it, haven’t noticed any grittiness. No financial interest in Authentic Foods;-) I made them this morning with mostly brown rice flour since I was almost out of sorghum & they were great.


12 Charlotte October 11, 2010 at 8:30 am

I made these this morning with millet flour instead of sorghum and tapioca instead of corn or potato starch, and they were great. Used cow milk (organic) because that’s what we had on hand. The first two stuck to the waffle iron, but when I used cooking spray on the waffle iron and waited more patiently so they didn’t split apart when the iron was opened, they came out fine. I like my waffles a little more toasty anyway.


13 Megan October 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

What could I use instead of sorghum flour? I have some all purpose gf and wonder if that will be okay?


14 SusanV October 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I think that will be fine.


15 Michele November 2, 2010 at 6:24 am

Any tips for waffle iron brands, timing or heat level? I tried to make these but couldn’t get them to stick together, the waffle would either rip open when I opened the waffle iron, or the waffle would be burnt to a crisp. The remains tasted good, but I couldn’t serve them as a mountain of crumbs.


16 SusanV November 2, 2010 at 8:02 am

I use a George Foreman grill that has interchangeable waffle plates. I spray it with oil first, set it between medium and high heat, and avoid even trying to open it until the steam coming from it has lessened. I open it very slowly and have a plastic chopstick ready to pry it from the waffle plate at the first sign that it’s sticking or threatening to split apart. I do this for every type of waffle, not just gluten-free or fat-free ones. Now you know all my secrets. :)


17 Jeanette B. January 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

Very helpful Susan! I haven’t made waffles since being diagnosed with celiac disease about 8 years ago! Now with your tips and recipe I feel confident! :)


18 Liz November 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I just made these using teff instead of the sorghum, arrowroot for the starch, stevia powder instead of agave, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar for the acid. All of the substitutions worked wonderfully. You’ve got a fantastic recipe to work with. Thanks!


19 Savvy January 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

How can I make this recipe low-sodium?


20 SusanV January 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Most of it comes from the baking powder and baking soda, and there’s not much you can do about that (unless you don’t want them to rise). You could leave out the salt which would eliminate about 290 mg.


21 Crystal October 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

I just made these following the recipe exactly. They were awesome! They did stick a little to my non-stick waffle iron so I just buttered the iron a tiny bit and then it was fine. I’ll definitely be making these again, and also trying the banana substitute somebody mentioned, and with blueberries! Thanks for helping me accomodate my vegan husband and my GF son!


22 Jennifer December 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I’ve followed your blog for a long time, and recently learned i have celiac disease. I made these waffles this morning because it’s chilly and I had a craving for pumpkin waffles, and these really hit the spot! I have a wicked sweet tooth, so I added 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar to the recipe. I also substituted millet for half the sorghum (I didn’t have enough sorghum and really love millet flour), and maple syrup for agave.

I feel like my gluten-free waffles need a lower temperature and more time on my waffle maker, but this is also a new waffle maker so I don’t know it very well yet. I’m so sensitive to gluten I’ve had to basically redo my entire kitchen– I even had to give away all my old cookbooks (I had to have my husband do the honors because I couldn’t even touch the old books and kitchen gadgets without a reaction), so I love that I can look up all your recipes without getting old wheat flour on my hands. 😉


23 Stephanie F October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

These waffles are AMAZING. I couldn’t find sorghum flour so I took a gamble and used quinoa flour. They turned out great! They don’t have any of the gritty consistency that most gluten-free foods do.


24 Amy February 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I made these this evening. They were really good. I did add a touch of oil to the better to prevent sticking. Also our waffle maker makes big Belgian waffles. So with doubling the recipe it made 6 waffles.


25 Shelly August 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

I made these pumpkin waffles this morning delicious flavor but disappointing as when I opened the lid half stuck to the top and half to the bottom…they were a mess ….I sprayed the waffle iron top and bottom each time after 5th waffle I went to my tortilla pan and finished as pancakes….any ideas why this would happen…tasted good but were ugly…Thanks Shelly. P.S. I have DH. Or celiac although I have it completely under control so has to be GF …..


26 Erica September 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I don’t use canola oil and have had SUPER big stickage having tried coconut oil…..what else can I use to prevent “the stick”?


27 Lottie September 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

are we allowed Olive Oil? I’m new at this program


28 Susan Voisin September 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hi Lottie. Could you be more specific about which program? This site is geared toward people following oil-free diets, like the McDougall Plan, so no olive oil except to lightly oil a pan to keep food from sticking (less than 1/16 of a tsp. probably).


29 Lottie September 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Eat to Live


30 Susan Voisin September 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

No oil is allowed on Eat to Live, but whole nuts and seeds and nut butters are.

31 Jitka September 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Can I use fresh or roasted or somehow otherwise prepared pumpkin instead of canned? I’m quite sure canned isn’t sold here, and if it were there’d be sugar in it :(


32 Susan Voisin September 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Sure! Steam or bake or prepare pumpkin in your normal way. Then mash it or purée it and drain all the water out of it and use it in the recipe.


33 Barbara Holm September 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Fixed your Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles today! Delicious! A real compliment when my husband said they are delicious just by themselves!


34 Desiree January 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm

This was the best GF waffles I have ever made, and I have been trying many. Thanks so much.



35 Heidi December 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm

What can I use in place of the orange juice? Lemon?


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