Not only are quinoa waffles extremely simple to make, they are also gluten-free and dairy-free with no added sweeteners, leaveners, or salt! These are the perfect breakfast treat for anyone with food sensitivities!
Recipe post by my sister, Olivia.
For many years I have struggled with food intolerances and health problems.
My diet is incredibly limited, and I rarely find a recipe I can make without majorly altering the ingredients.
Since I don’t follow any specific diet plan, I have had to create many of my own recipes, which has been a fun challenge!
Can you believe that 1-ingredient waffles taste amazing?
This recipe for 1-ingredient waffles was created during a season of desperation!
I was postpartum, dealing with a low milk supply, and had a baby who couldn’t tolerate any type of formula or donor breast milk. Not to mention I was losing too much weight and waking up countless times in the night with a fussy baby.
Every person is different, but I found that consuming these quinoa waffles every day (and sometimes multiple times a day!) greatly increased my milk supply.
Now that my baby is eating solids, he loves eating the waffles too! And it’s basically like I’m feeding him a bowl of quinoa, only it’s in a fun texture and so much easier since it makes very little mess. (I usually cut them into small bites, and he picks them up and feeds himself.)
These Quinoa Waffles are gluten-free (and perfect for anyone with multiple food sensitivities!)
This recipe contains no gluten, no dairy, no sweeteners, no leaveners, and no salt. If you can tolerate quinoa, you can handle them!
One thing unique about this recipe is it contains no leaveners. Since I can’t tolerate yeast, baking powder, or baking soda, this is the only bread-like recipe I have ever been able to eat. These quinoa waffles would be a great breakfast recipe for those who celebrate Passover!
Ingredients for Soaked Quinoa Waffles
- 4 cups white quinoa
- 8 cups water (divided)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
How to Make Soaked Quinoa Gluten-Free Waffles
1. Measure 4 cups of quinoa into a large glass bowl or jar (you don’t need to rinse it yet).
2. Pour 5 cups of water and apple cider vinegar over quinoa and cover with a clean towel (I used a clamp jar without the seal.)
3. Let this mixture sit at room temperature overnight or up to 24 hrs.
4. Empty the jar into a mesh strainer, and thoroughly rinse quinoa with fresh water.
5. Place rinsed quinoa in a blender or Vitamix, along with 3 cups water.
6. Blend about 10-15 seconds or until smooth.
7. Preheat a waffle maker to high heat.
8. Pour 2/3 cup of waffle batter on the waffle iron and cook until done (about 3-5 minutes).
9. Top with your favorite fruit, butter, or syrup — or enjoy plain.
I like these waffles all sorts of ways— frozen, toasted, warmed in the microwave, plain, with butter, dipped in flax oil, or topped with fresh fruit or date syrup.
Frequently Asked Questions for Soaked Quinoa Waffles
Quinoa is an excellent balance of macronutrients (low glycemic carbohydrate, a complete protein, and complemented with fats). It also boasts amazing micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, etc.).
Greenfit Organic White Quinoa is my favorite brand of quinoa. The taste is the least bitter, it seems the freshest, and it sprouts after a couple of hours of soaking, making it easier for me to digest. While it may not be as clean as other brands, I have found it to work the best for this recipe.
Nope! The apple cider vinegar is simply to help reduce phytic acid — which is found in grains and legumes and inhibits the absorption of essential nutrients, such as magnesium, iron, and calcium.
Soaking quinoa (or any other whole grain) activates the enzyme phytase. This enzyme then works to break down phytic acid, which binds minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc. As phytase does its magic, it releases minerals in whole grains and makes them easier for your body to absorb — win win!
I find a regular waffle maker works better than a Belgian waffle maker. You can use a Belgian but they won’t be as pretty. I use this one and love it.
Yes! I like to make a big batch, freeze them on cookie sheets, and then put them in ziplock bags read to pull out and reheat for quick meals.
1-Ingredient Soaked Quinoa Waffles
- large bowl or glass jar
- 4 cups quinoa white works best
- 8 cups water
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Measure 4 cups of quinoa into a large glass bowl or jar (you don’t need to rinse it yet).
- Pour 5 cups of water and apple cider vinegar over quinoa and cover with a clean towel (I used a clamp jar without the seal.)
- Let this mixture sit at room temperature overnight or up to 24 hrs.
- Empty the jar into a mesh strainer, and thoroughly rinse quinoa with fresh water.
- Place rinsed quinoa in a blender or Vitamix, along with 3 cups water.
- Blend mixture for 10-15 seconds, or until smooth.
- Preheat a waffle maker to high heat.
- Pour 2/3 cup of waffle batter on the waffle iron and cook until done (about 3-5 minutes).
- Top with your favorite fruit, butter, or syrup — or enjoy plain.
More Waffle Recipes
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles
- Carrot Cake Waffles
- Red, White, and Blue Waffles
- Gluten-Free Dairy-free Waffles
Psst! You might also find this post helpful on how to buy special diet foods on a budget!
Do you have any other favorite recipes for gluten-free waffles? Let us know in the comments!
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