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Best Ever Vegan Gluten Free Waffles


This gluten free and vegan waffle recipe is ready in under 25 minutes. The result is a waffle that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside! The raspberry lemon syrup is just the “cherry” on top. 

Best Ever Vegan Gluten Free Waffles

Do you ever feel like everything is happening and nothing is happening, all at once? I wonder if it’s just me. There is so much happening right now or about to happen soon that it makes my head spin. As cliché as it is to say, life is just too busy.

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

We’re still settling into a new pace in a new place. We’re both working crazy hours and juggling several gigs at once. Our baby, aka The Burger Book is days away from launching and I think we can both agree – there will be champagne involved when the thing goes on sale.

Clark is about to set up his own online store for cutting boards [one is pictured below] and other beautiful, Clark-made things. I’m doing some consulting and social media. We’re both doing graphic design. And of course, we’re staying on top of the blog. The list goes on.

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Our new routine allows us to be together a lot more, which was one of our main goals when we made the move. But the together time isn’t always “us” time. We’re usually working or planning or driving or shopping or writing or shooting or cooking. About 2 weeks after moving, we realized we were going to have to make “us” more of a priority.

It’s always been like that for us. Like there is this magic amount of time that we need to spend together, and if we don’t hit that amount, things start to feel “off.” Clark is always reading my mind, and I think I do a good job of reading his. He’ll hand me a rubber spatula before I’m ready to scrape the bowl, I’ll order his favorite kind of deodorant before he runs out – little things like that. But if we fall short of the magic amount, we misunderstand each other, we bump into each other, we get snippy with each other. No me gusta.

The magic amount of time must be met. So we take drives that go nowhere and we lay in bed talking before going to sleep or after waking up and we make inexpensive, lazy dinners together.

These waffles are the result of a “date” of sorts. We went to bed late one night after a long night of work and we talked about needing to get up earlier. We keep going to bed late and naturally, sleeping late. That eats into potential us time.

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon SyrupOur solution? Force ourselves, with the use of two alarms, mutual shoving and groaning, and lots of determination, to get up early and go to the store for the ingredients to make chocolate chip waffles.

After 4 hours of sleep and a groggy drive, we drug ourselves around Kroger. I’m quite sure we were still halfway asleep. Between the delirious laughter, grabbing 4 bars of chocolate that weren’t on the list, and avoiding eye contact with all other shoppers, we somehow got everything we needed.

We made it home and got to work. Wet ingredients in one bowl, dry in the other. Combine. Mix. Heat the waffle iron and start cooking. One by one, the most perfect waffles came off the iron and formed a steaming stack on the serving plate.

The only thing we forgot? The chocolate chips. This oversight didn’t seem to matter though – because as quickly as they came off the iron, they were eaten.

Mixing Bowl

Waffle Machine

Waffle Machine Steaming

I’m 100% positive that this is the best gluten-free waffle recipe ever. We have tried a lot of recipes and this one is the end-all-be-all. Just crispy enough, not too heavy, and delightfully sweet. The raspberry lemon syrup was a last-minute idea and I highly recommend it. It’s tart and sweet and, not to mention super pretty. No brainer!

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup


Vegan Gluten Free Waffles with Raspberry Lemon Syrup

Crispy gluten-free waffles that are ready in under 25 minutes. A sweet-tart raspberry lemon syrup is the perfect topping.

  • Author: The Fitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast


  • Wet:
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut milk, from carton (not canned!)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dry:
  • 1 c. white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon [optional]
  • olive oil spray
  • Raspberry Lemon Syrup:
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cups raspberries [frozen or fresh]


  1. In a medium bowl, combine coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and use a fork to mix.
  3. In the coconut milk/vinegar bowl, add vanilla, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil and mix well.
  4. Add wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Use a spoon to mix until mostly smooth.
  5. To make the raspberry syrup, combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and heat on low. Use a fork to smash the berries and stir until the mixture is very liquid. Set aside for later, when you smother your waffles in it.
  6. Preheat a waffle iron on medium. Spray lightly with olive oil.
  7. Scoop about 1/3 c. of batter into the iron and cook for 2-3 minutes. Time will vary depending on your waffle iron.
  8. Drizzle raspberry syrup all over your stack of waffles and enjoy!


This waffle batter is thick! Don’t let the texture fool you, that is what gives the waffles their perfect crispy outside and dense inside.

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  • Sev
    November 8, 2018

    This recipe looks awesome! One quick question: “1 c. white rice flour” means 1 cup, right ? Thank you!

    • thefitchen
      November 9, 2018

      Yep – correct! Enjoy. :)

      • Silvia
        January 27, 2019

        Do you use canned coconut milk in this recipe? Thanks Silvia

        • thefitchen
          January 29, 2019

          For this recipe – we use carton coconut milk beverage. Not the canned kind! I’ll update the recipe to reflect that detail.

  • Julie
    April 22, 2018

    Hello, I can’t have rice or flax seeds. I see you said I could replace the rice flour with millet, any other flours that would also work? What could I replace the flax seeds with? I’m assuming they are there in place of eggs, which I also can’t have could I add 1/2 c of unsweetened apple sauce? Also would these freeze ok?

    • thefitchen
      April 22, 2018

      Hi Julie! I have heard that you can substitute sorghum flour or coconut flour for white rice with usually good results. I personally have not tried either in this recipe so I can’t say 100%! You could replace flax with chia. And these do freeze ok – they take a few turns in the toaster to heat back up.

  • Kat
    December 18, 2017

    Is the rice flour glutenous rice flour?

    • thefitchen
      December 21, 2017

      Hi Kat! We used Arrowhead Mills’ white rice flour for this recipe.

  • JOY
    December 24, 2016

    I didn’t have any white flour left so used brown rice and millet. I left out the maple and some of the raw sugar and made pancakes as we don’t have a waffle iron. They were ok. Probably would have been very good with all the sweeteners but I didn’t want breakfast the day started with that much sugar for my kids. :)

  • Doodle65
    July 1, 2015

    Is there a different gf flour I can use to replace rice flour?

    • thefitchen
      July 2, 2015

      You could substitute millet flour for rice flour, if needed. Hope that helps!

  • Savannah
    December 6, 2014

    Oh my goodness! I’ve tried a few gluten-free waffle recipes & they all have stuck to the waffle maker. Not only did these not stick, they also were the best tasting! Thick, yet crispy on the outside. I’ve found my new waffle recipe! Thank you!

    • thefitchen
      December 8, 2014

      Yes! You described every reason that I love these waffles. :) So glad you enjoyed them!

  • Maya
    October 5, 2014

    Can these be turned into pancakes?

    Delicious looking recipe by the way can’t wait to try it :)

    • thefitchen
      October 6, 2014

      Absolutely – just spoon them out onto a hot griddle or frying pan and you’ve got pancakes! :)

  • C. Yvonne
    August 29, 2014

    These were fantastic! Thanks so much for posting this :)

    I used a tad more than 1/8 t of salt & used coarse sea salt. For the Syrup – I also went the blueberry route since I had those & used about 1/2 C maple as opposed to 2/3 C.

    • thefitchen
      September 4, 2014

      Mmmmm… blueberry syrup sounds delightful, especially with these waffles! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Lori
    February 22, 2014

    Made these this morning after finally getting all the ingredients. These are AMAZING. My 9 year old daughter also have them the thumbs up! I was nervous about the thickness of the batter but they came out great. I used blueberries instead of raspberries & syrup was just as good. Thank you for posting this yummy light gluten free recipe!

    • thefitchen
      February 22, 2014

      Score! These are definitely my favorite waffles ever – so glad you and your daughter approved! Thanks for letting us know. :D We actually considered using blueberries, but didn’t have any on hand. I’m sure that was delicious!

  • Mercedes
    February 5, 2014

    You do sound really busy but isn’t life more fun when it is like that:) and if it means you come up with recipes like this then keep busy. Can’t wait to try it

    • thefitchen
      February 5, 2014

      Agreed! No plans of stopping any time soon! :)