Are you gluten-free or just looking for a wheat-free waffle recipe? Let me tell you, this Oatmeal Waffle Recipe With No Flour is so good! These waffles are crispy exterior and tender on the inside-the best texture!
It is made with simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your home right now.
I use a method of beating the egg whites and it creates light, fluffy waffles.
If you are looking for a healthy, gluten-free pancake recipe, let me suggest this one I created for Sprouted Oat Pancakes. They are light, fluffy, and so yummy!
What is oat flour?
Oat flour is made by milling the whole oat groats. I grind my own oat flour using my Nutrimill grain mill. Oat groats are very cheap to buy, especially if you can find them in bulk.
Oat flour is a naturally gluten-free flour, but it is always best to check, especially if you have Celiac.
If you don't want to mill your own, you can always buy oat flour locally or even online. I know it is a little expensive, but it is a great flour to use.
Oat flour- Note that this is not oat bran, but oat flour.
Baking powder- this will help to give the waffles a nice rise.
Salt- it doesn't take much, but you will notice if it isn't in there as it enhances the flavor.
Granulated sugar- again, I didn't use much, but it adds just a hint of sweetness. You can also use brown sugar, but I prefer granulated sugar. Coconut sugar is another option. I have not tried it, so I cannot vouch for it.
Milk- I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any type of milk you like. It doesn't have to be plant-based milk it can also be cow's milk or even oat milk or coconut milk.
Butter- this will be melted in the batter. Vegan butter and coconut oil can also be used.
Eggs- I separate these in my recipe to create the perfect texture. If you are vegan, you can use a flax egg, just know the texture will be a little different than mine.
How to make
- Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a small bowl. Set this aside.
- Next, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the mix and egg yolks and milk.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix them. Don't overmix this.
- Next in is the melted butter. Again, only mix to combine.
- Last, fold in the egg whites.
- Let the batter rest for about 3- 5 minutes.
- Spray or butter your waffle iron as needed and start cooking your waffles!
- I use about 1 cup of batter or a little over a cup for each waffle.
You can also use this recipe for meal prep. The batter can be doubled or even tripled. Let the leftover waffles cool completely. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, layer the waffles in a single layer.
Place them in the freezer and let them freeze solid.
Next, place the frozen waffles in an airtight container or even gallon-sized ziplock bags.
The waffles can be reheated in the microwave, and although that makes for soggy waffles, it is very quick. You can also use a toaster oven for a crispy waffle.
Reheating the healthy waffles makes a quick breakfast!
Why aren't my waffles crispy?
There can be a few reasons, but let me share a few I have found to make crispy waffles. First, be sure the waffle iron is heated before adding in the waffle batter.
Next, be sure those egg whites are whipped to stiff whites. This will give the waffles a light, but crispy texture when they are cooked.
You can also overwork the waffle batter if you aren't careful as well. You will see noted in the recipe that I specify not to overwork, this is important or you will have dense waffles.
Stacking the waffles causes them to be soggy and limp pretty quickly. I usually set mine on a wire rack after the oat flour waffles are cooked.
Making oat flour at home
I like to grind my flour from oat groats, but you can also make it another way, although the flour will not be as fine.
Add quick oats or rolled oats to a food processor or high-speed blender.
Pulse them until they are ground finely as you can get them.
This will not be fine flour as you would buy or from a grain mill, but it will be pretty good!
Tips and suggestions
It is really important not to overmix this waffle batter. The goal is only to INCORPORATE the ingredients together, not overdo it.
If you want to make vegan oatmeal waffles, be sure to use plant-based milk and butter, and flax eggs.
I love this Cuisinart waffle maker. Not only does it create great waffles, but you can cook 2 at a time. This is a must when I am cooking for my crew.
If you are looking for brunch recipes, these are the perfect waffles. Especially if you or your guests are needing gluten-free options.
You can easily make cinnamon oatmeal waffles by adding 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients.
Toppings for your waffles
- One of our favorite ways to top our waffles is with peanut butter. Peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup are the best!
- Fresh fruit- I like to slice bananas or use fresh berries- strawberries, blackberries, or even blueberries.
- Nutella is my youngest son's favorite topping. Nutella and whipped cream. Healthy, right?
- You can also top it with seeds- like chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Or I love using nuts like walnuts and pecans.
Whether you are planning a family breakfast, brunch for a crowd, or even meal prep, this is the recipe you need to try! These delicious waffles are wonderful and you will love them.
Oatmeal Waffle Recipe With No Flour
- 2 ¼ cups oat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¾ cup +2 tablespoon milk
- 3 eggs separated
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- I like to heat the waffle iron while I am baking the batter. That way it is ready to go when I am.
- Begin by mixing the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a small bowl and set it aside.
- Separate your eggs and whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.
- In a larger bowl, add the milk and egg yolks. Mix them, then add in the dry ingredients.
- Mix to combine. Then pour in the melted butter. Again, only mix to combine.
- Add in the whipped egg whites, then fold gently to combine.
- Let the batter rest for a minute or 2, then start cooking.
- Be sure to spray the waffle iron if needed.
- This will make 3 large waffles or 4 medium-sized waffles.
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