Healthy Sweet Oat Flour Waffles are filling and super delicious. They are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with raisins, coconut shreds, and apricot jam—a winning combo. Enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon (school) snack and pair them with your favorite cup of coffee or tea! Plus, change one ingredient, and you have a vegan-friendly option!
It's time to put that waffle iron to good use. This healthy oat flour waffle recipe is filling, naturally sweetened, and I think you are going to love the flavor combo. Everything is also so simple to throw together, perfect for a no-mess weekend breakfast routine. Plus, you will equally enjoy any leftovers during the week.
You know by now that I love experimenting in the kitchen to find the right texture and taste—all the things that make you happy at the table. This healthy waffle recipe was born while cleaning up my pantry and trying to come up with a new filling school snack that is naturally sweetened, and of course, also nut-free. Maybe the choice of ingredients might seem a bit strange with raisins, coconut flakes, and apricot jam filling these waffles. But trust me, when baked until golden brown and slightly crisp, it all comes together nicely and tastes fantastic. Let's have a look at what is in the batter and how I make them vegan-friendly.
MAKE THESE WAFFLES WITH HOMEMADE OAT FLOUR
I always have a bag of gluten-free steel cut oats in my pantry, and it is not just to make oatmeal on occasion. More often, I use this whole grain for making oat flour to bake homemade treats like these gluten-free waffles.
These oats quickly turn into a beautiful silky powder in seconds by either pulsing them in a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Steel-cut oats are also a less processed grain product
- That is high in protein and fiber and lower in carbs than regular flour
- It also has a more nutty flavor that tastes quite good in baked goods
- For this recipe, measure two cups of oats, place it in a high-speed blender, and then blend until you have a fine flour
- It also works with any other old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
- But steel-cut oats, in my opinion, results in a bolder taste and an extra tender crumb
- So it's often my grain of choice to baking recipes like my cookies, these incredible pancakes, and even deliciously homemade gluten-free donuts.
- I also use it for no-bake treats like the chewy, caramel-tasting energy balls, or to make cookie dough for my ice cream sandwiches (you have to try these)
- You can get a better price when you buy it in bulk
- I store the unopened packages in the freezer
- If intolerant to gluten, make sure to choose a package that has the certified gluten-free seal on it.
NATURAL HEALTHY SWEETENERS
Another reason to love these homemade waffles is the filling. Dried fruits like black raisins and coconut shreds make them naturally sweet. And I add an unsweetened apricot jam, which makes them extra crispy on the outside with a fruity aroma on the inside. You can use whatever sugar-free jam you have on hand, like a berry jam. It would still work, but I hope you give these ingredients a try first. The tropical flavors of the dried fruits pair perfectly with apricots. This combo is a winner and tasty enough to serve without any syrup or toppings for a snack.
MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE OR NUT-FREE
Feel free to use regular milk. But if you are following a dairy-free diet, then I recommend creamy plant milk made from cashews or hazelnuts. If you plan to make them as a school snack while still looking for a dairy-free option, then swap the cashew milk for flax milk. You could, of course, use other types of milk, and if you do, let me know in the comments below what worked best for you.
If you make them ahead, then store them in an airtight container once cooled to enjoy the next day. Also, I mention some other waffle saving options for longer shelf life when I shared my prune waffles and waffle sandwiches. But this is such an easy recipe that I often make them fresh on a lazy Sunday! It really won't take a lot of your time—they are ready while the coffee is still brewing.
Pop them in the toaster to reheat during the week, and they come out sweet and crunchy.
MAKE VEGAN WAFFLES
- This waffle recipe already contains no dairy and no honey.
- So to make them vegan-friendly, you only have to replace the egg.
- Instead of a chia egg (combine 1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp boiling water. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes)
- I prefer the gluten-free, vegan egg replacer from Bob's Red Mill for this waffle recipe.
Again, the waffles taste incredible as-is but don't let that stop you from topping them with your favorite fruits, syrups, and butter. It's a straightforward waffle recipe for a waffle maker. But if you don't have one, add a bit more plant milk to thin out the batter and make incredible filling pancakes on the stove!
Don't forget to check out my Sweet Buckwheat Waffles with Warm Cinnamon and Vanilla!
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These healthy and delicious waffles are made with gluten-free oat flour and filled with sweet raisins, coconut shreds, and apricot jam. A winning combo and a perfect treat for breakfast or brunch with your cup of coffee!
- 2 cups gluten-free steel-cut oats, ground in a high-speed blender or food processor
- 1 cup flaked coconut shreds, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp Stevia Powder (optional)
- 1 cup seedless dark raisins
- 1 egg or egg replacer (see note)
- 1 cup cashew milk (flax milk for a nut-free version)
- 2/3 cup apricot jam, unsweetened (about 10 ounces or 2
- Preheat your waffle maker and choose setting number 6 (or high).
- Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the egg or egg replacer, milk, and jam. Hand mix or stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Coat the waffle plates with olive oil or coconut oil. Then pour half a cup of batter onto each waffle plate.
- Cook until golden brown and slightly crisp.
- Serve as-is or top with your favorite fruits and nut butter.
When you use the highest setting on your waffle maker, it should make your waffles beautifully gold and crisp!
For this recipe, I use Bob's Red Mill Egg replacer to make it vegan-friendly.