The Ultimate Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

The Ultimate Gluten-free Pumpkin Waffles | The Baking Beauties
Well, I feel like I have to apologize. I still have pumpkin on the mind. Whether it be donuts, cheesecake, or chocolate sheet cake, the flavour, texture, and spices that accompany pumpkin keep calling me back. These are things I never even made before going gluten free, but am happy to create gluten-free so we can enjoy them now.

I sometimes just have an idea for a food, and figure, there must be something like that out there, so I check out the search engines to see if I can find anything that matches the vision I have in my mind. Here, I thought…I’ve seen pumpkin pancakes, but what about waffles? There must be a recipe for pumpkin waffles out there… And, there was! I actually came across a blog that is entirely dedicated to pumpkin waffles. Seriously! You can check it out here. And when I saw that they, the testers of pumpkin waffle recipes, had a recipe that they considered the Ultimate Pumpkin Waffles, I knew I had to try it! I thank them for all their hard work & dedication, in creating what is most certainly, the Ultimate Pumpkin Waffle.

The verdict? Well, my entire family, the kids included, LOVED these waffles! We topped them with some vanilla ice cream and maple flavoured syrup, and everyone just gobbled them up. Definitely a hit! I will call these The Ultimage Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles.

The Ultimate Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
Serves: 6
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour blend (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (1/2 tsp packed, ground nutmeg)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk (I used 1% without a problem)
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter
  1. Lightly oil your waffle iron and set to desired temperature. Allow to preheat while you prepare the batter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. Separate the eggs, whites into the bowl of a stand mixer (if using), and yolks into a medium size bowl.
  4. Add the pumpkin and the milk to the egg yolks. Whisk to blend and set aside.
  5. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  6. While whisking, pour melted butter into egg yolk/pumpkin/milk mixture.
  7. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, mix until just combined. If they are still slightly lumpy, that is alright. That will work out when the egg whites are added.
  8. Place half the whipped egg whites in the pumpkin mixture, and fold in. Add the remaining egg whites, and fold in until no white remains.
  9. Scoop batter onto hot waffle iron, and cook until done. I found these took a little longer than my normal waffles, and I think that is due to the moisture that the pumpkin adds to these.
The all-purpose gluten free flour mix that I use is as follows: 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not flour), 2/3 cup tapioca starch. Combine all ingredients in a large zipper-top bag. Shake until well blended.
Adapted from a recipe at Pumpkin Waffles

I am submitting this post to Jenn’s Gluten Free Substitutions round up . She has a great collection of gluten-free substitution ideas, that you can check out here. I can’t wait to see all the other recipes that have been developed from adaptations of adaptations, or just from accident! Thank you, Jenn Cuisine for doing this!


  1. CinnamonQuill/ says

    These look brilliant; maybe they'd even replace pumpkin pie as a dessert?! Maybe… Oh man, I love waffles, and I'm not sure I've ever made homemade GF waffles…don't have a waffle maker, yet! Gosh, these are truly picture-perfect; mind mailing me one, please? :) Well done!

  2. The Not So Perfect Housewife says

    Oh my goodness. These look delicious!!

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the free book link!

  3. Paula - on behalf of Rudi's Organic Bakery says

    Oh wow…I love pumpkin everything…that sounds delicious! My mom used to have a great recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but she lost it :( We still bicker over it to this day. haha.

    Thanks for sharing…and making my mouth water!

    on behalf of Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery

    p.s. If you're interested, we’re giving away a free loaf of gluten-free bread every day this month on the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Facebook page, in honor of the Celiac Sprue Association celebrating Celiac Awareness Month in October.

  4. Lisa says

    This looks amazing!

    Do you have any rules, tips on learning to cook GF from scratch? I've got some great recipes I'd love to convert, I just don't know where to start.

    Any help would be so appreciated.

  5. Jenn says

    These waffles look amazing!! What a beautiful Autumn breakfast! And you never ever have to apologize for having pumpkin on the mind, I heart pumpkin anything! Thanks again for participating!

  6. Sarah says

    that's a fluffy looking gluten free waffle. wonderful. I love pumpkin and think I need to make these this weekend. Thank you!

  7. Maggie says

    I saw these on Carrie's site and I just had to come check them out! They look perfect. I have a waffle maker on my Christmas list :)

  8. Sofia says

    Just made these for the first time, and they are amazing! Thank you so much for adapting and posting the recipe, my family will be making these frequently.

  9. Jenn says

    found this on a google search – should have know to just come here first! This is my first GF Thanksgiving…these will be perfect! thanks :)


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