My kids LOVE waffles. I have to admit, they are so much more fun than pancakes. Served with homemade fruit sauce and yogurt, they are a healthy breakfast option! This overnight recipe works with gluten-free or whole grain flour.
This recipe is a huge favorite in my house. We make a double batch of buttermilk waffles nearly every weekend, then freeze the leftovers on a baking sheet. Once they’re frozen, we seal them in a zip-top bag.
Frozen waffles are perfect for
- quick weekday breakfasts
- after school snacks
- simple desserts
Gluten-free or Whole grain
Mixing the buttermilk and flour the night before makes breakfast super easy. It also ensures that the flour is fully hydrated, nicely soured, and pre-soaked. The only trick is that you have to use gluten-free or whole grain flour. (The waffles in the photograph were made with oat flour).
White and all-purpose flour will end up forming a lot of gluten during an overnight soak. It will make it hard to mix in the rest of the ingredients and the waffle will be dense and bread-like instead of light and fluffy.
This is definitely not a vegan recipe. If you’re looking for a gluten-free and vegan waffle, then try my gluten-free apple sauce waffles.
Flavor your waffles!
Buttermilk waffles are a great basic recipe for all sorts of different flavors. The soaked and soured flour is perfect for both savory and sweet flavors.
Here are a few suggestions:
Savory waffles are perfect for brunch, snacks, or as a fun alternative to bread with dinner! When making savory waffles, don’t include sugar in your batter. Feel free to add in a 1/4 cup of additional ingredients.
Try one or more of the following:
- fresh herbs (parsley, chives, rosemary, basil)
- green onions
- diced sun-dried tomatoes
- grated cheese
Sweet waffles are a delicious treat that is fancy enough to be served for dessert with whipping cream or ice cream. Feel free to stir in some additional sweet flavors:
- tiny chocolate chips (1/4 cup)
- grated pears or apples (1/4 cup)
- fresh berries (1/4 cup)
- ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
- lemon zest (1/2 tsp)
- almond or vanilla extract (2 tsp)
This buttermilk waffle batter is mixed the night before to make for an easy morning. The recipe is ideal for gluten-free or wholegrain flour. See the section above for 10 different savory and sweet additions to this simple recipe.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fermented
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 cups of flour (see notes)
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 3/4 cup of melted butter (or oil)
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar (optional)
- Mix the flour and buttermilk in a glass bowl or measuring cup. Cover with a tea towel and leave it on the kitchen counter to soak for at least 30 minutes. I recommend doing it the night before. This will ensure the flour is well-hydrated and adds to the flavor of the waffles.
- When you’re ready to make waffles, preheat the waffle iron on medium.
- Mix the remaining ingredients into your batter. Whole wheat flour will develop a gluten structure. Don’t worry about being gentle, just mix everything until you have a smooth batter.
- Cook according to the directions on your waffle iron and enjoy!
- As a gluten-free person, I usually use gluten-free oat flour for my waffles. Any gluten-free or whole-grain flour will work. If you want to use white flour with this recipe, then don’t soak the flour. Just mix it up in the morning so it doesn’t develop a bread-like gluten structure.
- Milk kefir or yogurt can be used in place of the buttermilk.
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