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This recipe makes a large batch of freezer friendly Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles for an easy breakfast. | ifoodreal.com

I gotta admit that breakfast in my house can be boring if I don’t plan in advance. And many times I don’t. And frankly, lately my kids have been eating a lot of Nature’s Path cereals. Just because it’s life but giving them organic, whole grain and low in sugar cereal makes me feel better. I just got caught up in a Holiday rush of things and finally it’s over. Hallelujah. I don’t know how you feel but I need a vacation.

To make and freeze a large batch of waffles has been on my mind for a long time. It is so convenient to pull out a waffle, place in a toaster and voila – top with peanut butter, Greek yogurt, fruit and kids love them. I think it’s the fun shape that makes them so appealing.

This recipe makes a large batch of freezer friendly Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles for an easy breakfast. | ifoodreal.com

We do not follow gluten free diet but I’m watching our gluten consumption. Considering my men are eating sprouted whole grain bread regularly, I decided to make gluten free applesauce waffles and clean up my pantry at same time.

FYI oat flour and almond meal can be prepared at home by grinding both in a powerful blender (hello Ninja – seriously as good as Vitamix or Blendtec) or food processor (many readers love the price and functions of it). I always have almond and quick oats on hand. One time I used hazelnut meal I had and waffles were absolutely amazing – tastier than with almond meal. But I gotta admit it’s more expensive, so don’t sweat it.

This recipe makes a large batch of freezer friendly Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles for an easy breakfast. | ifoodreal.com

A combination of applesauce, oats and almonds give the waffles a nutty taste and delicate texture. Usually you need to add oil to the batter to prevent waffles from sticking but I found spraying the griddles with cooking spray each time did the job. Since I already added so much applesauce I didn’t add any oil.

These gluten free applesauce waffles are crunchy if you cook them a minute or two past the “ready” indicator time, especially fresh. Almost starting to burn look – I love it. Later on they absorb moisture and become softer but still super delicious.

This recipe makes a large batch of freezer friendly Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles for an easy breakfast. | ifoodreal.com

I do not own any fancy round shaped flip around waffle makers so have nothing to compare to. Instead, I have this simple 2 waffles maker me and Alex received as a housewarming gift 13 years ago. It works perfectly fine. Enjoy!

Clean Eating Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles

Clean Eating Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles



  1. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat egg (s). Add flax seed (if using), applesauce, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda and salt; whisk until well combined. Add oat flour and almond meal, mix well.
  2. Preheat waffle maker. Spray top and bottom griddles with cooking spray each time and make waffles according to your waffle maker's instructions. Amount of batter depends on the size of your waffle maker. I have similar to this one and used about 1/3 cup batter per waffle.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in air circulating container for up to a week or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 14

Amount Per Serving = 2 waffles:
Calories: 220.3
Total Fat: 10.7 g
Cholesterol: 39.9 mg
Sodium: 115.4 mg
Total Carbs: 25.6 g
Sugars: 10 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
Protein: 7.9 g
WW Points+: 6

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  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    Waffles are my families favorite. We don’t eat them much because the traditional box kind is anything but clean. Anything. Even when I throw in a few nuts. But since I’m a recovering Waffle House addict (I’m getting the help that I need) I think I will throw a few pecans in here for good measure. Love the applesauce idea.

    • Olena

      I recently started making waffles and love how I can add so much goodness into them without my kids’ knowledge. They will eat any waffles! Yesterday I made new whole wheat waffles for the week and they were gone during the day. Today I’m making a triple batch to freeze. Never been to Waffle House and only once to iHop.

  2. Julie

    These were really good, thank you! I used Coconut milk and sprinkled a handful of coconut sugar in to “smooth out” the almond meal flavor. Kids gobbled them up AND I have extra for another breakfast this week. Perfect!

  3. Miroslava

    So looking at these waffles made me go on amazon and order a waffle maker 🙂 I’ve been buying a lot of Nature Path $5+ boxes of waffles lately, because this is something that my son loves in the mornings and is easy. I bought a few bags of raw organic nuts there as well. Looking forward to trying these soon!

    • Olena

      Haha, they look cute, right?! I usually make a double or triple batch of batter and just mass produce waffles while cooking something else. I feel like a conveyor that day.:) My boys love waffles too. That $5 box is enough for one breakfast for them. Let me know how Sebastian likes these. I also have this recipe which I love but all my boys prefer these gluten free ones. I buy those nuts too, whenever I can. Pricey a bit but so much healthier.

  4. melissa

    This may seem silly but are oats gluten free? Want to make these for a gluten free brunch I’m planning after my whole30 I’m having but not sure if oats are? Also I’m not sure if you have heard of the whole30 but I really feel like you’re recipes would be a good way to keep eating clean after the whole30. What do you think? Really love your recipes BTW. Found my way here through FB thanks! Love your recipes they remind of stuff that I like to eat but shouldn’t! Can’t wait to make that zoodle lasagna!

    • Olena

      Hi Melissa. Oats themselves are gluten free but often they are processed in facilities and on equipment where wheat products are processed too. Thus, if someone has true gluten intolerance or has Celiac you have to buy certified gluten free oats. They exist. Bob’s Red Mill has one. I know many fitness enthusiasts eat gluten free and paleo right now because it is a fad. Just like low fat and sugar free was for years.
      I have heard of Whole 30 and I know it is a diet. I honestly do not do diets because they do not work and are unrealistic to sustain on a long-term basis for a busy family of 4 with careers and kids. It is a temporary fix. I tried many diets. Moderation of whole foods and treats is the key for me. Majority of my recipes are made with whole foods so for me it is the ultimate choice. Plus real life with 2 kids in a mix and I do my best to eat most whole foods but sometimes I don’t, and do my best, and don’t kill myself over it for days. Not sure what is worse health wise – not eating whole foods or stressing about not eating whole foods.
      Glad you are enjoying my recipes.:)

  5. Melissa

    This recipe looks great! Do you think it would work if I subbed pumpkin puree for the applesauce? I’ve been craving pumpkin lately! If not maybe I’ll make them according to the recipe and top with pumpkin.

    • Olena

      Hi Melissa. Yes, I think it will work. Sub applesauce with pumpkin and top with pumpkin.:) Add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice too. Why not?!

  6. Jesse

    I came across these and they looked perfect for the “clean” eating I’m starting. I just made a batch, but for some reason they don’t stay together? The pull apart and half is on each side of the maker. Do I need to add more of something to help keep them together? I’m kinda bummed cuz I planned on freezing some.

    • Olena

      Hi Jesse. Let them cook longer. Sounds like you are opening your waffle maker too soon before waffles get a chance to cook through. I made these a thousand times, literally. Should work.:)



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