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Apple Cinnamon Waffles: Gluten Free + Vegan

7:15 PM

We said we wouldn't go there. We're about to go someplace that we told ourselves we wouldn't, but it's happening anyway. It just is. Here we go. We, along with what feels like every person on the planet, finally binge-watched Orange Is The New Black. If you're tired of hearing about it, sorry. Really. But come on, folks. It's good. Sure, we took issue with some of it (that's a whole other talk show) but it's good and really quite addictive.

This is only important because Orange Is The New Black led to some incredible waffles. How? Well. Remember that part where Piper is being "starved out" by the prison cook, Red, for insulting her? We're talking, Piper doesn't eat for days. Then, after a bit of drama that includes chewing up jalepeƱos for a behind-bars faux Icy Hot, Red forgives Piper and feeds her. And what does blondie eat after a long, hard week of starvation? Yep. A waffle.

Just look at the joy on her face. Watching that, we realized we hadn't made them in years. Years. Which is practically unforgivable, since they're one of the greatest breakfast foods known to man. So Tanya and I made waffles—better than that lame Eggo she's eating—and we think you should make them too. 

Okay so, remember that flour blend, Gluten Free Mama's Coconut Flour Blend, that we reviewed here yesterday? We used it in this recipe and it was perfect. The texture was really quite incredible—I don't think your conventional friends would even notice a difference. 

Also, we used our Vitamix to blend the batter and it worked perfectly, but it isn't a necessity. You could pulse it in a food processor, whisk it in an electric mixer or even work it old school by hand.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: Varies according to the size and cooking time of your waffle maker! (Ours is circa 1960 so it takes an eternity.)


1 3/4 cup milk alternative (we use unsweetened coconut)
3 eggs, substituted (we use Ener-g brand egg replacer)
1/4 cup butter alternative (we use Earth Balance Soy Free)
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour blend (we used Mama's Coconut Blend)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 apple, cored and seeded

Plug in or turn on waffle iron.

1. Blend The Wet
Place your milk, butter, salt and eggs in a Vitamix (or other mixing machine) and blend for 10–15 seconds on medium (Vitamix speed 6). Add your apple and blend on high (Vitamix speed 10) for 30 seconds. Note: If you're mixing by hand or with an electric mixer, dice the apple by hand before adding it to the mix. 

2. Add The Dry
Slowly add your flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and cinnamon. Blend on low (Vitamix speed 4) for 15 seconds or until mixed. Let the batter sit for 5–10 minutes.

3. Pour and Bake!
Pour enough batter into your waffle iron to fill it just before the edges. Close and bake until done—ours took 8 to 10 minutes.

Drizzle with faux butter and syrup, put on your best Piper-Chapman-eats-a-waffle face, and dig in.

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