I can't believe I didn't like gingerbread as a kid. In fact, it wasn't until last year that I started experimenting with anything gingerbread/ginger. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that I actually love the taste! And, these Allergy Free Gingerbread Waffles are definitely up there on my list of favorites!
These Allergy Free Gingerbread Waffles are not only free of the top 8 allergens, but also Paleo and Vegan friendly. They're made using a combination of cassava and tigernut flour (two of my favorite grain-free flours). In addition, these waffles are sweetened with maple syrup, have a bold gingerbread flavor and perfectly crisp outer texture.
Although this recipe uses dried, ground ginger, I've actually been using raw ginger in a lot of my cooking over the past few months. I've also grown accustomed to ginger tea.
Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has many medicinal properties and is supposed to aid in symptoms of nausea, upset stomach, and muscle pain. It is also known to help with inflammation and indigestion. Some sites even claim that ginger can help prevent diseases like heart disease and Alzheimers.
Although I don't think any one thing (like eating ginger) is going to prevent a disease, I'm all for consuming foods that can pose some benefit. Especially if I love the way they taste. Besides, I find ginger incredibly soothing and I have noticed that it helps me if I ever have an upset stomach.
Ingredients in Allergy Free Gingerbread Waffles
The ingredient list for these waffles may look long, but that's only because of the spices involved in getting the proper gingerbread flavor. But not to worry, this healthy gingerbread waffle recipe is super simple!
Allergy Free Flour
These waffles use a combination of cassava flour and tigernut flour. Both of these flours are Paleo, Vegan and free of common allergens. Cassava flour is made from peeled, dried and ground cassava root (also known as yuca). In addition, tigernut is made from peeled, finely ground tigernuts. Which, are actually root vegetables, not nuts.
To get that earthy, slightly sweet gingerbread flavoring, you'll need the following:
- ground ginger
In combination, these four ingredients provide a great gingerbread flavor. You can play around with the quantities, depending on your fondness for ginger. For example, adding more ginger will result in a spicier, earthier taste.
The two sweeteners used in these gluten free gingerbread waffles are maple syrup and molasses. Not only is molasses a great natural sweetener, but it is necessary for that classic gingerbread flavor.
This recipe calls for avocado oil. Avocado oil has a high smoke point and is great for baking. In addition, it has a very neutral flavor. This ingredient is used to improve the texture of these Paleo waffles, without sacrificing flavor or nutrition. However, for a substitute I would recommend coconut oil or olive oil.
How to Make Gingerbread Waffles
This waffle recipe is super simple! First, combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Next, add in the wet ingredients.
Mix well, then let the batter sit for 5 minutes to set. During this time, preheat the waffle iron. (I used a mini waffle iron for this recipe, however a regular sized one should work as well. Or, you could even make pancakes.)
Pour two heaping tablespoons of batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Cook until done. Then, remove the waffle and add more batter to the waffle iron. Continue repeating these steps until all batter is used up.
Allergy Free Gingerbread Waffle Toppings
There are so many Paleo friendly, allergy free waffle toppings. Basically, the possibilities are endless! Here are some of my favorites:
- tahini, or any seed butter
- maple syrup/honey
- Paleo powdered sugar
- dye-free sprinkles (kid favorite)
- pumpkin seeds
- bee pollen
- coconut milk yogurt
- coconut whipped cream
- fresh fruit
- freeze dried fruit
These Paleo friendly gingerbread waffles would make for a festive holiday breakfast. Perfect alongside a couple slices of bacon and fried eggs.
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Allergy friendly gingerbread waffles that are Paleo, Vegan and lightly sweetened. Perfect for a holiday breakfast.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
- Add in all wet ingredients, mix well.
- Let batter sit for 5 minutes.
- Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons batter onto a preheated mini waffle iron.
- Bake until done.
- Remove waffle from iron, top with your favorite toppings and eat!