Perhaps my favorite recipes to create are egg-free baked good recipes, like this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake. They’re hard to find, and thus enthusiastically received! As a blogger it feels great to meet people’s needs!
My own son eats a Paleo egg-free diet. My daughter is dairy-free. So AIP baked goods are welcome and helpful in our home. (Here’s more about the AIP, or Autoimmume Paleo Protocol, if you’re not familiar with it.)
In actuality, our family was on the GAPS Diet for many years, while we not only healed but figured out each of our subtle nuances for wellness. While we don’t expect to be 100% well, we consider ourselves healed now, and yet we have certain dietary restrictions we maintain to support our wellness.
As a mom of kids with all different long-term restrictions some days in the kitchen do feel tiring. But I also laugh a bit at our life and feel ready for the ongoing humor and process of cooking everything homemade, sometimes in several varying “shades.” Recipes that fit all of our restrictions are a true boon.
My greatest long-time goal as a healing diets cook has been to create that elusive egg-free waffle! It’s hardly ever been done, and when it has the ingredients usually include starches that aren’t great for our transition from GAPS.
The one exception to that is cassava flour (available here). Our bodies love this new ingredient. The resistant starch and complex carbohydrates, if anything, seem to have helped our bodies to heal more fully.
But the same is not true of tapioca, the starch extracted from cassava, or even arrowroot. We still do not digest them well. So I typically try to combine GAPS-friendly ingredients with cassava flour for ideal digestion. Out of these experiments and our mind toward wellness this egg-free waffle recipe has finally been realized.
Therefore, this recipe is AIP-compliant. It may also be a wonderful recipe for those phasing off of the GAPS Diet.
I tested it on my husband who can eat anything he wants (for the most part) because I wanted this waffle to be awesome! I wanted this waffle to be every bit as good as the best waffle any of us has ever had. It passed the test! (Crunchy on the outside, tender and light in the middle.) My kids love these too. And I hope the waffles help to meet your dietary needs as well!
As a side note, we always emphasize protein at breakfast, so I recommend serving your waffles with a hearty helping of sausage or bacon! This recipe will serve 5 people, if eaten alongside a protein source.
- ¾ cup cassava flour,available here
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup coconut butter (also called coconut manna), available here
- ½ cup avocado oil, melted lard or melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons sustainably-sourced gelatin, available here
- ¼ cup coconut flour (you can get a free bag of coconut flour here!)
- 2 T. coconut sugar
- 1 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- I use a high-powered blender to make this recipe. If you wish to double the recipe or prefer another method, feel free to use a large mixing bowl and electric beaters.
- Combine water, coconut butter, avocado oil (or preferred fat), apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, cinnamon and sea salt in a high-powered blender, processing on medium speed for about 10 seconds.
- In a medium bowl sift together cassava flour, gelatin, coconut flour and baking soda.
- Add dry ingredients to blender and process briefly, until incorporated, 5-8 seconds. The mixture will be thick. If any wet ingredients remain around the edges, use a rubber spatula to briefly fold them in.
- Spoon batter into well-greased, hot waffle iron. Cook longer than the usual allotted time for traditional waffle recipes, about 8-10 minutes.
About Megan at Eat Beautiful
Megan lives in Oregon with her husband and three children. She owns a gut-healing cafe, Vanilla Jill’s Scoops and Soups, where she serves up Paleo/GAPS Diet sandwiches, bone broth soups and grass-fed cultured cream, kefir, coconut milk and sprouted nut milk ice creams. Megan’s first cookbook, EAT BEAUTIFUL: Grain-free, Sugar-Free & Loving It is a #1 New Release on Amazon. Connect with Megan on her blog Eat Beautiful and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and newly on Twitter.
Just found out my son has a strong sensitivity to wheat, dairy, eggs and tapioca. This makes my life verrrrry difficult in terms of yummy foods for him – we made this recipe this morning and I’m impressed!! Don’t even taste too coconutty despite all the coconut ingredients. Thank you!
Can anything be substituted for coconut manna?
I don’t have that on hand today.
These were yummy. This was the first time we have made them and the dough (not really a batter) was really stiff. Like cookie dough that you can roll into a ball. I fluffed up our flours before measuring but maybe it was too much coconut flour. This is why I really prefer recipes that give measurements by weight!
I’ll make them again and see how they look with slightly less coconut flour next time. Maybe it’s supposed to be a stiff dough? We tried them in our waffle stick maker, well greased, and they just stuck but they worked beautifully in our ceramic waffle iron. This is the second gelatin based waffle that stuck badly in the stick maker.
Ok I was afraid to make these but I did and they are actually yummy!! And crispy!!! Yay!! A bit heavy but still good! Great with a hot drink 🙂
I love Megan and her recipes, but this one was unfortunately a disaster. 🙁 I have a non-stick waffle iron (ick, I know, but we don’t use it much) and it took a full 6 minutes to extract ONE waffle from the iron. So sad, plus many minutes to clean it up after that one crumby waffle (literally). I made the rest of the batter into pancakes, and they were only “ok.” I liked eating the batter best – tasted kind of like cookie dough.
Maybe they only work in ceramic waffle irons? I don’t usually leave negative comments but I wanted to perhaps save others from my frustration. 🙁
So sorry! Katie
Oh bummer, I’m sorry to hear that Katie! I appreciate you letting me know. That’s a good question about the ceramic waffle iron. I haven’t personally tried this recipe myself because I don’t have any waffle irons. I’ve loved all of Megan’s other recipes that I’ve tried.
This was an epic fail! Not only did the waffles stick badly, but I couldn’t even get the waffle maker open. They were hard, crispy, and greasy. I made the rest into pancakes but they were hard, flat and greasy also. So sad!
Loved this recipe it came out perfect! I added unsweetened almond milk and some water to thin out the batter a little. It made 5 waffles. I was able to freeze them And used the microwave to reheat one, a pan for another and the toaster. All ways came out great. The high fat is a little much on my stomach, but otherwise ok. Tastes so good!