Even when I’m being REALLY good with my diet, and temporarily eliminating things like gluten and dairy, I still need a treat sometimes. In the summer I relied heavily on my addictive dark chocolate banana “nice cream”, but as the weather has gotten colder, I was looking for something a bit cozier. And these vanilla cinnamon cassava flour waffles 100% fit the bill!
These cassava flour waffles are dense (though not dry) and so in my opinion it does need some kind of wetter topping (berries, bananas, maple syrup or honey, yogurt) to balance that out. But the flavor it packs is so comforting…that vanilla-y cinnamon-y goodness really comes through.
I’m pretty new to cassava flour, but have really liked using it as a gluten-free alternative to things like these waffles, or coating chicken tenders.
I have tried this with oat flour as well, and it’s delicious and less dense, BUT also falls apart really easily. However if you don’t have cassava flour on hand, it can still work well with oat flour!
Over the past six months, I’ve talked quite a bit about the health journey I’ve been on, so won’t belabor the point here…I go into more detail in my post on how to stay sane on a functional medicine detox or gut health/candida protocol if you want to read more.
Equilife saw some of the recipes I posted while on that journey (like this delicious spiced chickpea scramble), and recently reached out to me asking if I’d partner with them to develop recipes that adhere to the three different main protocols that they use (two of which I’ve done…the functional medicine detox and the gut health one).
So I’m adding my usual partnership disclaimer here, which is that this post is sponsored by Equilibrium Nutrition. In this case I have included their vanilla daily nutritional support powder (kind of a souped up multivitamin + protein powder) in the recipe, because I use it in my smoothie every day (on my own dime). But if you have a different type of vanilla protein powder that you prefer—or just want to omit—that’s fine too. Most of the recipes in this partnership won’t use the products, but will just adhere to the specific dietary needs.
Heat up your waffle iron before doing anything else, because this will go fast. (This is my absolute fave waffle iron, and I’m always excited for an excuse to use it.)
Stir together the dry ingredients…the cassava flour, protein powder/DNS (if using), baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Add the wet ingredients…non-dairy milk, oil, egg, lemon juice, almond butter, and maple syrup and vanilla extract (if you didn’t use sweetened vanilla protein powder).
Stir together until JUST combined, but don’t over-mix or it will be tough.
Pour the batter into your waffle iron, spreading to make sure it evenly covers the griddle.
Cook until done and fluffy—on my waffle iron that’s about 3 minutes total, but every one is different.
Remove from the waffle iron and top with whatever you feel like…fresh berries, sliced banana, drizzle with nut butter and a little maple syrup, or anything else!
My favorite combo has been pumpkin seed butter, fresh raspberries and blueberries, and just a drizzle of maple syrup. When I have a semi-ripe banana, I throw that on there as well for a bit of extra moisture.
This has been such a delightful sweet-ish treat to have on occasion while still steering clear of gluten and dairy!
I do recommend reading the notes within the ingredients list beforehand, as there are a couple substitutions or things you should add in if you don’t use a flavored protein powder.
Other sweet gluten-free breakfast treats you’ll love:
- Double-Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Healthy Banana Almond Butter Donuts with Chocolate Glaze (gluten-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar)
- Easy Almond Flour Pancakes
- Clean Eating Banana Oat Muffins
- Easy Single-Serving Keto Waffle (Low-Carb, GF)
Adapted (considerably) from Kristina Risola
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5-Minute Vanilla Spice Cassava Flour Waffles (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
These super easy vanilla spice cassava flour waffles only take a few minutes to make, and are an indulgent-feeling healthy treat if you're on a gluten-free or dairy-free diet (including AIP, etc).
- 80 grams of cassava flour (approximately 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) - if you're using protein powder, only use 1/2 cup of flour or about 65 grams
- (Optional) 1 scoop of Equilife Vanilla DNS or other vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of olive oil or melted coconut oil (or melted ghee or grassfed butter if your diet allows, for more flavor)
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter (leave out if diet doesn't allow)
- If you don't use a flavored protein powder, add:
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Heat up your waffle iron.
- Stir together the dry ingredients...the cassava flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the wet ingredients...the non-dairy milk, oil, egg, lemon juice, almond butter, and the maple syrup and vanilla if using. Stir together until JUST combined, but don't over-mix or it will be tough.
- Pour the batter into your waffle iron, spreading to make sure it evenly covers the griddle.
- Cook until done and fluffy (on my waffle iron that's about 3 minutes total, but each is different).
- Remove from the waffle iron and top with whatever you feel like...fresh berries, sliced banana, drizzle with nut butter and a little maple syrup, or anything else!
I have tried this with oat flour as well, and it's delicious and less dense, but also falls apart really easily. But it works well!
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