Perfectly-spiced apple cinnamon waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside (like waffles should be!). They also happen to be vegan and gluten-free, super easy-to-make, and SO delicious!
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Since apples are in season and it’s fall, I thought I’d try out a new recipe: Apple Cinnamon Waffles. Lucky for me, the recipe turned out perfectly on my first try…something that doesn’t always happen around here, as you may remember from my vegan gluten-free morning glory muffins recipe!
Vegan Apple Recipes for Apple Season
Have you ever been apple picking? Every year, I always say to myself that this is the year we’re going to go apple picking. But then things get in the way, we get busy, and apple picking season comes and goes in a flash.
I tend to forget that fall is so much more than the pumpkin recipes, but there are so many possibilities with apples, too. Recipes like apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, vegan apple muffins, slow cooker applesauce, apple raisin cinnamon rolls, and so much more!
Easy Apple Waffles
I used my plain waffle recipe as a base for this recipe and made a few additions and changes to come up with this delicious result!
Vegan gluten free apple cinnamon waffles that are crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside with bursts of sweet apples and spicy cinnamon in every bite. Perfection.
What Kind of Apple to Use for Apple Pie Waffles
There are two apple ingredients in this recipe. The first is a chopped fresh apple. I used a gala apple in this recipe but I think any apple, your favourite kind, would work well too.
When you read the recipe below, you’ll also see that these are apple cinnamon waffles with applesauce. You’ll want to use plain, unsweetened applesauce. You can make your own or use store-bought.
Apple Cinnamon Waffle Toppings
There is the tried and true favourite, and most popular topping: pure maple syrup. But if you want to get a little fancier, here are some suggestions:
- vanilla bean coconut whipped cream
- maple caramel sauce
- baked cinnamon apple slices
- caramelized apples
- toasted nuts, like walnuts or pecans
- cinnamon and/or powdered sugar
If you make this apple waffle recipe for breakfast (they’re great for lunch or supper too!) leave me a comment below or share a pic with me on Instagram and tag me! I’d love to see them!
More Vegan Gluten Free Waffles
If you’re familiar with my site, you already know that I love coming up with easy vegan gluten free breakfast recipes, especially vegan gluten free waffle recipes.
This is the actually one of many gluten free waffle recipes on this site, these are the others (I think you’ll like all of them!)
- Easy Vegan Gluten Free Waffles
- Vegan Banana Waffles
- Lemon Blueberry Waffles
- Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Vegan Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Waffles
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, plain applesauce
- 2 cups gluten free flour blend (I use Bob's Red Mill, please see note below)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 small apple, peeled and chopped
- Turn oven on to "warm" setting or to 200° F (93° C) to keep your finished waffles warm and crispy (see link to directions for this tip above).
- Turn on waffle maker to desired temperature setting. Setting will vary depending on your waffle maker and how you prefer your waffles.
- Whisk almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, ground flax seeds, maple syrup, and applesauce together in a medium-sized bowl, whisking enough to incorporate the flax seeds. Let sit for 5-minutes.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing well until incorporated.
- Add in chopped apples and stir.
- Ladle enough waffle mixture into your waffle maker so the bottom of the waffle maker is filled. Close waffle maker and cook according to your maker's directions.
- As the waffles finish, place in the warm oven as you finish the rest.
- This recipe makes 4 standard sized round waffles.
- Be sure to chop the apples very small so they cook through. See the image above to get an idea on how small to chop them.
- These waffles freeze very well. Simply cool the waffles after they have been made, cut into quarters, and freeze. When ready, heat in your toaster, oven, or toaster oven.
- It's important to know that different gluten-free flour blends use different ingredients and ratios, so results will always vary if you substitute. I have never used any other brand of flour to make this recipe (other than Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour with the red label, not the blue label!), so please know that your results may not be the same as mine if ingredients are substituted.
- This recipe will NOT work with coconut flour.
- Nutrition info listed below is for 1 of 4 waffles (without any toppings) and is only to be used as a rough guide. Click here for more info on how nutrition info on this website is determined.