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A Gluten Free Waffle Recipe That Tastes Like Homemade Funnel Cake

Updated on November 9, 2015
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My kids were totally bummed when the annual city fair ended. We spent 3 days stuffing our faces with yummy fair food, strolling through the fairground like it wasn't a bajillion degrees out. There were crafts to make and games to play, and it was tons of fun for all of us. Well, until it ended.

My youngest two kids were having a hard time understanding that the fair was gone. When we drove by the area where it was held, they screamed excitedly and insisted that maybe it was just hidden behind the trees. When I told them it would be back next year, they were like, "Yeah, or maybe tomorrow!". Maybe, but probably not.

It took me a few days to realize that my kids weren't going to forget about the fair anytime soon. I thought about all the fried Oreos and funnel cake and corndogs they chowed down on while we were there, and then it hit me: I needed to make funnel cake waffles. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

I decided to use gluten free flour because most of what we eat at home is gluten free. Gluten is a special treat for us, like candy bars and soda, because several of us have medical conditions that are worsened by gluten. You could probably substitute regular flour in this recipe if you don't want to part with your wheat. I haven't tried it with wheat flour, so I can't tell you if it will still turn out okay.

You can't tell that these are gluten free waffles, so they're perfect for a brunch or holiday where you're surrounded by wheat eaters. I've served them to several non-family members so far who had no idea that I used a gluten-free blend. If you're new to gluten free cooking, I've included some tips further down the page to help you choose a flour.

Feel free to get creative with toppings. I feel like the butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup are an absolute must if you really want these to taste like funnel cake, but you don't have to stop there. I like to add organic blueberries to mine, and my kids like sliced strawberries, sprinkles, and melted chocolate.

These gluten free funnel cake waffles are now a family favorite. Well, at least until the fair comes back.

Gluten Free Waffle Recipe

Corn dogs aren't gluten free, but my son doesn't mind.
Corn dogs aren't gluten free, but my son doesn't mind. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 14 min
Yields: 4 large waffles or 6 small waffles

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Betty Crocker All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 cup Coconut Oil OR Olive Oil
  • 4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple Syrup

Ready to make some yummy gluten free waffles that taste like funnel cake?

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended.
  3. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the bowl filled with dry ingredients. Mix gently to break up any clumps. Your mixture should be somewhat thick, not clumpy or runny.
  4. Turn on the waffle maker and spray it LIGHTLY with cooking spray. I like to use Trader Joe's coconut oil cooking spray.
  5. Use a measuring cup to pour the mixture into the waffle maker. I usually pour in about 1 cup.
  6. Use a frosting spatula to smooth out the waffle mixture. Work quickly, as it will start cooking as soon as it touches the waffle machine.
  7. Remove waffles carefully with a spatula. Don't use a fork unless you like scratches on your waffle machine. I learned this the hard way once.
  8. Top waffles with plenty of butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Make sure to put the butter on first so that it soaks up the powdered sugar and transforms the waffle into this amazing pile of deliciousness.

Tips for Choosing a Gluten Free Flour

All gluten free flours are not the same. If you decide not to use Betty Crocker All Purpose Gluten Free flour, look for a flour with a similar blend of ingredients.

Do NOT use a bean-based flour for this gluten free waffle recipe. It will make your waffles taste nasty.

Almond meal and coconut flour can also be used, but Google conversion factors if you don't cook or bake with these flours often. A cup of all purpose flour doesn't necessarily equal a cup of coconut flour.

Gluten free funnel cake waffles with real butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup
Gluten free funnel cake waffles with real butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup | Source

What's Your Favorite Gluten Free Waffle Recipe?

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    • mommytalks profile image

      mommytalks 2 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Funny ... I have a sudden hankering for some funnel cakes!! Great idea!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks like a delicious recipe, and I really like how you introduce it by telling the story about your kids' enjoyment of the fair. It is disappointing as a kid to find out that the fair is an annual thing!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

      Also, welcome to HubPages! I see you are new here.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      Thank you, Kathryn! That is very sweet. I hope that you have a great day, too!

      And MommyTalks, I bet they'd go great with some of those yummy s'mores you wrote about!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Yum, those look great. There's very little in this world that can surpass a waffle.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your son is having a good time munching down the corn dog (hotdog?)

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Good idea, for all of those who are gluten-intolerant!

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      Hannah David Cini 2 years ago from Nottingham

      These sound really yummy I can't wait to try. :)

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      The recipe makes these waffles sound pretty darn yummy indeed.

      Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Missy 19 months ago from The Midwest

      Thanks for stopping by, guys! I'm glad so many of you enjoyed my gluten free waffle recipe!

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