Spice up your mornings with these gluten-free pumpkin pecan waffles! Made with all the flavors of pumpkin pie but also with a healthy twist. This healthy pumpkin waffle recipe makes a great cozy morning brunch recipe or just an everyday healthy breakfast idea.
Made with actual pumpkin (and of course pumpkin spice!) and almond flour which means these pumpkin waffles are also grain-free, paleo, and allergy-friendly.
Boost your fiber and kick off your morning with an indulgence that's light, fluffy, and totally gluten-free!
These pumpkin pecan waffles use almond flour and coconut flour to reduce the carb count just a teeny bit and are the perfect way to indulge in a Sunday morning breakfast on a cool day.
Plus, they can be topped with your favorites to make them as decadent as you like.
Note: this blog post is sponsored by Starfrit! They were kind enough to send me a cast iron waffle maker so that I could bring to you a tasty, healthy waffle recipe!
Why You’ll Love These Pumpkin Waffles
The waffles contain quality ingredients for a healthy breakfast- which makes them ideal for kids (and one of my favorites as a Certified Nutrition Coach)
These gluten-free pumpkin pecan waffles:
- Are real-food based
- They’re light but filling
- The pumpkin waffles are grain-free and allergy-friendly
- They make a great lazy brunch of make-ahead breakfast
They come out light, fluffy and golden in color.
That said, you can also choose to crisp up the outside by letting them cook longer.
And the best part is that the inside is still light and slightly chewy (if that's your favorite texture you'll love these gluten-free waffles too).
Ingredients You'll Need
Almond flour: keeping the gluten-free pumpkin pecan waffles light and loaded with healthy fats. Make sure to use blanched almond flour and not almond meal (learn the difference between them) to keep a smooth texture.
Coconut flour: a figure competitor's best friend because it's so low-carb but tastes like the real thing.
Arrowroot powder: this is what helps bind the ingredients together. Cornstarch will work interchangeably though.
Canned pumpkin puree: not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling which would amp up the sugar in the waffles.
Honey: all you need is a hint of sweetness for these waffles and using honey also helps with the texture of them too.
Seasoning: you can't make something pumpkin without pumpkin spice! The amount added is a great suggestion but if you're a lover, feel free to add an extra dash.
Baking powder: you do want to waffles to fluff up nicely so don't omit the baking powder.
Eggs: if there is coconut flour there is eggs! The two go hand in hand to both bind the recipe and help it rise.
How To Make Them
- Pre-heat the waffle maker.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Whisk in the eggs, melted coconut oil, pumpkin, and honey together until smooth.
- Pour into the bowl of dry ingredients and combine.
- Stir in the almond milk. Let sit for 3-5 minutes for the coconut flour to absorb.
- Portion the waffle batter out into four waffles in the Heritage Rock Waffle Maker.
- Close the lid fully and let cook for eleven minutes.
- Sprinkle with more pumpkin spice, top with your favorites, and enjoy!
The Type of Waffle Maker You Use Matters
These paleo pumpkin pecan waffles were made in a Heritage The Rock Waffle Maker courtesy of Starfrit.
I've slowly been transitioning more and more tto using cast iron cookware. This was one of the reasons I was so eager to try out the Heritage Waffle Maker! Cast iron waffles stay hot and they’re much easier to clean.
Plus, I don’t have to worry about any of the coating wearing off into our food.
Another perk of the Rock Waffle Maker is that the waffle molds themselves are large and one inch deep. Instead of having to make batch upon batch with mini waffle molds, this waffle maker gives you exactly what you want: large, indulgent, perfect every time waffles.
For someone who has never used a waffle maker in their life, the Rock Waffle Maker from Starfrit has been a breeze to learn.
Can You Freeze Them?
In short: yes!
I wanted to test out healthy waffle recipes was because I wanted to make a few batches for school mornings and freeze them!
We’ve both saved leftovers in the fridge as well as made extras and frozen them and both have worked.
Just as you would freeze pancakes (our favorite being peanut butter banana pancakes), make sure to separate the pumpkin pecan waffles between parchment paper so that they don’t stick together.
When you’re ready to use them, pop them into a toaster for a couple of minutes to re-crisp (or a toaster oven) and you’re good to go!
It’s with busy mom life in mind that make-ahead breakfast was created! Indeed, we’re just happy that the waffle recipe can be on a regular weekday rotation!
The Best Toppings
What you top the paleo pumpkin pecan waffles with is completely up to you!
However, some favorites are:
- Classic maple syrup
- More pumpkin spice
- 2-Minute Coconut whip
- Melted butter (dairy-free) if that's your thing
- Homemade, dairy-free caramel sauce
- Almond butter, maple syrup, and pecans to make a decadent brunch
In fact, it simply depends on what kind of breakfast you want to have! A speedy and basic one or a decadent brunch on a chilly winter morning.
Important Teaching Tips
- make sure to let the pumpkin pecan waffles mixture sit for a few minutes after mixing the ingredients together. This will allow the flour to absorb the liquid
- Take caution to use almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal will have a grittier texture.
- Pair them with a slow cooker pumpkin spice latte for maximum fall indulgence.
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They’re the secret to helping you stay energized, enjoy what you eat, and meet your goals.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
This happens when you mix the gluten-free batter but don't let it sit for a few minutes before mixing again and pouring. Gluten-free flours absorb liquid but it takes a few moments. If you pour out half the batter into the waffle iron and then the rest sits, the second batch of waffles will be denser.
Unfortunately, you can not sub in regular or gluten-free flour in place of almond flour in this waffles recipe. This is because almond flour doesn't absorb or bind like traditional flour. If you used regular flour the waffle batter would come out much more doughy and too thick.
It's the egg yolks that help hold the waffles together and in conjunction with baking powder help rise the waffles and make them fluffy. Though egg whites will help with this a little, the texture of the waffles would be altered.
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
- Starfrit cast iron waffle maker
- Pre-heat the waffle maker to high and grease. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Whisk in the eggs, coconut oil, pumpkin, and honey together until smooth. Pour into the bowl of dry ingredients and combine.
- Stir in the almond milk. Let the waffle batter sit for 3-5 minutes for the coconut flour to absorb.
- Portion out four waffles into the Heritage Rock Waffle Maker. Make sure there's no thin spots.
- Close the lid fully and let cook for 11 minutes (if you like your waffles crispy, cook for another five minutes).
- Open the waffle maker and use a silicone spatula to remove the waffles. Pour any remaining batter to make the last waffle and repeat cooking instructions.
- Top with your favorites and enjoy!
- make sure to let the mixture sit for a few minutes after mixing the ingredients together. This will allow the flour to absorb the liquid
- Take caution to use almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal will have a grittier texture
- The waffles come out fluffy and light after 11 minutes. if you prefer your waffles crispy, cook them for an additional five minutes.
- Top with your favorite coconut whipped cream, melted butter, or homemade caramel sauce.
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Keep your mornings indulgent but fueling with these gluten-free pumpkin pecan waffles. This recipe makes a tasty addition to your fall breakfast lineup.
Use them for busy weekday mornings or a lazy brunch. Loaded with real-food ingredients these healthy pumpkin waffles come out light, fluffy and allergy-friendly.