Basic Paleo Waffles

Basic Paleo Waffles

“We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles!”

I think that there is a good 50% chance that whenever I see the word waffles I remember Donkey’s quote from Shrek.

When I was in middle school I used to stay after school and hang out in the library (because that’s what all the cool kids did, right?). Usually my mom would come up an hour or two later and she was done with her lesson plans so that we could go home. Spending those hours in the library were some of my best memories from school. Aside from my love of reading, the librarian was super sweet… and there were plenty of computers for me to play on 🙂

The library is also where I met my best friend. She was the librarian’s granddaughter so she ended up staying after school everyday just like me. At first we were quite shy around each other, not talking much and playing Millsberry (did anyone else play that game?). But eventually we began talking more and more. We amused ourselves with the strangest things. Yahoo Answers. Celebrity gossip. Hilarious pictures gone horribly wrong.

And videos. Oh boy did we watch a boatload of videos in those few years. Donkey’s waffle line in particular.

Now this week I found out that very same friend is expecting a baby. To say I am flabbergasted would be no overstatement. We may not be as close as we once were in middle school and high school, but I can only hope the best for her and her new little one. She will make a great mother and if she ever needs anything I’m there for her.

Especially if it comes to decorating the nursery. Boy or girl, I’m suggesting green… And perhaps a cute little Puss in Boots pillow? 😉

Basic Paleo Waffles

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Option, No Sugar Added

Makes 2 large Belgian waffles (or 4 smaller waffles)

Adapted from my Basic Paleo Pancakes

Basic Paleo Waffles


  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter/ghee/coconut oil (optional but recommended)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Combine the milk and apple cider vinegar. Let rest for five minutes.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron.
  3. In a food processor crack the eggs and beat them for a few seconds until smooth. Add the soured milk and combine.
  4. Then add the remaining ingredients. The batter should be thin but not watery.
  5. Spray your waffle iron if necessary to prevent sticking. Pour the necessary amount of batter into the waffle maker (mine is quite large and requires 1 cup of batter per waffle— A good tip is to pour just to cover the bottom, then close).
  6. Let cook until the light goes off and check the waffle for being done. It should be a dark golden brown and somewhat crispy (my waffle maker at home took about 5 minutes, but again, size will cause the time to vary greatly).
  7. Remove the waffle and repeat with the remaining batter.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

*Substitution ideas:

  • To make this recipe dairy-free you can use coconut milk or almond milk. Another option would be to use 1/2 cup yogurt (dairy, goats, almond or coconut) + 1/2 cup water like I used in this pancake recipe.
  • The butter is optional but recommended for a richer flavor. If you don’t include it make sure that you oil the waffle maker very well to prevent sticking. As suggested above in the ingredients list, you can also use melted ghee or coconut oil.

Basic Paleo Waffles

Check out Jenn’s WIAW link-up for a great collection of food posts from other bloggers!


Before I go for today, I want to thank everyone for their comments and well wishes recently as I have made the move to self-hosted. I will write up a final post when everything is done, but needless to say there have been more than a few bumps in the road. The one that I am currently tackling? Adding back in every single to every single post that got left out during my blog transfer. Fun. I won’t be redirecting my old blog from to this one on until I have all of the pictures uploaded. I wouldn’t want anyone searching for a recipe to come upon a pictureless post!! 😛

Also, with all of the blog happenings I didn’t have time to put up a post on Monday morning to announce the winner for the Happy Herbivore cookbook giveaway. Using Random Number Generator I put in 1-75 and found the winner


Congratulations Taylor!

Please send me an e-mail to alleyhays [at] gmail [dot] com with your full name and address so we can get the book out in the mail.


Questions for you:

  • Where was your hang out after school?
  • Which character from Shrek is your favorite?
  • What food always makes you think of a movie quote?

36 Thoughts on “Basic Paleo Waffles

  1. Isn’t insane when your friends have babies? So weird. And the waffles look amazing!

  2. Firstly, I love the blog redesign- it looks so sleek!

    You know i’ll be stalking your paleo recipes! Shrek is one of the movies I never enjoyed….except the muffin man. Add a muffin craving? Done.

  3. YES I’m not the only one who thinks of that line! Ahhh donkehh! Huff, I’m not sure why I put myself through the torture of looking at waffle recipes – I don’t have a waffle iron! On my wishlist…

  4. I love your new blog design! It’s so beautiful!
    Two of my best friends already have babies and the third one is due in May. It’s like an epidemic!

  5. love y our redesign! I was thinking I wanted to make waffles this weekend!!!

  6. The new site looks really great, girl! But I totally know how big of a pain in the butt it is to move — I was about ready to throw my computer off the balcony on more than a few occasions when I was doing it myself. And it’s hilarious that you mention Shrek, because I was just in Universal Studios last week, and they actually had a little waffle bar set up with Donkey dishing out the orders — too darn cute.

  7. The blog looks awesome. Really chic and cool (do people say chic anymore??)
    Ahhh I remember when Shrek came out it was such a big hit at school. Everyone had seen in like 3 times and knew all the words. I didn’t see the ones after number 2 as it just wasn’t the same 🙁 I loved Donkey…but I’ve gone off of Eddie Murphy a bit. Isn’t that sad when how an actor is in real life affects your opinion off him in the films he’s in? I just think he’s a bit of a doosch. I loved him in Dr Doolittle too (that guinea pig…hilarious).

  8. The waffles sound delicious, Madison! I need to try them. Surprised to see vinegar in there. Have a great day!

  9. First: love Love LOVE your new blog design. It’s so clean and welcoming!

    Second: Holy cow – those waffles look good.. like real freaking good! You’ve now become the waffle Godness in my eyes 🙂

  10. Congrats to your friend! It’s so weird when friends have babies or get married…it never fails to make me feel like I’m behind!

    For some reason, the library was never really my hangout place. In middle school it was the teacher’s lounge at the elementary school my mom worked in, and in high school it was the orchestra room. Lots of good memories. 🙂

  11. I used to hang out in the library, too 🙂 I was a volunteer at the one in my high school all four years and went there whenever I had free time. Loved the peace and quiet and the fact that I was surrounded by books 😉

  12. I still can’t get over this redesign, everything about your page looks so sleek and polished and I love it!

    I’m already in love with your paleo pancake recipe and these look just as good… now I just need to convince the BF to buy me a waffle maker 🙂

  13. Ah, Shrek is one of my favorite animated movies, partially because Princess Fiona was such a strong and unique female character. And Donkey was hilarious, of course 😉 I hope everything goes well with your friend–I can imagine it must have been a surprise to learn that she was expecting a baby! Those waffles look tasty, and I will have to try making a vegan version of them. I like the look of your new blog, and I hope you are able to get all the kinks worked out!

  14. Well now I’ve got to buy a waffle iron…!

  15. looks like bloglovin transferred you over 🙂

    Also these waffles look amazing! I’ve been baking with tapioca flour a ton lately!

  16. Perfect! I’ve been searching for something like this for a long time!

  17. I am loving the blog layout! 😀

    Oh my goodness.. I used to play Millsberry for HOURS on end. It was so much fun! It’s so sad the site shut down at one point though. 🙁 I was also a big fan of Clubpenguin. 😉

    I love waffles. Waffles are amazing. Going to be making these soon. 😀

  18. YAAHH I’m so excited for my copy of Happy Herbivore’s cookbook, thank you so much Madison!!

    I actually made those waffles this morning and they are amazing!
    Isn’t strange seeing where friends you knew from your younger years end up!

  19. HAHA, totally busted out laughing WAFFLES! – love that quote from Shrek!

  20. I didn’t win. Again. More shenanigans. Seriously this thing is rigged.

    Congratulations on the big move to self hosting and god grant you the serenity to get through transferring all that data. I’m not sure I’d have the patience for that. Then again, when left with no other choice, patience somehow prevails.

    These waffles look great. I love the food stylin’ happening here and only wish I actually owned a waffle maker. Maybe you could have a contest for one and guarantee that I’ll win, of course.

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  22. this recipe is great.. i have made it at least a dozen times and i love it 🙂 i always use arrowroot in place of the tapioca because that is what i always have and it turns out great.. grain eating boyfriend absolutely loves them. although he did tell me that he never even realized that pancakes and waffles were even made from flour/aka the stuff bread is made from hahaha.

  23. hi, i was wondering if you had any suggestions for a baking powder substitute… All the baking powder I can find has cornstarch in it, which isn’t technically paleo. Thanks!

  24. Just to let you know – I used this recipe for baking powder ( and the waffles turned out perfectly. I got 5 waffles out of the recipe using my little Breville waffle maker… Thanks for the great recipe!

    • madison on February 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm said:

      Wow. That was fast! 😀 I’m so glad that it turned out well for you. And thanks for linking to the baking powder. I’ll have to remember that if I ever get around to trying a homemade version myself!

  25. I made these yesterday with the substitutions. They were wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  26. I made these tonight and they have been the best-tasting grain-free waffles I’ve tried so far.
    I will say however that next time I will probably add a lot more liquid, and let the batter stand for awhile in order to allow the coconut flour to plump up.
    My toddler vomited up an alarming amount of doughy, disturbingly thick looking stomach-contents not long after consuming one of these waffles.
    Most recipes with coconut flour call for less flour and more eggs/liquid than this recipe here, and I did wonder about that, especially since there is also additional starch in it.
    So next time I’ll tweak it accordingly.
    Just as a warning to others who have small children and/or sensitive bellies!

  27. Excellent recipe! Filled my “bread/donut/cake” craving! Simple ingredients, easy to follow instructions, results were spot on. Will save this recipe to my favorites to make again. Thank you!

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