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Last weekend we ate these Gluten-Free Brown Rice Waffles on the dock of a lakeside cabin we rented (for roads trip, I always bring our waffle maker!), and I joked that I wanted to start a dockside waffle shop. Like a food truck, fly by style.
These simple waffles would always be on the menu, (and these too) with the best seasonal fruit and Minnesota maple syrup.
When most days I feel rushed with breakfast, the idea of making and eating these to the tune of slow is a welcomed change of pace – whether that be on vacation or at home. I’ll never tire of the sizzle as the batter hits the hot iron and their warmly spiced, vanilla laced scent drifting through the air.
Kefir is one of the ingredients that makes these the best gluten-free waffles I’ve ever made – and a nutritional powerhouse at the same time. In this recipe it acts like buttermilk, a proven winner for waffle making because of the acidity, which helps them rise, and moisture to keep their interior soft.
Also known as the cousin of yogurt, kefir is a cultured milk product made with kefir grains, which aren’t actual grains, but made of bacteria and yeast instead that are allowed to ferment. It’s naturally mild, a little tart and tangy. The difference between the two is that kefir is made by fermenting milk with 10 to 20 different types of bacteria and yeasts, whereas yogurt is usually just fermented with a handful of types. This results in a higher probiotic count in the final product.
They meet my ideal standards that I’ve come to require in this best of brunch meal. Thatched pockets that are crisp, yet give way to a tender and light inside. I love everything about them, including the outer ridges, left golden and bare.
They rise as they steam between the hot iron, and end up the perfect thickness. And they only take a few minutes to cook.
You’ll taste the sum of all the parts, from the warmly spiced “bread” to the nutty almond butter and blueberry lavender jam, and the finishing touch of maple that sinks into each square valley. These grids are good. And I hope they make it into your brunch plans soon, xo.
Brown rice flour is an accessible gluten-free ingredient that you can find at almost any grocery store, or online. It has a neutral flavor that allows the other ingredients to shine, unlike an alternative flour like quinoa.
I love using brown rice flour in combination with tapioca starch to produce a tender waffle, that rivals classic waffles.
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Great recipe! Nice and crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. I added a splash of milk to make it slightly looser and easier to spoon out. Also, I think there’s a slight error in the instructions. It doesn’t say to add the vanilla extract anywhere. I did it when I mixed together the kafir etc but it doesn’t actually say that in the recipe. I assume this is a typo. Great recipe though!
So glad you liked the waffles, Matt! And thanks for the note about when to add the vanilla – mistake that I forgot it in the instructions, added it now!
These have been added to my MUST MAKE list, Im not required to be gluten free, but have noticed I feel bestter when I eat less gluten! The fact that I can still eat these great looking waffles is so exciting!
I know for sure these will be making an appearance at my breakfast table very soon. Now that I finally have tried kefir, I am extra excited. I, too, really like using psyllium husk powder – I can’t have xantham gum and feel the same when I see it on the ingredient list.
Also, I so love the thought of packing up the waffle maker for every road trip. I am going to do this from now on – it just makes so much sense to me!! :) xoxo
yay kefir! i like it a lot. the plain has that tart tang, and isn’t quite yogurt. i’ve also started using it in some of my sauces.
also, pack that waffle maker and go girl! xo
I don’t see where psyllium powder is mentioned? I’m interested in it’s health aspects.
These waffle look like they have the most perfect texture! I agree, most waffles are too cakey, so I love that you made it a point to create the real texture of a waffle! Who knew that kefir would create such a beautiful breakfast!
it was a surprise to me too! i’m going to try baking other things with it too. xo!
And just like the gif, these would disappear before my eyes at the breakfast table. How absolutely gorgeous! I just love your photos…these sound like a marvelous treat and I love that they are gluten free too. xo, Catherine
the waffles do tend to have a disappearing effect at the table. :) i’ve also served them to others who aren’t gluten-free and they love them. enjoy!
These waffles look perfectly delicious! I’d love to enjoy a plate of these for breakfast!
These waffles are absolute perfection, the perfect density and I LOVE that you used kefir to mimic the buttermilk. It’s been a while since I’ve bought some kefir and I’m not sure why I fell off that bandwagon because I love it!
This is so beautiful…and brunch perfect!
is there a better meal that brunch? favorite!
Love that your waffle maker takes priority over your toothbrush. This is why we are friends. We understand the importance of golden, crispy waffles. Love the use of kefir in here. And psyllium husk isn’t an ingredient I’ve used before. I need to check that out!