Fluffy Cassava Flour Waffles

Fluffy Grain-Free Waffles stacked on a plate with berries. maple syrup being poured on top and Otto's Cassava Flour in background

Grain-Free Fluffy Waffles

Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free

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Who’s making waffles in the morning? You can with this easy peasy waffle recipe. Nothing quite hits the spot like the crispy, soft texture of a waffle for breakfast (or anytime of the day). It only takes a few steps for these grain-free delights!

The joy of waffles is they can be topped with so many things, from fruit to ice cream depending on what your heart is calling out for! Or try a grain-free Chicken & Waffles with our Chicken Tenders recipe. Got leftovers? Try a waffle sandwich for lunch. You'll thank us later! 

Looking for an egg-free or vegan waffle recipe? We have this Egg-Free Waffle recipe as well!

otto's grain free waffles with berries



  1. In a large bowl, add dry ingredients and stir well with a whisk to fully distribute ingredients. 
  2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form and set aside.
  3. Add egg yolks directly to dry ingredients along with vanilla, butter/oil, and milk and mix until well combined.
  4. Fold in egg whites gently with a rubber spatula until almost no white is visible.
  5. Spoon the batter into your waffle iron and cook until steam stops.

The last step is to add your toppings of choice. We have some ideas below if you need inspiration, but the sky's the limit. 

otto's grain free fluffy waffles

Grain-Free Chicken ' n Waffles

While there are some differing opinions about who first paired chicken and waffles together, whoever it was has created a trend that has spread across the U.S., and we are so grateful! The savory and sweet protein-rich combination is a delight for the tastebuds. You can use our recipe for gluten-free chicken nuggets or homemade chicken tenders to make a mini version of chicken and waffles. 

The best part? You can top it with syrup, honey butter, or gravy. There are no rules when it comes to what you can combine in the kitchen, so don’t be afraid to try new things. 

Best Toppings for Waffles

You can put just about anything on a waffle, but most people tend to top them with their favorite sweet things. Here are some ideas, but of course, you’re not limited to these:

  • Berries (and whipped cream). This one is classic for a reason and guaranteed to please most people.
  • Chocolate syrup or spread. 
  • Greek yogurt in your favorite flavor or mixed with honey.
  • Apples or applesauce with cinnamon. 
  • Pineapple, coconut flakes, mango, or other tropical fruit.
  • Bacon and eggs. A classic American breakfast combination.
  • Nuts. Top with roasted or caramelized nuts in addition to fruit or other toppings.
  • Ice cream. If you want full-on dessert waffles, top them with ice cream!
  • Chia seed. Sprinkle some chia seeds onto yogurt or another topping for a nutrient-dense garnish.

Plus, you can add things to the waffle batter itself like chocolate chips, fresh blueberries, or cinnamon. 

Whipping Egg Whites to Peaks (Meringue)

Why whip your egg whites? Whipping the egg whites adds air into the eggs and helps lighten up the texture of waffles. This makes the waffles fluffy on the inside. You can do so with a whisk, but a hand mixer will be MUCH easier. Soft peaks are when you remove the mixer and a peak forms but then falls back down. A stiff peak will form a peak that stays standing. Flip the beater or whisk upside-down and the peaks attached to them should stay standing as well. 

If you overbeat the eggs they’ll separate and look grainy, so it looks like foam and liquid instead of a smooth, foamy texture. Stiff peaks usually form after 4-5 minutes of beating the eggs.

It can help to bring the eggs to room temperature for 30-60 minutes before trying to beat them. Separate the yolk from the egg white first, as that part is easier while eggs are cold. Also note, if any yolk gets in the egg whites, they will not whip as well into peaks so separate carefully. 

Pancakes vs. Waffles

There is a common misconception that pancake batter and waffle batter are the same thing. Indeed, while you can technically use most recipes interchangeably, pancakes are generally fluffy all the way through, and most people prefer a crispy edge on their waffles. Eggs, especially when you beat the egg whites separately, help make the waffles have a crispy exterior with a soft, airy, interior. Additionally, fat, like butter or coconut oil, can help crisp up the outside. 

If you prefer a soft pancake for breakfast, we have a recipe for that too. This fluffier cousin to waffles is so delicious you’ll want to eat a whole stack. Whatever you’re craving for breakfast, we have you covered. Just check!

Other Grain-Free Breakfast Ideas

Looking for other ideas to add to your grain-free breakfast menu? Try our Homemade Pop-Tarts. We think they’re even more delicious than the ones that come in a box (because they're truly a labor of love!). It’s a hand-held flaky crust you can fill with your favorite fruit, nut, or chocolate spread. 

Are you looking to try some grain-free cereal instead? Try this Cookie Crisp Copycat Recipe. It’s a gluten-free version of a childhood favorite that makes it acceptable to eat cookies for breakfast. Just add your milk of choice or eat by the handful. 

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