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3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Waffles {Vegan, Grain-Free}

These 3-ingredient chickpea flour waffles are a wonder: golden, fluffy, and crispy-edged, they are naturally vegan, grain-free & gluten-free.

I love a good waffle, especially if it is golden, fluffy, crispy at the edges, and drizzled with maple syrup. Are you with me?

If your answer is “yes,” then you simply must give my 3-ingredient wonder waffles a try.

Recipe Benefits

These chickpea flour waffles are everything you want in a healthy, delicious waffle. Specially, they are:

  • grain-free
  • vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
  • gluten-free
  • sugar-free
  • frugal (make that cheap)
  • filling
  • versatile (add in different spices, extracts, etc)
  • super-nutritious

I know, it sounds too good to be true. But trust me, it isn’t!

Ingredients for the 3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Waffles

  • chickpea flour (it may also be labeled garbanzo bean flour, besan, or gram flour)
  • baking powder
  • vegetable oil (only a very small amount, to prevent sticking an

You will also need som regular tap some water and (optional) salt for the basic recipe.

Step by Step Instructions

These waffle could not be simpler to prepare.

Step One: Whisk the Dry Ingredients

In a medium or large bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, baking powder and (optional) salt.

Step Two: Add the Wet Ingredients

Add the water and oil to the bowl. Whisk thoroughly to ensure that the batter is completely blended and smooth.

Step Three: Let Batter Sit for 15 Minutes

Let the batter sit for 15 minutes. This allows the chickpea flour to become fully hydrated. It really does make a difference in the texture of the waffles.

Step Five: Preheat the Waffle Iron

Preheat the waffle iron to medium-high heat while the batter sits.

Step Five: Add the Batter to the Waffle Iron

Ladle the batter into the preheated waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron manufacturer’s directions (generally about 2-5 minutes), depending on the type of maker).

That, dear readers, is it!

Eat Immediately, Or Store for Later

Eat the waffles immediately (yes, please!) or refrigerate or freeze ahead for an instant breakfast (simply toast to reheat–no need to defrost if frozen, just head straight to the toaster).

As much as I love eating the waffles hot and plated (hello, maple syrup), the quarters are ideal for portable eats, too!

Variations and Add-In Options

Since it is a challenge to eat syrup-coated waffles on the move, consider adding some sweetener, or finely  chopped dried fruit, or mini chocolate chips to waffles you plan to take on the move. Check out my notes for suggestions of how much to add.

A splash of vanilla is great, too, and, if you want to up the nutrition, replace the water with an equal amount of the milk of your choice.

You can also head in a savory direction (lunch! dinner! snacks!) with the addition of chopped fresh herbs, savory spices, black pepper, sriracha or hot sauce.

And lest any of us forget, waffles are quick bread, which means this is also a recipe for the easiest, most amazing, grain-free bread recipe. Bring on the sandwiches!

Hungry? Me too! I’m off to make a waffle sandwich… 🙂

Yield: 6 big waffles

3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Waffles {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Waffles {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

Grain-free waffles, made only 3 ingredients (chickpea flour, baking powder, & a smidge of oil, plus water and optional salt). They can be varied with spices, vanilla, or savory herbs for breakfast or a perfect quick bread! 

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180 g) chickpea flour
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (310 mL) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) vegetable oil (your choice of type)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) baking powder

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, and salt. Add the water and oil, whisking until blended and smooth. Let batter stand at least 15 minutes or refrigerate for up to 24 hours (batter thickens the longer it stands). When ready to use, whisk in the baking powder until blended.
  2. Preheat a standard waffle maker to medium-high heat.
  3. Spray the plates of the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray; ladle or pour in about 1/2 cup (125 mL) batter.
  4. Cook the waffle according to waffle maker directions (for most makers, until a light changes color). The waffles should be a deep golden color (adjust settings as needed).
  5. Remove waffle and repeat with remaining batter.

Notes

Keep the waffles warm: You can keep the waffles warm in a 200˚F oven as you prepare all of the waffles.

Storage: Store the completely cooled waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months. Rewarm the waffles by toasting (pop-up toaster or toaster oven).

Oil-Free Option: Replace the oil with an equal amount of water, unsweetened applesauce or unsweetened pumpkin puree.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 whole waffle

Amount Per Serving Calories 129Total Fat 6.2gSaturated Fat 3.6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 272mgCarbohydrates 13.7gFiber 2.5gSugar 2.5gProtein 5.3g

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Dee

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Great and SIMPLE recipe. Thank You. I let it sit for 15 minutes and I thought the batter was going to be too runny, but I trusted the recipe and it came out perfect. Thank you! They’re perfect for my toddler’s wheat sensitivity. Thanks again for a great simple and nutritious recipe. I will definitely try more of your recipes. God Bless.

Camilla

Monday 2nd of May 2022

I am so glad you enjoyed these, Dee!

Shel

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Hi, may I ask if there is any alternative to using baking powder, such as Vitamin C powder, or whisking the batter? I can't eat bicarbonate of soda and I know that's an ingredient in baking soda. I'd love to try baking these waffles and all your delicious breads!

Camilla

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Hi Shel! That must be such a challenge. Vitamin C does not work as a leavener. Can you eat yeast? Instant yeast could be a good alternative. Whipped aquafaba (whipped chickpea liquid. I do not have a recipe but it is easy, you can google it) could work well (I am assuming you cannot eat eggs/ are vegan. But if not, eggs are an option, too). I wish I could be more of a help!

Danielle

Sunday 14th of February 2021

I like to have a little sweetener in my waffles. What kind would you recommend and how much? Looking forward to trying these!

Camilla

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Hi Danielle! Just about any sweetener you like, but my preferences are coconut sugar or maple syrup. Just a few teaspoons should be just right . A bit of vanilla (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) is great, too 😊

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