Gluten Free Hemp & Chia Waffles

In the home I grew up in we didn’t have a waffle iron. This meant that pancakes were a breakfast go to, along with oatmeal, eggs and bacon and the occasional frittata too. Because we raised chickens as pets, we had between 4 and 6 of them at any point in time, we ate a lot of eggs!

But my girlfriend Cindyl’s family had a waffle iron. On the Sundays where we didn’t have soccer games or a volleyball tournament, I would get invited over to the Karst household for waffles. It was heaven. As a kid, having something different than what your parents cook up, even if it’s almost the same recipe, just in a different form as is the case with pancakes and waffles, makes all the difference.

To add a little variety to our breakfast routine I adapted a popular waffle recipe to make it a bit more protein packed and gluten free for all my celiac friends!

Gluten Free Hemp & Chia Waffles

A protein-packed twist on a classic waffle recipe. Full of flavour and ready for your favourite toppings.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: General
Servings: 5 waffles


  • 2 cups quinoa flour
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or other sugar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature. I always do level 4 out of 5 on our cuisinart iron.
  • In a separate oil, beat the eggs and add in the milk, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir until blended.
  • Using a ladle, scoop slightly less than one ladle full of batter onto the heated waffle iron.
  • I cook my waffles for 3-4 minutes. The iron should have stopped steaming and then you will know that they are done.
  • Add your favourite toppings including fresh fruit, a homemade berry compote, or my current favourite, a sunny side up egg topped with dried red chilies!


An ideal post-workout meal, or a great savoury twist to brunch!
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