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Gluten-free Toasted Coconut Waffles with maple cream

May 11, 2011

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I’m totally on a gluten-free kick.

… and it’s all because of coconut flour.

I am a master of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, pastry flour, and… gi-normous bowls of pasta.  I’ve packed gluten-free-free food items into every meal for ever and ever.  Delicious.

But then coconut flour came along… and not I’m totally obsessed.

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Coconut flour is high in fiber, and has a good amount of protein.  It’s a very absorbent flour, so you’ll use much much less coconut flour than you would all-purpose flour.  It thickens a batter even as it’s just being stirred into the wet ingredients.  Why?  Fiber?  Fiber is absorbent, and good for you.  Duh.

Coconut flour also has a slight sweetness to it.  It’s really a cool, and approachable alternative to all-purpose flour.  If you’re thinking that you might want to take on a bit of gluten-free baking… coconut flour is the way to go.  I like Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour… and they didn’t pay me to say that… they just make great flours.

Try new things!  They’re delicious!

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These waffles have two kinds of coconut (three if you count the flour) (wait… four if you count the oil):  shredded and flaked.

Maybe I’m a coconut fiend.  No biggie.

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The coconut batter is thickening right now!  Riiiiight now!  It’s magic.

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Thick golden coconut waffles.

They’re dense, but soft.  These waffles aren’t too sweet, and really… if you didn’t tell your husband they were gluten-free, he would NEVER know.  Promise.

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I like to top everything with syrup and cream.

So… obviously.

These coconut waffles are absolutely divine with maple sweetened whipped cream aaaand a generous drizzle of maple syrup.  And more coconut.

Happy Breakfast!

Gluten-free Toasted Coconut Waffles with maple cream

makes 2 sheets of square waffles in a 8 1/2-inch waffle maker,  serves about 3

Print this Recipe!

For the waffles:

1/3 cup sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil, or unsalted butter

6 large eggs

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup coconut flour

2 tablespoon mashed bananas (i forgot to buy bananas and used peanut butter)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted (if you don’t want to use flakes in addition to shredded coconut, just top your waffles with more shredded coconut)

For the maple cream:

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Place coconut on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 4 minutes.  Keep an eye on the coconut, it browns and burns quickly.

Remove toasted coconut from the oven and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut oil, eggs, agave nectar, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas.  Whisk until well incorporated.

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.  Work the mixture with your fingers to ensure that the coconut flour doesn’t have any lumps in to.

Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Mixture will begin to thicken as you whisk.  Add the toasted, shredded coconut and whisk to incorporate.  Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes while you plug in and preheat the waffle iron.

I have an 8 1/2-inch square waffle iron, and this recipe made 2 waffle sheets.  I divided the batter in two to bake them up.

To make the maple cream, whisk together heavy cream and maple syrup, in a medium bowl, until soft peaks form.  Easy.

Bake up waffles, and serve warm with maple cream and toasted coconut flakes.


196 Comments Add A Comment

  • For someone (ahem, me) who isn’t a fan of coconut in the least, these look delicious! Maybe I could try a different flavor…Hmmm. :)

  • I’m a total coconut junkie. Plus I have a love/hate relationship with gluten and wheat and junk.

    These would be super awesome with some grilled pineapple on top. With syrup. duh.

  • Hi Joy! We met at the Woori Markert Plaza last night! I wanted to tell you that I bought matcha powder last night! Today’s goal is to make Lemon and Matcha Marble Pound Cake!

  • I have no go-to gluten free baking moves at all, partly because I’m intimidated by all the xanthan gums and whatnot, but I can totally deal with coconut flour. After all, I always, always have coconut oil on hand. Admittedly I just marinate my hair in it, but it’s still edible, right? I can’t wait to try this for my gluten free peeps!

  • This sounds incredibly delicious. I’ve been on a coconut kick lately too. Everything should have coconut in it! I recently bought coconut flour (doesn’t it smell amazing?) and I have been happily experimenting with it so I will try this recipe. In my opinion everything should have some form of coconut in it. Coconut is good for you and it tastes yummy. I love coconut.

  • I love recipes that utilize the bag of coconut flour I have in my fridge!

  • Oh my goodness Joy! These sound AMAAAAAZING! :)
    P.S love love love your blog! I check it daily and definitely drool over the pictures

  • Joy, gluten free never looked so decadent. I’m dying over here! Waffles are now a need and not a want!

  • I am a complete coconut junkie and no one else in my house will eat it. Perhaps this is the recipe they’ll fall in love with. Perhaps this is the recipe I will enjoy all by myself! ;)

  • Coconut craziness! These sound wonderful! I might just love fresh pineapple with these little puppies. Actually I would probably cover the pineapple in cream and maple syrup and call it good when it happens to be sandwiched by coconut waffles.

  • I’ve never tried baking with coconut flour but these look very tasty and such a lovely rich colour. Yum!

  • These are lovely, Joy! I like how I can come to your blog and always be surprised. You constantly try new things.

  • Oh I am in love with these already! Funny I was just researching last night for a good coconut flour pancake recipe but this will be do the trick just fine :) I can’t wait to make these, I am loving your coconut flour kick as I too love coconut flour and oil and flakes and…and…oh coconut butter have you tried that yet? Coconut milk, coconut water? They are all good. I make cocokefir for my daughter and it cleared her eczema…wonderful stuff God made!

    • KerryAnne Eisenach May 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

      wait…Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer, you cleared up your daughter’s eczema HOW??? I would love to know! I have been suffering with it for years….

      kaeisenach AT yahoo dot com…if you feel like sharing!

      OH and Joy, I SUPER love this site. You are amazing, thank you for sharing your talents!

    • What is cocokefir? My great neice and nephew both have eczema that isn’t being handled very well. I’d like to offer some help. Thanks.

  • Coconut flour tastes amazing. I recently discovered it too!

    I have made some coconut flour muffins with pineapple and banana They tasted like the tropics! :d

  • Coconut flour tastes amazing. I recently discovered it too!

    I have made some coconut flour muffins with pineapple and banana. They tasted like the tropics! :d

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