Gluten-Free Frozen Waffles

Plain, Flavored, Fortified and Even Mini Waffles

A celiac disease  or non-celiac gluten sensitivity diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite convenience foods–like frozen waffles. Gluten-free food manufacturers have stepped up to provide many gluten-free frozen waffle options–almost as many, it seems to me, as are available in the conventional frozen waffle section.

You can enjoy apple cinnamon waffles or waffles fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, or choose traditional favorites like plain or blueberry waffles. If you’re a parent looking for kid-friendly gluten-free foods, mini-waffles might do the trick. And you can keep all of them conveniently in your freezer, ready to pull out and pop into the oven, toaster, or toaster oven.

Here are the main gluten-free frozen waffle brands on the market:

Kashi Waffles

kashi waffles
© Kashi

Kashi offers two different types of frozen gluten-free waffles: Original and Cinnamon. Both types also are non-GMO project-verified and vegan. Note that they contain oats (here's more on that: I'm Gluten-Free. Should I Eat Oats?). They also include sorghum, pea fiber, and flax seeds.

Kashi's frozen waffles are gluten-free to less than 20 parts per million. They are not made in a dedicated facility. Note that Kashi also makes gluten-containing waffles in two flavors, so make certain to purchase the correct box: look for the large "gluten-free" designation below the brand name.

Kellogg's Eggo

Eggo gluten-free frozen waffles
Courtesy of Kellogg's

Kellogg's offers one type of frozen gluten-free waffle: cinnamon flavor. Be aware that these waffles contain oats (talk to your doctor if you're not certain whether or not you should try oats).

The waffles also are fortified with multiple vitamins and minerals, including calcium and iron. They are considered gluten-free to less than 20 parts per million, and are not produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

Kinnikinnick Foods

Kinnikinnick Waffles
Kinnikinnick Waffles. Copyright © Kinnikinnick Foods

Dedicated Canadian gluten-free manufacturer Kinnikinnick Foods makes two varieties of frozen waffles: original and cinnamon/brown sugar. Both contain eggs and corn, but are free of other major allergens, including dairy, soy and yeast.

Kinnikinnick waffles are available in a variety of grocery stores and health food stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.All Kinnikinnick products are made in a gluten-free facility that's also free of oats.

Nature’s Path

Nature's Path Waffles
Nature's Path Waffles. Copyright © Nature's Path

Nature’s Path Organic, which specializes in health food, stresses products filled with nutrients, and the company’s gluten-free frozen waffles are no exception.

Nature’s Path markets four different gluten-free waffle flavors: Buckwheat Wildberry, Chia Plus, Pumpkin Spice, and Homestyle. Nature’s Path frozen waffles are available nationwide at retailers such as Wegman’s, The Fresh Market and Whole Foods.

They are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which requires products to contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten.

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's Waffles
Trader Joe's Waffles. Copyright © Trader Joe's

For those of us lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, the quirky market chain offers two different types of frozen gluten-free waffles: plain and banana.

The waffles aren’t always in stock, so it might be best to buy in bulk when you find them, especially if this is your frozen waffle-of-choice.

Van’s Natural Foods

Van's Mini Waffles
Van's Mini Waffles. Copyright © Van's Natural Foods

Van’s Natural Foods makes six varieties of gluten-free waffles: plain, apple-cinnamon, blueberry, flax, buckwheat and minis. All are dairy- and egg-free and made with whole gluten-free grains.

Van’s waffles tend to be widely distributed and are available in many, if not most, areas of the country – even supermarkets with limited gluten-free sections often carry one or two varieties.

Van's gluten-free waffles are certified gluten-free by the GFCO.

Wegman's

wegman's frozen gluten-free waffles
© Wegman's

These plain gluten-free waffles are made with brown rice flour, potato starch, corn flour, and tapioca starch. They're sweetened with fruit juice concentrate (pear juice), and are gluten-free to less than 20 parts per million. 

Wegman's grocery stores are found in six states in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia, and has plans to expand into North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

A Word from Verywell

Gluten-free frozen waffles are available in most larger grocery stores. If you don't find them with conventional frozen waffles, check in the frozen gluten-free section (many stores have a separate section for frozen gluten-free products) or in the frozen "natural" foods section. Van's and Nature's Path are the most commonly found brands, but well-stocked supermarkets often will feature a wider variety.

If you can eat oats, you should be fine with any of the brands listed here. If oats are problematic for you, steer clear of Kellogg's and Kashi brands, and choose one of the others.

 

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