Gingerbread Waffles

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Gingerbread Waffles are spicy-sweet with a delightful aroma and flavor that will transport you straight to the Christmas season! This Gingerbread waffles recipe is destined to become your new favorite holiday tradition.

Suitable for a vegetarian diet.

 

close up view of the completed gingerbread waffles recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 2.4mg

You are going to love this Gingerbread Waffles recipe – it was just made for Christmas morning breakfast, or any morning during the winter!

I’ve heard that when you eat Christmas cookies for breakfast during the holiday season, they contain no calories. The Christmas anticipation revs up our metabolism so much that the Christmas cookie calories go poof.

Hmm… I may have dreamt that. But just in case I didn’t, I probably should test it out. Does anyone want to join me?

While we’re at it, we probably should test Christmas cookie-flavored foods as well, like these ginger bread waffles. I made these the other morning and they were devoured by my tiny housemates (and, so he doesn’t get mad, one not-tiny housemate, OH) in approximately 5.5 minutes.

If your family loves delicious waffle recipes as much as mine does, you’ll want to check out my Buckwheat Waffles and my Sweet Potato Waffles!

two hands around a plate of gingerbread waffles

Why Make This Recipe

  • Delightful Aroma: The spicy-sweet aroma of these waffles will instantly transport you to the festive spirit of Christmas. If you love gingerbread flavors around the holidays, you’ll want to try Gingerbread Granola, too!
  • Christmas Memories: Gingerbread spice is a dreamy aroma that brings back memories of Christmas – the lights, the tree, decorations, presents, and cherished moments with family and friends. Crockpot Bread Pudding is another recipe that always brings me back!
  • Sweet and Spiced Goodness: These waffles strike the perfect balance between sweet and spiced, offering a delightful flavor without being overly sugary.
  • Christmas Cookie Nostalgia: Indulge in the festive joy without the guilt – this waffle recipe is a Christmas cookie-flavored delight.
  • Quick and Easy: Devoured in just 5.5 minutes by eager eaters, these waffles are not only delicious but also a quick and convenient breakfast option.

Ingredient Notes

  • Milk: Provides a creamy base for the waffle batter.
  • Dairy-Free Butter: Melted butter brings a buttery flavor and ensures a moist texture in the waffle batter. You can also use regular butter if you’d like.
  • Eggs (beaten): Acts as a binding agent, contributing to the structure and texture of the waffles.
  • Molasses: Adds depth and richness to the flavor, enhancing the sweet and spiced elements of the waffles.
  • All-Purpose Flour (or Buckwheat Flour for Gluten-Free): Forms the main structure of the waffle batter, giving it body and texture.
  • Baking Powder (Gluten-Free): Provides leavening, ensuring the waffles rise and achieve a fluffy consistency. You can use regular baking powder if you aren’t interested in your waffles being gluten-free.
  • Cinnamon: Infuses warm flavors throughout the waffles.
  • Ground Ginger: This is where the gingerbread flavor comes from!
  • Nutmeg: Adds a subtle, nutty flavor, complementing the other spices.
top down view of the completed gingerbread waffles topped with fruit

Ready to learn how to make Gingerbread Waffles? Then gather up your ingredients, and I will show you…

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How To Make Gingerbread Waffles

  1. Whisk together milk, melted dairy-free butter, beaten eggs, and molasses. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all-purpose flour (or buckwheat flour for a gluten-free option), gluten-free baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg.
  3. Make a hole in the center of the gingerbread waffle mix and slowly whisk in the wet ingredients, forming a smooth batter. Don’t worry about a few lumps.
  4. Follow your waffle maker’s instructions to cook the batter until all ginger flavored waffles are made. Set aside in a warm place.
  5. Top the waffles with your choice of toppings, such as juicy strawberries, fresh figs, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
a bowl of gingerbread waffles batter with a whisk inside

Expert Tips

  • Don’t worry about a few lumps when combining the wet and dry ingredients; the waffle iron will handle them and they’ll actually create little pockets of air that make your waffles fluffy.
  • Every waffle maker has its own personality, so make sure to read and follow its specific instructions. Whether it’s preheating, greasing, or cooking times, understanding your waffle maker’s preferences is key.
  • Give your waffle iron some time to warm up properly before pouring in the batter. This ensures an even cook and that delightful golden color we all love.
  • Use a ladle or a measuring cup to pour the batter onto the center of the waffle iron. This helps control the amount and prevents overflow, giving you a perfectly shaped waffle.
  • When you close the waffle iron, resist the urge to peek too soon. Wait until the steam subsides and the waffle maker signals it’s done. This patience pays off in crisp, golden waffles.

Delicious Variations

  • Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Waffles: Add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter for a sweet and chocolaty twist. Perfect for those who love a touch of indulgence.
  • Nutty Gingerbread Waffles: Incorporate chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans into the batter for added crunch and a nutty flavor.
  • Banana Spiced Gingerbread Waffles: Mash a ripe banana and fold it into the batter for a naturally sweet and moist variation.
  • Gluten-Free Buckwheat Waffles: For a gluten-free option, replace all-purpose flour with buckwheat flour. The rich, earthy flavor of buckwheat adds a unique dimension to the waffles.
close up view of the completed gingerbread waffles recipe

Prep and Storage

  • Prep Ahead – You can prepare the waffle batter in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. This makes for a quick and easy breakfast option, especially if you’re planning to serve them on a busy morning. Homemade gingerbread waffles can be made ahead and stored for later use. Simply let them cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
  • Store – Store leftover cooked waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a toaster or oven for a quick breakfast.
  • Freeze – Waffles are excellent candidates for freezing. Place cooled waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container with layers separated by parchment paper. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat refrigerated or frozen waffles in a toaster or oven for a few minutes until they are warm and crisp.
gingerbread waffles stacked on a plate and topped with fruit and powdered sugar

FAQs

What makes these waffles “gingerbread”?

The combination of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the batter gives these waffles that classic gingerbread flavor.

How do I prevent waffles from sticking to the iron?

Grease the waffle iron before pouring the batter, and if using a non-stick iron, avoid abrasive utensils.

How do I clean a waffle maker?

Once cooled, wipe the surface with a damp cloth or use a soft brush. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for detailed cleaning.

Can I substitute molasses with another sweetener?

Sure, maple syrup or honey can be alternatives, but the distinct flavor of molasses contributes to the gingerbread taste.

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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overhead view of gingerbread buckwheat waffles covered in figs and strawberries
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5 from 4 votes

Gingerbread Waffles

These Gingerbread Waffles are perfect for a winter treat and can even be served on Christmas morning! The gingerbread flavors and scents bring back warm memories from Christmas past.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups (425ml) milk
  • ¼ pound (125g) dairy free butter, melted plus 1 Tablespoon
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder gluten free
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  • Whisk together milk, butter and eggs and molasses and set aside.
  • Mix together the flour and spices in a large bowl and make a hole in the center.
  • Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the flour to make a batter, and don't worry if there are some lumps.
  • Cook the waffles according to your waffles maker instructions until all the waffle batter is finished and set aside somewhere warm.
  • Serve the waffles topped with fruit.
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Notes

    • Don’t worry about a few lumps when combining the wet and dry ingredients; the waffle iron will handle them and they’ll actually create little pockets of air that make your waffles fluffy.
    • Every waffle maker has its own personality, so make sure to read and follow its specific instructions. Whether it’s preheating, greasing, or cooking times, understanding your waffle maker’s preferences is key.
    • Give your waffle iron some time to warm up properly before pouring in the batter. This ensures an even cook and that delightful golden color we all love.
    • Use a ladle or a measuring cup to pour the batter onto the center of the waffle iron. This helps control the amount and prevents overflow, giving you a perfectly shaped waffle.
    • When you close the waffle iron, resist the urge to peek too soon. Wait until the steam subsides and the waffle maker signals it’s done. This patience pays off in crisp, golden waffles.
    • Storage – keep leftover cooked waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
    • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I wish I was eating this for breakfast. I’ve been craving gingerbread lately so this is going on my list of recipes to try. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh yes! I love gingerbread flavored sweet treats! These waffles look perfect and love that you paired them with fruits.