Gluten-Free Savory Cornbread Waffles

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Savory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato10I have been so excited to share these Gluten-Free Savory Cornbread Waffles, but was holding off for the perfect time. With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner and being that they are pretty much the perfect base for all things Mexican, now seems like that perfect time!

These waffles came about after Josh and I traveled to Seattle and Vancouver last summer. The trip was absolutely wonderful, we LOVE that part of the country and could easily see ourselves falling into their energetic culture and community, full-time!

Yes, our house is for sale. No, we are not planning to move to Seattle, although it’s awfully tempting! : )

Savory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato7ASavory-Waffle-with-Sweet-PotatoAAnyway, when we travel we are pretty determined to eat at only local places and do a lot of research {okay, Josh does a lot of research} ahead of time to find unique, quaint places that have an interesting menu and abundantly good reviews. SO, before we ever got to Vancouver, we were already well aware of Nero Belgian Waffle Bar and eagerly looking forward to enjoying a lazy breakfast there one morning. This place is SO cute, SO small, and SO good. I think there were literally four tables inside.

While I am definitely a sweets kinda girl, rather than salty, their savory waffles completely intrigued me. So, I took my chance and ordered the Rocket which was a savory waffle topped with Creamy Havarti Cheese, baby arugula, tomatoes and a side of fresh ground mustard. Mustard is not my thing, so its presence in the description already made this a leap of faith and had me immediately wondering if I should have ordered the scrumptious chocolate covered sweet waffle that Josh ordered, which came topped with ice cream, for breakfast!

Somehow I had it in my mind that this waffle would come out and the items described above would be chopped and baked into the batter. It never occurred to me that I would essentially get a savory waffle with a salad on top. BUT, much to my surprise, it was deliciously satisfying. The Havarti cheese quickly softened and nearly melted against the warm Belgian waffle and the tomatoes and arugula popped with flavor. Of course, the best part was when I removed the cheese and toppings from the last of it and smothered the plain waffle in Josh’s leftover chocolate syrup with whip cream. What can I say, I still love my sweets!

Savory-Waffle-with-Sweet-PotatoSavory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato3Savory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato4This back story is all to tell you, that since that time I’ve wondered what it would have been like had the items been cooked into the batter like I originally anticipated? Out of that curiosity came these Gluten-Free Savory Cornbread Waffles!

These waffles are made using cornmeal rather than flour {perfect if you’re gluten-free} paired with diced red bell peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, garlic and cilantro before stirring in a little almond milk, cheddar cheese and eggs to hold it all together. Throw that batter on a hot waffle grill and you get a delightful golden brown, crispy waffle ready for whatever toppings you deem appropriate for the occasion!

In my mind, since corn tortillas are made using cornmeal, and create the perfect shell for all things Mexican {tacos, tostadas, chiquillas, etc}, it seems only natural to top these delicious savory waffles with some avocado, salsa, tomatoes, and beans, or cheese, shredded chicken, ground beef…you get the idea.

It’s going on close to a year since we ate at that great little waffle bar in Vancouver, but thankfully this little creation was worth the wait to recreate. If you haven’t tried savory waffles before, I hope you’ll do so now!

Savory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato8Savory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato9ASavory-Waffle-with-Sweet-Potato6I’ll be sharing the full recipe for the toppings I used for our savory waffles on Monday for Cinco de Mayo, so stay tuned! In the mean time, the picture below gives you a little sneak peek.

Happy Friday!


Gluten Free Savory Cornbread Waffles
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These Gluten Free Savory Cornbread Waffles combine bell peppers, onions, and garlic into a cheesy cornmeal batter, then are grilled to a golden brown perfection!
Recipe type: Breakfast/Dinner
Serves: 2-4
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1.5 oz freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  1. Preheat waffle maker to medium-high heat.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Once waffle maker is hot and batter is ready, lightly spray top and bottom with coconut oil cooking spray, then pour half batter into waffle maker and cook until golden brown and slightly crispy. Repeat process with remaining half of batter.
  4. Recipe makes two large waffles, nutrition info is for ½ large waffle.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ waffle Calories: 240 Fat: 11.2 Saturated fat: 6 Unsaturated fat: .7 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 26 Sugar: 1.5 Sodium: 360 Fiber: 3 Protein: 8 Cholesterol: 103.8



  1. Tessa says

    These look great Kaylee! I will definitely have to give them a try! Perfect for Cinco De Mayo! Love your recipes…have you considered doing more reviews on Nashville restaurants? I know all your readers are not in Nashville, but I really loved your review of Josephine when they first opened. Just a suggestion! Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

    • says

      Thanks Tessa, I hadn’t thought much about that, but that’s a great suggestion! We don’t eat out very often, but I’ll try to be intentional about it when we do. We are always looking for the local places when we do eat out. Thanks for the comment/suggestion! :)

    • says

      Oh my goodness, I am so sorry Mandy!! Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I have revised the recipe to reflect the two eggs. Thank you again, I hope you still make it! :)

  2. Ally says

    These look delicious!! Were they made on a Belgian waffle maker? I have been looking for a savory Belgian waffle recipe, but all of the recipes I’ve found were for a regular waffle iron and ended up sticking to the Belgian waffle maker.

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