Soaked Gluten Free Oat Waffles

Soaked Gluten Free Oat Waffles. Perfect to freeze for quick, easy breakfasts.

I’m a mom of two little people, a 3 year-old boy and 1 year-old girl.

I try to be disciplined each morning and wake up early to prep for the day while the house is quiet and everyone is still asleep. Try is the key word.

Soaked Gluten Free Oat Waffles. Perfect to freeze for quick, easy breakfasts.

No matter how early I wake up my sweet one year-old always senses I am awake and soon she’s up and requesting to join me in all my morning activities…showering, cooking, lunch packing…everything! And before I know it, Piper, is awake too, ready to help.

Maybe I make mornings just a little too exciting?

I promise this post is about waffles not my morning adventures with my favorite two little people.

So, to the gluten-free oat waffles.

Soaked Gluten Free Oat Waffles. Perfect to freeze for quick, easy breakfasts.

Having my faithful early-risers by my side each morning means I need to be prepared to make breakfast quick and easy.ย  If you follow along with the weekly meal plans you know I am all about consistency, easy, and nourishing! Soaked Oat Waffles meet all those requirements making them a perfect breakfast. This recipe also makes plenty to freeze and pop in the toaster on a less than ideal morning. It’s okay, we all have mornings like that!

Despite my love for all things gluten, these delicious oat waffles are gluten-free. I love all my gluten-free friends and know they must eat and enjoy breakfast too.

Easy, nourishing, naturally-sweet, and gluten-free.ย 

Soaked Gluten Free Oat Waffles. Perfect to freeze for quick, easy breakfasts.

Note: If you’d like to read about the importance of soaking grains head over to this post.

Soaked Oat Waffles
  • Makes 12-14 waffles
  • 3 cups whole milk (we use raw milk)
  • 4 TB pastured butter (no need to melt), plus extra to grease waffle iron
  • 1 TB apple cider vinegar (where to buy)
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats, not instant (where to buy)
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (homemade)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp good-quality salt (where to buy)
  • 1 ripe banana (added for sweetness, these waffles do not taste like bananas)
  • 2 TB raw honey
  1. In a blender (I use this one), add the first four ingredients: milk, butter, vinegar, and oats. Blend for a couple of minutes until all ingredients are combined and batter swirls making a vortex.
  2. Allow the batter to sit with the lid on the blender overnight on the counter.
  3. In the morning turn on your waffle iron and allow it to heat up. Add to the batter (still in the blender): eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, banana, and honey. Blend until the all ingredients are combined (a minute or two).
  4. Coat your waffle iron with butter. Pour batter into waffle iron. We use about ¼ cup of batter per waffle. Cook waffles about 4-5 minutes until light brown.
  5. Top with butter, pure maple syrup (where to buy) or raw honey. We also add chopped nuts, ground flax seed, and fresh fruit.

Soaked Gluten Free Oat Waffles. Perfect to freeze for quick, easy breakfasts.

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  • Sheila Coates says:

    When soaking in the blender overnight does it need to be refrigerated?

  • Kim says:

    I just found your blog and I think I’m going to love it! I also am a mom to a 3 year old boy (who LOVES to get up early), a 1 year old daughter, have been on a real food journey for the past year or so and I, too, love Jesus. I’m really looking forward to going over everything on your site. Anyway, question about the recipe: I don’t like my waffle iron because it is very difficult to clean. Can I just make the batter into pancakes instead?

  • CathyV says:

    Can you think of another creative way to cook this batter without a waffle iron?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachelle says:

    Kristin, this is another fantastic recipe! I may try it for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karla J says:

    Waffles are a favorite in our house, so I’m always looking for new recipes! These sound great. However, we went back on Stage 1 of the Feingold diet and can’t use the apple cider vinegar for 6 weeks, is their anything I can use in its place?

  • Charity says:

    I tried your recipe and the waffles were paper thin and limp!!! What did I do wrong? They taste yummy – but are on the soggy side as well. Any thoughts?

    • Kristin says:

      Oh no. I would allow the baking powder to sit for a few minutes and rest after being mixed in the oat mixture while the waffle iron is heating. Allow it to work in the oat mixture. It will actually produce small little bubbles at the top of the mixture. The waffles will not be super crispy, but should rise nicely and have a good texture once cooked. Also, make sure your waffle iron is on a medium setting. Also be sure to use whole milk as skim would cause them to be watery.

  • Karyn says:

    These were amazing!!! Was weary about leaving milk out on the counter all night but I’m over it, LOL

  • Hannah Lewis says:

    These were the best and easiest waffles I’ve ever made! Thank you for this recipe. I love how simple and delicious it is!

  • Jeri says:

    Would it be possible to substitute almond or rice milk, or would those make the batter too runny?

  • Jessie says:

    Can you please explain why it would be ok to leave milk out overnight? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Jessie, Milk used to soak grains always includes an acidic medium (lemon juice, whey, etc) which sours the milk. Milk that’s still in a sense living (not ultra-pasteurized) will safely sour and soak the grains removing the phytic acid which are hard to digest. Essentially, this is also how ricotta cheese is made. Water can also be used, if desired, but the taste will change.

  • Cherri says:

    Can I use cultured buttermilk instead of milk and vinegar?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Cherri, I’ve never personally tried using cultured buttermilk in this recipe, but I bet it will work great.

      • Cherri says:

        Hi Kristin,
        Just a follow-up. I used 3 cups of cultured buttermilk instead of raw milk and vinegar and the waffles came out great. The mixture was very thick after soaking and I was worried that I ruined the batter but once I added the eggs, vanilla and banana it was great! My family loved them. I will try the raw milk and vinegar next time just to compare. I love your website and I certainly will be using more of your recipes. Thank you for responding.

  • R McCall says:

    Any idea if coconut milk would work?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey R McCall, I think coconut milk would work great. I’ve never tried it in this recipe, but based on past experiences with other recipes, coconut milk is usually a great substitute for regular milk.

  • R McCall says:


  • Sophia says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that these are THE BEST waffles that I have had in a long time! I had gotten on the healthy band wagon a while ago, cutting out processed sugars,flours, and just processed food in general. The fact that these are healthy, soaked waffles that taste just like the junk unhealthy kind is fantastic! Just to answer the question above, I subbed coconut milk for the raw milk and they turned out great! Thank you so much for this recipe, I will use it as often as I can! (which in my mind is every day hahaha) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jacque says:

    Would pumpkin be an ok substitute for the banana? I just love the flavor of pumpkin and am out of bananas. Looking forward to trying these!

  • Erica says:

    I understand your explaination on leaving the milk out on the counter and yet my food safety husband is wary, is there any reason NOT to let the oat mixture soak overnight in the fridge instead of on the counter??

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Erica, Most traditional foodies believe a warmer temperature is best for breaking down the phytic acid, but I think a cold soak in the fridge will be just fine and still get a good portion of the job done. That’s just my opinion, not backed by official research ;).

  • Andrea says:

    Hi! The banana wouldn’t fit in my standard blender and I forgot the honey and these were STILL delicious – I can’t even imagine how good they must be with those two missing ingredients! Also, my husband loves gluten and he couldn’t believe they were soaked, wholesome oats. Thank you for the recipe! Your blog is my favorite!

  • These waffles are delicious! Our kids loved them.

  • Danielle says:

    Do you know if coconut oil would work OK in place of the butter? And coconut or almond milk for someone with a dairy allergy?

  • Adrienne says:

    These are amazing! Made these this morning as my first attempt at soaking grains and couldn’t be happier! I topped with greek yogurt and honey, the usual in our house, and my 16yo was just as happy to eat a million of these as he is the flour ones. My old waffle iron gets a little hotter than it should so I used coconut oil and only cooked for 3 minutes. The waffles turned out lighter and airier than their flour counterparts. These will be regular weekend fare at my house from now on.

  • Devon says:

    Do you have to use Raw Milk? We can’t get it around here…. Also, do you think an egg replacement would work – such as applesauce or baking powder/oil/water? We have egg allergies in our family and are constantly re-working recipes. I’m trying to start soaking our grain/flour recipes… but it’s so hard to find egg free recipes! (And expensive to experiment!). Just thought I’d ask! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paula says:

    I would absolutely be thrilled if you would bind all of your recipes in a hardback cookbook! I have printed off so many of your recipes. You have literally saved my life in the kitchen – real food that doesn’t require obscure expensive ingredients and can actually allow me time to spend with my husband after work, rather than laboring over an elaborate real-food recipe. And the best added bonus – my 8 and 11-year-old boys love your recipes, too! I’ll buy multiple copies if you do it. PLEASE!!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Thank you so much, Paula! I would love to offer a hardcopy cookbook in the future–we shall see :). It’s so great to hear you’re enjoying the recipes here on Live Simply!!

  • Sarah says:

    My blender says not to let things sit in it because it ruins the gasket around the blade. Do the oats need to be blended for soaking or could I soak in a bowl and blend in the morning? Also, do you have a good substitute for banana? My daughter is allergic. Thank you!

  • Marilya says:

    I skipped the vinegar since I had milk that had soured. These are our new favorite waffles. I only let the batter rest about 30 min, but still worked just fine.

  • Jen says:

    Great recipe, I’m curious if letting it sit a 4 or 5ish hours vs overnight is OK? I’d like to try these since I have sour raw milk but I know it won’t happen tomorrow morning.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jen, From my traditional food preparation research, as long as whey, lemon juice, or yogurt is used with the milk, the batter is just fine. You could also use water in place of the milk, or you could soak the waffle batter in the fridge.

  • Rachel says:

    I made these as pancakes & my kids love them. They are a little thin for my liking. Any suggestions for making them more fluffy?

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