How to Make Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles

How to Make Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles  |

One Sunday I woke up craving cinnamon buns. Yum, right? But making a batch of cinnamon buns means mixing dough, allowing it to rise, and then, of course, baking. All told, I wouldn’t have eaten the cinnamon buns I craved until the afternoon.

And my craving didn’t want to wait that long! I had things to do. (Like eating breakfast.) Since it was a “waffle-Sunday” in our house, I decided to try making a batch of “cinnamon bun waffles.”

Oh my goodness. Just writing about them makes me want to run into the kitchen and make a batch! I love these waffles.

At first I thought about simply adding ground cinnamon to my waffle recipe. But that wouldn’t have tasted like a cinnamon bun! It would have tasted like cinnamon waffles. Which might have tasted good but wasn’t what I wanted.

What I craved was that delicious swirl that makes a cinnamon bun a cinnamon bun. I don’t know about you but that’s my favorite part of a cinnamon bun! In my pre-gluten-free days, I’d “unwind” a cinnamon bun before eating it. (Odd eating habits? Oh yes! I have them!) Unwound meant the cinnamon-sugar filling hit my tongue first with each bite.

Happily, It was ridiculously easy to add a swirl to waffles!

Here’s how to do it:

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles |

In a bowl, combine ground cinnamon, dark brown sugar and soft butter. (My cinnamon hid under the brown sugar. You can’t see it but it’s in there.)


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles

Mash with a fork until a paste forms.


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Add the milk. The mixture might look “broken”–almost curdled. Usually you want to avoid a broken batter but in this case, it’s fine.


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles


Transfer mixture to a piping bag. If you don’t own a piping bag, put the mixture into a large ziplock bag and snip one of the corners of the bag.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles

Fill waffle-iron with batter. Right away, grab your piping bag.


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles


Squeeze cinnamon filling all over the waffle iron. Be sure your waffle iron is nonstick. Most are but if you have an old one, it might not be.


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles


Bake until golden brown.


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles


Drizzle with cinnamon bun icing or maple syrup. Both are delicious!

Enjoy! (How good does that look? Really good, right? I’m so thankful I woke up craving cinnamon buns!)

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How to Make Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles
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Serves: 4 waffles
  • For the Topping
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened (increase to 2 tablespoons for a richer swirl.)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • For the Waffles
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze (optional but awesome)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a small bowl, combine dark brown sugar, butter, and ground cinnamon. Mix until a thick paste forms. Add milk. Stir to combine. Mixture will be thick and look curdled. This is normal. As long as it's thoroughly combined, you're fine. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a small (number 4) tip or, if you don't have a tip, cut a hole in the bag later. Set aside.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, whisk together white rice flour, cornstarch, sweet rice flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt, and xanthan gum. In small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Using balloon whisk or handheld mixer, blend until batter is smooth. No lumps should remain.
  4. Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. Spray iron generously with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter onto hot iron (amount of batter will vary depending on your iron)

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