Big Ol’ Blueberry Quinoa Waffles

Early this morning, the door to our cottage slid open. Two sets of feet tiptoed in. There was a rustle, voices too excited to whisper. “Hey! hey!” Steamy Kitchen’s boys said to my Alyssa, “Do you like Frosted Flakes?”

She sat up immediately, tossed the sand from her eyes, then ran–pajamas and all–over to the main house, where she has since remained. I’d dare venture a guess that she’d remain here forever, based on the fact that all of my children last night, in the wake of Jaden’s warm-spirited hospitality (Anybody want ice cream?! Take lots of scoops! That’s what Ice Cream is for!) decided they want to live in Florida and take her on as their new mother.

I can’t say I blame them. There’s a pool here. And a pond with giant carp and tilapia. And new, fantastic friends. But mostly, there’s Frosted Flakes for breakfast. And when your own mother hums over a meal of rich, nutty Quinoa pancakes and makes you tidy the living room for fun…well, I can see where the kids might just think this fabulous place in Florida is the bomb diggity.


Blueberry Quinoa Waffles with Spiced Banana Syrup


1 ¼ cups quinoa flour
1 cup white whole wheat or brown rice flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
2 beaten eggs
1 ¼ cup almond milk (or lowfat milk)
1 cup water
1/3 cup Earth Balance spread, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 cups blueberries
2-3 just-ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups maple syrup, warmed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of cloves


If you can't find quinoa flour in your store (it can be a tricky find) you can make it by grinding quinoa in a wheat grinder or industrial-sized blender.

Plug your waffle iron in, allowing it to heat as you prepare the

In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa flour, white whole wheat, baking powder, and salt. In a second, smaller bowl, beat together the maple syrup, eggs, almond milk, water, olive oil, and vanilla. Slowly add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir just until combined. Fold in the blueberries. You want the blueberries to be so abundant in your recipe that it looks like little lumps have invaded your batter. Go big here, ladies. Add a ton.

Spray your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon the batter into your hot waffle iron. Bake until golden brown.

Slice the bananas, sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour the warm maple syrup over the top of the bananas and spoon them over your hot waffles with a dollop of Earth Balance or butter.

15 Responses to “Big Ol’ Blueberry Quinoa Waffles”

  1. angela says:

    just ordered a waffle maker online last week and its due to arrive today. yay waffles for supper. cant’ wait to make these, as soon as i buy the quinoa flour.

  2. Tell my WHY I never thought of piling bananas on waffles before (I suppose it’s because I’m more focused on deciding how much whipped cream is too much)?!?! Pancakes, yes, we do bananas all the time. We’ll try these this weekend–they look fabulous!

  3. Erin says:

    I love that quinoa is in here. I am constantly looking for different ways to use it.

  4. Katrina says:

    This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to try quinoa flour!

  5. Marly says:

    I love quinoa so I’m sure the flour must be great too. Bananas and blueberries….yumm!

  6. Hi there – the recipe sounds and looks delicious. So much so I’m going to give it a try. I was reading through the directions and noticed that you call for olive oil but I don’t see it under the ingredients list. Can you clarify for me? Thanks and have a great time in Florida!

  7. Aggie says:

    So I just got a blendtec, and now I wonder if I can make my own quinoa flour?? I would love to try these waffles!

  8. Emme says:

    Wooh! Totally had to do a double take! A wheat free/ gluten free waffle recipe that calls for just two flours AND looks delicious! Simply amazing! Will have to test this soon!

  9. I haven’t made waffles but I have made quinoa and adore it… you’ve inspired me!

  10. nisa says:

    would you be so kind as to suggest a wheat grinder??

    • Brooke says:

      Are you ready for this?! A Vita-Mix blender is the only wheat grinder we own! It’s the easiest, best tool for just about every kitchen task!

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  13. don s says:

    the ingredients are all wrong, if you go by the recipe you’ll end up with a totally wet mixture, I had to add quite a bit more ‘flour’ to get it thick enough, also how much olive oil

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