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Gluten-Free Cheesy Bread Waffles

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These crispy, cheesy Savory Gluten-Free Waffles make a fabulous snack or meal on their own or with a wide variety of savory toppings. Tapioca flour (starch) is the star of the show here in these GF waffles reminiscent of cheese bread.

a short stack of waffles

This is another one of those recipes, not unlike my favorite Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, that I’ve been making for years but am just now getting around to sharing! My family adores having these waffles for dinner. And, my kids ask for these rather frequently—which I always count as a win! They can be served a myriad of ways and have the most wonderful texture and flavor. I hope you and yours enjoy them just as well!

four waffles vertically placed


Tapioca Flour:

I adore this versatile starch. It is the star of the show in my popular Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe. It imparts a chewiness that is reminiscent of gluten-filled flours and has a really lovely flavor as well.


This provides some delightful cheesy flavor, and also some extra binding power and texture.

Olive Oil:

This helps get those delightful, flavorful crispy bits as well as provides some non-stick power.


This is an optional ingredient. I like adding it to the batter for some added protein for my kiddos, and it also provides some structure and binding power. But we’ve found that omitting it and/or adding flaxseed in its place to still provide tasty waffles, just with a slightly different texture.


You gotta have salt to bring the flavors to the forefront!

Garlic Powder and Italian Seasoning:

This seasoning combo really creates such a stunningly delicious savory waffle that is hard to beat! You can certainly play around with your own spice combos but this is by far our favorite.

4 cheesy waffles with a hand reaching for them

How-to Make Savory Gluten-Free Waffles

Waffle Toppings and Serving Suggestions

We enjoy serving these waffles a variety of ways. Here are some of our favorite accompaniments!


Don’t knock it until you try it! This is truly a match made in heaven. Our favorite way to eat these savory waffles is topped off with my Golden Sauerkraut.


This is my favorite way to have “avocado toast”. Some mashed avocado and a drizzle of hot sauce and you’re set.

Marinara Sauce:

These waffles make great dipping waffles and are a bit reminiscent of pizza when dipped in marinara sauce.


My Fresh Salsa recipe is definitely on regular rotation come waffle night.


Peperonata makes a wonderfully fresh and flavorful topping for these waffles.

a close up of a gluten free savory waffle

Tips and Tricks

Can’t eat eggs?

Simply omit the egg or replace it with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed.

Tapioca Starch

I do not recommend replacing tapioca flour with any other gluten-free flour or starch. Tapioca is truly what makes this recipe so wonderful.


I think cheddar cheese provides the most flavorful results, but vegetarian parmesan and mozzarella cheeses work well, too!


This recipe tastes best when enjoyed straight away, but will keep at room temperature, covered, for up to 24 hours. You can pop in a 350°F oven to warm and crisp up if need be.

Freezing Waffles

You can store these waffles in a freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 4 months. To re-heat, place in a 350°F oven or a toaster until warmed throughout.

4 crispy cheesy waffles

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Savory Gluten-Free Waffles

These crispy, cheesy Savory Gluten-Free Waffles make a fabulous snack or meal on their own or with a wide variety of savory toppings. Tapioca flour is the star of the show here in these GF waffles reminiscent of cheese bread.
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Course: Appetizers, Breakfast, Entrées, Sides
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 3 ½ cups tapioca starch
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg or 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups water or milk of choice


  • Preheat your waffle maker as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca starch, cheese, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Stir well.
  • Add egg, olive oil and water. Mix until all is combined well (the batter will be on the wet side).
  • Using a ladle pour the waffle batter into the waffle maker until all sections are covered, then cook according to manufacturer's instructions (about 5 minutes). Repeat with remaining waffle batter.
  • These waffles taste best when served right away. Enjoy!


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Serving: 4waffles | Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much. 🙂 I haven’t tried it, but I do think a good melty vegan cheese such as Chao or Violife would work well!