A celiac disease diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite convenience foods – like frozen waffles. Gluten-free food manufacturers have stepped up to provide many gluten-free frozen waffle options – almost as many, it seems to me, as are available in the conventional frozen waffle section.
Celiacs can enjoy apple cinnamon waffles or waffles fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, or choose traditional favorites like plain or blueberry waffles. If you’re a parent looking for celiac kid-friendly foods, mini-waffles might do the trick. Here are the main gluten-free frozen waffle brands on the market:
Van’s Natural Foods
Van’s Natural Foods makes six varieties of gluten-free waffles: plain, apple-cinnamon, blueberry, flax, buckwheat and minis. All are dairy- and egg-free and made with whole gluten-free grains. Van’s waffles tend to be widely distributed and are available in many, if not most, areas of the country – even supermarkets with limited gluten-free sections often carry one or two varieties.
Dedicated gluten-free manufacturer Kinnikinnick Foods makes two varieties of frozen waffles: original and cinnamon/brown sugar. Both contain eggs and corn, but are free of other major allergens, including dairy, soy and yeast. Kinnikinnick recently expanded its distribution agreement with national supermarket chain Kroger Co., making its two waffle varieties available in Kroger stores nationwide. It’s also possible to order the waffles direct from Kinnikinnick.
Nature’s Path Organic, which specializes in health food, stresses products filled with nutrients, and the company’s gluten-free frozen waffles are no exception. Nature’s Path markets five different gluten-free waffle flavors: buckwheat wildberry, Flax Plus®, Flax Plus® with Figs, Flax Plus® Red Berry and Hemp Plus®. All include between 6 and 9 grams of fiber per serving. Nature’s Path frozen waffles are available nationwide at retailers such as Wegman’s, The Fresh Market and Whole Foods.
For those of us lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, the quirky market chain offers two different types of frozen gluten-free waffles: plain and banana. The price is right when compared to some other brands: $1.99 for eight waffles. The waffles aren’t always in stock, so it might be best to buy in bulk when you find them, especially if this is your frozen waffle-of-choice.
Ian’s Natural Foods
If you’re craving something more substantial than waffles alone, Ian’s Natural Food might have the answer: a wafflewich. Ian’s makes two frozen breakfast waffle sandwiches: one with maple sausage and eggs, and the other with maple-flavored cheddar cheese and eggs. Ian’s products can be found nationwide at various retailers, including Whole Foods, Giant Food Stores and Harris Teeter markets.