Van’s Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles


I am not an advocate of eating processed gluten-free products for many reasons, one of which is that often, there are many ingredients added that would not be involved if the food was made at home. Another obvious reason is taste. I mean, why try to pretend that a gluten-free cookie tastes as good as it’s wheat-based counterpart? Usually, gluten-free processed baked goods only serve to make me wish I could eat wheat.

However, as I was walking by a freezer case in Sprouts Market the other day, my attention was held hostage by a particularly fluffy-looking waffle on the cover of a rectangular box. Van’s Wheat- and Gluten-Free Frozen Waffles, Buckwheat and Berry Variety. I read the label. For two waffles, the calories were 240 and the carbs 42. I divided that in half and considered that for one lightly puffed waffle, that wasn’t bad. After all, I don’t intend to eat them every day. They are also fairly low in sodium and have 2 grams of protein per serving. Made from a mix of gluten-free grains, they boasted buckwheat as the main ingredient.

I threw the box in my freezer and forgot about it for about a week. When I remembered buying them was when I had two packages of fresh raspberries stacked in my refrigerator staring at me every time I opened the door. I read the toaster directions which explained that the waffles have to be heated for at least two minutes. I toasted them once, and then turned them around and toasted them again.

On the plate the waffles were tall, light and fluffy, unlike their ever-popular frozen wheat counterpart, Eggos. They have a fruity aroma and a great texture – neither too airy or too dense. I topped them with a thin layer of whipped cream cheese and fresh raspberry compote, which I made by heating my raspberries in a saucepan over medium heat with a teaspoon of date palm sugar.

I love these waffles. I recommend them wholeheartedly. I even tried them again this morning just to be absolutely sure.

Note: For those of you looking for a Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe using Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles, I will be posting one this weekend. Please check back.


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