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Review of the Best Frozen Gluten-Free Waffles

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A detailed, non-biased review of the Best Frozen Gluten-Free Waffles featuring my opinion on the taste, texture, toasting ability, and ingredient quality of six popular brands of frozen waffles.

A review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.Of all of the foods that I ate when I was pregnant, gluten-free frozen waffles have got to be the most commonly eaten food of all.  They were literally the only thing I could stomach for breakfast from weeks six to 20, and continued to be about the only thing that sounded good during the remainder of my pregnancy.

Throughout those 42 weeks of pregnancy, I tried literally any and every brand of gluten-free frozen waffles that I could find in my area.  As a result, I like to think I am a bit of an expert on which ones are the best.  But instead of just telling you my favorite, I am breaking things down with my own official review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles.

Review of the Best Frozen Gluten-Free Waffles

The Ground Rules

  • I tested six frozen gluten-free waffle brands available in my area (Eastern Iowa in the Midwest).  I selected the variety closest to plain/original.
  • I prepared each brand of waffles in the same way by toasting them on level “3” using the defrost setting of my toaster followed by turning them in the toaster and cooking on level “3” without the defrost setting.  I topped each variety with grass-fed butter or ghee and strawberry jam.  I also tried them toasted and topped with pure maple syrup.
  • I graded the gluten-free waffles on a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent).  These ratings were based on taste, texture, and how well they toasted.
  • I also provided feedback on the quality of the ingredients, number of ingredients used, price, other perks, and whether or not I would purchase them again.
  • The products reviewed are listed in alphabetical order, not based on their ratings.
  • This is not a sponsored post.  I was not compensated or provided with free product.  I have not worked with any of the brands below, so I do not have any biases towards one or the other.

The Review

A review of the best gluten-free frozen waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.Hy-Vee Gluten-Free Frozen Waffles

Taste: The flavor is definitely lacking in these waffles.  They are a bit bland and don’t seem sweet enough.
Texture: Even after toasting, they are very flaky and a bit too chewy for my liking.
Toasting ability: Along the same lines as the chewy texture, these do not crisp up enough after toasting.  Since they are not crispy enough, the toppings do not spread easily.
Quality of ingredients: These waffles are vegan, but contain ingredients like vegetable oil, soy, and corn.  They are also not organic or non-GMO.
Number of ingredients: 13
Price: $1.99 for an 8 count box at Hy-Vee

Overall score: 2
Would I purchase them again?  I would not purchase these again.

A review of the best gluten-free frozen waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.Kashi Gluten-Free Original Frozen Waffles

Taste: The Kashi waffles are pretty flavorful, and I enjoy the almost “nutty” flavor they have.  You can also taste the vanilla and molasses in these, which is pleasant.
Texture: The texture is quite good and provides a whole grain/wheat texture even though they are gluten-free.
Toasting ability: After the double toasting method, these are fairly crispy.  It is easy to spread butter and jam on them without them falling apart.
Quality of ingredients: These waffles are vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, and do not contain any of the most common allergens.  I love that these are soy-free, but I wish they did not contain canola oil.
Number of ingredients: 12
Price: $3.49 for an 8 count box at Hy-Vee

Overall score: 4.5
Would I purchase them again?  Absolutely.  In fact, this is the brand that I place into my grocery cart most often.

A review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.Kellogg’s Eggo Gluten-Free Original Frozen Waffles

Taste: I was a bit surprised about how much I enjoyed the taste of these waffles.  They tasted the most like non-gluten-free waffles out of all of the varieties I tried.
Texture: They were a bit too soft and almost a little bit soggy.
Toasting ability: These waffles did not toast very easily.  I could not get the edges crispy without the inside burning a bit.
Quality of ingredients: This is definitely not my favorite brand as far as ingredients go.  Sugar is listed as the fifth ingredient, and these waffles are made with vegetable oil, soy, and whey.  I appreciate that they are made with whole oat and rice flour, but none of the ingredients are certified organic or non-GMO.
Number of ingredients: 20 (including added vitamins and minerals)
Price: $2.67 for an 8 count box at Fareway

Overall score: 3
Would I purchase them again? I likely would not just based on the quality of ingredients and the fact that they did not toast very well.

A review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Homestyle Frozen Waffles

Taste: These waffles are very flavorful and even taste good without any toppings.
Texture: I like how thick these waffles are.  They hold toppings well and soak up the perfect amount of syrup.  I enjoy these best when eaten with ghee and syrup.
Toasting ability: They toast evenly, but the inside does not get quite as crispy as I would like.
Quality of ingredients: I appreciate that these are dairy-free, but I do not love that they contain both corn and soy.  A major plus of these waffles is that they are certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Number of ingredients: 13
Price: $2.99 for a 6 count box at Natural Grocers

Overall score: 4
Would I purchase them again?  Yes, I would purchase these again.  It is hard to say no to a certified organic brand that tastes pretty darn good.

A review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.

Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Frozen Toaster Waffles

Taste: I like the taste, but did not find them to be exceptionally overwhelming.  They could stand a bit more sweetness and flavor.
Texture: These waffles crisp up decently well when double-toasted.  The texture is good both for spreading with toppings and for drizzling with syrup.
Toasting ability: They toast well, but do flake a bit when spread with toppings.
Quality of ingredients: I appreciate that these waffles are vegan, but I do not like that they contain canola oil, cane sugar, soy, and corn.  They are not organic or non-GMO.
Number of ingredients: 12
Price: $1.99 for an 8 count box at Trader Joe’s

Overall score: 3
Would I purchase them again?  For the price, I would purchase them again, but they would not be my first choice.

A review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.

Van’s Foods Gluten-Free Original Frozen Waffles

Taste: The taste is pleasant, but I found the waffles to be rather plain without plenty of toppings.
Texture: I am not a fan of the texture of these waffles.  They are a flaky-crispy as opposed to a crunchy-crispy.
Toasting ability: These toast fairly well, but flake easily when toppings are added.  The inside is a bit chewier than I prefer, even after double-toasting.
Quality of ingredients: These waffles are Non-GMO Project Vertified, vegan, and do not contain corn.  However, they contain both soy and canola oil.
Number of ingredients: 12
Price: $2.99 for a 6 count box at Target

Overall score: 3
Would I purchase them again?  I don’t think I would purchase these again.  In fact, my husband recently bought these on accident and I was actually disappointed when I found them in the freezer.

Places

First place: Kashi
Second place: Nature’s Path
Third place: Trader Joe’s
Fourth place: Eggo
Fifth place: Van’s
Sixth place: Hy-Vee

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A review of the best frozen gluten-free waffles measuring taste, toasting ability, texture, quality of ingredients, and price.
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  • Christen Dobbs November 6, 2017, 9:52 am
    I LOVE this post! I usually make mine from scratch (I have Celiac Disease), because waffles are sometimes really weird and not always super affordable. Where I live now my options are much more limited, but I'm definitely going to be looking for some of these. Van's is the best I've had so far.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 6, 2017, 12:10 pm
      It is definitely nice that so many brands are coming up with GF options these days! I hope you get to try some of these out.
  • Aubry November 6, 2017, 10:29 am
    Love this breakdown + so much great info! I'm a big fan of Eggo waffles. Looks like I need to branch out and try a few of these.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 6, 2017, 12:11 pm
      There are so many great options, which always helps keep things interesting. Plus, these would just the "original" flavors. I love that there are other fun flavors like cinnamon and pumpkin spice!
  • Shannon November 6, 2017, 10:45 am
    I figured the Kashi ones would be worth trying! I've always eaten Eggo waffles but had them recently and didn't like them. I guess my tastes have changed!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 6, 2017, 3:03 pm
      You should definitely give the Kashi ones a try. I really like them!
  • Amanda | Maple Alps November 6, 2017, 7:26 pm
    I loved the format of this post - comparing and scoring the different brands. Toaster waffles used to be my favourite breakfast thing growing up (especially the blueberry eggo ones), but I haven't purchased or eaten any in years. Kind of forgot they existed....!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 6, 2017, 8:32 pm
      It sounds to me like you need to get some back in your life! ;)
  • Elizabeth November 7, 2017, 3:26 pm
    Fun! All I can think of is Stranger Things with the Eggos! I have never had frozen waffles - we always made them from scratch!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 7, 2017, 8:33 pm
      You can't go wrong with from scratch! But in a pinch, there are some great frozen options.

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