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Beet Strawberry Waffles

These waffles are gluten-free, and gut health friendly! I love pancakes, but it was nice to have waffles for a change!
May 17, 2018 | Joy McCarthy

I may have broken free from my pancake monster days because ... I finally got myself a waffle maker!!! Can you tell how excited I am about this?!

Walker and I often joke that I cannot get another small kitchen appliance but this waffle maker was definitely an exception, for good reason though! I really wanted to have a waffle recipe in my third cookbook, The Joyous Cookbook so I would say that's a good enough reason to finally invest in one!

In case you're wondering, we have a Breville brand waffle maker.

Let's talk about these Beet Strawberry Waffles, which are:

  • Gut healthy
  • Delicious 
  • Gluten-free
  • Fiber-rich
  • Vegetarian


I was inspired to make these waffles with beets because I've been working on a lot of beet recipes this week for my third cookbook, The Joyous Cookbook, so I was feeling inspired to create these waffles! Beets and strawberries, as you might already know if you're a regular reader, are a wonderful pairing, truly a flavour match made in heaven!

For example, have you tried?


If you're using a square waffle pan, this recipe makes 9 square waffles. They take a little longer than your average waffle batter to cook because they are more dense with the beets and strawberries. I cooked them on medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. If you open the waffle lid and it pulls apart then it hasn't cooked long enough.

Eating these waffles are just another delicious way to incorporate "everyday superfoods" like beets and waffles. Even though Vienna loves smoothies, it's nice for her to get them another way too ... and what kid doesn't love waffles?

Now because the strawberries were not very sweet and I wanted to balance out the beet flavour, I did add 2 tbsp of coconut sugar to the batter, but of course, you don't have to. It does make them more tasty, but if you're topping them with maple syrup already, then you may wish to skip that addition.

As for topping these waffles, you've got many delicious options! From coconut butter to coconut yogurt, strawberries to pecans and of course, some maple syrup! I also sprinkled some cinnamon because who doesn't like an extra sprinkle of cinnamon?!

I think you'll love that you can make the whole batter in a high powdered blender (hint: less mess!)

At last, here's my recipe for Beet Strawberry Waffles!

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  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar**
  • 1 medium beet, cubed and cooked
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  1. Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.
  2. Preheat waffle maker to medium-high. Pour 1/3 cup batter into each side of a square waffle maker and cook until crisp.
  3. Top with fresh cut strawberries, coconut yogurt and maple syrup. Enjoy immediately!


Makes 9 square waffles.
**You can omit the coconut sugar, but if your strawberries are not sweet the batter may not be as tasty. Stevia is also an option!

If you've never cooked beets before, here's a recipe. Just scroll to the bottom of the recipe card for instructions.

Now in case you're wondering if these can be made into pancakes, my initial thought would be yes, however, I haven't made them so I don't know how easy they will flip. You'll be happy to know they freeze well: just pop 'em in the toaster the next day to reheat them and top with your fave ingredients. 

The final question is, after having these waffles, are you a pancake monster or a waffle monster? ;)

Have a joyous rest of your day friends!



Alison Midgley   •   May 18, 2018

They look amazing! What waffle maker do you recommend? They all seem to have the “non-stick” coating ...

Joy McCarthy   •   May 18, 2018
Alison M.   •   May 18, 2018

Korina   •   May 19, 2018

Do you think it will work with flaxseed or chia eggs? My daughter is allergic...

Joy McCarthy   •   May 20, 2018

Kelly   •   May 19, 2018

These look and sound yummy- going to give them a try! Curious if cashew milk can be swapped for almond milk in this (and most) recipes.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 20, 2018

Jenna   •   May 20, 2018

Hi Joy, I really enjoy your blog and cookbooks, I’ve been working through them for a while now and have yet to find a recipe I don’t like. I was just wondering if you have a recommendation for a substitute for the brown rice flour - I have a friend who has both type 1 diabetes and celiac and she was just telling me about the havoc wreaked on her sugar control with gluten free products. Brown rice flour has a very high glycemic index apparently. Thanks.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 20, 2018

Nancy   •   May 22, 2018

Can I omit the protein powder?

Joy McCarthy   •   May 22, 2018

Whittney   •   May 22, 2018

I was so excited to try these but they didn't work out for me this morning :( The outside of the waffles got too dark and crispy loooong before the inside wasn't mushy. I tried to salvage the rest of the batter by making pancakes (didn't trust the waffle maker at this point) and tried to do them low and slow. They took forever to bubble through to the other side, but when they did, they flipped well! Unfortunately once they were browned on the other side, they were still too mushy in the middle :( Maybe I'll try with coconut flour to absorb some more of the liquid?

Joy McCarthy   •   May 22, 2018

Deb Young   •   May 22, 2018

I cannot have seeds so wondering if you have paired other fruit flavours with beets.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 22, 2018

Natalie Ellis   •   May 28, 2018

Very nice color with the beet! I'm in the contrary situation comparing to you, as I have made pancakes but never tried waffles. But I love them both. With pancakes, it's easier flipping with a non-stick skillet :)

Joy McCarthy   •   May 28, 2018

Riddhima Nair   •   June 11, 2018

I love strawberries thanks for sharing the beet strawberry waffles.

Rachel Molenda   •   June 11, 2018

Kylie S.   •   January 24, 2020

Hello! These look delicious - and I think my girls would love them! Bonus points!! Can I use a beet powder in place of? And if I can’t find any of the Genuine Health powder - will these still be ok? Thanks!!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 26, 2020

Tania   •   January 24, 2020

Can you make without the beets?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 28, 2020

Leanne   •   January 25, 2020

Mmm looks delicious! A must try for sure❤️ I LOVE your new cookbook so many great recipes to make, I made the tahini chocolate chip cookies today and they were sooo good. I like cookies a little less sweet normally so I’m wondering if u could cut back the maple syrup or would that change the consistency too much to work? I did cut back the chocolate chips. So many great things to make which makes me so happy as I am g free and lactose free also but live healthy delicious food. 🙏🏼

Joy McCarthy   •   January 26, 2020

Sharon   •   August 15, 2020

We enjoyed these! I used raw grated beets and they turned out great.

Joy McCarthy   •   August 17, 2020

Isshu   •   October 28, 2020

Absolutely devine! I made it today for breakfast and it was wonderful. I used Blackwheat flour. Everyone loved it. Thanks for this gem of a recipe. I’ll definitely be making it again. 

Joy McCarthy   •   October 28, 2020

Corinne Schelle   •   November 17, 2020

Hi Joy! The link to the waffle maker is not working. Is it the Breville one?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 17, 2020

Cheryl   •   February 14, 2021

Made these this morning and they were amazing! Substituted sweet sorghum flour for the rice flour and gelatin eggs for the eggs, and it worked out really well. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 15, 2021

Lauren   •   January 23, 2022

Love your new cookbook so much! The link to the waffle maker isn’t working..which brand did you like?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 24, 2022

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