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Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles w/ Pomegranate Orange Syrup

These festive Gluten Free Waffles with Cinnamon, Pomegranate Orange Syrup and Toasted Almonds are part of the #JuiceCentral campaign with the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, but, as always, my opinions are 100 % my own. Dig on in and enjoy!

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Black and white nutrition isn’t my thing. Never has been. Never will be.

Which is why messages like these…

“Drink your way to vibrant health with a total body juice cleanse.”

OR

“Never drink juice again. You might as well be drinking soda!”

BOTH drive me crazy.

Because, the truth is, unlike soda, 100% juices contain potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, antioxidants, and other valuable plant compounds to nourish our bodies.

On the flip side, unlike whole fruit, juice doesn’t contain fiber which helps prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, contributes to feelings of fullness, and promotes a healthy gut microbiome.

Which leads me to these words of wisdom…

Juice is nourishing and delicious, so by all means, enjoy a glass ALONG WITH your balanced diet rich in fiber, healthy fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Cheers!

You can also swaddle up to that fancy juice bar that just popped up in your neighborhood {Are they popping up everywhere in your neck of the woods like they are in mine???}, but opt for 1 serving of juice instead of a 3 day juice cleanse. It’ll save you lots of $$$ too!

Oh, and one more thought, before I share these scrumptious Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles with Spiced Pomegranate Orange Syrup with you…

As a mom, it’s important to me that my kids eat whole fruits and vegetables, but we also always have orange juice, or other juices in our house {passion fruit*orange*guava is a particularly popular 100% fruit juice blend at the moment} to help fill in the gaps when needed. And, yes, even though I’m a dietitian, my kids are far from *perfect* eaters, so those gaps need fillin’ in!

Spiced Pomegranate Orange Syrup

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested daily serving sizes for 100 % juice are 4-oz for younger kids ages 1-6 and 8 ounces for older children ages 7 and up, so all of you who are parents should feel good about including up to 1 serving of fruit juice per day in your children’s diets.

As for me, now that my orange tree FINALLY has oranges on it, after having none for 3 years {boo hoo!}, I’m totally digging drinking a glass of fresh squeezed OJ in the mornings, straight from my tree! #purebliss

Happiness is drinking fresh squeezed orange juice, straight from the tree!
Now for these Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles …

Besides drinking juice straight up, or mixed with sparkling water, did you know you can cook with juice too?

One of my favorite things to make on the weekend for my family, is a big ol’ stack of pancakes, french toast, or waffles, like these Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles.

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Usually I’ll heat up some fruit {fresh or frozen} in a sauce pan, and splash in some fruit juice, along with a drizzle of maple syrup to make a yummy, and nutritious fruit syrup.

But, for this recipe, I decided to get all festive-y and razzle-dazzle-y and created this yummy no-sugar added spiced pomegranate orange syrup with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom just for you.

I tell you. You’re in for a delicious treat!

Tip for Making these Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles with Pomegranate Orange Syrup

  • Save time on busy mornings by making the syrup ahead of time. Store it in a sealed container in your refrigerator, and heat it up on the stove or in the microwave before serving.
  • I make these gluten free waffles with my 3-ingredient all purpose gluten free flour blend, but you can use your favorite gluten free flour blend without added gums.
  • Feel free to substitute the almonds with other nuts like pecans, walnuts, or even pine nuts would be delicious!

I have a sneaking suspicion this spiced pomegranate orange syrup would be delicious on top of Greek yogurt, or mixed with vodka and sparkling water in to a festive holiday cocktail. #justsayin

Dig in to these festive Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles w/ Pomegranate Orange Syrup and Toasted Almonds

Gluten Free Waffles with Pomegranate Orange Syrup and Almonds

Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles Waffles w/ Spiced Pomegranate Orange Syrup + Toasted Almonds

These Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles with Spiced Pomegranate Orange Sauce and Toasted Almonds are a festive and delicious way to start the day!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 waffles/4 servings

Ingredients

Spiced Pomegranate Orange Syrup

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Gluten Free Waffles

Additional Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make the syrup: Pour orange and pomegranate juices into a medium size sauce pan, and heat on high, ~ 4 minutes, until boiling. Reduce heat to medium, to allow a gentle boil, and cook until juices are reduced and slightly thickened, ~20 minutes. {You may make the syrup ahead of time, or begin making the waffle batter while heating the juice mixture.} Reduce heat to low, and stir in coconut oil, spices, and salt. Bring heat back up to medium to continue cooking, allowing syrup to continue thickening, ~5 minutes more. Remove pan from heat, and allow to cool for 5 or more minutes before serving.
  • Make the waffles: Heat waffle iron. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir with a fork to combine ingredients well. Add eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients, and stir well with a fork or whisk until ingredients are well combined. Pour batter into hot waffle iron, and cook according to manufacturers instructions.
  • Assemble the waffles: Toast the almonds in a small pan over medium heat, stirring frequently, for ~ 5 minutes until a light golden brown color. Remove almonds from pan immediately to prevent further cooking. Split into 4 portions, and top two waffles with 1/4 of the pomegranate syrup plus 2 tablespoons of the toasted almonds and 1/4 cup of the pomegranate arils. Enjoy while warm.

Notes

If syrup get TOO thick, simply thin it out with a little extra orange juice and/or pomegranate juice. You should end up with ~2/3 of a cup of syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 33.1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1.8mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword gluten free waffles, pomegranate orange
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What’s your favorite type of juice? Do you cook with juice? Have you made gluten free waffles before? Pancakes, French Toast, or Waffles???

Dig in! Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles with Pomegranate Orange Syrup

P.S. Here are a few more festive gluten free breakfast ideas you’ll love!

10 thoughts on “Cinnamon Toast Gluten Free Waffles w/ Pomegranate Orange Syrup”

  1. These waffles are right up my alley! Love all the warm spices, citrus and Pom — some of my favorite flavors! My go-to juice is usually fresh citrus juice that use in just about everything I cook. I do love adding Pom juice to spruce up my bevs though!

  2. I miss the citrus trees that I grew up with. I probably didn’t appreciate them at the time, but boy would I love to pick fresh oranges and grapefruits to juice. But I do have a good apple tree, blueberry bushes and a prolific plum tree (not so great for juicing, but hey). I love the sound of that syrup (cardamom is the clincher for me). I tend to juice veggies and add in enough fruit (mainly apple or pear) to sweeten. I love using pulp of juicing fruits in baking too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Delicious and nutritious my friend- just like you! I love that you have an orange tree that has fruit now!! If you get a plethora of them and don’t know what else to do…. I’ll gladly take them off your hands! I just got a new waffle maker and have been on the hunt for a recipe- thanks for answering my prayers!! Now, my fav juice… I love actually using pom juice in my cocktails and jellies! It’s the perfect combo for a fun flavor!

    1. Thanks so much Liz! You know I will share my oranges {and lemons!} with you any time ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so excited that you got a new waffle maker! Mr. Spicy and I got this for a wedding present 17+ years ago, and I promise you, it’s gotten a LOT of use! Hope to cheer you with a pomegranate cocktail soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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