Healthy Gingerbread Waffles

a gingerbread waffle on a white plate topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Healthy gingerbread waffles made with fresh ginger and whole wheat flour are full of spice and holiday cheer! With crispy outsides and fluffy, lightly sweetened insides, they're perfect for Christmas morning brunch or for meal prepping to make weekday mornings more special. (dairy-free, vegetarian)


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch or arrowroot flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (or ginger paste)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 to 1 club soda or seltzer water


  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add egg, molasses, vanilla, and soda, starting with 3/4 cup of soda and adding more as needed to get the right consistency. Whisk until just combined.
  4. Brush or spray waffle iron with oil and pour batter onto surface and cook until done.
  5. Top waffles with powdered sugar, whipped cream, maple syrup and/or fruit for serving.


  • If you accidentally get the batter too thin, you can add a small handful of quick oats the help absorb some of the liquid.
  • I like to use a setting of 3-4 on my waffle iron. (I have this double waffle maker and love it!)
  • Store leftover waffles in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or in the freezer up to 3 months.


  • All purpose flour may be used in place of whole wheat.
  • Ground ginger may be used in place of fresh. Use 1/2 tsp.
  • If you prefer to use milk or non-dairy milk instead of soda, the waffles may not be quite as fluffy, but you certainly can. I'd go with buttermilk if you have it.

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