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AIP Pumpkin Spice Waffles Recipes

Louise | May 8
AIP Pumpkin Spice Waffles Recipes #aip

Let’s get real, it can be hard to stick to AIP, especially when it means you have to skip the new trendy foods and flavors. With seeds and nightshades off the table, most of your spice rack has disappeared. When everyone is talking about pumpkin spice and you are avoiding half the ingredients, you may feel left out. Luckily, with a little kitchen creativity, it’s possible to come up with AIP-friendly versions of almost any flavor blend, including pumpkin spice. These AIP pumpkin spice waffles are proof that AIP doesn’t have to mean spice-free. Our pumpkin spice blend uses familiar ingredients to create a warming spice blend that skips the seeds and nightshades. Moist pumpkin waffles provide the perfect canvas to show off the spice blend. Whether it’s fall or the middle of summer, these waffles will have you thinking of crisp days and colorful leaves!

AIP Flours for Baking

When you first start AIP, it may be hard to imagine baking. No eggs, no refined sugar, no dairy. Even popular Paleo baking ingredients like almond flour and flax meal are not allowed. But there are still options available. Eggs can be replaced with gelatin and dairy can be replaced with coconut milk and coconut oil. As for flour, there are a number of options available ranging from the familiar (coconut flour) to the less so (cricket flour). Read on for a quick overview of the most common options and some that may be new to you.

  • Coconut flour – This is a common flour replacement in Paleo and AIP. It can be dry and hard to work with if it isn’t blended with another flour.
  • Arrowroot and Tapioca flour – These flours are often used interchangeably. They can be blended with coconut flour to create a better texture or used to thicken a sauce like cornstarch.
  • Cassava flour – This a relative newcomer to the AIP flour scene but it has quickly become beloved for it’s tender texture and ease of use.
  • Other flours – There are several other less common options out there including plantain flour, tigernut flour, and cricket flour. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Get the full scoop on creating an AIP pantry here!

Creating an AIP-Friendly Pumpkin Spice Blend

With a restricted spice rack, here’s how we created a three-ingredient pumpkin spice mix that’s big on flavor.

  1. Cinnamon – Cinnamon is a key ingredient in the original blend and it’s AIP-friendly, so this is a no brainer.
  2. Ginger – Ginger is a great way to add spice without relying on nightshades.
  3. Mace – Mace actually comes from the same plant as nutmeg and the flavor is described as similar, so it’s a great substitute here.

More Indulgent AIP Breakfast Recipes to Enjoy

AIP Pumpkin Spice Waffles Recipes #aip


AIP Pumpkin Spice Waffles Recipes

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 medium waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American


Delicious waffles made with pumpkin puree and an AIP-friendly pumpkin spice.


For the AIP pumpkin spice

For the waffles

  • 2 teaspoons of gelatin (4 g)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of hot water
  • 1 cup (110 g) of cassava flour
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of reserved pumpkin spice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons (20g) of coconut oil, solid weight, then melted
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of honey, plus additional to drizzle
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (115 ml) of boiling hot water


  1. Prepare a small batch of pumpkin spice by combining the spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over two tablespoons of hot water in a small bowl. Set aside to keep warm while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix the cassava flour, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, and pumpkin spice in a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted ghee, honey, and pumpkin puree. Stir in the gelatin mixture and the 1/2 cup of hot water.  Then add to the flour mixture, stirring continuously until you achieve a thick slurry consistency. (This will be approximately 4oz.) Add more boiling water as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  5. In the meantime, heat a greased waffle maker. Add the batter, cooking the waffles until crispy. Remove carefully and serve with a drizzle of honey.


This recipe was made using our waffle maker which makes two 5 x 5-in (13 x 13cm) waffles. If your waffle maker is bigger, simply double up the recipe.

All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 70 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 3 g
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