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Gluten-Free cinnamon bun waffles on plate with glaze.

How to Make Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Waffles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 waffles
Author GlutenFreeBaking.com


For the Cinnamon-Swirl

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed (2 ounces; 56 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened (increase to 2 tablespoons for a richer swirl.) (1/2 ounce; 14 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons milk (1 ounce; 28 grams)

For the Waffles

  • 1 cup finely ground white rice flour (4 ounces; 113 grams)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (2 ounces; 56 grams)
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour (1 ounce; 28 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (1/2 ounce; 14 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (10 ounces; 283 grams)
  • 2 large eggs (about 3 1/2 ounces; 100 grams)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (1 3/4 ounces; 50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar (4 ounces; 113 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons milk, plus more as needed (1 ounce; 28 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the Icing: Stir together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. It should flow easily from a fork. Adjust with additional powdered sugar (to thicken) or additional milk (to thin) as needed. Set aside. 

  2. Make the Swirl: In a small bowl, combine dark brown sugar, butter, and ground cinnamon. Mix until a thick paste forms. Add milk. Stir to combine. Mixture will be thick and look curdled. This is normal. As long as it's thoroughly combined, you're fine. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a small (number 4) tip or, if you don't have a tip, cut a hole in the bag later. Set aside.

  3. Make the Waffle Batter: In medium mixing bowl, whisk together white rice flour, cornstarch, sweet rice flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt, and xanthan gum. Add the  milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.

  4. Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. Spray iron generously with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter onto hot iron (amount of batter will vary depending on your iron). Cook until crisp. Serve with icing. (Note: to clean your waffle iron. Heat on the low setting. This loosens the stuck-on sugar. Wipe (carefully) with a damp cloth while the iron is warm.