Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles
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Pumpkin and strawberries make for a surprisingly winning combination in these pumpkin strawberry waffles! The waffles are a perfect crossover between winter and spring. Vegan, gluten-free, and so fluffy.

Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles | The Full Helping

Yesterday morning, it happened: I got my first glimpse of autumn. It wasn’t the temperature, because DC was as steamy as ever. It was the quality of light outside when I woke up, just a little dimmer than the blazing sun of July mornings. It was something about the way air smelled.

This happens every August–I catch a glimpse of the fall to come–and I greet it with a mixture of excitement and sadness, because while autumn is my favorite season by far, I also love summer, and I’m sorry to see it go. Especially since I’ve spent the last two summers in science lab, crunching numbers as the days fly by.

Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles | The Full Helping

Think of these vegan, gluten free strawberry pumpkin waffles as the perfect crossover for summer and fall. If you, like me, greet the start of pumpkin season with glee, then this recipe is for you. But it also contains tiny pieces of chopped strawberry, which keep memories of summer alive. I know it sounds like a very odd combination, but I promise, it’s delicious.

Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles | The Full Helping

These waffles are fluffy and light, in part because of the gluten free flour and starch mixture. In place of it, you can use whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour–all of which I bake with regularly.

Special nod to Iris for help with this recipe, as her standard universal waffle and pancake template helped to inspire it.

Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles | The Full Helping
Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles | The Full Helping
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Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Strawberry Waffles

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yields: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons superfine brown rice flour (180 g)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons potato starch  (120 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (120 g)
  • 1 cup oat, soy, almond, cashew, or rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries (plus extra strawberries for serving)
  • avocado oil spray (for the waffle maker)


  • Whisk the baking powder, brown rice flour, potato starch, cinnamon, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin, non-dairy milk, vinegar, avocado oil, and maple syrup.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry, mix well, and then fold in the strawberries. If you need to add a splash of extra milk to make the batter appropriately thin, do so. The batter should resemble any standard waffle or pancake batter, but it will be a little thicker.
  • Spray a waffle iron with olive or vegetable oil spray and make waffles according to manufacturer instructions. I typically pour about 1/2 heaping cup of batter over the surface and wait till it’s cooked through. Be absolutely certain to spray the iron between each waffle to ensure the best results.
  • Serve the waffles with additional strawberries, if desired.
Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Pumpkin Waffles | The Full Helping

I hope you enjoy this delicious breakfast meal.

Tomorrow, I have a new dip/spread recipe for you, and later this week, further thoughts on the “dedication vs. obsession” theme. Have a good Monday!


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Categories: Pancakes & Waffles
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Meal Prep

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  1. These were so good! I love pumpkin so much so when I saw these I knew I had to make them. They are very light and fluffy. And it works well with regular whole wheat flour in case anyone has asked!

  2. Oh my. I haven’t eaten waffles in such a long time and now I’m craving them! Thanks for this wonderfull recipe Gena!

  3. Who would have thunk? Pumpkin and Strawberries! This waffle looks and sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Hi Gena,
    I recently discovered your blog, and I absolutely love your thoughtful articles, gorgeous pictures, and delicious recipes:) Those waffles look fantastic, and I need to try them out as soon as possible!! I recently started my own blog; feel free to check it out if you would like to:)

  5. Oh no please, please, I selfishly want it to stay hothothot, because I’ve just come from Australian winter and, before that, a dodgy summer of thunderstorms and cold and the occasional burning day. I want more of your glorious heat before Canada wraps me in cold!

    Though such glorious waffles as these would make the transition easier, yes indeed. I don’t know when I last had waffles!

  6. I’ve been on a waffle kick for a couple months now, and those pictures have me salivating! Loving the addition of pumpkin, too. My partner and I have already planned a nice waffle breakfast for the morning.

    I am also a lover of autumn and can relate to your mixed emotions about the early signs of the change of seasons. While you were enduring the high temps, it got unseasonably cool here. When I took my dog for a walk it felt like an October morning. In my mind, I could already see him leaping joyfully through piles of colorful leaves. What a crazy feeling for the middle of August.

    • Update: Tried these today and they are really good. The berries inside are sweet like jam, and they paired well with the pumpkin’s subtle earthiness. I’m definitely going to make these again. Thanks for the inventive recipe!

  7. Gena-
    Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes! I LOVE your food and so do my family and friends. The recipes make it look like I know what I’m doing… lol
    A sincere thank you!

  8. These look fantastic! And your not the only one who has been feeling fall! I had it hit me 3 days ago and today I caught myself looking at the trees for different colors lol. And then I came to my senses saying were not even mid August yet! Plus I have already started to dream up all things pumpkin so you have really stolen my taste buds on this one :). All I need is a waffle maker now!

    • Here, in northern AZ, some of the trees actually have yellow patches! The nights have been unusually cool and feels very autumn like.

  9. These looks terrific–love waffles as a nice change from pancakes once in a while (though I do love both. . . !). But please, NO talk of fall!!! You’ll make me cry. 😉 Enjoy every second in NYC!

  10. i’ve noticed that its been getting darker a teensy bit earlier here in New York. my favorite fall food is definitely anything involving pumpkin!
    its still so super hot that i’m ready for sweaters, scarves and boots!

  11. I’m so torn! I am a fall girl. All-time favorite season. It could be that weather all year long. But I love the summer produce so much! I haunt the farmers markets every weekend day!

    So now I have to try your combo.Yum! Great mix. Mind you, it will have to be pancakes. If I buy one more appliance I think my husband will make me sleep outside.

  12. These look so good! Haven’t had waffles or pancakes in forever!!! I am a huge fan of fall too, def my favorite season!

  13. I love waffles – and I love both pumpkin and strawberries but I’ve never combined them. I can’t wait to try these! I’m so glad you got a wafflemaker 🙂

  14. Hey Gina,
    Great post. So i don’t have a waffle iron pan, can i turn this into a pancake recipe?

  15. Oh my word… how amazing does this look! A million thank yous for a vegan AND gluten free recipe 🙂 can’t wait to try these next weekend… or maybe they’ll be dinner this week??

    I broke out the pumpkin last night too… had a hankering for vegan pumpkin mac & cheese. Incredibly delicious! Added bonus, the sun is still shining and hot so I didn’t curse summer 🙂

  16. It’s like you read my mind. I was just saying how much I’ve missed waffles. Haven’t been able to find a vegan and gluten free recipe without tons of added sugar. Can’t wait to try this out. Thank you!