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Waffles or Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

March 17, 2021
Waffles or Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

In 2013, my family was in Israel for Passover, so I won the get-out-of-Passover-cooking-free card that year. The hotels in Israel serve enormous breakfast buffets with every kind of salad, cheese, yogurt, fruit, cake, bread (for Passover—really), and cookie you can imagine. I was fascinated by the appearance of waffles at two different hotel buffets, and my kids were thrilled. One hotel even had a frozen yogurt machine—the yogurt made an excellent topping. After tasting the waffles, I was won over and convinced that everyone needs a waffle maker for Passover. This batter can be used to make pancakes as well.

Featured in: Kosher For Passover Brunch Recipes

Recipe by: Paula Shoyer



  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Zester
  • Medium bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • Waffle maker
  • Silicone spatula


  • 1 ¼cups ground almonds
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼cup sugar
  • 2tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • ½cup potato starch
  • 2large eggs, separated
  • ½cup milk
  • ½teaspoon orange zest (from 1 orange)
  • ½teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray
Yield: 4 large waffles or 6 to 8 medium pancakes
Time: 25 minutes (10 minutes prep + 15 minutes cook)


  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, baking powder, sugar, vanilla sugar, and potato starch. Add the egg yolks and whisk. Add the milk and orange zest and whisk to combine.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed and, when the eggs are foamy, add the salt. Turn the speed up to high and beat the whites until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

  • Step 3

    Heat your waffle maker and generously coat it with cooking spray.

  • Step 4

    Measure about 3/4 cup of batter for an average waffle maker. Drop batter in the middle of the waffle maker. Slowly close the top, taking care not to push down too hard. Let the waffle cook for about four minutes, or until browned. Remove from waffle maker and serve.

  • Reprinted with permission from New Passover Menu © 2015 by Paula Shoyer, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

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