Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles

October 20, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
These warming waffles are crisp on the outside and fluffy in the center: the perfect fall breakfast!

Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles

Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles are a sweet and delicious fall breakfast. Made with cornmeal, apple butter and sweetened with agave, these dairy-free waffles are a treat for the entire family.

Stack of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles

If you're looking for a sweet treat to start your day on Halloween or any morning this fall, then look no further. These Spiced Apple Cornmeal Waffles are the perfect family-friendly breakfast worth getting out of bed for.

They're light and fluffy, with plenty of warming spices and a crisp crunchy texture. It's time to warm up your waffle iron and assemble your favorite toppings to make this apple-spiced breakfast treat.

Ingredients for Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles including cornmeal, apple butter, and almond milk

Ingredients for Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles

The build the decadent and delicious flavor in these waffles, you need the following ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour. I use organic flour from Bob's Red Mill
  • Cornmeal. This helps keep your waffles crisp and crunchy.
  • Apple spice blend. You can make this at home with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cardamom.
  • Baking powder and baking soda. for extra thick and fluffy waffles.
  • Apple butter. You can use store-bought or homemade apple butter .
  • Almond milk. Or any other dairy-free milk you like.
  • Apple cider vinegar. to make dairy-free tangy buttermilk.
  • Agave. You can also use maple syrup if you like.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil. you can also use melted vegan butter if you like.

Unmixed Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffle ingredients in a bowl

Caramelized Apples

My favorite part about these cornmeal waffles is the topping: ooey, gooey caramelized apples. You'll love them too. In fact, you may even want to make a double batch so you can save some for topping toast, ice cream, and more!

Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffle batter in a bowl

Here's what you need to make caramelized apples:

  • Gala apples. These hold their texture nicely when cooked. You could also use Honeycrisp apples if you prefer.
  • Vegan butter. Coconut oil will also work.
  • Brown sugar. I recommend organic sugar.



Seasoned apple slices in a pan

Toppings for Crisp Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles

In addition to the sweet caramelized apples, you can top your spiced waffles with so many different things! Here are some of my favorite toppings for these waffles:

Pile of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles topped with caramelized apples and granola

Can I Store Leftovers?

Yes! You can store leftover waffles and apples.

To store waffles, let them cool fully on a wire rack, then transfer to an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for up to four days. Or freeze for up to three months. Reheat the waffles in a toaster or microwave to serve.

To store your caramelized apples, keep them in an airtight container for up to four days.

Pile of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles topped with caramelized apples and granola

Homemade Apple Butter

You can find apple butter at the store or make your own. Use this recipe to make delicious apple butter if you have time!

Overhead shot of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles topped with caramelized apples and granola

Can I Make Gluten-free Apple Spice Waffles?

Certainly! To make these gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour for gluten-free 1:1 all-purpose flour. If the batter is very runny, add another ¼ cup of gluten-free flour.

Closeup of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles topped with caramelized apples and granola

More Easy Waffle Recipes to Try:

Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles on a wooden plate with a fork


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Closeup of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles topped with caramelized apples and granola

Pile of Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles topped with caramelized apples and granola

Apple Spice Cornmeal Waffles

October 20, 2021
5 from 1 vote
These crispy apple spiced waffles are topped with caramelized apples and have a fluffyr texture that's perfect for a fall breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6 waffles



  • 1 ½ cup organic all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon apple spice blend (See Notes!)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup Apple Butter, homemade or store-bought (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsps coconut oil, melted


  • 2 medium Gala apples, sliced with skin on
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Granola
  • Your fave nuts, toasted



  • Preheat your waffle maker to desired setting–medium-high heat worked for me! 
  • In a measuring cup, add the milk and ACV together, stirring to combine and letting them sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, apple spice blend, and sea salt. Create a well in the middle.
  • Add the milk-ACV mixture, coconut oil, apple butter, Agave, and vanilla in the well of the dry ingredients and stir together well (using a rubber spatula) until fully incorporated and batter looks smooth.
  • Now, let the batter sit for 2-3 minutes while it slightly thickens and rises, which means that the ingredients have activated. NOTE: the batter should be pourable but not 'runny' at all. It should slightly stick when whisk is lifted up, as a test for thickness. NOTE: DO NOT OVER-MIX!
  • Next, spoon batter into your waffle maker (½ cup approximately) and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions. 
  • Once each waffle completes, add to a baking sheet and place them in the oven on the lowest setting (to keep them warm). Repeat until all waffles are made.


  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and sea salt and stir until combined and everything begins to bubble a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the sliced apples and toss until well coated and cook for 8-10 minutes, until tender and the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
  • To serve–stack waffles (whole or cut), top with caramelized apples, granola (or nuts), and drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be tightly sealed in a zip loc bag (once fully cooled) and either refrigerated for a few days or frozen.To serve, reheat waffles in the oven on 400 degrees for a few minutes until warmed through.
  • FREEZE WAFFLES: To store waffles for longer periods, simply add them unto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 2 hours. Once fully frozen, remove and store them in a zip loc and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make these cupcakes GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). **NOTE: If the batter mixture is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, ¼ cup at a time.**
  • OIL: You can substitute the coconut oil with melted vegan butter or vegetable oil, if preferred.
  • APPLE BUTTER: To make your own apple butter, click the link to the recipe.
  • APPLE SPICE BLEND: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon allspice, ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger, and ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 641mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 3mg


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