Macadamia Waffles with Fruit Syrup

Grain-Free Waffles from Against All Grain (SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free)

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When we were living in Hawaii a couple of months ago, I ran out of the stash of raw cashews I brought with me and could only find them at a very high price at the local health foods store. Macadamia nuts, however, were very prevalent and much cheaper. So I subbed them out in my original grain-free waffle recipe hoping that it would yield the same results. Macadamia nuts are a little higher in fat and produce more oil when ground up, so I adjusted the coconut flour by just a tiny bit and they turned out beautifully! I also started using coconut milk in both versions of my waffles because it gives it a lighter color and more fluffy texture. We most frequently ate these with sliced bananas on top, but this stone fruit syrup reduction is an incredible treat when the fruits are in season.

Coincidentally, a boutique macadamia nut farmer called CaliMac who follows my blog has also been substituting these nuts for the cashews in a lot of my recipes. She makes the waffles all the time and asked if she could send me a sample of her nuts and macadamia flour. I’ve been so busy that it sat in the opened box for a few weeks but I finally used the nuts for the first time the other day. Her nuts are delicious and I love knowing where they are farmed and the processes used. Sad story though about the flour – my dog got into it while I was out one day.

She is the sweetest most well trained dog, but no matter how much training we do, we can’t keep her away from the gourmet foods that line my countertops and pantry shelves. I try to shove everything back into corners where she can’t reach it when I leave for long periods of time, but this bag of flour was a casualty. We’re actually fortunate she survived through it because after seeing her shivering and barely able to move the next morning, my husband scowered the internet and found out that macadamias can be lethal for dogs! So, order some flour or nuts (or the lovely body butter!) from CaliMac, but DON’T leave them anywhere a dog might pick up on the sweet luring smell.

Grain-Free Waffles from Against All Grain (SCD, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)




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Macadamia Waffles with Fruit Syrup

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com



For the Syrup

  • 2 peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 2 plums, pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup cherries, pitted (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Place all of the syrup ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat while you prepare the waffles, or about 15 minutes. Keep it at a low but constant boil to bring out the juices from the fruit and reduce the syrup.
  2. Preheat a waffle iron to the lowest setting.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, making sure to put the liquids at the bottom for easier blending.
  4. Blend on low for 30 seconds, then increase the strength to high and continue blending until completely smooth, about another 30 seconds. If you do not have a high-speed blender, it may take a bit longer and a couple of times of pushing the batter down the side of the jar with a spatula.
  5. Spoon the batter into the waffle iron, filling half way full and spreading evenly over the mold.
  6. Cook on the low setting for 45 seconds to a minute, until the steam stops rising from the machine and the waffles easily release with a fork. Keep the waffles in a warm oven while you finish the batter.
  7. Allow the syrup to cool and thicken for 15 minutes before serving.
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  • Amber

    I just made these and my 3 year old son loved them. They were his very first waffle. But they tasted a little eggy. Do they always come out eggy or did i do something wrong? Is there anything I can do to make them not taste eggy? The only thing is did different was use truvia instead of honey because we try not to use honey

  • Nikki

    I tried making these waffles so many times but could never get the waffle out of the waffle iron in one piece. It got stuck so badly that I just ended up eating pieces of it. The flavor was so good that I didn’t want to give up so I tried buying a mister and spraying the waffle iron with grapeseed oil but still, no luck. After putting some thought in to it, I decided to make it in to a baked pancake. I have these great cassserole dishes that are perfect for one person. I put parchment paper on the bottom and filled it 1/2 way with the batter. I put that in a pre-heated 350 degree oven in a water bath for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, take it out of the water bath and back in the oven for about 15 minutes until it is done. Serve with some fresh berries and pure maple syrup. It is absolutely delicious. After my success with the pancake, I thought that I have to make the waffle work. Being Italian I never give up so I went to my roots. There is a great cookie from Italy called a Pizzelle, otherwise known as a waffle cookie. I got my Pizzelle maker out, misted it with grapeseed oil, put the batter in and hoped for the best. They came out in full pieces and tasted amazing! Of course, it’s a thin waffle but it’s a waffle! Serve the same way as the pancake.
    Next I’m going to play with the batter a little and try ttual Pizzelle cookie. I’ll let everyone know how it goes. With that success and everything that Daneille has taught me through her great cookbook I’m going to take all of my Grandmother’s cookie recipes and figure out a way to make them Paleo. I’ll post any successes that I have! Good luck everyone.

  • MaryAnn

    I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious these were. I have a belguim waffle maker so it only made 3 waffles but that was ok since only 2 of us were eating them. I also had to use a higher heat setting than recommended but probably because of the waffle iron. The first one stuck and was undercooked. The flavor was outstanding, I will make these again most definitely. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Crystal Richardson Lee

    Just made these but I subbed 1/4 almond butter for the nuts. They are darker however they are still delicious. So far the only topping I like is blueberries or enjoy life chips. Everything else ie coconut nectar, maple syrup just overpowers. I am going to try the fruit syrup