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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  • CDixon

    Wow unbelievable taste and good texture. Only issue is there is no way seemingly possible for me to actually get that off the waffle iron. First time I thought I just didn’t have enough batter. Second fill I added a bit more all it did was ooze out and still leave me with a thin stuck on mess on the iron. So bummed, but have to admit my kids and myself did feast on the scraps of what we got off of the waffle iron and whatever dripped out the sides! Also, it only made about three waffles. Notnquitenif and where I went wrong here but certainly will be trying these again….maybe a different waffle maker. Off to make the real deal chocolate chip cookies now. Can’t mess those up too badly:). As a paleo for multiple health reasons family with a 6 and 3 yr old this site has been such a blessing. Thank you!

  • Caitlin

    These waffles are unbelievably delicious. I recently made the decision to go grain-free and have tried a number of waffle recipes, but they always come out soggy. These waffles crisped up nicely and have a delicious nutty flavour. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

  • http://keith.com keith

    these are the BEST waffles I have ever made…and I have made a LOT! Super light & fluffy, just simply delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe, it will be a staple in my world now.

  • Martha

    These look amazing! Do you think it would be okay to freeze the leftover waffles? If yes, what do you think is the best way to thaw them out?

    • Against All Grain

      I haven’t tried it yet but it might work if you put them in the toaster (low-med setting) or oven for a little bit defrost and heat them. It won’t take too long though! Feel free try it out and let me know how it works :)

  • Kerry

    This looks so delicious. Do you think i could use hazelnuts or even pecans instead since i have them on hand? Also if i don’t have a waffle iron could i make these as pancakes?


    • Against All Grain

      Yes most likely but those both have a skin or sorts so the texture will be quite different