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Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Waffles (Gluten-Free)

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Waffles (Gluten-Free)

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cheddar chive cornbread waffle

Southern comfort food gets reimagined and de-glutenized in this sandwich in waffle form – crispy, cheesy, savoury, and full of big flavours.  I’ve made two versions here – one vegetarian and with spicy turkey sausage.  Either way, these waffles are perfect for breakfast and brunch, or alongside a steamy bowl of Mexican tomato soup.

cheddar jalapeno turkey waffle

I had been dreaming of these waffles for a few weeks, imagining what I could throw into these waffles for maximum enjoyment.  Sharp cheddar, aromatic chives, spicy jalapeno and smokey turkey sausage ended up being the winning combination.  It was all made easy with the help of Pamela’s Products Cornbread & Muffin Mix.  The flavour of cornbread is only enhanced by the crispness of the waffle, so this version just made so much more sense to me than a muffin.

cornbread ingredients

cornbread package

Pillar’s Turkey Bites are gluten-free, low in fat, spicy and perfect in these waffles.  To make these kid-friendly, just omit the jalapeno and use a milder sausage.  Next time I make these, I will swap out the full-fat mild cheddar for low-fat sharp cheddar to get more flavour in each bite with fewer calories.

cornbread dry ingredients

cornbread wet ingredients

To sum it up: #glutenfree #cheeseplease #nomnomnom #keepitspicy #betterthanmuffins #mightneedstretchypants

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cornbread waffle in iron

Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Waffles (adapted from Pamela’s Products)


  • 1 bag Pamela’s Cornbread & Muffin Mix
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (preferably low-fat strong cheddar)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp chopped jalapeno peppers (de-seeded)
  • 3 Pillars Gluten-free  smokey turkey bites chopped (Omit for vegetarian version)
  • Cooking spray (gluten-free) or canola oil

Special Equipment: waffle maker


  1. Preheat waffle maker to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together waffle mix, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Add butter, eggs, and skim milk and stir until just combined.  Add cheese, chives, and jalapenos and stir until just incorporated.
  3. Spray waffle maker with gluten-free cooking spray or brush with canola oil.  Add 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup batter (depending on waffle maker instructions) and a sprinkle of turkey bites.  Cook according to waffle maker instrutions.
  4. Remove waffle from iron and place on a wire rack on a baking pan in 200 degree oven to keep warm.

cornbread waffle on rack

jalapeno cornbread waffle bite

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4 Responses to Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Waffles (Gluten-Free)

  1. Trude October 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Hummm!! That looks delish Ness!!

    • ness October 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks T!


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