Product Review: Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Waffles
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Feb 12 2010

Product Review: Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Waffles

I have tried many gluten-free waffles over the past 4 years, but I don’t think I have ever tried the Trader Joe’s version. I happened to be at Trader Joe’s yesterday and noticed that their gluten-free waffles were $1.99 for 8 waffles. That is a great price! Nature’s Path waffles run between $2.99 and $5.00/box for 6 waffles. Van’s waffles run between $2.69 and $4.00/box for 6 waffles. I picked up a package to see how they compare to the other 2 brands.

Trader Joe’s Waffles are gluten & yeast free. They have no preservatives or artificial ingredients. There are 230 calories per 2 waffles, which is comparable to Van’s & Nature’s Path. I followed the directions & let the waffles defrost slightly before toasting. They toasted up nicely and evenly. I have had issues in the past with Van’s Waffles toasting unevenly. The flavor and texture were great. They rank right up there with the Van’s & Nature’s Path and you get more bang for your buck. Another win for Trader Joe’s.

Waffles

I rarely top my waffles with butter & syrup. I am always coming up with new toppings and the toppings usually involve almond or peanut butter. Sometimes I add fruit spread. Sometimes pumpkin butter (another Trader Joe’s product). My newest fascination is heating up fruit with cinnamon & then putting that on top of the waffles & nut butter. I especially like pears & cinnamon. I just cut up the fruit, throw it in a bowl & top with cinnamon. I microwave them for a minute at a time, until desired tenderness – usually 2.5 minutes in my microwave. Below is a picture with almond butter, raisins & cinnamon.

Another use for the waffles is bread for a sandwich. While at my sister’s house in Atlanta, I didn’t have any bread, so I used 2 waffles as bread. Worked like a charm and was really tasty with the pulled pork she served for dinner.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Waffles? If so, what did you think? I am always interested in hearing opinions from others on the gluten-free products I sample & review.

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • Danny

    Thanks for the review.. I can’t wait to sample them. This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes:

  • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

    That looks like a great recipe, Danny.

  • cindy

    Newly diagnosed and took a few days to wrap my head around this. Just purged the cupboards and made the first shopping excursion. I too live in Cols OH and plan to visit Trader Joe’s soon. I’m a regular there, but will be shopping with a new focus. I’m a vegetarian so many of my old TJ’s favorites are out. I’m really worried about cost, so thanks for the waffle review.

  • Sarah

    I like these very much. As with Van’s, there’s a slight aftertaste, but with the right toppings it’s hard to taste. I make my own spread using a mashed banana, about a tablespoon of unsweetened organic applesauce (in my region, Stop ‘n’ Shop brand is very good and reasonably priced), and a dollop of no-fat, unsweetened plain yogurt to give it body (I use Greek style). I sprinkle cinnamon right onto the waffle after it’s warmed up, then add as much spread as I like. Sometimes I add berries or chopped walnuts or pecans. Tasty!

    P.S. The Stop ‘n’ Shop brand is called Nature’s Promise, by the way.