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Gluten-Free Almond Berry Waffles with Chia Jam

One of the things I look forward to on the weekend is a lazy morning at home. Whether it’s a breakfast-in-bed kind of day or even Mother’s Day, this recipe for Gluten Free Almond Berry Waffles is a great one to have on hand! They are light, fluffy and full of berry goodness. Get the recipe below!

Mother’s Day is coming up and it has me feeling all the feels.

Why? Because my mom is one special lady. She is one of my biggest advocates and best friends. She is smart, funny, patient, full of love and encouragement. She has been with me through the greatest moments of my life and some of the hardest with open arms. No matter what, my mom is always there, and there is so much comfort in knowing this.

I am so blessed to have a mom to be able to look up to and role model after when we start our own family. I’ve already asked her to start teaching me her ways, as I’m anticipating the complexities, hardships and beauty that parenting brings!


My mom is the reason I love celebrating Mother’s Day so much. It means that I get to celebrate her and show her a small token of appreciation for all that she has done for me.

So for Mother’s Day, I have begun the tradition of hosting a brunch. My mom and I have a lot in common, but the thing we enjoy most is cooking and experimenting with new foods and flavors. So much so that we jump at the opportunity to take a cooking class wherever we are. We’ve participated in a one-week culinary boot camp in Colorado, a cooking class at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, and we find local opportunities whenever we can! We even have a sushi making class coming up and I CAN’T WAIT.

cooking class

For us, food is much more than what’s on our plate. It’s an experience, an adventure and a way to bring family and friends together for conversation around the table. Because of this, Mother’s Day brunch isn’t just about the spread of delicious eats. It’s about celebrating and honoring my mom, and serving her in a way that I know makes her feel appreciated.

This year for Mother’s Day brunch, I wanted to switch up the menu a bit and include waffles. But not just any waffles! My mom loves fruit of any kind and so I wanted to create a waffle recipe that featured two of the season’s most delicious fruits: blueberries and strawberries.

Gluten-Free Berry Almond Waffles with Berry Chia Jam for a lazy weekend brunch! || FitLiving Eats

But it doesn’t stop there! To add even more flavor and deliciousness in every bite, I also added sliced almonds for a little crunch and some almond extract for even more almond-y goodness. Holy yum.

These gluten-free almond berry waffles would make for a delicious breakfast in bed, addition to your own Mother’s Day brunch menu, or to have on hand for a lazy weekend morning. You could also make a double batch and freeze them to have on busy weekday mornings!

Gluten-Free Berry Almond Waffles with Berry Chia Jam || FitLiving Eats

As if there’s not already enough berry goodness going on in there, I like to top mine with some homemade berry chia jam. It’s super simple to make and with only 3 ingredients, you can’t go wrong. Get the recipe for chia jam, here!

Gluten-Free Berry Almond Waffles with Berry Chia Jam for a lazy weekend brunch! || FitLiving Eats

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Gluten-Free Almond Berry Waffles




  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to a small mixing bowl (eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract, coconut oil, almond milk) and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Fold in the sliced almonds, blueberries and strawberries.
  4. Heat a waffle iron and coat with cooking spray. Add 1/3 cup batter to each waffle section and cook through (timing varies with each waffle maker). Repeat until all of the batter is used up.
  5. Top with berry chia jam and fresh berries. Enjoy!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked my mom to pick her 5 favorite blog posts to share with you. See her favorite picks below!

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Love you, Mom.

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? What is your favorite lazy morning breakfast? Share with me in the comments below!

-Carly Paige

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46 Responses

  1. I love you too!!!!!! I am so proud of you and love every bit of watching you become the beautiful woman that you are, inside and out. I appreciate beyond words the friendship that we have and the admiration for each other as we both continue to grow into who we are meant to be!!! I love you beyond words my sweet carcar!

  2. Aaaawwww yay for mommy!! She is going to love these waffles – they look and sound incredible! I need to get a regular waffle iron. I only have a belgium, which is awesome don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I think the little squares are easier!

    1. Thank you! I had a belgium waffle maker and it was great, but I love my new one because you can remove the plates and put them in the dishwasher!

  3. ooooh baby…. these look incredible! I’ve been on a berry-themed breakfast kick lately, will have to try these out. And the bit about your mother was so cute, happy mothers day to her! xx

  4. Aw Carly!!! I loved reading about your relationship with your mom, and that photo of the two of you is precious. It’s also super sweet that she commented on this post! Happy you have that support system. And as always, your recipes look amazing. I mean berry chia jam?! YUM!

  5. These waffles look freakin amazing! Excuse me while I go out & buy a waffle iron so I can actually make them :D
    p.s. not sure if it’s just me but I can’t see the actual recipe. It just says ‘Add Recipe’ where I assume the recipe should be :/

    1. I realized that after you commented… thanks, Giselle! Ugh.. trying to blog too late at night never works ha. You should totally get a waffle maker – I use mine all the time!

  6. Oh my goodness, those waffles look amazing! I am hosting a post mother’s day brunch for some friends in a couple weeks and I may just have to add these to the menu!!!

  7. These look so yummy! I have to break away from my pumpkin spice protein pancakes since it’s almost summer lol Pinning this <3

  8. I am gluten-free so this is right up my alley! Your mom is the cutest – she reminds me of my mom (she always responds to my blog posts and I love it!!!!)

    1. Thanks, Chrissa! It is so much fun. I hope maybe one day I have a daughter so that I can share these things with her, too!

  9. This recipe looks amazing! And I love that it’s gluten free which means I can actually try this!

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