Liberate Gluten Free Waffles

Liberate Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten free waffles at the supermarket woohoo! Thank you Liberate! The last time I ate a gluten free waffle was back around 2022 when I had an amazing savoury waffle while on a road trip. It was cheesy and topped with fried chicken.

About Liberate

Liberate are pretty well-known in the gluten free world for their crumpets. From what I can tell they are an Australian company, with products made in Australia. However, they have a much wider range in the UK with pancakes, two kinds of English muffins and even cinnamon waffles! Update: A follower in Melbourne found the cinnamon waffles!

I guess it makes sense in a way, there is a larger population in the UK which means more coeliacs and gluten free folk.

But it is good to see Liberate are expanding their range locally in Australia. It’s also great that we’ve got more locally made products – did you know ten years ago there was a lot imported from the UK and Ireland? I don’t need my bread flying 15,000km…

A waffle on a plate topped with blueberries, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup. Two raspberries to garnish.

Preparing your waffles

Before you can eat your waffles you need to heat them up. It’s a bit disappointing actually, there’s no information on the packet on how to heat them other than ‘toast until warm’ and ‘heat in oven until warm’. Cool, thanks.

So what I did instead was look up some regular gluten-filled waffles to figure out a cooking time.

Toscano waffles (who incidentally make the best GF pizza base) recommend heating their waffles for four minutes at 220°C.

We tried this and honestly I think it needed it a bit longer to feel properly warmed through.

A waffle in a baking tray.

So my advice for cooking Liberate gluten free waffles in the oven.

  • Five to six minutes at 220°C.

Update: I bought these waffles again in April 2024. I decided to heat them in the toaster… they were so much better in the toaster. It’s made me wonder if there’s a recipe change or a batch difference.

The waffles were less dense and and much softer than the first time where they felt a bit stodgy and stiff. It may be that my initial heating method dried them out. So definitely try the toaster as an alternative.

Okay, so now you’ve cooked your waffles on to the taste.

The Taste

I’ve never had a supermarket waffle so I can’t compare to those unfortunately. Although my husband suggested we go squish a packet next time we’re at the shops.

In terms of texture the waffles are more dense than I would have expected. Certainly more dense than freshly made waffles, but I think that is inevitable. Much like store bought pancakes are tougher than freshly made ones.

Being waffles they have crispy edges which makes for a nice crunch as you bite in. The vanilla flavour comes through well, but it isn’t so strong that it overpowers to your toppings. Most importantly they are not grainy or gritty.

It’s a bit tricky to figure out what else to say! They’re good, obviously a fresh one is much better, but this does the job well.

Update: the second time I got these I found they were much nicer. First time was Oct 2023, and second was April 2024. The second time they were less dense, less sugary and not so tough. It was much more like a fresh waffle.

The Upgrade

I found these waffles just the day before my birthday so naturally they became my birthday breakfast.

I went all in, with fresh strawberries, maple syrup and whipped cream. It was delicious! I think if I had them later in the day I would have included ice cream as well.

A few days later I ate the remaining waffle (remember, I have to share with my husband) with peanut butter, maple and berries. He had his with lemon curd and cream.

A waffle on a plate with a scoop of lemon curd, raspberries and whipped cream.

The Verdict

I’d definitely buy these again! Although, they were released around the same time as my birthday and for my birthday I got… a waffle maker! So I might be doing a few homemade waffles before I go out searching for these.

Where to buy Liberate gluten free waffles

Liberate gluten free waffles were exclusive to Woolworths but since April 2024 they are now available at Coles. I have also seen some folks finding them at their local IGA store, as well as more of their range.

They are also available in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand so if you’re reading from there check the Liberate stockists page.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Gluten free: Legit, nil detected.
Vegetarian / vegan: Vegetarian.
Allergens: Milk, egg.
Serving size: 4 waffles.

Need more breakfast ideas? Check out these Maccas Sausage McMuffins (GF!) and these super cute cheesy egg cups!


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