If you love crispy eggplant, this crispy baked Gluten Free Eggplant Slice recipe is for you. Eat plain, or top with marinara, parmesan, and fresh basil!!
Healthy and delicious, you make this recipe in a fun new way…on your waffle iron!! Keep reading, there is a video to show you how easy this baked eggplant recipe is to make!
New Ideas for cooking with your waffle iron!
Have you ever used your waffle iron for anything besides waffles? I can’t wait to share this new recipe idea with you. It is one of a few new creative waffle iron recipes coming soon!
These baked eggplant slices are low fat because they are baked…but they are crispy like they were fried! This gluten free eggplant recipe would also make a delicious appetizer if you used the skinny Italian eggplant instead of the big purple ones.
You can even grill the eggplant like in this Grilled Eggplant Parmesan recipe if you prefer a low carb version. (Feel free to grill your eggplant on the waffle iron too!)
We have been buried in sweets for two months because of the holiday season. I am desperately trying to get back on track and eat healthier.
Is anyone else a little burned out on sweets besides me?
My inspiration for this recipe came from my kids complaining that I never use my waffle iron. I have more than the average food geek’s worth of kitchen toys, but I always forget about the waffle iron.
You may also like this Curried Sweet Potato Hash Brown Waffle recipe that is also made on a waffle iron!
It wasn’t breakfast time, so I decided to make something non-traditional. Looking in the refrigerator, I had a couple of sorry looking eggplants about to go past their prime.
(You know my kid turned their noses up at this crispy baked eggplant recipe, right? I have the only kids who hate pasta sauce so I wasn’t expecting a miracle here…but Mr. Fearless Dining and I devoured them all!)
Are you ready to see how easy this baked gluten free eggplant recipe is to make?
Here is a fun video that shows you how easy it is to cook these gluten free eggplant rounds.
Some tips on cooking with your waffle iron:
- You will need your waffle iron to be on a high temperature setting.
- Depending on your waffle iron, you may have to push down on it for a couple of minutes to soften the eggplant enough for the lid to stay down flat.
- Spray coconut oil or olive oil on the waffle iron to give a nice crisp to the gluten free panko coating.
- Remember the waffle iron is hot so add and remove the eggplant carefully!
- Don’t forget to unplug the waffle iron when you are done cooking with it!
More Delicious Healthy Vegetable Recipes:
- Crispy Baked French Fries with Curry Dipping Sauce
- Crispy Delicata Squash Cheddar Fritters
- Creamy Roasted Eggplant Dip
- Gluten Free Zucchini Ribbon Lasagna Alfredo
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Things You Need To Make This Recipe:
An easy gluten free crispy eggplant recipe made on your waffle iron.
- 1 1/2 cup gluten free panko
- 2 large eggplants
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 cup marinara
- 1/3 cup parmesan
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil spray
Preheat the waffle iron.
Slice the eggplant thinly.
Add eggs to a bowl and whisk to blend. Set aside.
Add gluten free panko and spices to another bowl and whisk to blend.
Take an eggplant round. Dip in the egg, turning it to coat both sides.
Next, dip the egg covered eggplant in the panko mixture.
Spray the waffle iron with cooking oil. (I used avocado oil.)
Drop the eggplant round in the waffle iron. Cook 5-7 minutes until crispy.
Top with your favorite marinara sauce, parmesan, and fresh basil. Serve hot.