Gluten free toaster waffles: Nature’s Path Buckwheat vs. Van’s Totally Natural

Toaster waffles are a great, quick way to grab breakfast, and there is no reason why a gluten-free diet should keep you away from them! There are more than two brands of GF waffles out there of course, but Nature’s Path Buckwheat and Van’s are the two most common brands that I come across when shopping both at regular and natural supermarkets in California.

So how do they stack up?

Nature’s Path Nutrition Info (2 waffles):image

  • 180 Calories
  • 6g Fat
  • 1g Saturated Fat
  • 350mg Sodium
  • 29g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 4g Sugar
  • 2g Protein

 

Vans Nutrition Info (2 waffles):

  • 230 Caloriesimage
  • 7g Fat
  • 1g Saturated Fat
  • 400mg Sodium
  • 42g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 4g Sugar
  • 2g Protein

 

 

Nutritionally: If you are counting calories, Van’s is a killer. Both brands are basically the same on other counts, but Van’s is also higher in fat, sodium, and carbs. Both are the same on sugar, fiber, and protein, however.

Each brand is wheat, gluten, dairy, and egg free, containing soy. They have a similar mixture of different flours and fruit juices as well. Both are organic.

Taste: NP waffles are sweeter (being wildberry flavored) and you can definitely pick up on fruit juices, as well as the fruit pieces in the dough. Particularly nice if you only want to put butter on them. Van’s are less sweet and the fruit flavor is not very strong, with a saltier taste. Really, they taste like toast, which some people may prefer.

Price: Depending on how your store puts these on sale, either could be cheaper. However I usually find the NP waffles on sale for cheaper than Van’s. I often find them as 2 boxes for $4-5, and Van’s usually come in around $3-4 for a box. (Sometimes more if you shop at Whole Foods, but then, isn’t everything…)

Texture: This is where the two brands really split apart. NP waffles toast up nicely and hold their shape very well, without crumbling or breaking. You can apply any spread and they don’t give up crumbs. The Van’s waffles almost came apart when I picked them up out of the toaster, and while jam went on ok, a huge amount of crumbs came off when I spread on butter. While I was eating them one actually split across the surface, so the jam-part fell off. The Van’s also soak up syrup quicker than NP, so you might have to put more on, or just reassure yourself that the syrup is already inside the waffles.

The Winner? Click “More” to see!

 

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Nature’s Path Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles – by a landslide!

They are way better in taste and texture – I hate how GF foods can be super-crumbly sometimes. I would not feel comfortable taking Van’s with me in the car on the way to work/school because I think they would be hard to eat with one hand, while NP definitely are manageable.

But for me, personally, the biggest issue here is the calories. Van’s has 230 calories per serving, which seem absolutely silly, since the better tasting version has only 180. That’s 50 calories I would much rather spend somewhere else, like on waffle-toppings!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Babygirl
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 23:39:59

    I love the name of your blog. And you also did a wonderful review on these gluten free waffles. And I always wanted to try buckwheat pancakes or waffles so I may just try the Natures Path. Nice post

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  3. Steven Parsons
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 14:36:48

    The NP wildberry GF waffles taste far better in my opinion. I’ve been eating the NP brand for a while when Vans was on sale, so I bought a box to try the Vans. Huge dissappointment compared to the taste & texture (and calories) of NP. Whole foods have them on sale periodically for 2/$5.

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    • natswrite
      Dec 29, 2011 @ 20:40:07

      I totally agree with you; the Vans fall apart in the toaster!

      Also, I don’t know if you ever shop at Costco, but recently I found Nature’s Path Homestyle GF waffles there, a box of 24 for only 8.99. Awesome deal.

      Reply

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