These protein waffles are crisp and fluffy, packed with flavor, and of course, full of protein. Best of all though is the fact that all you need is your favorite protein powder and just a handful of simple ingredients to make 'em. Seriously, they're a cinch to make - less than 30 minutes is all it takes to whip up them up from scratch.
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The Best High Protein Waffles
I love waffles, and I'm always trying to eat more protein. So naturally, I just had to come up with a recipe for high protein waffles. I know I'm biased, but I honestly think this protein version is even better than waffles you'd get out at a diner!
They taste just like regular homemade waffles - crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, with just the right amount of sweetness - but they're so much better for you. This protein waffle recipe is the ultimate protein-packed breakfast or snack to make with your favorite protein powder! You could even eat them for dessert with my vanilla protein ice cream.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Each waffle has 15 grams of protein. These healthy protein waffles are packed with naturally protein-rich ingredients like Greek yogurt, rolled oats, and protein powder to help you meet your daily protein goals in the most delicious way while keeping you full and satisfied longer!
The perfect macros. These waffles are low in calories, low in carbs, and high in protein. You just can't beat that for starting your day off on the right foot!
So easy to make. Literally, all you have to do to make this recipe is blend the ingredients together and then cook the waffles. That's it!
- Greek yogurt- I like to use Fage Total 0 since it's low in sugar and high in protein.
- Milk- I used unsweetened almond milk.
- Maple Syrup- my keto maple syrup recipe works great since it has no calories!
- Vanilla Extract
- Protein Powder- I used chocolate protein powder, but vanilla protein powder works too. And feel free to use whey protein powder or plant based protein powder.
- Rolled Oats
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cooking spray- I like using coconut or avocado oil spray.
- To serve- sugar-free syrup, bananas, and shredded coconut
Also, any extra protein powder you have left can be used to make this speedy low calorie mug cake, this espresso protein banana bread, these protein blueberry muffins, or even this protein mug cake recipe. They happen to have a lot of the same ingredients!
How To Make High Protein Waffles
Again, this protein waffle recipe is super easy to make. Just 3 simple steps are all you need to follow to make it. Plus, you get a pretty hefty amount of waffles from this recipe. It yields 6-8 waffles.
Now, you'll need a waffle iron to make these protein waffles. But if you don't have a waffle iron, you're not totally out of luck. You can still make the batter and do protein pancakes with it instead.
Step 1: Make the Protein Waffle Batter
Ok, first things first, preheat your waffle iron. A cold waffle iron is more prone to sticking and could be harder to work with, and we definitely don't want that.
Plus, this batter comes together lightning quick so you'll want the waffle iron ready to go in the next few minutes.
Anyway, while the waffle iron is heating up, you can toss all your ingredients into a blender and pulse until everything is fully combined.
Step 2: Cook the Waffles
Now, grease the inside of the waffle iron with some avocado oil - or coconut oil - to prevent the batter from sticking. Then, gently pour the batter into the center of the waffle iron and evenly spread it out with a rubber spatula if needed.
You want to pour in enough batter to fill the waffle iron mold almost completely up, but nothing more than that. If you overfill the waffle iron, your batter will overflow out of the machine, and you certainly don't want that. So, I recommend erring on the side of caution.
Now, once your iron is appropriately filled, you can close the lid and let the protein waffles cook for around 10 minutes or until golden brown. Most waffle irons even have a light that indicates when the waffles are done. So you can even use that as a guide as well.
Finally, transfer your protein waffle onto a plate, and repeat the process with the rest of the batter, stacking your freshly made healthy protein waffles as you go.
Step 3: Finishing Touches and Serving
Ok, so now that you've cooked all of your waffles, it's time to serve 'em! I like to serve them with a drizzle of maple syrup or sugar-free syrup, sliced bananas, and shredded coconut.
You can also add any fruits you'd like - strawberries, blueberries, apples, etc. all taste great on them. Also, sometimes I even like to sprinkle on chocolate chips or chia seeds before topping them with a pat of butter.
How To Store These Protein Waffles
You can store any leftovers wrapped in plastic warp and aluminum foil or keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can also make a double or triple batch of this waffle recipe and freeze the rest for later. To freeze your extra protein waffles, put them in a resealable freezer bag with a piece of parchment paper between each one to prevent sticking. Squeeze any extra air out of the bag and store your protein waffles in the freezer for up to 3 months.
My favorite way to reheat the waffles is in the toaster oven or oven at 350°F (175°C) for 3-5 minutes or until warmed through and crisp on the outside. For frozen waffles, I recommend reheating for around 10 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are protein waffles healthy?
Yes, but not only protein waffles are created equal. You'll want to keep an eye on what they're made with and what the macronutrients are. With that said, this high protein waffle recipe is super healthy. It's made with wholesome ingredients, and the waffles are low in calories and carbs, and super high in protein!
Can I substitute the oat flour?
Yes, if you don't want to use oat flour, you can use an equal amount of almond flour, all-purpose flour, or chickpea flour. You'll want to substitute 1 cup of oat flour for ¾ cup of one of those substitutes.
Can I put protein powder in my waffle mix?
Absolutely. You can add a half or a whole scoop of protein powder to any waffle mix. However, if you do that, you'll want to add an extra liquid like almond milk or whole milk and yogurt to thin out the batter, as the powder will make it thicker than usual.
How do you make protein waffles less dry?
If your protein waffles tend to come out dry, introducing more liquid ingredients into the batter is the best way to combat that. For this recipe, I use Greek yogurt, eggs, and almond milk to make the waffles moist and rich. Some other options you can try are mashed bananas, cottage cheese, or even applesauce. These will improve the waffles texture-wise, and the first will bring additional protein to the recipe too. Or, you can simply reduce the amount of protein powder in your batter. Protein powder is the main culprit for dry protein waffles, so cutting back on the protein powder is a quick and easy solution if you don't want to add more ingredients.
More High Protein Recipes
- Protein shake for weight loss
- Protein cinnamon rolls
- Protein brownies
- Protein pancakes
- Protein pudding
- Protein balls
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. Unsweetened Almond Milk
- ½ tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
- ¾ cup Rolled Oats
- ½ tsp. Baking powder
- ½ tsp. Baking soda
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- cooking spray, I like using coconut or avocado oil spray
- To serve: sugar free syrup, bananas, and shredded coconut
- Preheat the waffle maker.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and pulse until fully combined.
- Grease the waffle maker with a bit of avocado or coconut oil and add the waffle mixture. Close the lid and cook for around 10 minutes or until golden. Repeat with the rest.
- Serve with maple syrup or sugar free syrup, bananas and shredded coconut.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 waffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 16g