At 11g of protein per waffle, these Simple Protein Waffles are the perfect post-workout breakfast for a Saturday morning sweat sesh, or freeze them for an easy grab-and-eat meal during the week.
I swear, the best recipes are the simplest.
That’s why Italian food is so good. It’s simple. Basil, garlic, lemon, Parmesan, olive oil, tomatoes… boom. And that’s my thing – I love making something that’s outrageously delicious, with simple ingredients. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love to experiment. But, to me, simple is always better.
Which makes me think of all the simple food equations that I absolutely love. The ones that require little labor, little ingredients, but make for big flavor. Let’s see…
Slow scrambled eggs + salt + parsley
Avocado + toast + salt + lime juice
Pasta + olive oil + Parmesan
Frozen banana + pistachio
Dates + peanut butter
I’ll be the first to say that like I said, I like to experiment, but my diet is an 80/20. On a regular basis it consists of regular ingredients. I don’t ordinarily use chickpea flour (although I LOVE it and probably should), or turmeric or sardines (again, love). Those were probably the three most random ingredients I could think of, but you know what I’m sayin, right?
So, when I thought about how I could incorporate some protein into my breakfast without eating eggs (I love eggs, but thinking outside the box here), I immediately thought about waffles. Why? Because 1) I freaking love waffles and 2) I can make a bunch, freeze them, and eat them throughout the week/weekend with ease. You know me, I’m the lazy chef. Some days I have time to make a nice breakfast, other days I inhale my food like Patrick in that one episode of Spongebob.
These waffles were ridiculously easy to make. I made them at 4:30PM on a Tuesday and couldn’t not eat them. Like, I wasn’t even hungry, you guys. And I ate a waffle. *shocker* Not. ‘Cause it’s me. And I eat more than my 6’5″ boyfriend.
They came out perfectly, too. Crispy edges, fluffy inside, a slight sweetness with a warm touch. Dip them in some maple syrup and call it a day. Or, you could be really fancy and dip them in your coffee.
These Simple Protein Waffles are…
AAAAND they’ve got a kick of protein. This recipe requires 1 scoop of protein powder, and makes two waffles. Depending on the powder you use; my powder (I use Quest vanilla protein powder) has 22g per scoop. So, these waffles have 11g per serving. I’m not a fan of consuming an entire serving of protein powder at once. I’m no doctor, but I don’t feel like having 22g of protein at once is good for you, but what do I know. I just live by my irrational Cuban voodoo health myths. But seriously, texture-wise I normally go for half a scoop anyway, so these were perfect (since you’re consuming half the protein in one scoop).
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Simple Protein Waffles
- 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (can sub in gluten-free flour)
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- Combine flour, baking powder, and protein powder in a large bowl. Stir until mixed well.
- Add in eggs and stir.
- Add in coconut oil, almond milk, and maple syrup. Stir until clumps dissolve and batter is formed. Should be think but a bit liquidy. If it’s too thick (this can vary depending on protein powder), add milk until desired texture is reached.
- Pour about two ladlefuls of batter into your greased waffle maker and close it. Lift up according to maker’s directions, or after about 5-7 minutes.
- Repeat step 4 for second waffle.
- Enjoy with fruit and maple syrup.
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Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says
I’m with you on the simple recipes being the best! My favorite “easy” recipe is definitely eggs, toast, and fruit. Honestly, breakfast at any time of day makes me happy. These waffles look amazing, but I wish I had a waffle maker! Putting it on my Xmas list for Santa this year 😉 I LOVE protein pancakes and protein oatmeal!!
The Blissful Balance says
I went through a phase in college where I ate eggs, toast, and fruit literally every single day. Then I moved to oatmeal, now I’m on english muffin egg + avocado sandwiches. Which I sometimes eat for breakfast and lunch hahah
ACKTIVE LIFE says
Since I don’t have a waffle maker here, I am ALL about the protein pancakes! I make them at least 3-4 times a week..They are my go to this summer and they are the best refuel after a busy morning and workout. So simple and so GOO!
SImple recipes are my favorite too. Sometimes I think it’s because the combination of flavors is so basic that you can more easily taste the distinct flavors without one flavor getting lost.
And we just got the waffle iron that is this shape. Waffles sound so good! These look restaurant quality.
Kelly @ Eat the Gains says
These so good and are so simple! I haven’t have waffles in awhile so I will definitely be putting these on the list to make!
Claire @ My Pink & Green Life says
These look so good! I am usually a sweet breakfast person, but I like eggs topped with guacamole, too (usually when I OD’d on dessert the night before haha). My favorite protein recipe is a chocolate PB mug cake made with peanut flour! 😀
These look amazing!! I love waffles! One of the first kitchen appliances I ever purchased on my own was a waffle maker. It was a must during those formative college years! 😉 Also, I’m cracking up at your Spongebob GIF!
jess larson says
ooooh boy, am i ever with you. simple is best, especially for busy a busy gal! berries + granola + yogurt, a beautiful salad with fresh grains + herbs, or my favorite is a great puttanesca sauce.
i LOVE that i can make this recipe with things that i keep in my house all the time!!! in fact…i think it sounds pretty darn good for breakfast tomorrow morning!
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen says
Okay, I clearly need your help making waffles. My waffles NEVER look that good. I need a training session or something because I have no waffle skills AT ALL.
I really realized the beauty of simple recipes when I went to Little Italy in New York. All the restaurants had such “simple” menus, but with such fresh, high quality ingredients, they certainly didn’t lack in flavor. I love the idea of making a bunch and freezing them for the week! You could even play with mix-ins so every day of the week would be different. I think adding dark chocolate chips would be a Monday must 😉 .
Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog says
Simple and BEAUTIFUL!!! Gotta love recipes like this!!!
Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple says
You’re so right about the simpler the better.. and that Italian food is the best! These waffles look deeee-lish!
James Clark says
Ok, so I made these (sort of) today and they came out great. I say sort of because, although these waffles are high protein, they are not macro friendly. In fact, based on my calculations, there are over 60 grams of fat and over 70 grams of carbs per waffle. These things clock in over 800 calories per waffle, which I really can’t see fitting too many people’s diets. I cut out the eggs and syrup completely to lower the calories a little, but they are still behemoth waffles. That being said, they are delicious, and I have found it very difficult to find any recipes that use protein powder to actually taste good before these
“Healthy” waffles……yeah right! 😂 Thanks for doing the calculations for me, no I don’t have to waste my time.
The Blissful Balance says
What’s the point of this comment?
Sorry, but these can’t even taste good filled with chocolate chips and slathered in syrup. I’m all for healthy recipes, but this one was absolutely terrible. I think I’ll stick with Bisquick the next time I want to make myself a delicious batch of waffles.
The Blissful Balance says
Hi Morgan. I’m sorry the waffles didn’t come out well for you. Did you follow the recipe exactly? I would never share a recipe that came out terrible, so I’m curious. Thank you!
I thought they tasted wonderful! And my husband did too, which is hard to achieve
The Blissful Balance says
Thank you for the support Abby Glad you enjoyed them!!
Laura R says
Yeah, I entered the ingredients into my fitness pal and it clocks in at 960 calories per waffle. The culprit appears to be the coconut oil. Too bad.
These were delish!! I used 1:1 almond flour, a tad bit more baking powder and added Chia seeds to soak up some of that extra moisture. It worked perfectly! The protein powder I used was Vega vanilla greens+protein. They were awesome, my kids loved them. Thanks!
Worried about the high calorie count, I cut the oil in half (using melted butter instead of coconut oil because that’s what I had) and reduced the flour to 1 cup to compensate for the lower liquid content. They still turned out great! I have an old fashioned stove top waffle iron (made of actual iron) that is about 6 inches in diameter. This recipe made 5 waffles! So if you have a reasonable serving size, the calories are not so bad. I will be making this again for my active teens!
Concerned about the high calorie content, I reduced the liquid fat by half (using melted butter instead of coconut oil because it’s what I had on hand) and the flour to 1 cup. It still turned out great! I have an old fashioned stove-top waffle iron (made of actual iron) that is about 6 inches in diameter. This recipe, even with the reduced four and fat made 5 waffles!! So if you have a reasonable portion, the calories aren’t that bad. I will be making this again for my active teens!
I make these for my picky vegetarian teenage daughter. She has ADHD & needs to eat some sustaining, protein rich breakfast, but she hates eggs, yogurt, cheese, etc. By contrast, i am a gastric bypass patient, so a high protein low sugar breakfast is also of interest to me. Our waffle maker (“cuisinart Belgian waffle maker”) is different, so your one waffle is at least two for me, maybe four. The amount of oil & calorie count does give me pause, but they taste good, keep well, and it’s a very multiply-able and modifiable recipe. Today I used: (all measurements approximate) 2 C unbleached flour, 1.5 C whole wheat flour, 3 1/2 scoops Isopure creamy vanilla, 1/2 C ground flax, 6 tiny scoops of LivFit Superfood blend (a mom’s got to sneak in vitamins where she can!), 3/4 C almond meal (flour), nearly 4 T baking powder (seems like a ton but it works), 6 eggs, an 8 oz container of vanilla soy milk i needed to use up, 1 C 1% milk, 1 C coconut oil, 2/3 C canola oil (because we thought a previous batch tasted too coconutty), 1/2 C maple syrup, 1/2 sugar free vanilla Torani syrup, a small aging banana, dash of salt. It made 23 very nice waffles! My kid and I thank you!!
I can’t get the stars to work below, but this is a solid 4, maybe a 5….I’ve tried a lot of protein waffle recipes that were terrible, and this is good!
What size is your waffle maker? Mine only makes two at a time…so I wound up with 6. That’s not one serving, is it?