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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