Protein Waffles

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Protein waffles made with vanilla protein powder, Greek yogurt, eggs and rolled oats. They’re super easy to make, absolutely delicious and perfect for meal prep.

The only thing better than waffles are waffles that keep you fuller longer than 20 minutes! These healthy protein waffles are packed with protein which will keep you satisfied longer and are so simple to make. They might just become your new favorite breakfast!

An overhead photo looking at a plate with a rectangular protein waffle that has been drizzled with maple syrup and peanut butter.

Why You’ll Love These Waffles

  • They will fill you up! One waffle has about 17 grams of protein, so you will feel full and satisfied for hours.
  • They are so easy to make! Just throw all of the ingredients in the blender, let your waffle iron do its thing and dig in.
  • They’re the perfect recipe for meal prep. Make a double or triple batch of these on the weekend and refrigerate or freeze them for healthy breakfasts all week long.
Ingredients measured out to make protein waffles: oats, eggs, Greek yogurt, protein powder, cinnamon, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla.

Ingredients Needed

  • eggs – helps to bind the waffle ingredients together… and adds extra protein!
  • Greek yogurt – takes place of the liquid and oil you’d typically find in a traditional waffle recipe. It also adds extra protein! To make these dairy-free, you can sub for a dairy-free yogurt.
  • non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk but any non-dairy milk works!
  • maple syrup – for a hint of natural sweetness in the batter and as a drizzle on top! Make sure you are using real maple syrup, not pancake syrup, which is loaded with corn syrup and a ton of added sugars. Agave, honey or any liquid sweetener would work as a substitute for the maple syrup as well.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • vanilla protein powder – Make sure you’re using a plant-based protein powder for this recipe as whey protein powder will soak up less liquid. My go-to protein powder is Nuzest protein powder. It’s plant-based, has a short ingredient list and great nutrition facts! Use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
  • rolled oats – in place of flour that you traditionally find in pancake and waffle recipes, I’m using rolled oats. When blended in a high powered blender, it acts just like a flour! Make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed. I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats.
  • baking powder and baking soda – helps the waffles rise.
  • cinnamon – the perfect spice pairing for these waffles.
  • sea salt – brings all of the flavors together.
  • cooking spray – I like using coconut or avocado oil spray to coat the waffle iron before cooking.
Collage of four photos showing the steps to make protein waffles: blending the batter in a blender, pouring into a waffle iron, and then the cooked waffles on a plate.

How to Make Protein Waffles

Making waffles from a box is barely easier than this! Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Preheat your waffle iron to medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray, I like to use coconut oil cooking spray. Pour just under ½ cup of the mixture onto the waffle iron, close and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the waffle iron and enjoy!

A stack of waffles on a plate.

Mix-in And Topping Variations

I love these waffles plain with a little nut butter and maple syrup on top, but feel free to get creative with your mix-ins and toppings! Here are some ideas:

  • Berries – mix berries into your batter or top the waffles with fresh berries when serving. They add pop of color and such good flavor!
  • Chocolate chip – mix chocolate chips into your batter for extra sweetness and flavor. I’ve been loving Lily’s dark chocolate chips as they are dairy-free and low sugar!
  • Chocolate – swap the vanilla protein powder for chocolate to make chocolate protein waffles!
  • Nut butter – I love adding a drizzle of almond butter to my waffles along with maple syrup!
  • Coconut butter – sometimes if I’m feeling fancy I’ll add a drizzle of coconut butter to my waffles in addition to nut butter. It adds a delicious flavor! Check out my recipe on how to make homemade coconut butter.
  • Maple syrup – can you have waffles without maple syrup?! I think not. My husband is a big fan of bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup.
  • Chopped nuts – add some crunch by topping your waffles with chopped pecans, walnuts or really any nut.
  • Granola – I love topping my waffles and pancakes with granola for an added crunch. This hemp granola or grain-free granola would both be delicious!
An overhead and close up photo looking at a plate with a rectangular protein waffle that has been drizzled with maple syrup and peanut butter.

FAQ’s

How often can I eat protein waffles?

These protein waffles are healthy enough to eat every day! Of course, I love switching up my breakfast and adding variety into my diet but if you want to stick to one breakfast, these protein waffles are a good option.

Are protein waffles healthy?

Yes! These waffles are packed with over 17 grams of protein each and nutritious ingredients unlike traditional waffles.

Can I meal prep protein waffles?

These waffles are perfect for meal prep. I would double or triple the batch and then refrigerate or freeze in an airtight container to enjoy throughout the week.

Can I use collagen powder instead of protein powder?

Yes! You can totally swap the protein powder for collagen powder in this recipe.

How can I make this recipe without protein powder?

If you’re not a fan of protein powder or don’t have any on hand you can still make this recipe! Just sub the protein powder for 2 additional Tablespoons of rolled oats.

Do you have any waffle maker recommendations?

I have this basic Oster Waffle Maker. It’s nothing fancy, but it works well and makes perfect waffles. 🙂 These waffles have also been tested in this Calphalon waffle maker, which worked wonderfully.

Why are my waffles sticking to my waffle maker?

Make sure to spray your waffle maker with cooking spray, even if your waffle maker is non-stick. This helps to ensure that your waffles don’t stick to the waffle iron. I recommend using an oil mister or non aerosol spray like a coconut oil spray or this Chosen Foods avocado oil spray. Just make sure to avoid sprays like Pam as it can mess with the finish of your waffle maker, if it’s non-stick.

An overhead photo looking down at a plate with a rectangular protein waffle that has been drizzled with maple syrup and peanut butter. A fork rests on the plate with a piece of the waffle.

How to Serve Protein Waffles

Since these are protein waffles have about 13 grams of protein per waffle I feel good about eating one on its own for breakfast topped with a little nut butter and drizzle of maple syrup, but if you’re hosting a brunch or want a more filling meal, here’s what I recommend serving with these waffles:

How to Store Leftovers

Whether you’re meal prepping these waffles, making a double batch or just have leftovers, you can store waffles in the refrigerator or freezer. Allow the waffles to cool completely on a wire rack and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze: place waffles in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag (I like to use my Stasher bags) and layer the waffles with pieces of parchment paper between to prevent sticking. The waffles will last in the freezer for up to 3 month.

To reheat: I like to pop my waffle into my toaster or toaster oven straight from the fridge or freezer so they reheat and get a little crispy, but you can also reheat them in the microwave for about 60 seconds.

An overhead photo looking at a plate with a rectangular protein waffle that has been drizzled with maple syrup and peanut butter.

More High Protein Breakfasts

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Protein Waffles

Protein waffles made with vanilla protein powder, Greek yogurt, eggs and rolled oats. They're super easy to make, absolutely delicious and perfect for meal prep.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat waffle iron to medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
    Ingredients after being blended in a high power blender creating waffle batter.
  • Pour a scant ½ cup of the mixture into preheated waffle iron, close and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
    Pouring the waffle batter onto a waffle iron.
  • Remove from waffle iron and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and nut butter or toppings of choice.
    A stack of waffles on a plate.

Notes

  • Greek yogurt: If you need a dairy-free option, swap the Greek yogurt with dairy-free yogurt. 
  • Maple syrup: Feel free to swap the maple syrup with honey, agave or any liquid sweetener. 
  • Protein powder: If you don’t like protein powder or don’t have any on hand you can sub in the protein powder for 2 additional Tablespoons of rolled oats. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein waffles
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116 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I swapped eggs for whites only and beat them first and added all the other ingredients and they turned out so big and fluffy! Delicious. I also froze leftovers and then pop into toaster for a quick midweek breakfast:)

    1. Amazing! I am SO glad you are loving these waffles and they turned out great for you, Shannon. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and share your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made several protein waffles and they all come out dry and dense. Not my favorite.
    These came out light and crispy! I didn’t have yogurt so I used cottage cheese and added pbfit powder for extra protein. Absolutely delicious!

    1. WOO! I am so glad you found this recipe and gave it a try, Kristina. Thanks so much for sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

  3. 5 stars
    I make these constantly. I love how well they freeze up and the nutrition on them is excellent! A go to recipe for sure!

    1. YUM! I am happy to hear that you are loving these waffles, Jess. Thanks so much for giving them a try and for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  4. 5 stars
    Surprisingly good. I was skeptical of replacing flour with oats but it worked. I only had vanilla whey protein on hand it substituted fine. I also use the Oster waffle iron and I didn’t need to cook them quite as long. They got dark pretty fast so I’ll adjust the time back to 2 minutes and check them.

    1. YUM! My favorite breakfast, Valerie. I am so glad you gave these a try and they turned out great for you. Thanks for sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!

  5. Made the recipe and found the batter too thin so I added half a ripe banana and a good scoop of PB to the blender. This batter was thicker and gave me about 18 small (2.5ish inches) waffles. I make a batch every week or so and they’re perfect for my little guy’s breakfast with fruit puree or yogurt on top and fresh raspberries on the side.

    1. YUM! Sounds amazing, Chris. I am so glad you gave these a try and they are a hit. Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, I really appreciate it!

  6. 5 stars
    These are such a great protein packed healthy waffle option. My kids loved them! Question for the serving size are you using a mini waffle iron or a regular sized one?

    1. Hi Leslie – So glad to hear everyone loved these waffles. The serving size is for a regular-sized waffle iron. Thanks for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  7. 5 stars
    This was so easy and tastes great . Another fabulous meal prep idea to asisit in my protein intake !! Love it

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I’ve been making waffles for my kids over the years with white flour and veg oil that didn’t have much nutritional value. These are so much better! The kids loved them and so did I. I doubled the recipe, but only used 3 eggs. Also used non-fat Greek yogurt since that’s what I had, but would probably use full fat next time. It made 9 waffles for me. Enough for leftovers!

    1. Yay! I am SO glad you are loving this waffle recipe, Corey. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!

  9. 5 stars
    these waffles are amazing! I’m not sure what some others are complaining about, but my husband and I made a double batch with the intention of saving some for the following day, and ate them all in one sitting. thank you for this recipe!

    1. YUM! Excited to hear you are loving this recipe, Lola. Thank you for giving it a try and for sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

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