Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, these healthy cinnamon roll waffles are the ultimate guilt-free breakfast! Packed with protein, secretly low carb and grain-free, these eggless keto waffles are amazing! Drizzled with a simple glaze, they take minutes to prep!
Go plug in your waffle maker right this second. A wholesome, healthy and protein-packed breakfast that tastes like dessert will happen!
I always thought I was a die-hard pancake fan until I made my very first waffle. All I needed to do was heat up my waffle iron, prepare the waffle mixture and voila- two minutes later I’d have delicious waffles on my plate!
Made with healthy, wholesome ingredients, these crispy and fluffy waffles are the best breakfast. They use low carb and grain-free flours, perfect for a keto and paleo diet. They also have an added punch of protein, thanks to the protein powder. For my vegan and eggless friends, I’ve included a tested option so you don’t miss out!
Waffles tend to be associated with a weekend kind of breakfast, but here’s the catch- These waffles freeze beautifully and can be individually frozen for a quick grab and go breakfasts during the week!
How to make cinnamon roll waffles from scratch
Making these fluffy and crispy cinnamon roll waffles is ridiculously simple- You simply prepare the ingredients, let it sit for 5 minutes, before cooking it up in the waffle maker!
- Coconut flour. A little goes a long way with coconut flour. Acting like a sponge, when mixed with the other ingredients, it soaks it up and yields a cake-like and fluffy internal texture.
- Granulated sweetener of choice. Any granulated sweetener of choice works. I keep it keto and paleo, using monk fruit in the raw.
- Cinnamon. Saigon cinnamon provides the most robust and flavorful cinnamon. Dutch-processed will work, but you need to sprinkle some over the top.
- Baking powder. To ensure the waffles are thick and rise.
- Egg whites. Egg whites, as opposed to whole eggs, avoid the eggy flavor you can sometimes get from low carb waffles. They also help make the waffles fluffy.
- Milk of choice. I used coconut milk, but almond, cashew, and other dairy-free (or dairy!) milk will work.
- Vanilla extract. To bring out the natural sweetness.
- Coconut yogurt. Help keep the waffles moist, and also ensures the waffles don’t dry out. Any yogurt of choice will work.
- Coconut oil. Gives the waffles the crispy exterior.
- Coconut butter. To drizzle over the top of the waffles for a mock glaze.
- Prepare your waffle ingredients by combining the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk in your eggs whites, milk, yogurt and oil and mix very well.
- Let your waffle mixture sit for 10 minutes, or until it thickens. If the batter is too thick, add a dash more milk.
- Heat up the waffle maker. Once ready, pour the waffle mixture in and cook until crispy on the outside. Repeat until all the waffle mixture is used up.
Ingredient and Dietary Swaps
Easily make these waffles vegan-friendly! Instead of the coconut flour and eggs, here are the main swaps
- Use oat flour or wheat flour instead of coconut flour
- Add 1/2 scoop (17 grams) of plant-based protein powder
- Instead of the egg whites, use ground flaxseed and increase the milk
Full instructions and ingredients in the recipe card!
How to freeze waffles
Waffles can be enjoyed as part of a breakfast meal prep! Make a double or triple batch on the weekends or during your meal prep and freeze them.
Allow waffles to cool completely. Once cool, place single servings in a ziplock bag and place in the freezer to enjoy later.
Frozen waffles will keep fresh for up to 2 months.
To reheat waffles in the oven/toaster oven
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
- When heated, place waffles in a single layer and heat for 5-7 minutes, until crispy on the outside.
- Serve immediately with toppings of choice
To reheat waffles in the microwave
- Place waffles in single-serving portions in a paper towel. Heat for 20-30 seconds, until warm.
- Once warm, place in a toaster for 30 seconds, to become crispy.
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Recommended tools to make healthy cinnamon roll waffles
- Waffle iron. An easy, cost-effective waffle iron which leaves waffles crispy on the outside, fluffy and moist on the inside!
- High-speed blender. If you follow the vegan option, simply blend everything together in this for a no-fuss, no need for mixing bowl method!
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Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Paleo, Keto, Gluten Free Option
- 4 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder use paleo version if strictly paleo
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- tablespoon coconut yogurt
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter for drizzling on top
Vegan and Eggless Option
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/2 serving paleo or vegan protein powder of choice 17 grams
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup milk of choice divided
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter to drizzle on top
- In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients. Add your egg whites and the rest of your ingredients, and whisk very well, until no clumps remain. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes, to thicken. If the batter is too thick, add a dash more milk.
- Heat waffle iron and once hot, pour the batter and cook until crispy. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
- Place waffles on a plate and drizzle with coconut butter and shake more cinnamon on top.
For the vegan/eggless option
- In a mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, add your flax, baking powder, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of the dairy free milk and whisk well and let sit to for 5 minutes, to start gelling up.
- Combine the two bowls and add the extra 1/4 cup of milk until a thick batter is formed.
- Heat waffle iron and once hot, pour the batter and cook until crispy. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Drizzle with coconut butter on top.
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These look absolutely fabulous, and I love the idea of eating waffles with icing on top!
Sometimes, syrup just doesn’t satisfy, y’know?
Thanks Sarah- I thought the maple detracted from the cinnamon bun flavour haha! 🙂
I finally broke down and bought a waffle iron so I will have to give these a try. They look great.
Please do, Allie- They are delicious!
These look seriously amazing!!! But I don’t have a waffle iron!!! I guess I know the next kitchen appliance I’m buying 😉 And now I’ve realised that I haven’t had waffles since I moved to the Netherlands… six years ago. Tragic almost. I guess I really need to get a waffle iron 🙂
They work perfectly as pancakes! 🙂
And I died. I’ll be dreaming of these during the marathon tomorrow. I don’t have a waffle iron (i got an ice cream maker in our registry instead. that was dumb) but I might pancakify it.
Pancakify it. DO ITTTTTTT. (Best word ever).
i REALLY LIKE big buns. like that round (square?) thing in mah face. cue epic faceplant into these waffles because coconut butter icing is key. as is coconut flour. protein powder and nicki minaj sized buns. i really wish i had waffles right now or that there was some sort of delivery service that could span the oceans to make this hit me! a dang protein bar never seemed so depressing 🙁
Sunshine, they work perfectly as pancakes- You are the pancake queen too..well, Queen of many things!
You have once again outdone yourself! I’m currently sitting here drinking a cup of coffee, and I kinda want to fill my mug with wine now. And I kinda want a big plate of these cinnamon roll waffles sitting in front of me. Can we arrange for that to happen? P.S. I’m super jealous of that awesome wine pairing event…sounds like a blast!
Wine and waffles…the double W. WW. Look at you starting a trend mate!
I have been experimenting with waffles a lot lately too. Those look good! Love the idea of the protein powder frosting.
Thanks Elle- You’ll love these!
Didn’t get to say it the other day but a BIG congrats on the e-cookbook! These look so delicious, as all your recipes do, and I love that you have versions for special diets spelled out so there’s no guesswork with subbing! And yes I’m a fan of wine. Give me wine.
Thanks so much Michele- I’m making sure there are a tonne of paleo options- so mama can treat herself too 😉
Mmm you had me at Cinnabon- love any baked good with cinnamon so I think I need to make these waffles this weekend- I actually have all the ingredients at home so perhaps tomorrow if my morning isn’t rushed! How many egg whites would you recommend instead of the flax egg?
Ohh I think I mentioned it there, I’ll double check but 2-3- I usually go for 2!
These look way too delicious to be healthy! Yum!
Thanks Krystle! Promise they are delicious!
These look really good and I’m yet again wishing I had a waffle iron! I cannot wait to hear more about your wine trip. Ahhhh, why can’t I be invited for a wine trip?? I’m super jealous. Now I’ll have to go to the Williamsburg Winery (yes, we have one) and make them tell me about pairings.
Definitely try it in a fry pan- They work great as pancakes!
I’m currently obsessed with waffles since i now I have a waffle maker… if only I had coconut butter and cinnamon protein powder then these would be my breakfast… luckily I live in SF and can have both delivered… so maybe tomorrow???
do it! You’ll love them!
O you love me and made them vegan! XOXO
I have been waffleing every weekend now! It’s much easier to whip out my waffle maker in my dorm room then lugging all my stuff down to the hall kitchen to make pancakes!
(And cinnamon roll anything is HEAVEN!)
YES- Your roommate will be jealous of the smells!
I AM SO INTO THESE. Can I make like 4 servings and eat them all at once?! I need some coconut to blend into coconut butter though. Maybe I’ll make my mom stop at the bulk bin place on her way home from werk. (perks of living with yo momma).
YES. That’s the best way to do it.
That’s right- I remember you made it!
This is the second amazing waffle recipe I’ve come across this week. Tomorrow my kitchen shall produce waffles. So far my to do list this weekend is 1) CrossFit Open 2) make waffles. It’s gonna be a good weekend!
I think waffles need to come BEFORE the crossfit open 😉