Protein Waffles

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Light, fluffy, and perfectly crispy protein waffles that need just four ingredients to make! Ready in minutes, I love how each waffle has 20 grams of protein.

Craving high-protein breakfast recipes? Try my protein oatmeal, protein overnight oats, protein bagels, and protein pancakes.

high protein waffles.

This protein waffle recipe is one of my breakfast staples… and one that I enjoy during the week (yes, not just for weekends!). It’s all made in one blender, so there is minimal cleaning up, and it tastes like real waffles! 

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make high-protein waffles
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More healthy breakfast recipes
  8. Protein Waffles (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • 3 Ingredients. All you need are oats, eggs, protein powder, and cottage cheese! 
  • Perfect texture. They turn out crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle every single time.
  • 20+ grams of protein. When made as is, they have around 20 grams of protein each, but if you add even more protein powder, it almost doubles.
  • Great for meal prep. You can make a triple batch of these waffles, freeze them up, and toast them when you want to enjoy them! 

★★★★★ REVIEW

“Wanted to find another high protein breakfast, and this is perfect, no guilt waffles! Easy, delicious, and most importantly, they keep you filled! I doubled the recipe and made ten mini waffles. Serve it with fruit, and it is yummy 😋.”Suzanne

protein waffle recipe.

Ingredients needed

  • Rolled oats. Also known as old-fashioned oats. Quick-cooking oats can also be used, but the edges won’t be as crispy. For gluten-free protein waffles, use certified gluten-free rolled oats or oat flour
  • Cottage cheese. Non-fat or reduced-fat cottage cheese can be used. Give the waffles a deliciously moist and fluffy center, adding no flavor.
  • Eggs. room temperature eggs.
  • Protein powder. I like to use vanilla-flavored protein powder because it also adds sweetness.
  • Optional add-ins. Sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, and Greek yogurt will all enhance the flavor of the waffles without affecting the texture. 

Best protein powder to use

Plant-based protein powder or casein protein powder is best, as they thicken the batter. Whey protein powder can sometimes cause the batter to thin out, so be careful if you use it. 

How to make high-protein waffles

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Blend all your ingredients together until no clumps remain and the batter is smooth. If needed, add some liquid.

Step 2Preheat a waffle maker and lightly grease it with coconut oil or butter.

Step 3- Cook. Add spoonfuls of the batter to the waffle until it is covered. Cook the waffle until golden and crispy around the edges. If any waffle batter remains, cook in batches until it is used up.

how to make protein waffles

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Amp up the protein. Double the protein powder to double the amount of protein (without affecting the flavor).
  • Adjust the timing. Waffle iron makes and models differ. Follow the cooking instructions as per the packaging.
  • Make pancakes. If you don’t own a waffle iron, these work very well as protein pancakes. Simply cook the batter in a preheated, non-stick pan coated with cooking spray. Once hot, pour 1/4 cup portions of the batter into it and cook until crispy around the edges.
  • Adjust the batter. If your waffle batter is too thick, add some almond milk or water to thin it out. Alternatively, if it’s too thin, sprinkle in some oats.

Flavor variations

While delicious on their own, these waffles are like a blank canvas that can be changed up in a plethora of ways. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • Berries. Fresh berries (or frozen ones) are great! Try raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. 
  • Nut butter. Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter will make the waffles extra hearty and provide healthy fats.
  • Whipped cream. Who can resist a mound of fluffy cream on their waffles?
  • Chocolate. Use chocolate protein powder and add a liberal handful of chocolate chips (or drizzle on some healthy Nutella)
  • Pumpkin. Swap out the cottage cheese for pumpkin puree (similar to my pumpkin protein pancakes!).

Storage instructions

To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

To freeze: Place cooled waffles in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Reheating: Either microwave the waffles for 30 seconds or place them in a toaster oven until crispy.

protein waffle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these good for weight loss?

Protein waffles are a fantastic breakfast to enjoy on a weight-loss diet. When made correctly, they are full of fiber and protein, two key nutrients to keep you fuller for longer.

How do you make waffles less dry?

Do not overcook your waffles. Once they sizzle around the edges and begin to brown, they are ready to be removed from the waffle iron.

How many calories?

This protein waffle recipe has just 112 calories per GIANT waffle.

More healthy breakfast recipes

protein waffles recipe.

Protein Waffles

5 from 598 votes
Light, fluffy, and perfectly crispy protein waffles that need just four ingredients to make! Ready in minutes, I love how each serving has 20 grams of protein. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen.
Servings: 4 waffles
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Add all your ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend very well, until smooth and no clumps remain.
  • Heat a waffle iron as per the box directions. Once hot, pour spoonfuls of the batter to cover the iron. Cook the waffle until crispy on the edges. Remove from the waffle iron and cook the remaining batter.
  • Serve the waffles immediately with your favorite sweet or savory toppings.

Notes

To double the protein content, double the amount of protein powder and add 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed. 
TO STORE: Waffles can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
REHEATING WAFFLES: Either microwave the waffles for 30 seconds or place them in a pre-heated non-stick pan and cook until warm. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffleCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 20gFat: 3gSodium: 151mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 147IUCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 7g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published April 2021, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Would it not work better with a bit of baking powder to make them fluffier? Have you tried that? Want to make this recipe but wondering why there is no baking powder in it!

    1. I found that once everything was blended, it rose nicely, but feel free to add a pinch if you like!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this today and it is SO GOOD! This is coming from someone who has literally tried at least 10 different protein waffle recipes! I also boiled strawberries with a little monk fruit as my topping. So so good.

  3. 5 stars
    These turned out so well and are yummy. Even my husband raved about them. Simple to make and tasty.

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