Protein Waffles


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Light, fluffy, and perfectly crispy protein waffles that need just 3 ingredients to make! Ready in minutes, they can pack up to 20 grams of protein per serving!

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Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this protein waffles recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. Dietary swap
  4. Protein powder tip
  5. How to make high protein waffles
  6. Flavor variations
  7. Storage instructions
  8. Recipe tips and tricks
  9. More high protein recipes to try
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Protein Waffles

Why you’ll love this protein waffles recipe

You might remember that I’ve already showed you a few waffle recipes, like keto waffles and almond flour ones, but none are as easy as these.

This protein waffle recipe will be a breakfast staple. It’s all made in one blender, so there is minimal cleaning up, and it tastes like real waffles! 

  • 3 Ingredients. All you need are oats, eggs, and cottage cheese! 
  • Perfect texture. they turn out crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle every single time.
  • 10+ grams of protein. When made as is, they have around 10 grams of protein each, but if you add a scoop of protein powder, you pack in over 20 grams of protein each.
  • 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! 

Oh, and if you like adding protein to your breakfast, try my protein coffee and protein pancakes.

Ingredients needed

This recipe calls for a basic ingredient list that uses pantry and fridge staples. If you don’t have them on hand, they can be found at any grocery store or supermarket. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Rolled oats- also known as old-fashioned oats. Quick-cooking oats can also be used, but the edges won’t be as crispy.

Dietary swap

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– Optional, but add 1/4 cup of protein powder and double the protein content. 

Protein powder tip

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. 

  • Sweetener-Optional, but add if you want sweet waffles. I like using maple syrup or some coconut sugar. 
  • Optional add-ins– Vanilla extract, baking powder, and Greek yogurt will all enhance the flavor of the waffles without affecting the texture. 

How to make high protein waffles

Step 1- Blend the ingredients together

Start by adding all your ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend very well until no clumps remain and the batter is smooth.

Step 2- Cook the waffles

Next, preheat a waffle maker and lightly grease it with coconut oil or butter.  Once hot, add spoonfuls of the batter onto it until covered. Cook the waffle until golden and crispy around the edges. If any waffle batter remains, cook in batches until it is used up.

Serve immediately with sugar-free syrup and/or your favorite toppings!

how to make protein waffles

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 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.

high protein waffles

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Amp up the protein. For an added protein boost, you can add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
  • 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.
  • Adapt the batter. If your waffle batter is too thick, add some almond milk or water to thin it out. 

More high protein recipes to try

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 many calories?

This protein waffles recipe has just 125 calories per GIANT waffle.

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.

protein waffles recipe.

Protein Waffles

5 from 383 votes
These protein waffles are the BEST high protein waffles made with just 3 ingredients! Ready in 2 minutes, they pack in over 20 grams of protein per waffle!
Servings: 4 waffles
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes



  • 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.


For over 20 grams of protein per waffle, add the protein powder. 
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. 


Serving: 1waffleCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 20gFat: 3gSodium: 151mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 147IUCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 7g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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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
    Made these for my Celiac nephew–the recipe is now are all our favorite waffle recipe!!! Easy and delicious!!! THANK YOU for sharing!! Deb Zent

  2. I’m always looking for high protein recipes, this one is amazing, I just added a little cinnamon and topped them with SF syrup and YUM. Thanks for this recipe.

  3. So thankful to have found this yummy waffle recipe! Really helps in trying to reduce carbs. I love that you can freeze these and pop them out as needed.

  4. We are obsessed with this recipe – frozen power waffles are our fave weekend food (the kids can heat & eat, mom & dad can sleep in!). Has anyone tried subbing the cottage cheese with yogurt, or doing half yogurt, half cottage cheese?

    1. I think half yogurt and half cottage cheese should work- If you want to try all yogurt, I’d choose a super thick kind.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious. My father loves waffles and needs to get more protein in his diet. I made a large batch and am going to share some with my father-in-law who is a diabetic. I thought they were good to just pickup and eat as well. Used chocolate protein powder.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I followed it exactly, using vanilla protein powder which is sweet, so no sugar was needed. I never thought that those 4 ingredients could make a waffle that looked and tasted like the unhealthy ones!
    It made 2 medium sized waffles and I ate both of them with maple syrup. They were sooo good!