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Protein Waffles

These low-carb, high-protein waffles are the BEST healthy breakfast. Made with only 5 ingredients, this easy recipe will give you your new go-to waffles.

This is a plate of protein pancakes. There is a plate of warm, crispy waffles topped with maple syrup.

Protein waffles

These protein waffles are the easiest healthy breakfast recipe! Made with only 5 ingredients and a blender, this recipe will give you low-carb, high-protein crispy waffles in 10 minutes.

These protein waffles have 33g of protein and 300 calories for the whole serving (picture above!). The recipe doesn't use bananas, special flour, or protein powder—only simple, whole ingredients.

If you know me, you know I LOVE pancakes and waffles. I love to use Kodiak Cakes mixes, but when I don't have any, or I want something with more protein, this protein waffle recipe is the way to go.

It's so easy to make a few batches over the weekend and keep them in the freezer for busy mornings. After toasting, it's perfect topped with fruit, nut butter, syrup, or whatever sounds good on waffles!

What ingredients do I need?

This recipe only requires 5 ingredients! All of these common ingredients can be used in other recipes so nothing will go to waste.

  • Oats - Old-fashioned or quick oats will work great for this recipe. The oats will be grounded in the blender which will create a flour texture for the waffles.
  • Low-fat cottage cheese - Cottage cheese is one of the two protein ingredients for this recipe. The creamy cottage cheese will add a fluffy texture to the waffles (and I promise you won't taste it!)
  • Egg whites - The egg whites are the other main protein source for the waffles. Instead of water, using egg whites will add more protein to the batter.
  • Vanilla - I'm a firm believer that most recipes are better with vanilla, so just a teaspoon will work for this recipe.
  • Cinnamon - Add some cinnamon to this recipe for some additional flavor! Cinnamon also has health benefits like adding antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

What substitutions can I make?

I haven't tried this recipe with any substitutions, other than ratios. I've used more cinnamon, a different kind of cottage cheese, and gluten-free oats, but haven't tested any other ingredients.

If you try any and find that it works, let me know!

Is this recipe healthy?

Each person has their own definition of healthy, and this recipe absolutely is healthy for me! The recipe is packed with protein and has 30 grams per serving. The entire recipe is about 300 calories.

You can add additional toppings like fruit, nut butter, yogurt, whipped cream, or syrup for additional nutritional benefits. I love that I can eat this for breakfast and it will keep me full and fueled until lunch!

This is a plate of protein pancakes. There is a plate of warm, crispy waffles topped with maple syrup.

How long does this take to make?

This recipe is incredibly quick and easy! It will take 5 minutes for you to gather the ingredients and blend together. There will likely be an additional 5 minutes for cooking the waffles.

What is the process?

  • Gather all ingredients and add to a blender.
  • Blend well.
  • Grease a waffle maker using butter or cooking spray. Add batter.
  • Make waffles until you use all of the batter.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

When should I make this recipe?

You can make this recipe in the morning right before you need it or at the beginning of the week for a meal prep!

How do I store these?

This recipe is perfect for meal prep! I always make a big batch and store them. You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To heat them up, I recommend using a toaster! It will get them crispier then a microwave.

Looking for more recipes?

If you haven’t guessed, I’m a big breakfast fan! Search my breakfast recipes for more easy, healthy breakfast ideas. Here are some additional pancake and waffle recipes:

Can I have the recipe?

If you try this protein waffles recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts!

This is a plate of protein pancakes. There is a plate of warm, crispy waffles topped with maple syrup.
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4.97 from 82 votes

Protein Waffles

These low carb, high-protein waffles are the BEST healthy breakfast. Made with only 5 ingredients, this easy recipe will give you the most delicious waffles.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein waffles, waffles
Servings: 1
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Waffle Maker
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients and add to a blender.
  • Blend well.
  • Grease a waffle maker using butter or cooking spray. Add batter.
  • Make waffles until you use all of the batter.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

Optional: add chocolate chips!

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg
4.97 from 82 votes (23 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




Cathy

Friday 28th of June 2024

Wow! I wanted a high protein waffle recipe that did not use protein powder and decided to try this easy recipe. My goodness! Absolutely perfect! I followed the recipe to the letter and got 5 waffles from my Dash single waffle maker. Came out to 64 calories and 6g protein each with the ingredients I used. Will definitely be whipping up a double batch for the freezer. Seriously, these are my new favorite.

Jordan Smith

Monday 8th of July 2024

Hi Cathy, thank you so much for sharing your cooking process and final nutrition facts! I looooove how many waffles this makes. I always, always make at LEAST a double batch, sometimes triple or quadruple and keep them in the fridge or freezer! They reheat well cooked in a toaster.

Annie

Thursday 20th of June 2024

So quick and easy, this was a staple recipe for me while on maternity leave and helped me stay full for most of my morning. Definitely a keeper!

Emily

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Do we have to use egg whites? Can we use a regular egg?

Jordan Smith

Friday 24th of May 2024

You can substitute eggs for the egg whites, no problem! I've done both and they both work great :)

Barbe

Monday 13th of May 2024

Turned out super runny. Better for pancakes than waffles. 5 stars for protein content, 1 star for terrible waffle batter

Jordan Smith

Friday 24th of May 2024

Hi Barbe, I just wanted to offer the tip to cook for two sessions in the waffle maker! The batter is more runny than a typical waffle batter, but if you let the waffles cook longer, they will turn out great. Enjoy!

Sally Foster

Monday 5th of June 2023

I make this recipe x4 every week. My husband and I love them. They reheat beautifully in the toaster and are so tasty and satisfying. They taste like regular waffles!