Monday, May 7, 2012

Waking Up To Waffles

Do you like waffles? I do - but I haven't eaten them in years. In the past few weeks J and I have been indulging in enjoying waffles. The best part about these waffles, besides tasting great of course, is that they're high in protein, gluten free, grain free - and contain only 4 ingredients. We've eaten these for breaky, brunch, and even for dinner one night.

It's fun to choose different toppings for both waffles and pancakes. A hearty dose of maple syrup is a "must" in my books, and I like to add a little crunch in the form of chopped nuts, dehydrated buckwheat, or cacao nibs. Berries always add a nice juicy texture and yummy flavor too.

What's your favorite topping?

Protein Waffles
Gluten free * Grain Free * Dairy Free * Sugar Free

Introducing healthy, tasty protein waffles. I use whey protein but you can easily make these dairy free using a vegan protein powder. Make sure it's unflavored as I think a flavored/sweetened one would make the waffles too sweet - but then again maybe you won't need to add any maple syrup. I've made them both with and without vanilla and don't notice much of a difference either way. A sprinkle of cinnamon can be added too but I prefer them plain. J likes a sprinkle of cinnamon when he adds syrup.

2 large eggs
1 large spotted banana*
1/3 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup unflavored protein powder of your choice
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Heat waffle iron and grease it with coconut oil.

*Make sure its a proper brown spotted "baking banana" to maximize on it's natural sweetness.

Tips - The first few times I played with waffles, I didn't oil the maker properly and the batter stuck like glue into it. NOT fun. I realized the oiling is important since there is none in the recipe as in regular waffles. I highly recommend using a brush to get an even coat of coconut oil (tried with olive oil too and that was fine).

This recipe likes a LOW heat setting on the waffle iron. #2 maximum and don't let it get too hot before pouring the batter in.

Wow, sounds like a complicated recipe but I assure you its easy peasy! These protein waffles can be thrown together in just minutes.


Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

Your waffles look great, especially with the blueberries filling in the sections.! I posted a topping this week for a Banana PB Topping that is outrageous on waffles or pancakes. If you have a chance, check it out at

Vitamins for Skin said...

Those look super yum! I have a waffle iron that has been sitting around for ages! Maybe time to give it a go.

Nicole <3

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

That looks like a great recipe - I agree about the need for oil when making waffles! I like to use a silicone brush with melted coconut oil. I am definitely going to play with this one :)

Pure2raw twins said...

YUMMY! we have not had waffles in years too!! and Lori happen to get a waffle maker for her looks like lots of waffles in our future.

Wati said...

I love waffles and pancakes. That waffle sure looks scrumptious! And the picture makes it look even more heavenly :-)

Gena said...

These look gorgeous! Any tips on how to veganize them, or is this truly a "won't work without eggs" recipe?

Heather Pace said...

Gena, I'm really not sure. Maybe I'll try with flax eggs - unless you want to try first and let me know how they turn out! :)

katshealthcorner said...

YAY for waffles! I haven't had one of those in a while. I just had pancakes this morning, but soon I should be in the waffle mood. :)

Gena said...

I'm going to try! I'll keep you posted :)