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Vegan protein waffles are a nutritious but satisfying swap for regular waffles! These cinnamon vanilla spiced waffles are light and fluffy with no eggs or dairy and plenty of plant-based protein. Kid-friendly & easy to make too!
It isn’t a breakfast spread without waffles! And because my love for brunch runs deep, I have high standards for waffles. They must be golden crisp on the outside, and soft yet fluffy in the middle. I like birch benders plant protein pancake mix, but I knew I could do better!
These high protein vegan waffles check all the boxes, plus they’re full of wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, oat milk, plant-based protein, and maple syrup!
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If “not a morning person” resonates with you and waffles seem high maintenance, I hear ya! Make these plant based protein waffles in the P.M. and freeze for busy mornings.
The batter is super simple to make! Just blend everything together, pour it into a sizzling hot waffle maker and let it work its magic. Most blenders are dishwasher safe, which makes cleanup a breeze!
👩🍳 Why This Recipe Works
- 7 grams of protein per mini waffle
- Healthier than traditional waffles
- Vegan waffle recipe without mashed banana
- Great way to get a protein boost
- Perfect for freezing & meal prep
- Made with quality ingredients
- Sweet & kid-friendly
- Better than vegan protein waffle mix
My vegan protein waffle recipe calls for simple ingredients found at your local grocery store!
- Whole Wheat Flour: Whole wheat flour is less processed, thus more nutrient dense than all-purpose flour. Avoid swapping it with a one-ingredient alternative flour like almond flour or oat flour. These types of flour aren’t a 1:1 substitute for wheat-based flour.
- Vegan Protein Powder: I chose vanilla protein powder, but feel free to experiment with different protein powders. Chocolate, strawberry, caramel, or peanut butter are all delicious!
- Baking Powder: Crucial for a light and fluffy waffle! Baking powder aerates the waffle batter and helps it rise.
- Cinnamon & Vanilla Extract: Cinnamon is jam-packed with antioxidants and a warm, fall flavor. Vanilla brings out the natural sweetness of these healthy protein waffles with a sweet, vanilla afternote!
- Maple Syrup: To sweeten the vegan waffles. I prefer maple syrup since it provides antioxidants that white sugar doesn’t. You can use white sugar, brown sugar, or light agave as well.
- Coconut Oil: Melted coconut oil helps to keep the batter tender, fluffy, and not too dense. Vegetable, canola oil, or melted vegan butter work great too.
- Oat Milk: Any plant milk works! Sometimes I use almond milk or soy milk instead.
- Gluten Free Protein Waffles: Swap the whole wheat flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend like Bob’s Red Mill’s 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. Be sure to use a gluten-free brand of protein powder.
- Vegan Banana Protein Waffles: Top with peanut butter and sliced bananas!
- Toppings: Fresh fruit, vegan chocolate chips, fresh berries, vegan ice cream, peanut butter, almond butter, shredded coconut, maple syrup, sliced bananas, granola, and coconut whipped cream are great options!
🔪 How To Make Vegan Protein Waffles
Preheat & Spray Waffle Iron: It should be hot when you add the batter! Also, don’t forget to spray the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Waffles sticking to the pan is the worst! While the iron is preheating, prep your ingredients and add to the blender.
Blend Ingredients: Blend the wet & dry ingredients together in a blender until smooth. A food processor works too, but it’s harder to pour.
Pour Batter: Pour the vegan waffle batter into the iron according to the manufacturer directions. All waffle irons are somewhat different in style and shape. Some you have to flip and some you don’t.
Cook & Serve: Cook these blender waffles until there is no steam or the proper light goes off – about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove when done and repeat with the remaining batter. Enjoy vegan high protein waffles with your favorite toppings!
These vegan protein powder waffles are made of flour, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil, and oat milk. They don’t need eggs or dairy to make them golden, light, and fluffy.
Traditionally waffle batter is made with eggs and whole milk or buttermilk. This means most waffles, unless specified, are not vegan-friendly. You can, however, make your own delicious waffles without any animal products! Many toaster waffle brands now carry vegan products, like Kashi, Van’s, and Nature’s Path.
The best way to store waffles is in the freezer! Place the cooled waffles in an airtight container and freeze for up to 4 months. Just pop one in a toaster oven when ready to eat! If you don’t have a toaster oven, reheat them in a 350-degree oven until hot and crispy. Avoid reheating waffles in the microwave, because it makes them soft.
Serve with your favorite vegan toppings! The sky is the limit. If it sounds good, it probably is! I like to top them with nut butter, maple syrup, and coconut whipped cream.
💭 Expert Tips
- Resist overcooking the waffles. They’ll turn out dry and forgettable! As soon as there is no steam or the light goes off on your iron, remove the waffle immediately.
- Make a double batch of these healthy vegan protein waffles and freeze half for later. I like to do this for busy mornings where I need a hot breakfast in 2 minutes. Just pop into your toaster oven until hot and crispy!
- Check your blender to see if it’s dishwasher safe. If so, just rinse the pitcher and put it straight into the dishwasher. So simple!
- I used Orgain protein powder, but use your favorite vegan brand. They all taste a bit different, so it’s best to go with one you know you like.
🧇 More Vegan Breakfast Recipes!
- 20 High Protein Vegan Breakfast Ideas
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- Vegan Coconut Flour Pancakes (Gluten-Free!)
- Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes
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Vegan Protein Waffles
- Waffle Iron
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Lightly spray waffle iron if needed.
- Pour batter into the waffle iron according to your manufacturer’s instruction.
- Cook until there is no more steam, approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
- Do not overcook as this will produce a dry waffle.
- Substitute the whole wheat flour for gluten-free flour to make these waffles gluten-free.
- For a sugar free version, omit the maple syrup (or reduce by half for a low sugar version).
- Top waffles with your favorite topping such as berries, whipped coconut cream, coconut yogurt, sliced banana, crushed nuts or maple syrup.
- Waffles can be made ahead of time and reheated when needed.
- Leftover waffles can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days or frozen for 1 month.