I love oats, but whenever I get tired of having them plain, I change it up a bit using the same ingredients and a little imagination to create waffles. These are incredibly delicious, healthy, easy, and quick. This recipe is high in protein, oil-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. For this recipe, you will need a nonstick waffle maker and a mini food processor or blender.
Makes 1 serving
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 scoop plant protein of choice
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon flax meal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup water or plant-based milk
Top with fresh berries, peanut butter powder, maple syrup, agave or whatever you want. The possibilities are endless.
- Turn the waffle maker on to the highest heat setting. If you do not have a non-stick waffle maker, spray a little bit of coconut oil to prevent the waffles from sticking.
- In a food processor, combine oats, plant protein, flax meal, cacao powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Pulse 2 to 3 times.
- Add water and process all the ingredients until they are well combined and form a batter.
- Pour batter into the hot waffle maker and wait 1 minute before closing it. Heat waffles for 6-10 minutes or until desired consistency. I like mine crunchy, so I leave them for the full 10 minutes. Repeat the process until all the batter is gone. Enjoy hot.
What are the nutrition facts? Thanks!
6.1 g Fat
Hi Natalie! Those nutritional facts are per 1 pancake? Or 1 serving which is about 3 pancakes? Thanks!
One serving, each serving is 3 pancakes
What kind of waffle iron do you use/recommend?
Honestly, I still haven’t purchased a good quality waffle iron. I have a cheap nonstick that I bought at Target and it works just fine. Sometimes I have to use a nonstick spray to prevent sticking. I need to invest in a good one! 🙂
Would you recommend trying this as a pancake if we do not have a waffle maker?
Definitely! Add a little bit more liquid to get more of a pancake consistency. I use this recipe for pancakes all the time. 🙂
My batter turned out so runny:( I redid it twice! Also it wasn’t sweet at all for me:/
Oh no! OK I got you! 🙂
What vegan protein are you using??? For these waffles, I use VEGA or Plant Fusion Chocolate protein. These two proteins are so sweet I never feel the need to add anything else. However, if you like your waffles on the sweet side feel free to add 2 TBSP sweetener of choice. Remember it doesn’t need much especially if you’re topping them with maple syrup or agave.
If they are coming out too runny, just add the liquid a little bit at a time to reach waffle batter consistency. “waffle batter consistency” is thicker than a pancake. Which brings me to my next tip… If it comes out too runny, don’t waste the batter and make pancakes!
Hope this helps!
I hope you give them another try. <3
I found the batter, which I used for pancakes, thickens as it sits. I added a packet of stevia to it as well and really enjoyed this big, fun, healthy breakfast. Thanks for the great recipe.
Thank you! This recipe is so versatile you can get very creative and do different flavors or add a different sweetener if you’d like… possibilities are endless.
What could I use instead of protein powder? I prefer to use whole foods over powders. Would adding blended beans/lentils or soy yogurt work? Hemp seeds? Hmm. These look great!
Great question 🙂
When you substitute an ingredient in a recipe, you have to understand what the ingredient does in the recipe…If you add beans instead of a protein powder the consistency, flavor, and mouthfeel of the waffles will change completely. I would use oat flour or buckwheat flour which is minimally processed. Otherwise, you will get a completely different recipe. Which hey!…who knows, if you play around with the liquid ratios and sweeten it a little bit, you could get some pretty amazing bean waffles! Like I said before, it would be a completely different recipe. I definitely encourage you to experiment in the kitchen, this is how I develop recipes myself. Hope this helps!
These look delicious. For meal prep, is it possible to make the batter days in advance and use each day? Thanks!
You can make the waffles 4-5 days in advance and they keep really well in the fridge. You just warm them in the microwave before serving. I wouldn’t recommend to prep the batter as it will thicken the more it sets.
Thanks for this easy and versatile recipe! What a great way to use pea protein powder. The only thing that threw me a bit was listing the amount of protein powder in scoops. There are so many different sizes of scoops depending on what powder you buy, so a measurement in cups or ounces would be ideal. I added vanilla and almond extracts for a bit of extra flavor. The batter does thicken as it stands but I did not add any extra liquid. Since I was going to the trouble of making this I made 4x the recipe and actually got 5 Belgian sized waffles. They will be great reheated in the toaster. Even with an unsweetened protein powder I did not feel it necessary to add any sweetener cause I always use maple syrup. The waffles have a nice crisp exterior (I let them cook through two beeps) and tender oaty interior. They are very filling so I only needed half. Great recipe, I have it saved!
how many calories per serving??
This recipe is one serving: Approximately 290 cal
Calories may vary on the type of plant-based protein powder and milk.
Hi, I don’t have a food processor would my blender work? or just a whisk?
I’m excited to give this recipe a try!
Yes! You can use either… If you buy oat flour you can skip that step and combined everything in a mixing bowl.
How many waffles does this make?
Depends on how big your waffle maker is. Mine is around 5″ makes 2 big ones. The recipe is one serving.
My waffle did not turn out right, it is a hard shell with no middle, very crunchy, and smells like burnt popcorn. Could this be because I substituted the protein for my Optimum Casin protein? Someone please help I’d love to try this recipe and do it correctly! (:
I never have used a non vegan protein powder with this recipe.
Try lowering the heat setting, all waffle makers cook differently, so they’re a bit tricky.
If they came out crispy your batter probably was runny. I would try adding the liquid slowly until getting a thicker batter, then lower the heat setting just a bit so it doesn’t over cook.
Hope this helps!
Just made the protein waffles & Oh Em Gee! They were to die for! I used all purpose wheat flour instead of oats & 2 scoops of protein powder. Sublime perfection, crunchy on outside & soft on inside. Yummmm!
Thank you for all your amazing recipes. The Seitan is one of my favorites & on my weekly meal prep. Can’t wait for your recipie book 🙂
Thanks again for your awesomeness!!!
Yay! Thank you so much.
It makes me so happy to know you’re enjoying the recipes.
Ok, my waffles did not work with this recipe. Not sure if my waffle maker can ever get cleaned. Looks like chocolate wallpaper. I used plant fusion chocolate, almond milk, quick rolled oats.
I don’t have flax meal! Would ground flax seeds work ? Like once I put it in the food processor?? Thank you
yes! Flax meal is ground flax seeds. You can make it by placing them in a spice grinder, food processor, or blender.
Guys. I’m currently eating these waffles and they are so good I had to write a review. I’m not a review-leaver but WHOA. I have a Cuisinart round 4-divide waffle maker. And I made a few modifications to note… I used 3/4 of the recommended liquid (2 parts oat milk, 1 part water based off of past reviews) and half of the cocao powder, only because I was worried about the bitterness. I used Orgain Organic Protein in Vanilla (just the normal scoop size) and these taste AMAZING… like a chocolate chip cookie or just straight up cake batter. I made a quadruple batch and so glad I did. Made 2 waffles per serving and the macros were pretty spot on even with my swapped ingredients.
TRY THESE NOW! Thank you Natalie!
This recipe literally destroyed my waffle maker
I’m so sorry to hear that. I haven’t had any bad experience with this recipe, I make it all the time. Waffle makers vary in sizes and in heating setting, make sure to use the amount that your waffle maker requires to not over flow.
Would chickpea or red lentil flour work in place of the oats for a higher protein option?
Chickpea flower will work amazing, you will need to add sweetener, because the flavor is a bit strong
These came out great! I use Vega sport protein vanilla and unsweetened vanilla almond milk! So easy for meal prep and a great way to use up protein powder!
Yay so happy you loved them! Thank you so much for the feedback.
Unfortunately like another post – this killed my waffle maker. I am really good in the kitchen and know how to make almost anything. But I’ll have to narrow it down to the protein powder used. Try to add more liquid too.