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How to Make High Protein Waffles

Whether you’re looking for a nutritious recipe for the most important meal of the day or an energizing snack, high protein waffles are a great way to get more out of your morning menu. Plus, they are typically just as delicious and fluffy as regular waffles. You can even use your KitchenAid® blender to create of this well-balanced dish, allowing you time to experiment with additional flavors and other variations. This guide will take you through a high protein waffles recipe and instructions for making them from scratch with just a few ingredients.

Waffles sitting on a plate drizzled with syrup and gluten-free waffles with orange curd sitting on a plate. Waffles sitting on a plate drizzled with syrup and gluten-free waffles with orange curd sitting on a plate.

What Is the Difference Between High Protein Waffles and Regular Waffles?

While they may look and taste just as delicious, high protein waffles use wholesome ingredients full of protein and healthy carbohydrates. High protein waffles can help you feel more energized throughout the day, help you feel fuller after eating and also lower the amount of sugar you may consume in the morning.

A waffle sitting on a plate, topped with a fried egg and chives. A waffle sitting on a plate, topped with a fried egg and chives.

Homemade High Protein Waffle Recipe

Many of the ingredients for homemade protein waffles can typically be found right in your kitchen and fridge, which makes it a fantastic brunch recipe to have on hand for family and friends. The best part about this dish is that you can customize it based on your food preferences or the number of people you’re preparing it for. Here are some common ingredients you’ll want to have on hand when making high protein waffles.


6-8 waffles


This recipe calls for healthy and nutritious ingredients that make waffles full of protein. Different combinations or substitutions can be made for many of the ingredients if you have certain dietary restrictions. Some common protein waffle ingredients for this recipe include: 

  • Nonfat greek yogurt 

  • Eggs and egg whites

  • Skim milk

  • Honey

  • Vanilla extract

  • Melted butter

  • Whole wheat flour

  • Baking powder

  • Salt

Topping Options

Some like their waffles topped with syrup. Others prefer whipped cream and delicious fruits like strawberries, blueberries or bananas. However you top your waffles, this recipe is light, fluffy and has endless pairing options. Here’s a list of a few toppings for high protein waffles:

  • Fresh berries or fruit

  • Whipped cream

  • Syrup

  • Peanut butter

  • Nuts and seeds

Customization Tip

If you opt for substituting ingredients, such as non-dairy milk instead of skim milk or monk-fruit sugar instead of granulated sugar, be mindful that it may not be a 1-to-1 substitution. The amount of these substitutes may need adjusting for your recipe. Otherwise, it could result in your dish being too sweet or not having the ideal consistency.

Prep Time
  • 7 minutes
Total Time
  • 15 minutes
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How to Make Protein Waffles

When making high protein waffles, you can use tools like a KitchenAid® blender or stand mixer to easily prepare your batter. If you don’t have one of these on hand, a large bowl and spoon or whisk also work for combining your ingredients.

Step 1: Combine the Wet Ingredients

In your KitchenAid® blender, start by combining the wet ingredients and mix in the Greek yogurt, milk, eggs or egg whites, honey, vanilla and melted butter. Set your blender to a low speed and blend the ingredients until they are combined well.

If using a stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl and use your flat beater to mix ingredients on low.

Step 2: Fold in the Dry Ingredients

Slowly add in the flour, adding a small amount at a time. Once the flour is folded into the mixture, add the baking powder and salt to your batter. Be careful not to overmix or waffles will be tough.

If you’re using a stand mixer, you can add the KitchenAid® Sifter + Scale Attachment to help weigh, sift and add the dry ingredients, or add them by hand a little at a time while mixing on a medium-low speed.

After all the ingredients are combined, let the batter rest while your waffle iron heats up.

Step 3: Make the High Protein Waffles

Once your waffle iron is warm and ready, use cooking spray to grease the interior. Fill the waffle iron until the bottom portion is covered with the batter and cook the waffle. You’ll want to wait until the waffle is golden brown and doesn’t stick to the iron when you lift the top. Depending on the size of the waffle iron and the amount of batter you use, your cook time for each waffle will generally be about 3-4 minutes.

Add whichever toppings you would like to the waffles, and enjoy!

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Two quarters of waffles sitting on a plate, drizzled with syrup. Two quarters of waffles sitting on a plate, drizzled with syrup.

High Protein Waffle Tips

There are endless ways to customize your high protein waffles to your liking. Adding spices like cinnamon or fresh fruit to your batter can help elevate the flavors of the recipe. To make protein oatmeal waffles, you can mix rolled oats into the batter to bring the two breakfast dishes together. 

You can also switch up this recipe with a savory finish by excluding ingredients like vanilla extract and honey and instead adding zesty spices or cheese to the batter. Topping ideas for a savory high protein waffle include breakfast meats like bacon and sausage, vegetables, eggs and a drizzle of hot sauce for a bit of heat.

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What Can I Use to Top My High Protein Waffles?

Whether you like your waffles piled high with fresh berries or topped with a savory protein addition like fried chicken, there are endless ways to top high protein waffles. Some sweet favorite toppings include fruits, cream, syrup, butter, ice cream and more. A KitchenAid® stand mixer can help make fresh whipped cream using the wire whip attachment, and a KitchenAid® blender can chop nuts or make a berry sauce. If you enjoy savory flavors, ingredients like nuts, eggs, chicken or avocado offer an additional layer of flavor.

Can I Make My High Protein Waffles Vegan?

One of the best parts about this high protein waffle recipe is how flexible and customizable it is. If you opt for a vegan diet, you can switch out some ingredients for plant-based alternatives. Almond milk or oat milk are great switches for skim milk within this recipe. Coconut cream, silken tofu or flax seeds can be used instead of Greek yogurt and eggs. For the sweetener, use agave nectar instead of honey to make your plant based protein waffles.

Many of these alternatives also come packed with protein, so you can maintain this recipe's nutritional benefits if you choose to make it vegan.

Can I Use Protein Powder in My Recipe?

If you want an added boost of protein in your waffles, protein powder can be added to your batter. Protein powder comes in many varieties and flavors, so a scoop or two of your favorite mix can be a flavorful and nutritious addition to your protein powder waffles. Just be sure to check the consistency of your batter as you’re mixing, since the protein powder may make it thicker. Add extra milk as needed.

Can I Store or Freeze My High Protein Waffles?

You can definitely freeze or refrigerate high protein waffles. If you’d like to prepare larger batches of this recipe and make every morning a breeze, you can typically save leftover waffles in your refrigerator for up to 4 days and in your freezer for up to a month. If you’re placing high protein waffles into your freezer, just be sure to use a freezer bag with a tight seal. 

When reheating these high protein waffles, simply pop them into your toaster for a few minutes, then enjoy.

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