Protein Powder Waffles Recipe

This protein powder waffles recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy your morning waffles while getting some extra protein!

I’ve had a lot of folks ask me for waffles that have a higher protein content in them.

Protein Powder Waffles on a black plate with blackberries and raspberries sprinkled over the top.

It’s understandable. When mornings can be so hectic, you often just don’t have time to make a full and balanced meal. And never mind the kids! I mean, wouldn’t it just be easier to pop a frozen waffle or two in the toaster, fling them at your children on the way out the door and call it a morning? I think so.

These fabulous waffles have sadly evaded my breakfast plate due to allergies. But they were devoured by my husband and son. And I didn’t even have to fling any at them!



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Protein Powder Waffles on a black plate with blackberries and raspberries sprinkled over the top.

Protein Powder Waffles

Delicious, protein rich waffles to get your morning started right!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 waffles
Calories: 64kcal


  • Standard Waffle Maker


  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 4 scoops protein powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk (dairy milk works too)


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, pouring in the milk last. Adjust consistency of batter with milk.Ladle into your waffle maker and cook until done!
  • Note: Every protein powder may react differently. With mine, I had to cook them twice as long as I would a normal waffle.
  • Storage: These are fabulous for making large batches and freezing for future "toaster meals". But I suggest putting little sheets of parchment between them before freezing otherwise you may end up with a block of waffles for breakfast!


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. How would other flours work with this? i.e. Whole wheat, rice, etc

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – I’m sure they would work fine!

  2. These sound good, what did you use as the garnish on top?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emma – Shredded apples.

  3. Would unsweetened Vanila Almond Milk work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kara-Lee – Sure would!

  4. I should asked this before…what kind of protein powder do you use…best clean eating kind?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kara-Lee – I just purchased some 100% hemp protein powder. I’m not sure any protein powder is actually considered clean. But it’s one of those “healthy eating” things that gets included anyway.

  5. Jaclyn Ball says:

    I normally use 100% whey when baking and they turn out decent. I have made waffles before with it but with oatmeal flour (actually ground up oatmeal). Do you think if i take dry quinoa and grind it that would work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jaclyn – You could try. Just be aware that quinoa soaks up a lot of liquid. So adjust accordingly.

  6. I’ve been wanting to buy a waffle maker forever and this recipe has convinced me. I love baking with quinoa flour.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – I’ll be doing the same thing. My waffle iron died this morning and I don’t think I can survive without it! lol

  7. Clicked on your photo, prepared to try to adapt it to be gluten free….and it already is. Yeah!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lizzy – Awesome!

  8. Anonymous says:

    KJG – Great tip! Thank you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Vanilla – You can, but don’t put in as much milk. Quinoa flour soaks up a lot of liquid. More than the whole wheat pastry flour by a long shot. Start with 1 cup of milk and add more only if you need it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jvarchila – I hope you like them!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Rachel – Thank you so much! I’m so flattered!

  12. Why do you add protein powder to the waffles, isn’t it processed? Could you just serve with natural peanut butter if looking for protein?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Susan – Protein powder is one of those “gray area” things. It all depends on the protein powder you buy too. You could of course, leave it out and use peanut butter. Do what works best for you.

      1. Everything I read says protein powder is for building muscle mass. I don’t think mini chef is lifting weights….:) Is there another benefit to using it when cooking?

        1. graciouspantry says:

          Susan – Ha! Well, he certainly tries! I ended up giving him 1 pound dumbbells because he wouldn’t leave the heavier ones alone. Personally, I use the protein to balance out the carbs in this recipe.

        2. Tasty and nutritious? And highest protein bioavailability of any protein source in existence, even better than whole eggs! I’d say that’s a win!

  13. Can I just put dry uncooked quinoa in my magic bullet to make “quinoa flour”? Or if theres a better easier way, do tell. Ive never seen quinoa flour in stores, and if I went to a fancy health food store Im sure it costs a bundle.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Karen – The cost will depend on your location. I believe you can order it from for a reasonable price. I’ve never made my own so I’m not sure. I bought mine at Whole Foods in the bulk section.

  14. Can you store the dry ingredients of this together in an air tight container and then just add the wet ingredients when you are ready to make them? Would the dry ingredients have to be refrigerated or not? I am really excited to have this website to help me out. I had a doctor suggest to eat clean to help with some of my health problems and it has worked. It is so hard to find recipes but now I have a great source. Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sure, you could do that. Just keep it in an airtight container and it should be fine. Depending on how much you intend to make, it might be beneficial to keep it in the fridge. But if you make it in smaller batches, just the container should be fine. Depends on how stable your protein powder is. Enjoy!

  15. I just made these and am impressed. I used gluten free AP flour. I couldn’t find quinoa flour. But I also added ground flax, apples, cinnamon and a bit of agave to the batter. Super Delish!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  16. Protein powder is full of MSG and it is non considered a clean food.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kendall – You are correct. There is no such thing as a clean protein powder. However, many clean eaters still use it and you would be hard pressed to get them to give it up. The same is true for cottage cheese. It’s all a personal decision. Everyone approaches clean eating differently and allows for different things in their eating plans. If this doesn’t work for you, I have plenty of other waffle recipes that do not contain protein powder of any kind. I like to think that I have a little something for everyone on my blog.

  17. Would Sun Warrior protein powder be okay to use?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jama – I’ve never used it, so it’s hard for me to say. I think a whey powder is probably best here, but that doesn’t mean others can’t work. I just don’t know this specific one. Sorry. :/

  18. Please be more specific in the recipe. 4 scoops of powder could mean anything.

    1. Noy – It’s the scoops that came with my protein powder. If I had to guess, I’d say each scoop was 3-4 tbsp.