Low Carb Protein Waffles
Incredibly fluffy Low Carb Protein Waffles made with just 4 key ingredients. This simple waffle recipe is healthy, satisfying and easy enough to make everyday for a delicious breakfast! Add your favorite toppings and a drizzle of maple syrup for the perfect morning treat.
I made these protein waffles for breakfast using unsweetened applesauce instead of the banana or pumpkin. It was really good! Topped it with blueberries.— Trisha
These Protein Waffles are my everyday go-to breakfast! I cannot get enough! And if I had to choose between waffles and pancakes… is that even a choice? Waffles are #1 in my book – they require no flipping and then you’ve got those nooks and crannies that perfectly hold sweet drops of maple syrup. There’s just no comparison.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Wonderful taste & texture. These cook up perfectly light, fluffy and melt in your mouth delicious! They have a nice crisp exterior and soft center.
- Satisfying. Because these are made with protein powder and a high protein pancake mix instead of flour, they have more fiber and protein than traditional waffle recipes and won’t leave you feeling weighed down.
- Easy. Little prep time is needed to make and cook these. Stir the waffle batter ingredients together in a medium bowl, cook and enjoy. No need to stand over the stovetop waiting to flip!
- Family-friendly. Not only do adults love these, but my picky kids couldn’t resist them either.
This protein waffle recipe could not be easier and you literally only need a handful of pantry staples. Here’s a note on each of the ingredients:
- Cooking spray. This is VERY important. Because of the ingredients that make up this protein waffle, you’ll find that it tends to stick to the waffle iron unless you use plenty of cooking spray. I don’t recommend using an all natural olive oil or coconut oil spray, though. To REALLY keep the waffle from sticking your cooking spray should contain soy lecithin. Most contain it and I know it’s not the best, but it works.
- Protein powder. Another important ingredient and it DOES matter what brand of protein powder you use. Many brands I’ve tried, make these waffles dry or too crispy. Tone It Up Protein Powder and PEScience Protein Powder (the snickerdoodle flavor is my favorite) both work well.
- Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix. For best results, I recommend using half protein powder and half Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix. The dark chocolate and almond poppy seed are my favorite flavors.
- Pumpkin puree. This helps give your waffle that fluffy and not too crispy texture. You can also use mashed banana, but I really like pumpkin. It’s lower in calories and carbs and doesn’t have too much taste. I just keep a can in my fridge and measure out what I need each morning.
- Egg whites. For convenience, I recommend pouring from a carton. You could also use egg whites from an actual egg, but it seems a little wasteful for how often I make these.
- Water. I honestly never measure this. I just add water until my batter is at the preferred consistency. It works best if the batter is thick, but pourable (not thin).
How to make this recipe
Protein waffles are super easy to make with minimal ingredients. I measure all of my ingredients in grams, on a food scale. This isn’t necessary unless you’re counting your macros or simply want your measurements to be exact. Here’s the simple method:
For full, printable instructions, reference the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Prep. Heat your waffle iron.
- Mix ingredients. In a medium bowl, stir together protein powder, Kodiak Cakes Mix, egg whites, pumpkin purée (or mashed banana). If needed for consistency, gradually add in a bit of water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter can be poured onto the waffle iron, but is still fairly thick.
- Cook. Once your waffle maker is heated, spray it well with the cooking spray. Then, pour batter onto the bottom. Use a spoon to spread the batter over the surface of the waffle iron, and then close it. My waffle iron automatically sounds an alarm when the waffle is finished cooking, after about 5 minutes.
- Serve. Remove and enjoy with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced banana and nut butter or any other favorite toppings.
- In need of a waffle iron? Mine was very inexpensive, but works really well and has been going for over 10 years. It’s similar to this waffle iron on Amazon.
- Waffle iron. Not all waffle makers work the same way. Make sure to check the instructions that come with your waffle iron for the manufacturer recommendations on cooking time.
- If you’d like to keep the waffles warm while you’re making multiple batches, heat your oven to 200ºF and place a large sheet pan inside to transfer them to while you’re cooking.
- Toppings. These are good enough to eat with just a little maple syrup, but are especially delicious topped with extras like fresh berries, sliced banana, chopped nuts, almond or peanut butter, whipped cream, greek yogurt, powdered sugar, jelly, syrup, chocolate… the possibilities are endless!
Frequently asked questions
This particular protein waffle recipe is full of nutrition! It’s made with simple, wholesome ingredients, is packed with over 20 grams of protein and low in calories and fat.
High protein waffles are made with protein powder, Kodiak Cakes mix, egg whites and canned pumpkin or mashed banana. They’re super easy to make, absolutely delicious and great for meal prep. Plus, they’ll keep you satisfied right up until lunch!
If your waffles turn out dry, it probably has to do with the variety of protein powder that you’re using. For best results, use a blend of protein powder with the Kodiak Cakes waffle mix, and also add in a spoonful of pumpkin puree for added moisture.
- Storing leftovers. These will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To keep in the refrigerator, store them in an airtight container. To store in the freezer, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then place all the wrapped waffles in a large freezer bag.
- Reheating. For best results, reheat in the toaster oven. They will come out crunchy and golden brown. If you’re starting with frozen waffles, you’ll want to add an additional 1-2 minutes to the toasting time.
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Low Carb Protein Waffles
- 1 scoop (or slightly less, about 17 to 20g) protein powder*
- 1/8 cup (or slightly less, about 16 to 20 grams) Kodiak Cakes mix
- 1/4 cup (or slightly less) egg whites from a carton + 2-3 tablespoons or more of water for a thinner consistency, I typically use about 40 grams egg whites and then enough water to get desired consistency
- 1-2 tablespoons (about 20 grams) pumpkin purée from a can or mashed banana
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder , optional (I typically leave this out and would only use if I weren't using the Kodiak Cakes mix)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice, optional (I don't use)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract , optional (I don't use)
- Optional for serving: maple syrup, almond butter, Walden Farms calorie free pancake syrup and/or fresh fruit
- Heat waffle iron.
- Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl, until batter is free from most clumps. Add as much water as needed to get a waffle batter consistency. The batter should be thick, but slightly pourable too.
- Once waffle iron is heated, spray top and bottom of iron with nonstick cooking spray and pour batter over bottom of the iron. Natural nonstick cooking sprays do not work well in this recipe because this waffle tends to stick easily. Use the back of your spoon to spread the batter evenly over the iron.
- When waffle iron goes off, transfer waffle to a plate and top with your favorites. Serve immediately or store in a covered container to reheat and enjoy later.
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Recipe originally published July 2016 and updated June 2021.
Does anyone know were the ingredient measurements are? I can’t find them.
In the recipe card at the bottom
I tried making today with iconic protein powder. I didn’t measure the water but I added a lot to get it to somewhat of a pour consistency, waffle batter consistency. The iron almost instantly just started boiling over and overflowing. It didn’t even cook, just kept boiling 😔 Do you have any idea why that would happen? I can’t imagine the powder to have made such a different reaction than everyone else’s. Help!! I was so excited to make these and now I’m sad.
Sorry you’re having trouble. I use half PEScience protein powder with half Kodiak Cakes pancake mix and it works perfectly. I have also successfully used Tone It Up protein powder without the pancake mix. I have never tried iconic and I’m sure that’s the issue because all protein powders are so different.
Ok, so to follow up my comment…. I completely screwed up the recipe the first time. I guess I made it a point to focus on adding enough water to make it a “waffle batter” “pour consistency “ that I ended up adding a ton of water. Which resulted in the batter just continuously boiling over once I poured into the iron. So… tonight I used the same protein powder (iconic) added all the ingredients and ONLY added the 3 tbsp of water that it calls for with the egg whites. I didn’t eat it yet but it looks perfect. I plan on toasting it within the next few days. Looking at the cooked waffle, the only thing I think I would do is whip the egg whites separate then add to mixture.
Glad the recipe worked out for you the second time. Hope you enjoy!
I made them and they were so easy to cook, no sticking, and not dry. My ingredients were slightly different since I used what I had on hand – two jumbo egg whites, twice the pumpkin by mistake, and Bariatric Advantage protein powder. I will definitely make them again.
So happy to hear! Thanks so much for your feedback!
hi Kim! what can I use in replacement of the kioaki cake mix? can I use a type of flour or grounded up oats?
Yes, either should work, but I would add a bit of baking powder. You could also use a different pancake mix.
Thank you for this awesome recipe. I tried protein powder after my nutritionist suggested adding it to my diet and I found it utterly disgusting in smoothies. In this recipe it doesn’t have a prominent taste at all and with my favourite toppings its become a yummy quick breakfast. Thanks again.
That makes me so happy that you enjoy these!
This works well with SunWarrior protein powder. They are amazingly good! I like to prep them ahead for busy days.
Definitely make sure your iron is well-sprayed and that there is no steam coming from your iron before you open it (rather than trusting the light for doneness!)
My new favorite breakfast 🙂
Super happy they worked great for you!
It was so good!
So happy you enjoyed!
I made this for breakfast using unsweetened applesauce instead of the banana or pumpkin. It was really good! Topped it with blueberries.
Happy to hear you enjoyed! And thanks so much for taking time to leave feedback!
These came out so good and fluffy too! 👏🏼 I used my Quest vanilla milkshake powder and pumpkin purée I wasn’t sure how it would go based off other lightened up recipes I’ve tried but after seeing them fluff up and have that nice crisp too I was excited to try them! Thank you so much for a indulgent low carb way to enjoy one of my favorite foods 😊
Yay! So happy to hear that you enjoyed and thanks so much for sharing your feedback and that these worked well with the Quest protein.
Does this only make one waffle ?
I made this with 2T of cooked yam, topped with bosc pear and cinnamon-so desish!
Yay! So happy to hear!
I feed my son these for breakfast several times a week. Great way to start his day. I’ve used both pumpkin and bananas. He loves them and eats them plain without syrup.
Love hearing that! Thanks so much for your comment!
This recipe is so great, thank you for all the recommendations! I’ve been eating protein waffles from https://shop.kodiakcakes.com/collections/toaster-waffles-flapjacks, but i’ve been looking for something with fewer carbs. I think i just need to buy a waffle iron now haha. Can’t wait to try!
Let me know what you think!
Can you substitute the protein powder for something else?
I haven’t ever tried anything else, so I can’t say for sure, but you could try oat flour, regular flour or almond flour. I also have this waffle recipe that doesn’t use protein powder.
Looks like you can’t find that protein powder anymore and I’m afraid of buying something else and it not working 🙁 Have you tried any others?
All Tone It Up protein works really well, but I like the peanut butter best. You can grab it here https://my.toneitup.com/collections/protein-powder/products/plant-based-peanut-butter-protein-powder or from Target, this is another favorite https://bit.ly/3g8ryQ4 or https://bit.ly/2XfWrJO
Why is there so much sodium in 1 waffle?
It’s from the protein powder.
So, are these Belgian waffles? If not, do you reckon it would be possible to make Belgian waffles from this recipe? It’s just I recently ordered a Belgian waffle iron and I’m curious to try it… 🙂
That will work perfectly. That’s what I use. Just add enough water to the protein/pumpkin/egg white mixture to make the batter pourable, but not overly thin and still thick. Then I used my spoon to spread the batter out over the waffle maker. Enjoy!
These are awesome! I multiplied the recipe x4 and it made 15 waffles on my mini dash waffle maker. Perfect for sticking in the freezer for the week! They are definitely fluffier when fresh, but delicious toasted up during the week too.
Love it! Making a bunch ahead of time definitely makes mornings less hectic. Thanks so much for your comment!
Tastes amazing but overflows in my waffle makes even following the directions…. what kind of waffle maker do you use?
I have a Belgium waffle maker, so it’s pretty large. You might try making two waffles, if yours is a little on the smaller side.
I made this today with vanilla Tone It Up and they came out great! Thank you so much. I’m going to try chocolate flavor next time ☺️
I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the waffles! Love using the chocolate too, but right now I’m on a peanut butter kick!
Hi, I tried it with quest and it’s super dry do you have any suggestions? I used a canola oil spray and sprayed the waffle maker really well.
Also I used one egg instead of egg whites because I thought it would help make it more moist and bind better
It must be the protein powder. That’s what happens when I tried IdealLean protein. If you want to give it another try, try Tone It Up http://bit.ly/2T8ijra
Can I use whole eggs instead of just writes?
I’m sure that will work great… might actually even turn out better. I would use one beaten egg.
Hi! I’m super exited to try this recipe! I’m on a super strict diet that doesn’t allow me to eat bananas or the pumpkin pie, is there anything else I can substitute them with or will it work just the same if I don’t use them?
Maybe applesauce or yogurt, but I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried these substitutions. Good luck!
Do you think I could use two whole eggs into the egg whites?
I’m sure that will work great… might actually even turn out better. I would use one beaten egg.
Hi, have you tried it with quest protein powder?
I have not, but I’ve tried Quest before in other recipes with good success. If you’re able to make pancakes using Quest, I would say it would probably work for waffles. Just be sure to spray your waffle iron really well and use a cooking spray like pam (one with a soy additive) rather than an all natural cooking spray.
I made this with !st Phorm’s Level 1 Vanilla Protein and they turned out amazing! I was surprised they were even crispy on the outside, will definitely be making these again!
That’s so great to know of another protein powder that works great with this recipe! Thanks so much for your feedback!
How well do these freeze! I love them and was wondering if I could pre- make these and freeze them?
I’m so glad you’re loving them! I personally haven’t frozen them, but I think it would work just fine. I would reheat in a toaster oven for a few minutes. Let us know how it works for you!
I am so excited to find this recipe, because I love waffles, but am always on a diet. This finally gives me an excuse to buy my very own waffle iron. God-bye Eggos.
I hope you enjoy! It’s a favorite recipe of mine that I make all of the time. I will tell you, the quality of waffle is going to be dependent upon the protein powder that you use. I would grab the tone it up brand from Target… I have it delivered to me monthly.
Tried to make this recipe twice now and can not get it to work. 😩
It’s more than likely either the protein powder you’re using or the nonstick spray. What problem are you having and I’ll try to help? I make this recipe at least once a week, so I know we can get it to work for you!
I made this but it’s really dry? Any ideas? I have to take a drink of water with every bite lol
It’s probably definitely the type of protein powder that you used. I’ve experienced with lots of types and Tone It Up by far has the best texture. Nuzest works great too. IdealLean was definitely too dry. I order Tone It Up from Target, but you can also pick it up in store.
Hi, I want to try this recipe asap, it looks great! I don’t have a waffle iron. Do you think this could work as a pancake? Thanks!
Yes, I always interchange my waffle and pancake recipes. Just make sure to cook at a lower heat and for longer. I would also make sure when you spoon the batter out, use the back of the spoon to thin it out in a circle shape. If it’s too thick, it may not cook properly in the center. Enjoy!
I used maple extract to give it more of a waffle tast I was pleasantly surprised
Oh my, these look incredible! Definitely need to try them. I can’t imagine how they’ll taste from these ingredients. Are they fluffy? And the amount above is on one portion or one waffle (I’ve never had waffles so I don’t know how many to make :D) thanks for reply!
Thank you! They do come out fluffy. They do not have that crisp outside, like a normal waffle, though. The amount in the recipe is for one serving, which is one large waffle. I have a large waffle maker, but if you have a smaller waffle maker, you may be able to get more than one waffle.
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