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Paleo Protein Waffles

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There’s nothing more important than a good breakfast, and it doesn’t get much better than these Paleo Protein Waffles!

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The Perfect Easy & Healthy Breakfast

When it comes down to it, I would eat breakfast for every meal if I could. Growing up, breakfast for dinner was always the best and something fun I looked forward to. Not to mention, every Sunday we would do a big breakfast sprawl full of pancakes, bacon and more. Now, while I love a good pancake, I’m 100% a waffle person. There’s just something about the crunch of the waffle that I love.

Whether you’re a waffle or pancake person, I can guarantee you’re going to love this Paleo Protein Waffle recipe! Not only is it so easy to make but it also tastes amazing. These waffles are loaded with peanut butter, paleo flour, and vanilla protein powder to make delicious, crunchy waffles. All you need are a few ingredients and a waffle iron to get cooking!

The Ingredients 

Let’s break down what ingredients are in this gluten-free and dairy-free recipe that makes it healthy and packed with protein!

  1. Eggs: Did you know that just one egg has 7 grams of protein? By using the egg yolks and egg whites, we’re able to get the most nutritional benefits of the egg and add extra protein to this recipe! 

  2. Peanut Butter: It’s no secret that I LOVE peanut butter. But it also is a great source of protein with 4 grams per tablespoon! 
  3. Paleo Baking Flour: This grain-free flour produces the perfect waffles! Paleo flour is best used for breads, pizza, and thicker baked goods. No need to mix or combine flours here! 

  4. Vanilla Protein Powder: I personally like to use Organifi’s Vanilla Protein Powder for these waffles. Not only is it vegan and gluten-free, but it’s also not chalky like other protein powders. Use my code ARINEGRI for 15% off your oder!

The other ingredients for this recipe include almond milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, honey, cinnamon and just a pinch of salt. By using almond milk, we’re able to avoid using dairy and keep these waffles 100% paleo! While the vanilla protein powder gives off a subtle vanilla taste, I find that the peanut butter outweighs that flavor. So, the vanilla extract helps bring out the sweet notes of vanilla in this dish. Then, we only need a bit of baking powder for these waffles to get them nice and fluffy. The honey and cinnamon are great ingredients to bring out the natural sweetness. Plus, who doesn’t love a touch of cinnamon with their peanut butter? Finally, the touch of salt helps balance the sweetness of these waffles. But, I really do mean you only need a pinch of salt!

What Exactly Does “Paleo” Mean?

With so many diets out there, It can be difficult to remember which food groups each diet eliminates. The Paleo diet mimics the diet of hunter-gathers and focuses on whole foods like vegetables, fruits, meats and healthy fats. You can’t have dairy products, processed food, refined sugars, grains, legumes, artificial sweeteners or vegetable oils on this diet. To break that down, the Paleo diet eliminates gluten, refined sugar, and dairy.

Personally, I’ve found that I naturally tend to follow this diet while eating gluten-free. I’ve made a conscious effort to cut back on dairy products and refined sugars in the past few months due to health reasons related to my gut. While I definitely have to be more conscious about the ingredients I’m using and what I’m putting in my body, it’s not as hard to follow as you may think! I think avoiding refined sugars is the hardest, but basically just cut out all forms of cane sugar and stick to natural sugars found in honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar!

Toppings for Paleo Waffles 

What would a good stack of waffles be without toppings? Below are a list of paleo ingredients that you can add to your waffles!

  • BerriesNot only are berries like raspberries and blueberries a great form of fiber, but they also are naturally sweet so no sugar is required here! 
  • Bananas: We all know that bananas offer a wonderful source of potassium, but did you know that one medium sized banana can provide 10% of the daily recommended amount of fiber?
  • Cocoa Nibs: If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to chocolate chips, cocoa nibs are naturally low in sugar and a great source of fiber, protein and healthy fats.
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a natural sugar that you can have in small amounts on the Paleo diet!

Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Waffles 

Before we jump into this Paleo Waffle recipe, here are some tips for crunchy and fluffy waffles!

  • Preparing the Waffle Iron: To avoid the waffles sticking to the waffle iron, add about 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil to each side. Coconut oil is a dairy-free alternative to butter that will do the trick!

  • Spreading the Batter: This batter is a bit thicker than regular waffle or pancake batter, so I recommend using a knife to spread the batter. Just remember to work fast because once the waffle iron is on, it’ll cook fast! 

  • Storing: If you’re like me and have a big waffle iron, one waffle will be enough for just one person. So, if you’re going to store these waffles, you can keep them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, just toss in the toaster, air fryer, or oven for about 5 minutes!

Now you’re ready to make the best waffles!

Paleo Protein Waffles

Recipe by Arianna Negri Course: Brunch It Up, RecipesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

These Paleo Protein Waffles are the perfect easy breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter

  • 3/4 cups almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 1/2 cups paleo flour

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla protein powder

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Preheat your waffle iron and add melted coconut oil to both sides to prevent sticking
  • In a blender, add the eggs, peanut butter, almond milk, vanilla extract, and honey
  • Blend for 2 minutes until smooth
  • In a large bowl, combine the paleo flour, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine
  • Once combined, add about half a cup (depending on the size of your waffle iron) of the batter to the preheated waffle iron
  • Evenly distribute the batter, then close the waffle iron and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Once cooked, use a knife to carefully remove the waffle and repeat steps 6-7 for the rest of the batter

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