Quick Gluten-Free Protein Banana Waffles

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 536
Protein 34g
Fat 34g
Carbs 24g
Total Time 10 minutes

If you’re in a pinch in the mornings, then these make ahead protein waffles may be perfect for your lifestyle.  I wasn’t sure if this recipe would work, but sometimes creativity kicks in and you’re able to make something beautiful (and delicious).

Ever thought about using protein powder as a “dry” ingredient in baking recipes? Well, you can.  In some cases, like this recipe, it works very well as a semi-flour substitute.  Only downside to cooking with protein powder is the hardening and drying that occurs when heated.  Ever made some protein pancakes and they been super dry?  Well, that’s the protein powder at work – it can pretty much suck the moisture out of a recipe.

The solution?

What’s worked for me is to have a better protein:fat ratio in my ingredients. So, for baking recipes, I’ll make sure there’s sufficient oil or “liquid” fat – in this case the eggs – and just enough protein.  Instead of using 2 scoops of protein powder and making these super dry, I just used 1 scoop and added an extra egg white instead.  Plus, using almond flour not only keeps the recipe gluten-free (if that’s a concern for you), but also you get a whopping 24g protein! That makes for a fluffier, more enjoyable protein waffle.

And don’t be alarmed by the higher number of calories.  Remember, the batter is primarily made from almonds which of course are calorie dense but very nutritious.


Quick Gluten-Free Protein Banana Waffles


Ingredients for 2 large Belgium waffles

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup (~112g) almond flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (whey or plant-based; note: if you use plant-based, you may have to add tablespoons of almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (or sweet potato), optional for the holidays
  1. Heat up your waffle iron.
  2. In a bowl, beat eggs with chopped banana until smooth.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix together thoroughly.  If your batter is too thick, simply add tablespoon(s) of almond milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Pour the batter onto the waffle iron and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until your desired readiness.
  5. Enjoy with maple syrup and/or fresh berries or fruit.

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